Henry Cow

Henry Cow was an English avant-garde rock and free-jazz band that released four studio albums between 1973 and 1975 on Virgin: Legend, Unrest, Desperate Straights, and In Praise of Learning, the last two in partnership with the cabaret-pop trio Slapp Happy. In 1978, Henry Cow recorded the albums Western Culture and Hopes and Fears — […]

National Health

National Health was an English avant-jazz/rock band from Canterbury that released a self-titled album on Affinity in 1978, followed that same year by Of Queues and Cures on parent-label Charly. The band featured three-fourths of Hatfield and the North — keyboardist Dave Stewart, guitarist Phil Miller, and drummer Pip Pyle — with a revolving line […]

National Health ‎– D.S. Al Coda (1982)

D.S. Al Coda is the third and final album by English jazz-rock ensemble National Health, released in 1982 Europa. The album consists of material composed by early member Alan Gowan, who passed from leukemia the prior year. Tracklist: A1. “Portrait of a Shrinking Man” (5:35) A2. “TNTFX” (3:11) A3. “Black Hat” (4:52) A4. “I Feel […]

National Health ‎– Of Queues and Cures (1978)

Of Queues and Cures is the second album by English jazz-rock ensemble National Health, released in 1978 on Charly. Tracklist: A1. “The Bryden 2-Step (For Amphibians) Part 1” (8:45) A2. “The Collapso” (6:09) A3. “Squarer for Maud” (11:30) B1. “Dreams Wide Awake” (8:36) B2. “Binoculars” (11:30 — 1:00-5:10-7:44-8:57-11:40) B3. “Phlâkatön” (0:08) B4. “The Bryden 2-Step […]

Henry Cow, Slapp Happy ‎– In Praise of Learning (1975)

In Praise of Learning is a collaborative album between English avant-garde/jazz-rock quintet Henry Cow and multinational folk/pop trio Slapp Happy, released in May 1975 on Virgin Records. Musically, the album deviates from the chamber/free-jazz approach of prior Cow efforts with a rockier edge replete with vocals — something lacking from all earlier recordings apart from […]

Slapp Happy / Henry Cow ‎– Desperate Straights (1975)

Desperate Straights is one of two albums by the merged entities of multinational cabaret/pop trio Slapp Happy and English avant-garde/jazz-rockers Henry Cow, released in February 1975 on Virgin. Characterized primarily by the trio’s art-pop style, the album was recorded during the same sessions that produced the more Cow-dominated In Praise of Learning, released the following […]

John Greaves, Peter Blegvad & Lisa Herman ‎– Kew. Rhone. (1977)

Kew. Rhone. is a collaboration LP between English bassist/composer John Greaves and American guitarist/songwriter Peter Blegvad, released in 1977 on Virgin. The duo — joined by upcoming American jazz vocalist Lisa Herman — came together through their mutual involvement in the mid-’70s Henry Cow/Slapp Happy merger. Tracklist: A1. “Good Evening” (0:31) A2. “Twenty-Two Proverbs” (3:56) […]