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Unrest

Henry CowAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rer USA
  • ASIN: B000026SL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearing the air... May 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Okay, you're looking at Unrest by Henry Cow. There is a reason you're here, you didn't just stumble across it. Despite the opinions of some, this gem has two distinct sides. One relatively standard in composition, the other purposely experimental. The balance is expertly measured, and pleasing to anyone with a taste for this type of music. I'd venture to say Modern Jazz/Rock has seen few pieces as well defined and pleasantly melodic as "Bittern..", "Half Awake..", "Solemn Music", or "Ruins". As informed as this might have been by the Canterbury or Zappa ethic, it stands alone, especially with the highly listenable experimental half.

Have an open mind, for goodness sakes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free jazz, modern classical, and progressive rock January 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This incredible album was released in 1974 and fuses elements of free jazz and modern classical with progressive rock into an impenetrably dense wall of sound. To the uninitiated, this sometimes chaotic music can be fairly intimidating and could possibly be perceived as icy, distant, and intellectual. All of the musicians are superb and play a wide variety of instruments including several types of woodwinds: Chris Cutler (drums/percussion), John Greaves (bass, piano, voice), Tim Hodgkinson (organ, alto sax, clarinet, piano), Lindsay Cooper (bassoon, oboe, recorder, voice), and Fred Frith (guitar, violin, xylophone, piano). The first three pieces, including the 12'07 Ruins, are traditional in the sense that melodies, harmonies, and rhythms, albeit very sophisticated, are presented in a manner that the contours of each piece take on the shape of rock music. However, starting with the piece Linguaphonie, recognizable structure begins to dissolve and the music becomes more in keeping with the stylistic attributes of modern classical. In short, everything is pretty much thrown out the window and the music becomes a swirl of random sounds, which reaches a peak on the 3'00" Upon Entering the Hotel Adlon. This piece is a furious explosion of bass, drums and woodwind parts without a discernible rhythm or tonal center. In 1975, Henry Cow would merge with the avant-garde outfit Slapp Happy and develop a type of progressive rock even more complex than that practiced by Gentle Giant. This resulted in the remarkable album In Praise of Learning, which is also highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SOCK MARCHES ON... November 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
With UNREST, Henry Cow moved beyond the jazz-influenced sound of their first recording, LEG END, on to an album with two personalities - the composed pieces are definitely more `studied' in their compositions, and the improvisations feature a technique still evolving within the band, that of using the studio itself as an instrument of composition.The album opens with quite a catchy little number, `Bittern storm over Ulm', written by guitarist Fred Frith - and he gives a nod to `Got to hurry', recorded in the 60s by the Yardbirds and credited to O. Rasputin. The arrangement of this piece is very compact and disciplined - every note sounds as if someone assembling a puzzle placed it there, and the effect is quite powerful. All of the elements play a part - nothing is by chance and nothing is wasted - making this one of the most effective instrumentals I've ever heard.

The recording on UNREST is much clearer than on LEG END, allowing the listener to more fully appreciate the playing of the various group members. In particular, Chris Cutler's drumming, while it never dominates the mix, is much easier to hear. His work is amazing - I can't think of a drummer I've ever heard that I admire more.

`Half asleep; half awake', a John Greaves composition, follows. It begins slowly and quietly, with some beautiful piano work (I'm not sure if it's John or Fred), acquiring more energy as it develops into a chamber music-like work. Lindsay Cooper (a new member as of this album, replacing Geoff Leigh from the LEG END era) does some wonderful work on her bassoon on this track, and throughout the set (she plays oboe and recorder as well). The piece works its way through several changes, ending once again in some achingly lovely piano.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Henry Cow's best May 23, 2005
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Without dumbing-down the music, Henry Cow's "Unrest" is a marked improvement over their previous effort "Leg End" which is quite a challenge to listen to, although it is certainly not without it's merit. "Unrest" as well as most of Henry Cow's ouvre is typically catagorized in the "rock-in-opposition" sub-genre, breaking the boundries of rock, almost having more in common with 20th century art and avant-garde music.

The highlights of "Unrest" are the rather odd take of the Yardbirds "Got To Hurry" titled "Bittern Storm Over Ulm" and the epic "Ruins" which features some beautiful interplay between Fred Frith's guitar and violin work, Tim Hodgkinson and Lindsay Cooper's winds and Chris Cutler's percussion. For avant-garde music this album is extremely easy to listen to, in fact I had a cassette of this album (with Amon Duul II "Phallus Dei" on the other side) in my car for weeks on end and never once found it to be a bit disrupting or distracting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this album is mind-blowing. February 4, 2008
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Henry Cow, the most political of the original Rock-in-Opposition bands, had for a motto "radical politics demand radical music." In 1974, _Unrest_ continues this philosophy in the middle ground between the RELATIVELY more conservative _Leg End_ (full of Soft Machine, Zappa, and Bartok influences, among other wonderful things!) with even more modernist structure and harmony, even electronics. along doubt due in part to the addition of Lindsay Cooper, here playing bassoon, oboe, and recorder and some wordless vocals on "Linguiphonie"... she is an awesome performer and composer!! (I highly recommend her solo work, all of it!). So she joins the already phenomenally talented group of Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, and Chris Cutler. I love Henry Cow, and it's always hard to pick a favorite album, and whatever I decided on that at the end of the day, i would say _Unrest_ is probably the most _fun_ to listen to (well, there is _Desperate Straits_ but it's more a Slapp Happy album...). It has a great variety of moods and song types, from strictly composed pieces to more improvised pieces later modified by studio trickery.

This variety is almost a happy accident, as the band came to the studio lacking sufficient composed material to complete both sides of an album. Well, they used "Solemn Music", (Frith's nice duet for oboe and guitar, part of HC's contribution to John Chadwick's "The Tempest"), but otherwise nothing. Fortunately, Henry Cow was no stranger to improvisation or technical innovation, and they created the entire second side, "developing various experimental procedures that combine[d] improvisation, tapework, loops, layering and compositional overdubbing." A common theme in other reviews is derision towards ol' side 2, but i personally really enjoy this side of HC's music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars henry cow music
I was never really sure if Henry Cow is the name of the band or the guy, but whatever it is, it doesn't really matter now does it? Read more
Published on January 5, 2009 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A milestone in prog-rock
Whilst not everyone's cup of tea, Unrest represents a major milestone in prog-rock/avant-rock/rock-in-opposition. Read more
Published on November 18, 2008 by Tony Wellington
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrest
It'a a very special album of a special groups!!!

thank's for all your music Fred, Chris and other components of henry cow

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Published on January 11, 2007 by Cristian Filippelli
1.0 out of 5 stars Musicians in search of a tune.
Henry cow come from that school of thought that is the more abstract your music the better you will be thought of. Wrong. This is absolute drivel from beginning to end. Read more
Published on February 20, 2006 by Mark53
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly great, but a bit dated
I have always struggled with Henry Cow, not because I don't like them or don't want to like them, but because Fred Frith's noodly fusion guitar lines really grate on my nerves. Read more
Published on December 5, 2005 by N. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Likeable 'Difficult' Albums I Own
This is another one of many albums I wasn't ready for in the first hearing. It is 'difficult', perhaps some will say too intellectual. Read more
Published on January 30, 2005 by Arno Parke
5.0 out of 5 stars VOICE IS ENOUGH FOR MUSIC
I LOVE HENRY COW'S MUSIC . I LOVE THEIRS MUSIC PERSPECTIVE AND SOUND. YOU HAVE TO LISTEN THIS ALBUM , MY FAVOURITE SONGS IN THIS ALBUMS ARE "RUINS", "UPON ENTERING... Read more
Published on January 24, 2001 by oguz
5.0 out of 5 stars very refreshing
all i have to say is hear the CD for a week all the time and you realise how good they are
Published on October 11, 2000
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