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An overview of the numerous collaborations of ex Henry Cow (and Slapp Happy) members, along with some Henry Cow rarities with Robert Wyatt and the Orckestra.
This is not an exhaustive compilation (the list of Fred Frith's collaborations alone could fit a book), but the gathering of hard to find tracks taken mostly from vinyls not reissued on CD, out-of-print compilations or tracks from the artist's collection. Note that all the recordings here are of professional quality.

3 discs Box set
full artwork included, with a 16 page booklet including photos and all credits and details for each track.

DISC 1

SLAPP HAPPY
1• Alcohol
Peter Blegvad : voice, guitar
Anthony Moore : keyboards, noises
Recorded in 1974 as a demo for “Desperate Straights”. Taken from a rare 1-sided subscription single.

HENRY COW & ROBERT WYATT
2• Living in the Heart of the Beast
3• Little Red Riding Hood
4• We Did it Again
Dagmar Krause (vocals) / Lindsay Cooper (bassoon, alto sax, flute) / Tim Hodgkinson (keyboards, alto sax) / Fred Frith (guitar, violin) / John Greaves (bass, piano) / Chris Cutler (drums) / Robert Wyatt (vocals, piano)
Live at the Theatre des Champs Elysées, Paris, May 8th, 1975. Radio France recording : [3] broadcast 1991 as part of a documentary about Robert Wyatt's career, [2] and [3] are from the band's collection.

HENRY COW & MIKE WESTBROOK BRASS BAND : THE ORCKESTRA
5• Lady Howerd's Coach
Fred Frith (guitar) / Chris Cutler (drums) / Tim Hodgkinson (organ, sax)
Lindsay Cooper (bassoon, sopranino sax) / Georgie Born (cello, bass guitar) / Mike Westbrook (piano) / Phil Minton (trumpet, lead vocals) / Kate Barnard (tenor horn, piccolo) / Dave Chambers (soprano & tenor saxes) / Paul Rutherford (trombone)
Live in Paris November 20th, 1977. Unreleased recording, taken from the band's private collection.

LINDSAY COOPER
6• Fingers Weary And Worn / Canal Towpath / Regent Street / Musical Box / Women’s Wrongs / Cholera Morbus
7• The Housewife’s Nightmare
8• Spitafields
Lindsay Cooper (bassoon, alto sax, soprano sax, oboe, piano) / Georgie Born (cello, bass) / Phil Minton (trumpet, voice)
Recorded at Kaleidophon Studio, April 1979 for the film The Song Of The Shirt. Taken from the ultra rare 7” EP “Pictures from The Great Exhibition”.

TIM HODGKINSON
9• Solo Saxophone Live Treatments
Tim Hodgkinson (saxophone)
An improvisation from the early '80s. Taken from the out-of-print compilation CD “Passed Normal Vol.4”

HEINER GOEBBELS & ALFRED HARTH
10• Ich Bertolt Brecht / An Die Nachgeborenen / Wer Zu Hause Bleibt, Wenn Der Kampf Beginnt / Adresse Des Sterbenden Dichters An Dis Jugen
11• Liebeslied
12• Schwächen
Heiner Goebbels (piano, keyboards, accordion etc) / Alfred Harth (saxes, clarinet, etc) / Dagmar Krause (vocals) / Ernst Stötzner (vocals)
Taken from the LP “Bertolt Brecht : Zeit Wird Knapp“ (1981). These tracks were not included in the retrospective CD reissue “Goebbels Heart” from 1993.

JOHN GREAVES & PETER BLEGVAD : THE LODGE
13• Like a Baby
John Greaves (piano, voice) / Peter Blegvad (vocals) / Kristoffer Blegvad (guitar)
Taken from the compilation album “State Of The Union” (first released 1982). It was later expanded for CD in 1992 and became well known in outsider circles for its unique concept; a superstar gathering of experimentalists performing 1 minute compositions. An extremely rare 2-CD version was released in 1996, featuring 146 tracks.

DAVID THOMAS & THE PEDESTRIANS
14• Didn’t Have a Very Good Time
David Thomas (voice) / Chris Cutler (drums) / Allen Ravenstine (synthesizer)
Recorded 1982. Taken from a special subscription 1-sided single .

OFFICER !

15• Join The AAA
16• Way
Mick Hobbs (bass, drums, guitar, voice) / Bill Gilonis (guitar, sax) / Tim Hodgkinson [15] (Hawaiian guitar, reverb voice) / Felix Fiedorowicz [16] (keyboards, bassoon, voice) / Chris Cutler [16] (drums)
Recorded 1982-1983. When on vacation from The Work (his band with Tim Hodgkinson, Bill Gilonis, and Rick Wilson), Mick Hobbs gathered friends and allies to play music under the Officer! banner. Their first recordings were released on tape by french label AYAA (then called AAA). This very limited edition (500 copies) cassette has never been reissued.

LINDSAY COOPER

17• Celeste's dream
18• The ballroom
Lindsay Cooper (bassoon, alto & sopranino saxes, oboe, piano) / Georgie Born (cello, guitar, bass guitar) / Eleanor Sloane (violin) / Kate Westbrook (tenor horn) / Lol Coxhill [18] (saxophone) / Dave Holland [18] (piano)
Taken from “The Golddiggers” LP, recorded at Wave Studio, May 1983. These tracks were left out on the album's CD version.

CASSIX
19• Coste
20• Cripta
Chris Cutler (drums, percussion etc) / Heiner Goebbels (piano, synthesizer, accordian) / Alfred Harth (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, clarinet) / Franco Fabbri (guitar) / Umberto Fiori (voice) / Pino Martino (bass guitar)
Recorded July 25-29th, 1983 at Fortezza, Medicea, Montepulciano. Taken from the LP “Recommended Records Quarterly Vol.1 n°3” (1986 Re0103). These are the 2 (out of 7) tracks from the LP that were not reissued on the 1991 CD re-release “ReR Quarterly Selections from Vol.1”

NEWS FROM BABEL
21• Contraries
Lindsay Cooper (bassoon, piano, horns) / Chris Cutler (marimba) / Dagmar Krause (voice) / Zeena Parkins (harp, accordion)
Recorded Oct-Nov. 1983 during the "Work resumed on the Tower" sessions. This track was released on a 1-sided subscription single in 1986.

DISC 2


OFFICER !
1• Some
2• Tunnels
Mick Hobbs (bass, keyboards, percussion, recorder, tapes, voice) / Tim Hodgkinson (alto & baritone sax, clarinet, Hawaiian guitar) / Bill Gilonis [1] (piano, percussion, melodica) / Catherine Jauniaux [1] (voice) / Felix Fiedorowicz [2] (bassoon, piano, toy piano, voice) / Rick Wilson [2] (drums) / Patrick Q. [2] (violin)
Recorded 1983-1984 at Cold Storage and Surrey Sound studios, England. Taken from the LP “Ossification” (Ayaa DT1284). Never reissued on CD.

HERMINE
3• The Story Of A Ridiculous Dummy
Hermine Demoriane (vocals) / Tim Hodgkinson (baritone sax) / Felix Fiedorowicz (bassoon) / Dominic Weeks (piano, organ vibraphone, xylophone, bass) / Cass Davies (trombone, bass clarinet) / Richard Grace (trombone)
Taken from Hermine’s LP “Lonely at The Top”.

COOPER / CUTLER
4• Education
Lindsay Cooper (piano, alto & soprano saxes) / Chris Cutler (drums) / Bill Gilonis (guitar, bass) / Sally Potter (vocals) / Connie Bauer (trombone)
Recorded at Cold Storage Studio, April 1984, by Bill Gilonis. Taken from the LP “ReR Quarterly Vol.1 n°1”. Never reissued on CD.

THE LAST NIGHTINGALE
5• Moments of Delight
6• In The Dark Year
Lindsay Cooper (piano, sopranino sax, bassoon) / Chris Cutler (drums) / Bill Gilonis (guitar, bass) / Tim Hodgkinson (piano, moog, baritone & alto saxes) / Robert Wyatt (vocals)
Taken from the eponymous EP. Recorded at Cold Storage studio , Brixton, England, 29-31 Oct. 1984.

SKELETON CREW

7• Ronbo
8• Learn to talk
9• Killing Time
10• New Orleans Stomp
11• Bored Again
12• Man or Monkey
13• Batium
Fred Frith (guitar, violin, bass, drums, homemades, voice) / Tom Cora (cello, bass guitar, drums, contraptions, voice)
Live at Illinois State University, Normal USA, on November 4th, 1984. Taken from the LP "Passed Normal Vol. 1 - Various Artists".

KONRAD BOEHMER
14• Apocalipsis cum figuris
Dagmar Krause (voice) / Phil Minton (voice) / Tato Troost (voice) / Fréderic Rzewski (piano) / Geoffrey Madge (piano) / Jan Hendriks, Ernst Jansz, Henny Vrieten (vocal ensemble) / Willy Goudswaard, Renée Jonker, Frans Leerdam, Vim Vos (The Hague Percussion ensemble) / Konrad Boehmer (conductor)
Produced in the SVEM studio of Dutch radio NOS. Vocals and instrumental parts recorded in Donaueschingen June-July 1984. Taken from “Acousmatrix-History Of Electronic Music Vol.5”. The 38 minute-long original piece have been edited to keep only the parts with Dagmar Krause's voice.

DAVID THOMAS & THE PEDESTRIANS
15• Whale Head King
David Thomas (voice, accordion) / Lindsay Cooper (bassoon, saxophone) / Chris Cutler (drums) / Tony Maimone (bass)
Live in Vandoeuvre-Les-Nancy, France, Musique Action festival, May 1985. Taken from the LP "Musique Action Internationale 1985".

SKELETON CREW
16• Making Seek And Hide
17• The Way Things Fall
Fred Frith (guitar, violin, bass, drums, voice) / Tom Cora (cello, bass guitar, drums, voice) / Zeena Parkins (keyboards, accordion)
Recorded live at M.I.M.I festival, France, summer 1986. Taken from the LP-only release “Festival M.I.M.I. 1986”.

CASSIBER
18• Orpheus Mirror / I Tried To Reach You
Chris Cutler (drums, noises) / Heiner Goebbels (keyboards, violin, guitar, bass) / Christoph Anders (voice, keyboards, guitar, sax)
Live in St Rémy de Provence, France, MIMI festival 2-4 July 1987. Taken from the LP-only release "Festival M.I.M.I. 1987"

LES 4 GUITARISTES DE L'APOCALYPSO BAR
19• La Chute De La Maison Usher
Chris Cutler (drums) / René Lussier (guitar) / Roger Boudreault (guitar) / Jean-Pierre Bouchard (guitar) / André Duchesne (guitar)
Live in St Rémy de Provence, France, MIMI festival 2-4 July 1987. Taken from the LP-only release "M.I.M.I. festival 1987"

DISC 3

DAVID THOMAS & THE ACCORDION CLUB
1• It Happened To Me
David Thomas (voice, accordion) / Chris Cutler (drums) / Alan Dunn (accordion)
Recorded 1987 for BBC radio 1 live show. Taken from the compilation LP “Recommended Records Quarterly Vol.2 n°1” (1987 Re0201). This track was omitted on the 1991 CD reissue "Recommended Quarterly Selection from Vol.2".

PETER BLEGVAD
2• Shirt And Comb
Peter Blegvad (guitar, voice) / Tim Hodgkinson (keyboards) / Kristoffer Blegvad (backing vocals)
Recorded at Cold Storage studio, Brixton, London, December 1989. Produced by Peter Blegvad and Tim Hodgkinson. This track is an outtake from the sessions for Blegvad’s “Downtime” album. Released 1991 on the “Passed Normal Volume 4” compilation.

FRED FRITH’ KEEP THE DOG
3• Huge Bored Uncle
4• Vie En Mimosa
Fred Frith (guitar, violin) / Charles Hayward (drums) / Zeena Parkins (electric harp, piano) / René Lussier (guitar, bass) / Jean Derome (sax, flute) / Bob Ostertag (sampling) / Claudia Engelhart (sound manipulation)
Recorded at Angelica festival, Bologna, Italy, 5 to 9 June 1991. Taken from “Angelica 91” compilation.

SONGS BETWEEN CITIES AND WATERHOLES
5• Songs Between
6• Platser, Sömn Och Fortsättning
7• Chansonnier Cangé
Chris Cutler (drums) / Sten Sandell (piano, keyboards, percussion, voice) / Lars Lach'n Jonsson (voice, violin, percussion) / Niklas Billström (double-bass, bass guitar)
This group was a temporary project, which took place in 1991-1992, as a unique co-operation between Chris Cutler and 3 Swedish musicians. The result of the work was a tour in western Europe during spring 1992, and a recording of four songs (recorded mainly live on the tour, but also in 'the Forest studio'), released in 1993 on a cd-Ep. Chris Cutler is featured on 3 of them.

COOPER / FRITH / GEBBIA / HOLLMER

8• Elegy For An Angel
9• We Fall
Lindsay Cooper (bassoon) / Fred Frith (violin, guitar) / Gianni Gebbia (soprano sax) / Lars Hollmer (accordion, keyboards)
Live at Angelica festival, Bologna, Italy, May-June 1992. Taken from the out-of-print CD compilations “Angelica '92” and “Angelica 93”


PETER BLEGVAD

10• Driver’s seat
Peter Blegvad (guitar, voice) / Peter Holsapple (accordion) / Dave Hofstra (bass) / Dave Schramm (guitar)
Recorded live at St Ann’s church, Brooklyn, NY, 1992. Taken from “Passed Normal Vol. 6 & 7” compilation.

CUTLER / TICKMAYER / KIRALY
11• Trigonom
Chris Cutler (electronics, drums, objects) / Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer (piano, contrebass, melodica) / Ernö Kiraly (zitherphone, tablaphone)
Live at Ring-Ring Festival, Belgrade Yugoslavia, May 1996. Taken from the limited release CD compilation “Ring Ring '96”.

DAGMAR KRAUSE & MARIE GOYETTE
12• Wake Up Angel
13• Through My Satellite
Dagmar Krause (vocals) / Marie Goyette (sampling, piano, voice)
Live at Angelica festival, Bologna Italy, 6 to 11 May 1997. Taken from the out-of-print CD compilation “Angelica '97”.

CHRIS CUTLER'S P53
14• P53 : The Movie
Chris Cutler (drums, electronics etc) / Marie Goyette (piano) / Zygmunt Krause (piano) / Lutz Glandien (samples) / Otomo Yoshihide (samples, turntable, electric guitar)
Live at Angelica festival, Bologna Italy, 6 to 11 May 1997. Taken from the out-of-print CD compilation “Angelica '97”.

JOHN GREAVES
15• Moonriver
John Greaves (piano, vocals)
Recorded January 29th, 1998 at Acousti Studio, Paris. Taken from a private single CD release.

PETER BLEGVAD
16• King Of Straw
Peter Blegvad (guitar, vocals) / François Ovide (guitar)
Recorded May 27th, 1999 at Acousti Studio, Paris. Taken from a private single CD release.

SLAPP HAPPY
17• Hello Dagi
Dagmar Krause (voice) / Peter Blegvad (guitars) / Anthony Moore (keyboards, samples)
Recorded in London, Summer 1997. Bonus track on the Japanese release of "Ca Va".

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I love this post...but most of it has been released officially...
I love this post too.

It's true most of it has been released officially. But hats off to you if you're able to find copies of these rarities !
I was desperately searching for "pictures from the great exhibition" by Lindsay Cooper. I was not sure it only existed, and here it is !!!!
And concerning the other tracks, I even didn't know the existence of most of them.

And last but not least : the HENRY COW tracks with Wyatt and the Orckestra (never released officially or am I missing something ?) are FANTASTIC ! Worth the entire download alone.

A big thank you for all your time and effort, and all the details posted for each track; it helps a lot.
 
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