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Live, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Beautiful as the Moon; Terrible as an Army With Banners / Nirvana For Mice / Ottawa Song / Gloria Gloom / Moon Reprise (22:46)
2. Bad Alchemy / Little Red Riding Hood Hits The Road (8:16)
3. Ruins (16:14)
4. Groningen (8:49)
5. Groningen Reprise (7:12)
6. Oslo (25:59)
7. Off The Map (8:30)
8. Cafe Royal (3:22)
9. Keeping Warm in Winter / Sweet Heart of Mine (10:06)
10. Udine (9:29)

Total Time: 118:45

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Line-up / Musicians

- Lindsay Cooper / bassoon, flute, oboe, piano
- Chris Cutler / drums, piano
- Fred Frith / guitar, piano , violin, xylophone
- John Greaves / bass, voice, celeste, piano
- Tim Hodgkinson / Organ, clarinet, alto saxophone
- Dagmar Krause / voice, piano
- Geoff Leigh / tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, recorder, flute, clarinet (7, 9)
- Robert Wyatt / vocals (2, Bad Alchemy / Little Red Riding Hood Hits The Road, on the first version) (6, Bad Alchemy, and 7, Little Red Riding Hood Hits the Road, on the remastered version)

Releases information

2 CD East Side Digital 80822/832[US] (1995)
2 CD ReR Megacorps HC5 & 6 (2006)

ReR version has had tracks split differently. Track 1 is now split into 5 tracks, track 2 is split into 2 tracks also, whilst track 6 "Oslo" is split up into 8 tracks.

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3.51
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Review by Syzygy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This album could be subtitled 'The Young Person's Guide To Henry Cow'. In the absence of an official compilation, this is the closest thing we have to a one-stop shop which contains new versions of pieces from every album, a couple of cover versions, a generous slice of live improv and (on the CD version) half an album's worth of studio improv as well. The original issue was a lengthy vinyl double album, but for the CD reissue Henry Cows contribution to Greasy Truckers Live at Dingwall's Dancehall (1 side of a double LP the other 3 featuring Gong, Camel and Global Village Trucking Company. If you ever come across a copy with the initials CG on the label, PM me please).

Side 1 of the vinyl original was taken up with a 23 minute medley originally recorded in 1975 for legendary DJ John Peel's show. It was winning Peel's 'Rockertunity Knocks' contest that helped Henry Cow secure a record deal in the first place, so it's fitting that this session was included. Rather than simply rattle through a few tracks off their latest album, they arranged a continuous medley with new bridging passages. They start with 'Beautiful As The Moon...' from In Praise Of Learning, here played with even more clarity and intensity than the album version. This leads into a new, different version of 'Nirvana For Mice', the opening track from their first LP. The substitution of Lindsay Cooper's bassoon for Geoff Leigh's sax gives the piece a rather different, less overtly jazzy feel. Then we're into 'Ottawa Song', a version of a song known to some from Matching Mole's Little Red Record. This again was a fitting choice, as Matching Mole were the only other UK prog act of the time to make explicit political statements. Dagmar's interpretation of the lyrics is clearer than Wyatt's, and the arrangement almost makes it into a new song altogether. 'Gloria Gloom' is an otherwise unreleased Cutler/Frith composition, and a reprise of 'Beautiful As The Moon...' brings the whole thing to a close. Clear and concentrated, this was Henry Cow at their most accessible.

Side 2 was tracks 2 and 3, recorded on stage with Robert Wyatt. This segment opens with 'Bad Alchemy' from Desperate Straits, featuring Wyatt and Dagmar duetting to great effect, before a segue into a manically uptempo reading of Wyatt's 'Little red Riding Hood Hit The Road'. Following this is a live version of 'Ruins', probably the most complex of their composed pieces. This version is nothing short of amazing, but the real revelation comes in the closing section of the piece where Dagmar sings Fred Frith's violin part from the studio original.

If disc 1 gives a good overview of Henry Cow's skills as composers, disc 2 plunges into the altogether more challenging waters of their group improvisations. The CD also alters the running order of the vinyl original. 'Groningen', Groningen Reprise' and 'Udine' all come (I believe) from a Dutch tour where they played as a quartet without Dagmar or Lindsay Cooper. In parts of these pieces you can hear fragments of what would become 'Living In The Heart Of The Beast' on In Praise of Learning. The interplay is often stunning on these tracks. 'Oslo' features the full 6 piece line up in almost half an hours worth of extremely free improvisation, including Dagmar apparently speaking in tongues about half way through. On all the concert recordings Frith's guitar is superb, and he also manages to work in some manic xylophone passages. The remaining tracks on disc 2 were earlier recordings from 'Live At Dingwall's Dance Hall', and they sound like a set of studio improvisations recorded between te departure of Geoff Leigh and Lindsay Cooper joining. Leigh is credited on the sleeve, but any contributions he made are inaudible and his name is also absent from the composer credits. These are not as advanced as the studio improvs on Unrest and In Praise Of Learning, but they are a welcome addition to this reissue.

Concerts was excellent value on vinyl, and is even better as a CD reissue. It functions as a good introduction to the many faceted beast that was Henry Cow, and gives tasters of their previous albums without spoiling them.

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Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars After the quirky and bizarre IPOL album, HC who had "gelled" together with Slap Happy, melted apart from them but singer Dagmar Krause remained with HC. The CD-version of this album is more of compilation or odds and bits album: a BBC Peel session, a session with Wyatt, a Norwegian concert improv (the source of this album) and works-in-progress of bits of a previous epic made up the vinyl, to which has been added the Greasy Trucker session. Quite a filled to the brim live album, which could be HC's definitive statement. Graced with a somber and sober artwork, this is a terribly important album in terms of RIO history!

Starting on a great almost 23-min Beautiful As The Moon, this extended track is a medley of tracks coming from LegEnd (Nirvana for Mice) to IPOL (Terrible as An Army), through a cover of Matching Mole's Gloria Gloom. This track was reputed for HC getting a recording contract (even though I find that Krause's presence on this track quite strange, given the date) and listening to it, it is no wonder it did!

The next two tracks come out as my favorite from this album (even toping the first medley) and starts with some usually strange Krause vocals, but duetted by bassist John greaves over a Frith ragtime piano piece, but halfway through changing to a great improve of Little red Riding Hood, where Wyatt's scats works wonders, but Greaves' bass soars over the organ work. A superb moment giving Greaves' Bad alchemy a prophetic title, since the two bits are not quite sticking together, due to some shaky linking chords between the sections. As for the 16-mins+ Ruins, it also starts roughly, but soon gets into a great groove, before getting into an improvised mostly acoustic section where they go for the full dynamics: from the demented groove to the calm almost inexistence dissonant ending.

The next two pieces (and the last of the CD version Udine) are bits coming from a Dutch tour and will find themselves worked into the superb Living In The Heart Of The Beast on the IPOL album. The two Groningen pieces are quartet-based (Copper and Krause not having joined yet, I believe, and Leigh having already left) and shows them in typical improvisation mood, showing a good tightness and ability to anticipate each other. My preference goes to the second part, which holds a devilish groove with frith soaring like an eagle and Cutler guarding Hades' entrance to the underworld!

The second disc starts in a difficult mode, with a 26-min improv, named Oslo (after the city it was recorded in and at the base of this album) and holds lesser interest for those not into free-jazz-type of music. However I find their Oslo improv a little less obtuse than their Unrest album, with cooper present and surprisingly enough Dagmar who only gets a few yelling moments (a good thing mind you ;-), but overall, the track doesn't offer much in terms of riveting music.

Outside the closing track, Udine (easily the best "thing" on this disc), the rest of the tracks come from that famous Greasy Trucker session, which is mostly dissonant/atonal improvisations, except maybe (just maybe) for the closing section of Sweet Heart Of Mine, none of which are particularly interesting (particularly the awful Café Royal), unless you're into that kind of stuff.

With only one disc (the first) of good to excellent tracks, and the other filled with boring improvs: junk as my girlfriend would say, as she storms out of the house! And for once, I can only agree with her as I eject the disc from the deck. Hardly the treasure chest promised, this HC double album is at least interesting because all sides of the group are presented! Too bad the improvising facets wins in terms of space, though!

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Posted Friday, August 03, 2007

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I have developed a love / hate relationship with this live double album from HENRY COW. If they had just released the first disc only it would easily be a four star record for me, but the second disc(which is filled with improvs) is a difficult listen to say the least. This is a valuable document though with some great information in the liner notes, including an interview the band did for some young Swedes where they tell them(among many other things) that their major influences were early SOFT MACHINE and MOTHERS OF INVENTION. There are also 2 pages taken from their road diary which is very interesting.

The first five tracks are a medley of songs they did at the BBC Broadcasting House in 1975. The sound quality is great, and the band who did this medley in concerts back then do it perfectly and seemingly without effort. Piano and female vocals(Dagmar Krause) dominate the first part of "Beautiful As The Moon- Terrible As An Army With Banners" but I like the latter section when the angular guitar comes in. "Nirvana For Mice" opens with sax as lots of intricate sounds come into play a minute in, including some great bass from Greaves. It calms right down 3 1/2 minutes in as different sounds come and go. It picks back up 5 minutes in to the end. "The Ottawa Song" features solemn vocals from Dagmar as guitar comes and goes.There is more energy 2 1/2 minutes in. Not a big fan of this one.

"Gloria Gloom" is a MATCHING MOLE cover and I like it a lot. The guitar after 1 1/2 minutes is fantastic. Lots of atmosphere 3 minutes in as the vocals stop. It becomes almost eerie as it blends into "Beautiful Is The Moon". This is another outstanding track with some piano, drums and fuzz organ. Amazing sound. The next 2 songs were taken from a concert with Robert Wyatt at New London Theater also in 1975. "Bad Achemy" is basically Wyatt and Krause singing together with piano accompanying them. "Little Red Riding Hood Hits The Road" is from "Rock Bottom" and is my favourite track on this double recording. Wyatt does his vocal melodies then follows it up with vocals. 1 1/2 minutes in is an incredible section. Love this song. Some good guitar 3 minutes and the drumming is outstanding. "Ruins" is from their "Unrest" album and is remarkable. Check out the organ in the first part of this song ! After 4 minutes it changes to a chamber rock style. Some raw guitar 10 minutes in with vocal melodies a minute later from Dagmar. The last 2 tracks(improvs) on the first disc require some patience and are a let down for me after all that has gone on before.

Disc two is pretty much the band experimenting and improvising. I agree with Syzygy that the final song "Udine" is by far the best of the bunch.

Overall a 3 star recording although I can't see playing disc 2 anytime soon. Still this is a valuable recording for me.

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Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
3 stars This collection of different live recordings has many ups and downs. First of all, the sound quality is spuious at best. Some parts are clear, but never perfect. Some parts are rough and distorted. And some sound like the microphones were just scattered around the stage without respect for the instruments.

Also, I'm not sure why, but Dagmar Kraus' vocals usually annoy me. Her Lotte Lenya impersonation just doesn't strike a chord with me.

Despite all that, Henry Cow created some of the most interesting music of it's time. The compositions, if you can call them that can be eerie and disturbing, sounding like total disarray, but somehow in control.

The best parts here are when the band actually sets up some sort of rhythm for Frith and company to create solos and other noises over.

This is a good album, but I'd recommend getting the studio albums over this one.

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Review by Warthur
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3 stars A neat cross-section of Henry Cow live performances, featuring a mix of improvisational and composed tracks. Some of the material from the likes of Unrest and In Praise of Learning is somewhat more approachable in the live context than in the cold, stark presentation they received on the studio albums, so those beginning to explore Henry Cow's RIO output might want to start here. Unfortunately, I can't give this one a glowing report because the recording quality is so variable - the first side or so of the album (Beautiful as the Moon; Terrible as an Army With Banners / Nirvana For Mice / Ottawa Song / Gloria Gloom / Moon Reprise) has great sound quality because it was recorded for a Peel session, but the rest is much more variable, with Ruins and Groningen suffering particularly badly to my ears. Had this not been the case, this might have been a four-star piece, but as it is I can only go to three.

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5 stars Masterpiece of live album of HENRY COW released in 1976 "Concerts". It is a work in which Robert Wyatt participates by the guest. The medley only of live and the improvisation for 20 minutes are collected. It is symbolized in "Ruins", and the thrill and power are live works of eminent. ... (read more)

Report this review (#54854) | Posted by braindamage | Sunday, November 06, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The first CD on this double set is great. The first track (Beautiful as the Moon...etc) is, I think, one of the greatest pieces of music recorded by HC (the best is 'iving in the Hear of the Beast' on In Praise of Learning). Krause is here but without Slap Happy, just the 'regular' HC. The second tr ... (read more)

Report this review (#20202) | Posted by | Tuesday, February 03, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Henry Cow was one of the more influential and adventurous of the prog rock outfits, creating music that demands something of the listener, not a casual listen. This double live recording presents Henry Cow at a strong point in their performing, tight in a way, but certainly allowing themselves consi ... (read more)

Report this review (#20201) | Posted by Gonghobbit | Monday, January 26, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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