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Poll Question: In which album do you like her work the most?
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    Posted: July 10 2008 at 14:41
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Lately ive been into both Art Bears and News From Babel, Dagmar Krause has a unique and very original voice and i it would be nice to know your opinion about her, like it? dislike it? and in specific in which band/album do you think her work is the finest?
 
 
 
 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 10 2008 at 14:52
Cool poll - I'll abstain from voting because i don't have any of the Slapp Happy albums.

Of the others, my favorite would probably be In Praise of Learning - she delivers one of the most powerful, emotional vocal performances on "Living in the Heart of the Beast".  Might also want to select The World As It Is Today.  I'd be suspicious of a vote for Letters Home though - not much singing from her on there, right?  It's mostly Wyatt if I recall.

edit:  Desperate Straights should get a lot of votes.  Tough call!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 10 2008 at 15:02
I'm liking this poll (and so will Lappy and others)  I really like Dagmar Krause a lot.  Such excellent, for my tastes, albums listed that it's hard to pick just one.  I don't have all the Slapp Happy albums, but I do have all the rest.  Incidentally, I'd label Desperate Straights as a Slapp Happy album w/ Henry Cow.

For a time, these were the albums I was most into.  Was just listening to News From Babel last night after taking a fairly long break from it -- had burnt myself out on it to the point of thinking it wasn't all that I had initially thought it was cracked up to be -- and really enjoyed those albums again.  In Praise of Learning is an absolutely terrific album, and has one of my favourite Dagmar songs, and indeed one of my favourite songs period, "Beautiful as the Moon..."  For Dagmar's involvement, I would choose one of the Art Bears albums.  I like them all, but I'll give it to The World as it is Today.

I should check out a lot more albums featuring Dagmar Krause.  I really like her in Domestic Stories and Music for Other Occasions.  I'd like to get some of her solo, and Tim Hodgkinson's Each in Our Own Thoughts.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 10 2008 at 15:34
Winter Songs for me, although I love every album on your list.
 
Incidentally, she doesn't really feature on the second News From Babel album - Robert Wyatt is the main vocalist and Sally Potter does a good soundalike on a couple of songs; I think Dagmar only sang on one track. 
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I've got my doubts about how much to contribute
to the already rich among us...'

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 11 2008 at 19:09
Originally posted by Syzygy Syzygy wrote:

Winter Songs for me, although I love every album on your list.
 
Incidentally, she doesn't really feature on the second News From Babel album - Robert Wyatt is the main vocalist and Sally Potter does a good soundalike on a couple of songs; I think Dagmar only sang on one track. 


Krause sings on the last two tracks of Letters Home.  I have the compilation, Sirens & Silences/Work Resumed on the Towers/Letters Home so I tend to think of it as one, "Anno Mirabilis" off Work Resumed on the Tower is my favourite Dagmar track off the compilation.

Incidentally, I found a fan page on myspace that should interest some Krause fans here (I really enjoy those tracks): http://www.myspace.com/dagmarkrause


Considering the limited number of responses, it might be worthwhile to share some myspace links on these bands for those who have yet to really delve into her projects to familairise themselves with some of the music.  In fact I'm discovering some new to me music from Slapp Happy (great):
Art Bears
Henry Cow
Slapp Happy





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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 02:30

Cool Logan, i will take a listen to her myspace, there is also an album by Hodgkinson where she features and i think it would be interesting to give it a spin.

By the way i didn`t vote at first, in a really tough call, and have to mention that i know only songs from Slapp Happy, my vote goes for Wintersongs which actually is my fav Art Bears album, In Praise of Learning is simply an outstanding release and was the album when i know her, but her work in Wintersongs is amazing, beautiful.

 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 02:32
Probably one of the ART BAERS albums--they kinda blend together in my head since I got two of them on one CD.  

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 06:38
I only have Desperate Straights Unhappy ... I bought this way back when it came out and love Dagmar's voice, (probably one of the most distinctive in Prog), so I have no idea why I never bought more.
 
I did pick up a Dagmar CD at the Canterbury Fayre a few years back, (thinking that a CD sold at a Prog festival by a Prog label would be...), but it turned out to be a different person (Dagmar Klein - http://www.dagmar41.de/frameset.html) - a singer heavily influenced by Peter Hammill, so not without worth to me, therefore all was not lost.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 13:57
I just voted Hopes and Fears, cause no one else did 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 15:05
The World as it is Today is my favorite album featuring Dagmar. I love her work, she's even one of my favorite musicians.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2008 at 20:01
pretty much my fav female vocalist along with diamanda, bjork and elizabeth fraser
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 09 2008 at 13:45
Well I think her best work is on Hopes & Fears because it's so diverse, but the best album to feature her is The World As It Is Today.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 11 2008 at 07:29
Sorry, can't stand her voice.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 11 2008 at 16:18
"Tell of the birth
Tell how war appeared on earth
Thunder and herbs
Conjugated sacred Verbs
Musicians with gongs
Fertilised an egg with song
Asleep in the sphere
her foetus was a Knot of fear
She butted with her horn
Split an egg and war was Born
A miracle of hate
She banged her spoon against her plate
Upon her spoon this motto
wonderfully designed:
"Violence completes the partial mind
Stacking the bones
on the empty aerodrome
Tinted turtle green
She haunts the slender submarine
She shakes her gory locks
over the deserted docks
Come follow me
Out of dark obscurity
Follow my torch
Pilgrims at the double march
Through meadows & seas
Abattoirs and Libraries
The pilgrims increase
Boasting they are led by peace
They gut huts with gusto
Pillage villages with verve
War does what she has to
People get what they deserve."


Not only a crazy vocal work, but really insane gr1m and insane lyrics.

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