Work - Compilation vinyl lp (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)

SKU 26-Jelo 07
Very good price on this beautifully done, heavy vinyl, classy gatefold, tactile printed compilation of band selected tunes from their entire career, released in a numbered, limited edition of 400 copies.
When Henry Cow fell apart in the summer of 1978, the main players in the band dispersed. Fred Frith left England to settle in NYC for a good number of years, getting involved the then just beginning to evolve 'downtown' sound, recording three excellent and high-profile albums for Ralph Records, forming first Massacre and then Skeleton Crew. Chris Cutler formed the Art Bears and also was an important member of Cassiber. Lindsay Cooper and Georgie Born did a lot of musical improvising and John Greaves had already begun his solo career. So, a lot of great projects from all of these musicians.
But for me, possibly the best, most unexpected and most radical of all the immediate offshoots of Henry Cow was Tim Hodgkinson's band The Work. Abandoning keyboards and teaching himself to play 'flat guitar' (Hawaiian-style guitar played flat on the lap with a slide) and still playing reeds, but also adding vocals for the first time, the legend at the time about the band was that he found 3 non-musicians and taught them how to play from scratch, ala the Magic Band (also a not-true legend). While this is apparently not the case, the music was so amazing and mostly so idiosyncratic that it was easy to believe this 'urban myth'.
Note: I love this band and I love all of their ‘work’, but it isn't an easy listen, especially if you want vocals that sound 'nice'. Highly recommended anyway!
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  • UPC2090504724593
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