Henry Cow ‎– Western Culture

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History & Prospects
Industry 6:58
The Decay Of Cities 6:55
On The Raft 4:01
Day By day
Falling Away 7:38
Gretels Tale 3:58
Look Back 1:19
1/2 The Sky 5:14

Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BC1 Henry Cow Western Culture(LP, Album) Broadcast Records (3) BC1 UK 1978 Sell This Version
LTM 1.013 Henry Cow Western Culture(LP, RE) Celluloid LTM 1.013 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1.013, ltm1013 Henry Cow Western Culture(LP, RE) Celluloid, Celluloid LTM 1.013, ltm1013 France 1979 Sell This Version
OLPS 55004 Henry Cow Western Culture(LP, Album) L'Orchestra OLPS 55004 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
IZ 1001 Henry Cow Western Culture(LP, Album) Interzone (3) IZ 1001 US 1980 Sell This Version
BCD1 Henry Cow Western Culture(CD, Album, RE) Broadcast Records (3) BCD1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
ESD 80852 Henry Cow Western Culture(CD, Album, RP) East Side Digital ESD 80852 US 1988 Sell This Version
LIMECD 013 Henry Cow Western Culture(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial, Ltd) ООО "Канкард" LIMECD 013 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
ReR HC4 Henry Cow Western Culture(CD, Album, RE) ReR Megacorp ReR HC4 UK 2001 Sell This Version
ESD 81652 Henry Cow Western Culture(CD, Album, RE) East Side Digital ESD 81652 US 2001 Sell This Version
BELLE-152411 Henry Cow Western Culture(CD, Album, RE, RM, SJM) Belle Antique BELLE-152411 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
ReR HC4 Henry Cow Western Culture(CD, Album, RE, RP) ReR Megacorp ReR HC4 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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ultimathulerecords

ultimathulerecords

February 12, 2014
referencing Western Culture, CD, Album, RE, ReR HC4
This was always a really fine come-back album, after the dissolution of the Henry Cow & Slapp Happy project (and the, in parallel Art Bears) that is. But, strangely, it's often overlooked.
WESTERN CULTURE saw Henry Cow return to their original instrumental formula, extensively featuring Lindsay Cooper's winds, and in turn - having influenced a number of other RIO acts - the Henry Cow sound saw a great deal of influence from Univers Zero, and some of the more esoteric elements of the Zamla Mammaz Manna sound. Recorded at Sunrise Studios, Kirchberg, Switzerland (January-August 1978) by Etienne Conod, the production was so precise and really making use of his talent at multi-tracking. Such is the case that Henry Cow: Tim Hodgkinson (organs, alto sax, clarinet, guitar, piano), Lindsay Cooper (bassoon, oboe, soprano sax, recorders), Fred Frith (guitars, bass, soprano sax), Chris Cutler (drums, noise, piano, trumpet) plus Anne-Marie Roelofs (trombone, violin); all sound more like a mini-orchestra than the small band they were.
The album's two suites: History & Prospects (Tim Hodgkinson) and Day By Day (Lindsay Cooper) each encompassed every aspect of the instrumental Henry Cow sound to date, all riddled with the usual weird twists, complex arrangements, unusual rhythms and pure deluges of solos, duets, and such-like all inside or against the framework of the music. I've reviewed the album before, back in my RIO Henry Cow feature (Audion #31) so won't attempt to repeat myself here!
Bizarrely, although the other RéR reissues of Henry Cow albums don't include the bonus material found on the ESD releases, this does feature bonus material! Interestingly, the bonus follows a 1½ minute silent track, and consists of Viva Pa Ubu (originally on the RECOMMENDED RECORDS SAMPLER) and two short pieces Look Back (alt) and Slice, which seem to be remnants from the original sessions.
recrecshop

recrecshop

October 12, 2013
referencing Western Culture, LP, Album, BC1
"Western Culture" was recorded july 1978 at sunrise studio, but album was released not before october 1979, first copies arrived in switzerland january 1980!