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Henry Cow

In Praise of Learning

In Praise of Learning

UPC: 8033706214060

Format: LP

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Henry Cow: Peter Blegvad (vocals, guitar); Dagmar Krause (vocals); Fred Frith (guitar); Lindsay Cooper (woodwinds); Anthony Moore (piano); Tim Hodgkinson (keyboards); John Greaves (bass); Chris Cutler (drums).
Producers: Henry Cow, Slap Happy, Phil Becque.
Recorded in February and March 1975.
This edition of IN PRAISE OF LEARNING is the original mix as presented on its first release in 1975. Includes an 8 page color booklet continuing the Henry Cow story.
Henry Cow: Peter Blegvad (vocals, guitar); Dagmar Krause (vocals); Fred Frith (guitar); Lindsay Cooper (woodwinds); Anthony Moore (piano); Tim Hodgkinson (keyboards); John Greaves (bass); Chris Cutler (drums).
Producers: Henry Cow, Slap Happy, Phil Becque.
Recorded in February and March 1975. Includes liner notes by Henry Cow.
Digitally remastered by Matt Murman (SAE, Phoenix, Arizona).
Henry Cow's third album, originally released in 1975, found them expanded to an eight-piece ensemble after a guest session on another group's record. Henry Cow absorbed Slapp Happy into their lineup after appearing on Slapp Happy's Desperate Straights album. It was a tenuous relationship (lasting only long enough for this release, and with Slapp Happy crumbling after Dagmar Krause decided to stay on with Henry Cow), but one that produced some stunning results. Anthony Moore and Peter Blegvad's "War" has enormous proportion and power that would have been beyond the scope of a relatively quiet trio. The sheer ambition of this work is bracing. Intricately composed and arranged pieces, rife with lyrics that meld poetry with politics, give way to extended improvisations. While that had always been the Henry Cow recipe, it was never given such dramatic sweep. No one has ever, before or since, sounded like this incarnation of Henry Cow. ~ TiVo Staff

Tracks:

1 - War
2 - Living in the Heart of the Beast
3 - Beginning: The Long March
4 - Beautiful as the Moon, Terrible as an Army With Banners
5 - Morning Star