Virginia Astley ‎– A Bao A Qu

Why Fi ‎– WHYD 8
Vinyl, 10", 45 RPM, EP, Single

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A1 We Will Meet Them Again
Piano, Flute, Synthesizer [Prophet] – Virginia AstleyVocals [Children Singing] – Aminta Townshend, Emma Townshend
A2 Arctic Death
Guitar – Jon AstleyHarmonica – Peter Hope-Evans*Soprano Saxophone – Josephine WellsSynthesizer [Prophet], Performer [Waop] – Virginia Astley
B1 Angels Crying
Bass – Tony ButlerDrums [Snare Drum] – Mark BrzezickiSynthesizer [Prophet] – Virginia Astley
B2 Sanctus
Vocals [Singing] – Jon Astley, Nicola Holland*, Virginia Astley

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Produced for "A Major Record Company"
M-Ocean Music Ltd./Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
℗ 1982 Why-Fi Records Ltd.

"We Will Meet Them Again" [words taken from an English translation of Mahler's Kindenotenlieder - Songs On The Death Of Children.]

Notes not on release:
The title A Bao A Qu is taken from The Book Of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges and refers to a legendary animal taken from Indian folklore. The A Bao A Qu exists in the Tower Of Victory in the city of Chitor.

Pilgrims climbing the stairwell bring the A Bao A Qu to life and as they continue their ascent, the A Bao A Qu's shape approaches perfection and the blue colour it radiates becomes more intense. If the climber is a person who "has achieved Nirvana and whose acts cast no shadows" then the A Bao A Qu will achieve perfection. According to legend, the A Bao A Qu has only reached the tower's pinnacle once.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): WHYD+8+A ORLAKE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): WHYD+8+B ORLAKE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A matrix): WHYD 8 A §
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B matrix): WHYD 8 B §

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WHYD 8, TEP-0374 Virginia Astley A Bao A Qu(10", EP, Single) Why Fi, RCA WHYD 8, TEP-0374 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
TEP-0374 Virginia Astley A Bao A Qu(12", EP, Single) RCA TEP-0374 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
WHY 8DJ Virginia Astley A Bao A Qu(7", Promo) Why Fi WHY 8DJ UK 1982 Sell This Version