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    Posted: April 05 2009 at 12:32
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 05 2009 at 12:49

I vote for the extended Cow family ...but what of the offspring produced from HC & SM's cross-breading like Brainville 3?



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 05 2009 at 12:58
Soft Machine/Isotope is my choice as well as that of Antoine!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 05 2009 at 14:39
I love both options.

Originally posted by Gorgo Ourgon Gorgo Ourgon wrote:

I vote for the extended Cow family ...but what of the offspring produced from HC & SM's cross-breading like Brainville 3?



Good one! I thought of that, such connections between SM and HC make the poll a little more interesting, methinks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 05 2009 at 14:42
Still have yet to hear side HC member projects.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 05 2009 at 16:33
soft machine- its a matter of taste
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 05 2009 at 16:55
Those 2 combined form a hefty chunk of my music collection. It's got to be Henry Cow for me - Art Bears, Fred Frith, Massacre, News from Babel, Cassiber, Greaves/Blegvad, John Greaves and Lindsay Cooper have all released albums which equalled or exceeded their achievements in Henry Cow; Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper aside, I don't think you could really say the same for Soft Machine (as enjoyable as many of the spin offs are).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2009 at 08:28
I did not vote. Still need to hear a lot more of both sides (but more HC side).
I think there's a live album of HC with Robert Wyatt so it's another mix here.
I must say it seems to me a very interesting comparison but lots of those are very hard to find.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2009 at 08:37
Still voted Henry Cow, but it was a lot closer than the Genesis poll.  Soft Machine + all the excellent work from Wyatt, Hugh Hopper, and Elton Dean made it a bit of a tough call, but as Syzygy said the list of all the Cow offshoots plus the Cow itself is just too much win.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2009 at 09:02
In the Cow vs Genesis poll i voted for Henry, in this one i vote for the Soft Machine + friends.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2009 at 09:40
Originally posted by omri omri wrote:

I did not vote. Still need to hear a lot more of both sides (but more HC side).
I think there's a live album of HC with Robert Wyatt so it's another mix here.
I must say it seems to me a very interesting comparison but lots of those are very hard to find.
 
Robert Wyatt performed live with Henry Cow 3 times (which account for 60% of his live appearances since his accident) and there are tracks on both Concerts and the Live box set. Wyatt also appears on 2 John Greaves albums (Songs and Chansons) and is the main vocalist on the 2nd News From Babel album. There has been a fair amount of crossover between Henry Cow and some ex Softs, but they remain two distinct entities with different styles.
 
I'm not really aware of much crossover between Genesis and Henry Cow (see Logan's other poll) - Fred Frith played on some of the same Eno albums as Phil Collins, but not on the same tracks, and Clive Bell (a sometime member of Ottawa Music Company and Henry Cow fellow traveller) played the shakuhachi intro to Sledgehammer, but I think that's about it.  
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