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News From Babel
Sirens and Silences / Work Resumed on the Tower / Letters Home

News From Babel: Sirens and Silences / Work Resumed on the Tower / Letters Home (Recommended Records)
Label: Recommended Records    
Released in: USA    

Finally given the treatment this set of CDs deserves, News from Babel fills out the discography of the series of bands that started with Henry Cow, Henry Cow/Slapp Happy, Art Bears, leading to News from Babel. (The Last Nightingale would really make the picture complete, and the sequence ends with Cutler's Domestic Stories.) All 3 CDs in the box are remastered and repackaged with full text and illustrations.

News from Babel was inaugurated with Henry Cow alumni Chris Cutler and Lindsay Cooper. The first LP, Sirens and Silences: Work Resumed on The Tower, included Zeena Parkins on harp, surprisingly her first album on that instrument, and Henry Cow/Slapp Happy's Dagmar Krause on vocals, with Phil Minton and Georgie Born also appearing. The second LP, Letters Home, expands the group by inviting Robert Wyatt (Wyatt's addition fits in nicely with his work with Mike Mantler/Carla Bley), Sally Potter, Phil Minton and Dagmar Krause who sing, and Bill Gilonis of The Work and Hat Shoes. Rounding out the box is the rare 7" release, Contraries, restoring the 7" artwork on a semi-transparent CD.

Discography aside, these are wonderfully inviting, sophisticated and complex compositions with a lot to say. The group use unusual instrumentation and techniques, and also use the studio as an instrument, reworking recordings and compositions into unexpected and often breath-taking works. After nearly a decade of association these musicians play with a familiarity and compositional daring that is the keystone of the RIO genre, and this is a remarkable and important release.

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Product Information:

UPC: 752725023122

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR NfBOX
Squidco Product Code: 7077

Format: BOX SET
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: Box Set - 2 jewel trays

Lindsay Cooper

Chris Cutler

Zeena Parkins

Dagmar Krause

Robert Wyatt

Sally Potter

Phil Minton

Georgina Born

Bill Gilonis

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Track Listing:

Letters Home:

1. Who will accuse? (2:38)

2. Heart of stone (3:04)

3. Banknote (3:19)

4. Moss (3:58)

5. Dragon at the core (4:39)

6. Dark matter (4:20)

7. Waited/Justice (5:09)

8. Fast food (3:13)

9. Late evening (4:58)

Sirens & Silences

1. Odysseus (2:56)

2. Auschwitz/Babel (4:07)

3. Klein's Bottle (3:17)

4. Black Gold (3:09)

5. Devils (1:16)

6. Dry Leaf (2:51)

Work Resumed on the Tower

7. Arcades (of Glass) (7:44)

8. Victory (5:19)

9. Anno Mirabilis (4:08)


1. Contraries