News from Babel

News from Babel were an English avant/art-pop band that released two albums and a standalone one-sided single on Rē between 1984 and 1986. The band was essentially a follow-through to Henry Cow-spinoff the Art Bears with Lindsay Cooper in lieu of Fred Frith. Members: Chris Cutler (drums, electronics, percussion, marimba), Dagmar Krause (vocals), Zeena Parkins […]

News from Babel ‎– Letters Home (1986)

Letters Home is the second of two albums by avant-garde/art-rock supergroup News from Babel, released in 1986 on Rē Records. Tracklist: A1. “Who Will Accuse?” (2:39) A2. “Heart of Stone (Megalopolis)” (3:04) A3. “Banknote” (3:20) A4. “Moss” (3:58) A5. “A Dragon at the Core” (4:43) B1. “Dark Matter” (4:22) B2. “Waited/ Justice” (5:09) B3. “Fast […]

Hatfield and the North ‎– The Rotters’ Club (1975)

The Rotters’ Club is the second of two albums by Canterburian jazz-rock ensemble Hatfield and the North, released in 1975 on Virgin. Tracklist: A1. “Share It” (3:02) A2. “Lounging There Trying” (3:10) A3. “(Big) John Wayne Socks Psychology on the Jaw” (0:46) A4. “Chaos at the Greasy Spoon” (0:30) A5. “The Yes No Interlude” (7:02) […]

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 […]

Henry Cow

Henry Cow was an English avant-jazz/rock band from Cambridge that was active under assorted iterations during a 10-year period, starting in 1968. Between 1973 and 1975, the band released four albums on Virgin, including two in partnership with the multinational art-pop trio Slapp Happy. In 1978, the band recorded their fifth and final studio album, […]

Mike Oldfield ‎– Hergest Ridge (1974)

Hergest Ridge is the second album by English composer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield, released in 1974 on Virgin. Tracklist: A. “Hergest Ridge (Part One)” (21:40) B. “Hergest Ridge (Part Two)” (18:51) Credits: Mike Oldfield — composer, electric guitar, glockenspiel, sleigh bells, mandolin, timpani, gong, acoustic guitar, Spanish guitar, farfisa organ, Lowrey organ, organ, producer, engineer David Bedford […]