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Henry Cow's early years on the road, live recordings masterfully restored by Bob Drake, with early unreleased material, improvisations, shows with Robert Wyatt - wow!

Henry Cow
Box 1: The Road Volumes 1-5

Henry Cow: Box 1: The Road Volumes 1-5 (Recommended Records)
Label: Recommended Records    
Released in: Great Britain    

"The 5 full-length discs in Box 1 cover Henry Cow's career from the pre-Virgin Records days up to roughly 1975. These are all previously unreleased recordings, some live, some demo, some studio, all sonically enhanced by Bob Drake's painstaking re-mastering. We are treated to everything from early BBC sessions to somewhat later live improvisations, alternate recordings with Robert Wyatt, to the full 18 minute version of "With the Yellow Moon And Half Star" (The Bacchae). There are many compositions and improvisations new to anyone who only knows the official releases; The disks also document a number of one-off projects and events and - where different or remarkable enough to justify inclusion - live versions of parts of the LP repertoire. The hefty, 60-page booklet is chock-full of historic information and exclusive photos."-ReR

"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."

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Product Information:

UPC: 752725026222

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: RERHCBOX40
Squidco Product Code: 11112

Format: BOX SET
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain

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Track Listing:

Disc 1: Beginnings

Pre-Teenbeat 1 1:47

Pre-Teenbeat 2 1:28

Rapt in a Blanket 5:06

Came to See You 6:43

Amygdala Extract (pre-Legend Demo) 3:36

Teenbeat 10:20

Citizen King 5:21

Nirvana for Moles 4:10

With the Yellow Half Moon and Blue Star: Introduction 0:46

With the Yellow Half Moon and Blue Star: Invocation 2:08

With the Yellow Half Moon and Blue Star: Demi-Lune Jaune 2:10

With the Yellow Half Moon and Blue Star: Three Little Steps 2:13

With the Yellow Half Moon and Blue Star: Red Riff 1:50

With the Yellow Half Moon and Blue Star: Chorale Flautando 1:51

With the Yellow Half Moon and Blue Star: Cycling Over the Cliff 4:08

With the Yellow Half Moon and Blue Star: First Light 0:51

Guider TellsSilent Airborne Machine: Olwyn Grainger 2:24

Guider TellsSilent Airborne Machine: Betty McGowan 6:12

Guider TellsSilent Airborne Machine: Lottie Hare 1:24

Disc 2: 1974-5

Introduction 1:53

Ruins 1 6:36

Half Asleep, Half Awake 4:12

Ruins 2 1:00

Heron Shower Over Hamburg 2:30

Nix 0:06

Halsteren: 1 1:09

Halsteren: Solo 1 1:09

Halsteren: Solo Extension 1 2:21

Halsteren: 2 1:24

Halsteren: Extension 1 0:18

Halsteren: 3 0:53

Halsteren: First Suspension 4:28

Halsteren: Extension 2 2:59

Halsteren: Extension 3 1:20

Halsteren: Solo 2 1:21

Halsteren: Solo Extension 2 2:32

Halsteren: 4 0:17

Halsteren: Second Suspension 2:34

Halsteren: Extension 4 1:59

Halsteren: Solo 3 0:50

Halsteren: Solo Extension 3 3:17

Halsteren: 5 1:22

Living In The HeartThe Beast: 1 1:30

Living In The HeartThe Beast: 2 1:02

Living In The HeartThe Beast: 3 1:37

Living In The HeartThe Beast: 4 1:48

Living In The HeartThe Beast: 5 1:06

Living In The HeartThe Beast: 6 2:48

Living In The HeartThe Beast: 7 1:10

Living In The HeartThe Beast: 8 1:00

Living In The HeartThe Beast: 9 1:54

Disc 3: Hamburg

Fair As the Moon 6:01

Nirvana for Rabbits 4:49

Ottawa Song 3:42

Twilight Bridge 2:04

Gloria Gloom 2:18

Hamburg 1 4:16

Hamburg 2 3:28

Red Noise 10 3:17

Hamburg 3 5:31

Hamburg 4 2:41

Hamburg 5 5:25

Terrible As an Army with Banners 3:34

A Heart 9:04

Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road 5:12

We Did It Again 6:32

Disc 4: Trondheim

Trondheim I: I 7:09

Trondheim I: II 2:25

Trondheim I: III 4:53

Trondheim I: IV 5:00

Trondheim I: V 4:46

Trondheim I: VI 7:17

Trondheim I: VII 3:50

Trondheim I: VIII 7:45

Trondheim I: IX 4:54

Trondheim I: X 0:27

Trondheim II - I 6:13

Trondheim II - II 1:13

Trondheim II - III 10:06

Trondheim II - IV 4:45

Trondheim II - V 2:54

Trondheim II - VI 6:43

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