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Cooper, Lindsay: Oh Moscow (Les Disques Victo)


 

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UPC: 777405001528

Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: CD 015
Squidco Product Code: 1085

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1991
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at the 7th Victoriaville Festival, 8th October 1989.


Personnel:

Lindsay Cooper-basson, alto and sopranino saxophones

Alfred 23 Harth-tenor sax, clarinet

Hugh Hopper-bass

Marilyn Mazur-drums

Phil Minton-trumpet, voice

Elvira Plenar-piano, synthesizer

Sally Potter-voice

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track listing:


1. England Descending 7:46

2. The Allies 5:30

3. Lovesr 4:10

4. Oh The Passing Of Time, Europe 4:12

5. Liberty Bonds 6:38

6. On German Soil 7:20

7. Curtain Descending 3:10

8. Prayer 9:57

9. Forgotten Fruit 4:23

10. Oh Moscow 6:21
Related Categories of Interest:

Victo
Song Based Music
RIO (Rock in Opposition)
Rock and Related
Alfred Harth
Before April-2006

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"Recorded live at the Victoriaville Festival in Canada about six weeks before the cold war ended, bassoonist/alto saxophonist Cooper (formerly of Henry Cow and the Feminist Improvisors Group) joined forces with singer/lyricist Sally Potter to present a defiant musical challenge to Europe, the United States, and other politically charged climes. The music here is very similar to that of Henry Cow, but is even more outspoken. Cooper's reed playing works closely in the interior of the ensemble, which also includes Phil Minton (vocals, trumpet), Alfred "23" Harth (tenor sax and clarinet), Elvira Plenar (piano), ex-Soft Machine member Hugh Hopper (electric bass guitar), and Marilyn Mazur (drums). This one-hour unedited performance has many stark, bitter moments and some truly inventive playing. Starting and ending with a tricky time figure, "England Descending" features Potter's cries of "I thought the war was over" and "Once bigger than our size, now as we really are...small."Minton's amazing vocals and a decidedly anti-American sentiment ("We bought your movies-cars-music, and we lost ours") highlight "The Allies." The scathing "On German Soil" moves from abject anger to circus calliope during one wild, bassoon-led segment. Harth's Albert Ayler-esque tenor rages on "England," screeches ferociously during "Liberty Bonds," and joins Cooper on the lone instrumental "Oh the Passing of Time, Europe." There are some quieter moments: a lilting piano fires the European lament "Lovers"; the waltzing, Weill-like "Curtain Descending" showcases Potter's shadowy vocals; and a Balkan segment introduces the somber "Prayer." The lyrics here are certainly provocative, but what's most challenging is the music itself -- creative composition shaped by Cooper but with just enough improvisation to make it captivating. This is the ultimate in urban landscape sound sculpture, performed by an absolutely extraordinary band. Historically and musically it deserves to be judged withthe highest reverence."-Michael G. Nastos, All Music


Artist Biographies:

"Lindsay Cooper (3 March 1951 18 September 2013) was an English bassoon and oboe player, composer and political activist. Best known for her work with the band Henry Cow, she was also a member of Comus, National Health, News from Babel and David Thomas and the Pedestrians. She collaborated with a number of musicians, including Chris Cutler and Sally Potter, and co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group. She wrote scores for film and TV and a song cycle Oh Moscow which was performed live around the world in 1987. She also recorded a number of solo albums, including Rags (1980), The Gold Diggers (1983) and Music For Other Occasions (1986).

Cooper was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1970s, but did not disclose it to the musical community until the late 1990s when her illness prevented her from performing live. In September 2013, Cooper died from the illness at the age of 62, 15 years after her retirement."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsay_Cooper)
8/16/2017

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