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LEGEND

Henry Cow

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.08 | 163 ratings

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Dick Heath
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Jazz-Rock Specialist
4 stars "Legend" or "Leg End", Henry Cow's first release. The band got a recording contract with Virgin Records in the UK, on the back of winning the one and only "Rockatunity Knocks" competition, John Peel ran on his "Top Gear Show" on BBC Radio One.

It is the HC album which most reminds you of Soft Machine (of the "Volume 2" and Third" period), with its anglo jazz rock, but has less of the dissonance/free form/avante jazz we have discovered on subsequent HC records - really the RIOtag was to come later. Hence a sort Canterbury album - said with some irony when HC were originally based in Pink Floyd's territory of Cambridge.

A great first release and probably the one to ease yourself into RIO.

Dick Heath | 4/5 |

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