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The last of the Henry Cow albums on Virgin, this includes their amazing final BBC session; 25' of Henry Cow perfection, a small taste of the famous shows that they performed with Robert Wyatt and a lot of purely free improvisation or prepared free improvisation, which is what they were doing live at this time.
This has been out of print for a bit now and is always in demand, and it has been remastered by Bob Drake and sounds significantly better to my ears!

"Originally released in 197

The last of the Henry Cow albums on Virgin, this includes their amazing final BBC session; 25' of Henry Cow perfection, a small taste of the famous shows that they performed with Robert Wyatt and a lot of purely free improvisation or prepared free improvisation, which is what they were doing live at this time.
This has been out of print for a bit now and is always in demand, and it has been remastered by Bob Drake and sounds significantly better to my ears!

"Originally released in 197

The last of the Henry Cow albums originally on Virgin, this includes their amazing final BBC session (one of the best 25' snapshots of the band ever, imo), a small taste of the famous shows that they performed with Robert Wyatt and a lot of free improvisation, which is a lot of what they were doing live at this time.

"From its earlier records, the band was known for its rather complex compositional work. This double-LP for the first time gave serious space to the improvisations that accounted for..

This was Cow's final studio album for Virgin, & is considered by many folks to be their greatest achievement, with Dagmar fully integrated into the band. With the original (greatly superior) mixes which have been unavailable for years & improved sound.

This features very strong playing & compositions coupled with a ''lightness'' of sound unlike any of their other albums; the closest Cow ever got to sounding like Hatfield & The North!

For ONE C-note, you get everything. Studio, live, outtakes, etc etc etc. Most of you already have this, but if you don’t already have this, it’s a fantastic deal.

Also, just thought I would mention that once upon a time, I got a ride back to London from Guilford Civic Hall, after the show, with the band in the van on the cover on the box!

“17 CDs, 1 DVD and 250 pages of histories, testimony commentaries and photographs - in a sturdy box.
This collection brings together in.

This is the second half of the 10 disc box set that was released several years ago and covers all previously unreleased recordings of the band from the beginning to the end. This includes the fabulous and fabulous sounding Stockholm, Goteborg & Bremen...

Their 2nd album featured the addition of Lindsay Cooper's bassoon/oboe, giving them sort of a proto-Univers Zero sound (Cow were first) & is reissued with superior sonics. One side of composed music and one side of (mostly) improvised music with studio...

Nearly 8 years after the big box set by Henry Cow was unleashed on the world, they’ve made the sets available individually!

“While modern recording technology & online distribution capability are making it easier to appreciate the full extent of today's artists' work, the same cannot be said about relatively short-lived groups from the 1970s. “Especially true of groups that, despite being remarkably influential, remain cult favorites with a relatively small but intensely dedicated fan base. Case..

Nearly 8 years after the big box set by Henry Cow was unleashed on the world, they’ve made the sets available individually!
This is a great run-through of basically the set I saw them do about 9 months later, in slightly shortened form and all the late period greats are here, performed live without an audience: Living In The Heart Of The Beast, Erk Gah, Beautiful As The Moon, No More Songs, etc.
This is taken from the original, high quality, television broadcast tapes that were stored for over...

Nearly 8 years after the big box set by Henry Cow was unleashed on the world, they’ve made the sets available individually!

”This opens with a series of well-recorded tracks from an unknown source, largely culled from Unrest but demonstrating Cow's penchant for mixing things up in performance so that, while all the signposts of Frith's "Ruins" are there, the complexion is changed by inserting "Half Asleep" smack dab in the middle. Frith doesn't reproduce the razor's edge tone of his solo on the...

Nearly 8 years after the big box set by Henry Cow was unleashed on the world, they’ve made the sets available individually!

“Lindsay Cooper had joined Henry Cow for their Unrest album, replacing founding member/woodwind multi-instrumentalist Geoff Leigh. Trondheim is a recording of the band's May 1976 concert in Trondheim Norway, when Henry Cow was a quartet, immediately after Greaves departure from the band, and without singer Dagmar Krauss, who was too ill to perform at the time...

This is high quality live Swedish radio recordings from Goteborg (1975 - with John Greaves) and Stockholm (1977 - with Georgie Born). The sound is great here; Bob Drake worked from the original 8 track and stereo 2 track masters and you can finally hear Tim's follow-up masterpiece to "Living in the Heart of the Beast", entitled "Erk Gah". There's also some nice improvisations and other tunes and Fred's never otherwise released "The March", which is a really great one as well. Highly recommended...

This is high quality live Swedish radio recordings from Goteborg (1975 - with John Greaves) and Stockholm (1977 - with Georgie Born). The sound is great here; Bob Drake worked from the original 8 track and stereo 2 track masters and you can finally hear Tim's follow-up masterpiece to "Living in the Heart of the Beast", entitled "Erk Gah". There's also some nice improvisations and other tunes and Fred's never otherwise released "The March", which is a really great one as well. Highly recommended...

Nearly 8 years after the big box set by Henry Cow was unleashed on the world, they’ve made the sets available individually! This is the period when I saw them (twice in June 1977).

“A collection of live performances from late 1976 and 1977. "Joan" & "On Suicide", traditionally associated with Art Bears & Hopes and Fears (1978), feature here, showing that they were Henry Cow songs long before Art Bears existed "On Suicide" is longer here & ends with a cello solo by Georgie Born. The Art Bears'...

Nearly 8 years after the big box set by Henry Cow was unleashed on the world, they’ve made the sets available individually!
This is a high-quality radio broadcast from early 1978, just a few months before the end.

“Bremen is another live performance beginning with a lengthy improvisation that, in ambience, references contemporary classical composers Krzysztof Penderecki and, at times, Gyorgy Ligeti. Henry Cow was often considered, by those trying desperately to find a label with which to...

Nearly 8 years after the big box set by Henry Cow was unleashed on the world, they’ve made the sets available individually!
Material from the very end of Henry Cow's existence, demonstrating where the group may've gone had it continued.
Mostly live with some studio outtakes, there’s still lots of surprises here (covering Thelonious Monk?)

“Assembled over 15 years, this collection gives for the first time some idea of the breadth and depth of Henry Cow’s work. Always very much a live band.

The final Henry Cow album, & along with their first, this is my favorite of their many great works. This stuff is the ultimate in humanly impossible to play works, but there they are playing it! One side of Tim Hodgkinson's composerly insanity (no wonder he gave up composed music for the improvised life! How does one top this?) and one side of Lindsay Cooper's fine works. Fred Frith provides guitar and bass & Chris Cutler turns in one of his greatest drumming performances. You know that the voting is...

"Not all great composers are dead. Some of them even appear in public as rock musicians. Tim Hodgkinson is such a composer."-Michael Bloom/Boston Rock.

An intense fusion of contemporary classical music & rock energy. It is a unique form of electronic-but-acoustic music which has the excitement & spontaneity of improvisation, tempered by the rigor of structured composition.

“Timothy "Tim" George Hodgkinson is an English experimental music composer and performer, principally on reeds, lap..

''Not all great composers are dead. Some of them even appear in public as rock musicians. Tim Hodgkinson is such a composer.''-Michael Bloom/Boston Rock.

An intense fusion of contemporary classical music & rock energy. It is a unique form of...

“Three long and recent compositions: Under the Void, scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, horn, trombone, 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, bass, piano and percussion, here virtually realised; Then, for virtual strings, brass, woodwinds, accordion and piano -combined with real Siberian frame drums, gongs, viola, electronics, bowed cymbals, lap steel guitar and Yamaha DX21 keyboard assembled by ear in the studio, not from a score, and Ortemchei, scored and assembled from parts of a live performance by...

One of the most enigmatic bands of the UK art-punk UK scene, The Homosexuals carved a subterranean legend that far exceeded their discography of self released 45s and the posthumous release of The Homosexuals Record as a Recommended Records lp in 1984....

"Cellist Honsinger and pre-existing media manipulist Simonini with a piece that falls between radio art, music theatre and... and what? A highly unusual performance in 10 parts that deploys its materials sparingly and intelligently and, through a...

Robert Iolini is a composer who transcends the divisions between music, documentary and radio art, mixing investigative journalism, sound ecology, storyboarding and conventional notated composition using songs, spoken word, field recording, improvisat...

"This is the first digital issue of Belgian songsmith Catherine Jauniaux’s classic recording from 1983. Her main co-conspirator is Tim Hodgkinson (Henry Cow, The Work), himself a mainstay in the world of modern, experimental music.
Together they perform a work which defies both categorization and genre labeling, offering up almost as many different styles of music as the instruments that played them. Besides capturing what could arguably be Catherine’s most unique and auspicious vocal work, this....

The Kalahari Surfers were a South African group who released a few lps in the early 1980's that were hugely critical of the apartheid government that was still in power at the time, and who were unable to get their albums pressed or released in South A...

This Hungarian band was formed in 1984, and this is their fifth release. Led by guitarist Csaba Hajnoczy & featuring vocalist/violinist Gabi Kenderesi (both of whom also make up 1/2 of The Danubians), the band also includes soprano sax, bass & drums. '...

"Contemporaries of Pere Ubu and best known for their work with the Numbers Band, Bob and Jack Kidney were also key members of David Thomas' late '90s Mirror Man extravaganza. Early members of the Ohio generation - which included Rocket from the Tombs...

The first release of music by this unknown Eastern European septegenerian composer. His music stems from two main sources; the traditional folks musics of his country & the noted avant composer Edgard Varese. In addition, Kiraly is an inventor & builde...

"Performed by the Macedonian Symphony Orchestra with Balkan electro legend Kiril Dzajkovski, Chris Cutler (percussion), Nikola Kodjbashia (prepared piano), Patric Driver and Valere Novarina (readers). Text fragments are by Heiner Muller and Valere...

"The award winning Macedonian composer, Nikola Kodjabashia, is best known for his classical works, having studied extensively with Anatol Vieru (himself a student of Khachaturian and Shostakovich). But over the past few years..."

"An exquisite and subtle new composition by Macedonian composer Nikola Kodjbashaia exquisitely realised by a broad and mixed ensemble of exemplary - and mostly Macdonian - instrumentalists: a suite of highly imaginative variations on a theme..."

“Boris Kovacs was born in Vojvodina, the multi-ethnic region of what was then Yugoslavia. He studied accordion and saxophone, going on to teach himself many other instruments. On this record he plays mainly soprano saxophone, leaving Jasna Jovisevic to take alto and bassclarinet. Like pianist Slobodank Stevic, she was classically trained, as was bassist Sinisa Mazalica. The drummer, Boris' son Lav Kovac, is celebrated for his very different playing in Howling Owl and with a variety of eastern bands...

Boris Kovac is a marvelous composer from Serbia. He released 1 CD on ReR and two on Victo in the 80s (and I luckily managed to see him and his ensemble when they performed at the Victoriaville Festival in the late 80s), but he's really very little known here. Finally he's got a new one on ReR.

"What Boris does is without parallel or precedent, and he's been doing it for over 40 years, perfecting a language that is uniquely his own: not chamber music, not world music, not jazz -- but demanding...

''Venosta & Mariani have long been concerned with manipulating & reconfiguring found musical objects, often using ethnic musics as source material. Rather than find music in the field, they have employed brilliant Flamenco guitarist Lagos. Eleven guita...

This release is drawn from 3 separate recordings the trio made in the 80's. The disc is a combination of compositions & improvisations. Guitars, reeds, keyboards, electronics, bass & drums. Cellist Tom Cora guests on about 1/3rd. [ReR]

Once a member of Doctor Nerve, Maclean is a guitarist whose quartet specializes in austere neo-classical music of great subtlety. Time signatures abound, but more important are the constantly shifting building blocks of interlocking rhythms; at times e...

"Steve MacLean began playing drums and guitar at the age of seven and composing at twelve. Completing high school early, he met Roswell Rudd and began playing concerts with him in New York. He moved to the city and took a job in a busy recording studio...

"A remarkable set of pieces for mediated acoustic piano that operates in the shadowy territory between what is playable and what is programmable; between narrative simplicity and performative complexity; between hopeful intentionality and flawless...

"Steve MacLean has performed with guitars in every conceivable format, from tightly-knit compositions in bands and ensembles to extreme guitar improvisations with heavy processing and computer manipulation. Frog Bug Guitar Computer represents a...

"Careful compositions converse with focused improvisations under the precise direction of Steve MacLean who, on this CD, after various excursions that took him through experimental works for piano, interactive insect/guitar compositions and pure...

"In this episode, a number of short recordings of household objects and curious instruments become the core thematic material for a range of exquisitely conceived and realised pieces in which the recordings are shaped, stretched, tuned, combined and otherwise manipulated before being folded into a variety of musical structures with additional elements or parts added. Much use is made of rhythms derived from gravity - that is, dropping and bouncing - embedded into microtonal, poly-rhythmic and deeply...

"This CD of songs, grittily arranged and produced is noticeably more straight-ahead than ReR’s usual releases though it sits comfortably within the broad range of Steve’s tirelessly experimental output. This is a project with a long history: Steve...

"Maksymenko plays drums with the force and power of a thousand supercomputers, he composes with the originality of a team of duck billed platypuses writing a sequel to Gravity's Rainbow, and he's more fun to listen to than Disneyland."-Henry Kaiser.

This is a collection of some of the very small but very great work by drummer/composer Michael Maksymenko, best known - if at all - for the amazing album and EP he did with the trio Kraldjuranstalten.
It collects eight tracks by Kraldjursanstan...

"Maksymenko plays drums with the force and power of a thousand supercomputers, he composes with the originality of a team of duck billed platypuses writing a sequel to Gravity's Rainbow, and he's more fun to listen to than Disneyland."-Henry Kaiser.

This is a collection of some of the very small but very great work by drummer/composer Michael Maksymenko, best known - if at all - for the amazing album and EP he did with the trio Kraldjuranstalten.
It collects eight tracks by Kraldjursanstan...

“This is the big one. Digipacked. Historic. Unmissable.”-Chris Cutler

More Encores was originally released as a vinyl record in 1988, and is composed entirely of records after whom each track is titled. Artists whose vinyl artifacts are subjected to Marclay's treatments include: John Zorn, John Cage, Louis Armstrong Fred Frith, Ferrante & Teicher, Maria Callas, Jimi Hendrix, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin and Marclay himself!

"Christian Marclay was the first non-rap DJ to make an art.

One of the albums of the decade. A collaboration between Hungarian composer Martha, poet Endre Szkarosi & the frighteningly gothic Sandor Bernath. Sounds of the Transylvanian countryside, medieval instruments fused with industrial percussion...structur...

Beautiful and I mean BEAUTIFUL packageing on this one!
"As a Limited Edition of 300 copies in North America, this DVD comes in a threefold art DVD case with a full color 48 page book offering substantial exegetical essays (in English and Italian)...

Tightly focused electroacoustic compositions that are austere, rich, strange and brilliantly executed. Elio has an ear like a bat and a serious antipathy toward cliche, and he never relies on repetition for structure; these pieces seem rather to grow ou..

“Zig-zagged music, the specialty of MCCB. Across a wide spectrum of sound comes minimal electronics, jilted avantpop, artpunx, and progressive music. Some folk in there as well, somehow. This is a very fine collection of Leigh's various musings, and with it his sharp humor and immense talent shines through each track, along with the incredible work of musicians such as Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, and Colin McClure. Also comes with as close as you can get to a comprehensive guide to the bands featured...