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Slapp Happy/Henry Cow
Desperate Straights

Slapp Happy/Henry Cow: Desperate Straights (Recommended Records)
Label: Recommended Records    
Released in: Great Britain    

"(Henry Cow Definitive Reissue series No. 4) In 1974, Henry Cow took a sabbatical while it considered what to do next. SlappHappy meanwhile was planning its second record for Virgin. One night the trio showed up at the quartetÕs door and proposed that the two groups make the second Slapphappy LP together. So incompatible Š Slapphappy was making eccentric pop songs and Henry Cow was composing complex epic instrumentals Š so how could a merger fail? Henry Cow jumped at the chance and Desperate Straights Šwas the result. ItÕs still a gem to my ears, and now at last itÕs possible to release it, properly re-mastered (by Bob Drake), its sound closer to the original tapes even than our earlier Nimbus vinyl pressing. Great songs, great arrangements, great performances and Dagmar on top of her form... real people in a room together, playing straight to tape. Those were the days.."-ReR Megacorp

"Lindsay Cooper (3 March 1951 Š 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."

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Shipping Weight: 5.00 units

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Product Information:

UPC: 752725019026

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: RER HCSH1
Squidco Product Code: 2911

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1975
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at The Manor & Nova Sound Studios.


Peter Blegvad-clarinet, guitar, vocals, voices, artwork, lithography

Muchsin Campbell-horn, French horn

Lindsay Cooper-bassoon, oboe, wind

Chris Cutler-drums

Nick Evans-trombone

Mongezi Feza-trumpet

Fred Frith-guitar, violin

John Greaves-bass, piano, bass guitar

Tim Hodgkinson-clarinet, piano

Dagmar Krause-piano, vocals, voices, Wurlitzer

Geoff Leigh-flute, wind

Pierre Moerlen-percussion

Anthony Moore-piano, keyboards, vocals

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Track Listing:

1. Some Questions About Hats 1:53

2. The Owl 2:17

3. A Worm Is at Work 1:52

4. Bad Alchemy 3:06

5. Europa 2:48

6. Desperate Straights 4:14

7. Riding Tigers 2:02

8. Apes in Capes 2:16

9. Strayed 1:54

10. Giants 1:57

11. Excerpt from the Messiah 1:49

12. In the Sickbay 2:09

13. Caucasian Lullaby 8:25