Henry Cow and others
| December 2006 (2006-12)|
Stockholm & Göteborg
Henry Cow albums, Experimental rock albums
Henry Cow Box is a seven-CD limited edition box set by English avant-rock group Henry Cow. It was released in December 2006 by Recommended Records and comprises the six original albums Henry Cow released between 1973 and 1979, including those recorded with Slapp Happy. A bonus 3" CD-single was given to advance subscribers of the box set which contains previously unreleased material taken from live performances in Europe by the Orckestra, a merger of Henry Cow, the Mike Westbrook Brass Band and folk singer Frankie Armstrong in 1977.
The CDs featured here are the 1998 to 2006 reissues by Recommended Records and contain the original LP mixes. (Remixed versions of Legend, Unrest and In Praise of Learning were issued in 1991 by East Side Digital.) Concerts and Western Culture include the bonus tracks present on their respective CD reissues. The box set's album covers are CD-sized cardboard replicas of the original LP covers.
The box cover art work is one of artist Ray Smith's "paint socks" that adorned three of Henry Cow's albums. Smith was an old friend of the band from Cambridge who had worked with them on two dance projects and had often supported them in performance art at concerts. Smith came up with the idea of the woven sock and insisted that the band's name should not appear on the front cover. As Cutler later explained, in a 2011 interview, the idea was extended through the whole album series, with the sock changing "to suit the temper of the music".
Contains all the tracks (the US/Japanese vinyl mixes) from the Henry Cow LP, Legend (1973).
Contains all the tracks from the Henry Cow LP, Unrest (1974).
Contains all the tracks from the Slapp Happy/Henry Cow LP, Desperate Straights (1975).
Contains all the tracks (the original mixes) from the Henry Cow/Slapp Happy LP, In Praise of Learning (1975).
Contains all the tracks from the Henry Cow double LP (with Robert Wyatt), Concerts (1976), plus the Henry Cow tracks on the double LP, Greasy Truckers Live at Dingwalls Dance Hall (1974).
Contains all the tracks from the Henry Cow LP, Western Culture (1979).
Contains previously unreleased material taken from live performances in Europe by the Orckestra in April 1978. Given to advance subscribers of the box set.Fred Frith – guitars, violin, viola, xylophone, piano, voice
Tim Hodgkinson – organ, piano, alto saxophone, clarinet, Hawaiian guitar, voice
John Greaves – bass guitar, piano, voice
Chris Cutler – drums, piano, voice
Geoff Leigh – saxophones, flute, clarinet, recorder, voice
Lindsay Cooper – bassoon, flute, oboe, soprano saxophone, sopranino recorder, piano, voice
Dagmar Krause – voice, piano
Georgie Born – bass guitar
Dagmar Krause – voice
Peter Blegvad – guitar, voice, clarinet
Anthony Moore – piano, electronics and tapework
Fred Frith – guitar
Tim Hodgkinson – organ, alto saxophone
Chris Cutler – drums
Lindsay Cooper – bassoon
Dagmar Krause – vocals
Georgie Born – bass guitar
Mike Westbrook Brass Band
Mike Westbrook – piano
Kate Westbrook – euphonium
Dave Chambers – soprano saxophone
Paul Rutherford – trombone
Phil Minton – vocals, trumpet
Frankie Armstrong – vocals
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