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    Posted: March 22 2008 at 00:16
Two superb albums to recommend to fans of Henry Cow, Art Bears, Slapp Happy (related projects) and for those into Canterbury Scene music (Kew Rhone etc.)

It's very accessible music, and very enjoyable.  Perhaps choosing one track is a silly exercise, but I like having polls to go along with appreciation threads,

Sirens And Silences/Work Resumed On The Tower

by NEWS FROM BABEL


Studio Album, released in 1983

Track Listings

Sirens and Silences:
1. Odysseus (2:56)
2. Auschwitz/Babel (4:07)
3. Klein's Bottle (3:17)
4. Black Gold (3:09)
5. Devils (1:16)
6. Dry Leaf (2:51)

Work Resumed on the Tower:
7. Arcades (of Glass) (7:44)
8. Victory (5:19)
9. Anno Mirabilis (4:08)

Total Time: 34:47

Line-up/Musicians

- Lindsay Cooper / bassoon, sopranino & alto saxes, piano, other keyboards
- Chris Cutler / drums, electrics, percussion
- Zeena Parkins / harp, preoared & electric harps, accordion
- Dagmar Krause / singing

With:
- Phil Minton / singing, trumpet
- Bill Gilonis / bass, guitar
- Georgie Born / bass

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Letters Home

by NEWS FROM BABEL


Studio Album, released in 1986

Track Listings

1. Who will accuse? (2:38)
2. Heart of stone (3:04)
3. Banknote (3:19)
4. Moss (3:58)
5. Dragon at the core (4:39)
6. Dark matter (4:20)
7. Waited/Justice (5:09)
8. Fast food (3:13)
9. Late evening (4:58)

Total Time: 35:18

Line-up/Musicians

- Lindsay Cooper / bassoon, sopranino & alto saxes,
piano, other keyboards
- Chris Cutler / drums, electrics, percussion
- Zeena Parkins / harp, prepared & electric harps, accordion
- Dagmar Kraus / vocals
- Sally Potter / vocals
- Phil Minton / vocals
- Bill Gilonis / bass, guitar
- Georgie Born / bass
- Robert Wyatt / vocals on tracks 1, 2, 4, 7 & 9

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 22 2008 at 07:45
I went For Arcades, but Anno Mirabilis is superb as well.
 
Although I much prefer LETTERS with Wyatt singing.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 22 2008 at 09:41
I chose Waited/Justice, but already regret. I should have gone for Dragon at the Core.

Letters Home really isn't an album where I haven thought about what my favorite track is. Haven't listened to Sirens... nearly as much (yet).
Over land and under ashes
In the sunlight, see - it flashes
Find a fly and eat his eye
But don't believe in me
Don't believe in me
Don't believe in me
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 22 2008 at 16:21
^ both are so good, but I find all listed very good.  I voted for Anno Mirabilis (so to vote for something, but almost went with Dragon at the Core and Waited/ Justice too.  Incidentally, yesterday as Waited/ Justice was playing and Wyatt started singing, my wife started laughing.  Arrghh, she knows I'm a Wyatt fan and must know his voice by now... I told her, well not everyone can sing like Celine Dion, in fact, nobody should.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2008 at 06:42
^Ha-ha. Evil wife. Very frustrating when things like that happen. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2008 at 09:33
Originally posted by Logan

^ both are so good, but I find all listed very good.  I voted for Anno Mirabilis (so to vote for something, but almost went with Dragon at the Core and Waited/ Justice too.  Incidentally, yesterday as Waited/ Justice was playing and Wyatt started singing, my wife started laughing.  Arrghh, she knows I'm a Wyatt fan and must know his voice by now... I told her, well not everyone can sing like Celine Dion, in fact, nobody should.
 
 
 
Just imagine her listening to Catherine Jauniaux... LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2008 at 20:45
Originally posted by avestin

Originally posted by Logan

^ both are so good, but I find all listed very good.  I voted for Anno Mirabilis (so to vote for something, but almost went with Dragon at the Core and Waited/ Justice too.  Incidentally, yesterday as Waited/ Justice was playing and Wyatt started singing, my wife started laughing.  Arrghh, she knows I'm a Wyatt fan and must know his voice by now... I told her, well not everyone can sing like Celine Dion, in fact, nobody should.
 
 
 
Just imagine her listening to Catherine Jauniaux... LOL
 
 
Or Diamanda Galàs just to top it offLOL
 
I haven't got any NFB albums yet, but Im working on it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2008 at 21:13
Bj-1:
I'm not that big a fan of theirs (or Art Bears for that matter) but for what it's worth, there's the "boxset" I have with their two albums and single which is worth getting:
 
 
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That's the one I've been looking for, Assaf, but I always end up getting something elseLOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2008 at 21:31
Originally posted by Bj-1

Originally posted by avestin

Originally posted by Logan

^ both are so good, but I find all listed very good.  I voted for Anno Mirabilis (so to vote for something, but almost went with Dragon at the Core and Waited/ Justice too.  Incidentally, yesterday as Waited/ Justice was playing and Wyatt started singing, my wife started laughing.  Arrghh, she knows I'm a Wyatt fan and must know his voice by now... I told her, well not everyone can sing like Celine Dion, in fact, nobody should.
 
 
 
Just imagine her listening to Catherine Jauniaux... LOL
 
 
Or Diamanda Galàs just to top it offLOL
 
I haven't got any NFB albums yet, but Im working on it.


Oddly enough, not long after her comment, I did put on Aksak Maboul's Un Peu's first track loudly and asked her what she thought of it.  She didn't comment.  And I have played Diamanda Galas for her in the past -- not her cuppa. LOL

Incidentally, I played much of NfB compilation album today in the car on a long trip.  Noticed her tapping her feet to "Dark Matter", and she seemed to enjoy that, so I guess that would be her pick.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2008 at 21:36
I mulled over this for a little while, but the only resolution I came to was my incapability of narrowing the choice down to just one. I've never been able to do this. I think Sirens works beautiful as a whole and find myself listen to it more than any of the Art Bears records. I cannot speak for Letter Home as I still have not heard this album.  
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I love both albums and every single song, but Dragons at the core blows my had really far away. Incredible band featuring a most talented bunch. Who will accuse also kills me... ¡and it is at the beggining of the freaking album!. To my amusement, it went better and better from that point to the end.
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Originally posted by Logan

^ both are so good, but I find all listed very good.  I voted for Anno Mirabilis (so to vote for something, but almost went with Dragon at the Core and Waited/ Justice too.  Incidentally, yesterday as Waited/ Justice was playing and Wyatt started singing, my wife started laughing.  Arrghh, she knows I'm a Wyatt fan and must know his voice by now... I told her, well not everyone can sing like Celine Dion, in fact, nobody should.


Meanwhile, whenever it is that I try to talk over some Wyatt song, my girlfriend makes me shut up and there was this time in wich "O caroline" was on and I received a bland object in the head as a "sush!".
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2008 at 22:05
Originally posted by cuncuna

Originally posted by Logan

^ both are so good, but I find all listed very good.  I voted for Anno Mirabilis (so to vote for something, but almost went with Dragon at the Core and Waited/ Justice too.  Incidentally, yesterday as Waited/ Justice was playing and Wyatt started singing, my wife started laughing.  Arrghh, she knows I'm a Wyatt fan and must know his voice by now... I told her, well not everyone can sing like Celine Dion, in fact, nobody should.


Meanwhile, whenever it is that I try to talk over some Wyatt song, my girlfriend makes me shut up and there was this time in which "O caroline" was on and I received a bland object in the head as a "sush!".


Really? Almost wish I could swap ladies.  I had thought "O Caroline" might make her a believer, but it didn't work.  Maybe I should have played her Wyatt's version of "I'm a Believer."  My wife would have a theological problem with Wyatt.  I rather regret having sung along with Matching Mole's "God Song" while she was around when I was going through something of a crisis.
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