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Brainville 3 (Allen / Hopper / Cutler): Trial By Headline (Recommended Records)

Gong meets Cow meets Soft Machine in the revised version of Brainville (3), playing a mix of extended songs and instrumental numbers live in Berlin, London and Tel Aviv.

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UPC: 752725024426

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR BV3-1
Squidco Product Code: 9648

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 recorded on June 10, 2007 at the Ballhaus, BErlin by Jens Schneider; Track 4 was recorded on June 3, 2007 at the Borderline, London by David Id (Westrop); Track 6 recorded on October 22, 2006 at the Zappa Club, Tel Avi by Udi Komran; edit and compiled by Chris Cutler, re-mastered by Bob Drake at Studio Midi-Pyrenees, December and February 2007-8.


Daevid Allen-guitar, vocals

Hugh Hopper-bass

Chris Cutler-drums, percussion

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"Three old hands out of Soft Machine, Gong and Henry Cow stretch already elastic musical material into various shapes, tie it in knots and generally have a good time. These high quality recordings combined with seat-of-the-pants playing make for a lot of feature and colour, underpinning a music that is constantly in shape-shifting motion. Compiled from recent concert recordings in Berlin, London and Tel Aviv, this clutch of extended songs should be to the taste of anyone familiar with the protagonists, or who longs to hear a little more straightforward instrumental playing in place of computers, heavy production and highly sanitised post-production. Well seasoned musicality, fast thinking and relaxed conversation at the edge of chaos.

In 1963 Hopper and Allen first play together in the then revolutionary Daevid Allen Trio, with Robert Wyatt - the first group to combine free-jazz-rock forms with abstract poetry. By 1967 Daevid had become a founding member of the now legendary Soft Machine, which Hugh joined in 1968. By this time, Daevid was living in Paris and concocting the first of the still-evolving Gong's. When, on occasion, Gong was between drummers, it was Cutler who, although a full time member of Henry Cow, was drafted in. Later, in 1979, he worked with Allen on the LP N'existe Pas and at various festivals, including Georgio Gomelski's legendary New York Zu Manifestival . Hopper and Cutler didn't work together until 1993, in Lindsay Cooper's Oh Moscow, but have since played intermittently as a duo. This trio has popped in and out of being since 1997 and their first tour in Japan."-Recommended Records

Artist Biographies

"Chris Cutler started messing about with banjo, guitar and trumpet at school, settling for drums and playing shadows and other instrumental covers in his first band in 1963. Subsequently he played in R'n'B and Soul Bands, winding up in 1967 playing in London's psychedelic clubs. At the start of the seventies, with Dave Stewart, he co-founded The Ottawa Music Co, a 22 piece Rock composer's orchestra, eventually joining British experimental group Henry Cow with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects until it's demise in 1978. In 1977 Henry Cow, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and Frankie Armstrong formed a big-band and toured around Europe. After Henry Cow, Cutler went on to co-found a series of mixed national groups Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, P53 and The Science Group. He was a permanent member of American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds and now works sporadically with John Rose, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Iancu Dumitrescu, Peter Blegvad and Stevan Tickmayer.

Other lasting collaborations have included Aqsak Maboul (Belgium), Lussier/Derome and Les Quatre Guitaristes (Canada), The Kalahari Surfers (Africa), Perfect Trouble (Germany), Between (Sweden), N.O.R.M.A., (Italy), Telectu (Portugal), Mieku Shimuzu (Japan),The Hyperion Ensemble (Romania), The Film Music Orchestra, 'Oh Moscow', Gong, The Work and Towering Inferno (UK), The Residents (USA), and stateless Tense Serenity and Mirror Man. There have also been countless improvisational groupings and solo performances. Recent projects include Radio pieces with Lutz Glandien and Shelly Hirsch, Live Soundtrack for Carl Dreher's Vampyr (with Italians Musci and Venosta), his Timescales project and work with David Thomas and Linda Thompson.

He also founded and runs the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended and, until 1991, the East European specialist label Points East. He is editor of the New Music magazine Unfiled and author of the theoretical book File Under Popular as well as of numerous articles and papers published in 14 languages. He lectures intermittently on theoretical and music related topics. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings."

-Chris Cutler Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Trial by Headline

2. Dedicated to PQ but she couldn't hear it

3. Ocean Mother

4. Who's Afraid

5. Basement Suite

6. I bin Stoned Before

7. Return to Basement

8. The Rubiyat of Honorium Tonsilitisk

9. Hours Gone

10. Didditagin

Total time 60:18

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