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Western Culture Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: East Side Digital
  • ASIN: B00006310N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Industry
2. The Decay Of Cities
3. On The Raft
4. Falling Away
5. Gretel's Tale
6. Look Back
7. Half The Sky
8. Viva Pa Ubu
9. Look Back (Alt)
10. Slice

Editorial Reviews

Main tracks: 1. Industry 2. The Decay of Cities 3. On the Raft 4. Falling Away 5. Gretels Tale 6. Look Back 7. 1/2 the Sky Additional tracks: 8. viva Pa Ubu 9. Look Back 10. Slice

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Creative and well executed.
Speedy
It's a real funny thing though- the way this band writes music constantly challenges the listener and gives me VERY odd feelings when I listen to it.
B. E Jackson
Highly recommended to music lovers, maniacs and avant garde / prog music fans all over the world!!
miguel hiraldo

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on February 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
...the way only Henry Cow could do it.
After Henry Cow's _In Praise of Learning_, the situation in the band was getting a little divisive. Lindsay Cooper and Tom Hodgkinson wanted to compose longer instrumental pieces, while Chris Cutler and Fred Frith wanted to focus on more song-oriented music. Unfortunately, they couldn't come to an agreement so Frith, Cutler, and Dagmar Krause released their song-based material as the first Art Bears album, _Hopes and Fears_, while Hodgkinson and Cooper's work was released as the final Henry Cow album, _Western Culture_.
And let me tell you, it's fookin' brilliant. _Western Culture_ is pretty much entirely composed, with only sporadic glimpses of the band's previous affinities towards improvisation. Hodgkinson and Cooper each compose one side of the album (1 and 2, respectively -- BUT, they both wrote "1/2 the Sky"), and while they are distinctly different, it all ties together nicely because of the consistent harmonic quality and dense, tight arrangements. Best of all, this music, while very strange and complex, is also very moving and evocative, all the while deploying twisted, angular melodies, intense textural colors, dissonant harmonic language, and shifty motivic processes. This is also the most 'classical' sounding of their catalogue, probably because of the emphasis on wind instruments. Hodgkinson's pieces are gritty and atonal, complex and energetic. The organ outburst opening "Industry" takes off with Cutler's drumming unpredictably shifting accents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By evenmoregeneric on December 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Henry Cow, of indescribable sonic manifestations and fairly obvoius leftist political leanings have recorded the soundtrack for the industrial revolution's theoretic suicide. This is the sound of what a handful a ridiculously talented hippies thought our future would come to. Too bad nobody is playing rock (and this is rock) anywhere near this precisely anymore.
This purely instrumental album is fairly prototypical henry cow (the non-vocals brand), yet, in my opinion, is the best written and performed of any of their recordings. It starts out with one of the most bombastic HC songs recorded (especially for the non-vocal era, they tend to rock it out a little more consistently on later/con vox recodings.), but for the most part, the tension in this album is communcated through compositional inference, rather than volume.
If you're like me, you find the sweet spot of this album comes in the second half, where the songs seems to take better advantage of the band as a whole, and feature some fairly awe inspiring interplay.
If you like your rock abstract, and played with fairly devious technical sensibilities this is it. If you want vocals, or something to seduce your partner to, you might wanna look elsewhere. Unless you wanna bump uglies in 13/8.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lane Powell on September 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is the only album by Henry Cow I've listened to, but I'm already in love. If you listen to it on;y once it'll probably put you off, but only because it's so far removed from anything that other, more popular progressive rock bands like King Crimson and Pink Floyd were doing at the time. A direct comparison would of course be useless. Others will call this album pretentious, heartless, overly technical, masturbatory, and any other lazy insult they can dig up from the mud. Don't listen to them. Don't buy into the cynical punk dogma that advanced musicianship and pure self-expression are mutually exclusive. Yes this album sounds completely alien at first; yes its angular melodies, dissonances, and rhythmic and structural irregularities seem deliberately designed to frustrate pop (and pop-prog); yes it's different. But it's honest, and sometimes honesty means doing someone no one else wants to do. (Never, ever mistake idiosyncratic creativity for elitism. If anything is a sin, that is.) If you just open your mind for a minute, which many rock listeners are loathe to do unfortunately, you'll discover the secret: this album is FUNKY. This is foot-tapping, head-bobbing, get-up-and-move music. This is empowering. If anyone tells you any different, they haven't seen the light. Show them that light. Amen.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is brilliant. The people who made this album are brilliant. Everyone who likes this album is brilliant. I wish I could give it 1000 stars, because it is SO brilliant.
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Format: Vinyl
Although previous works by this band could be more appreciated by 'prog' music fans, to me this is like the final accomplished sound/concept they were looking for. The sound each member in the band has is finally 'THE sound' individually(sometimes played in a virtuoso manner) and as a whole in the band. In other words, a completely original band sound and concept. You can hear,for example, that Frith is a much better player at this stage, has a completely original sound in perfect harmony with the other instruments, and a very idiosyncratic way of playing his guitar.

On top of that, for any RIO, Canterbury Prog, Zappa or 20th century music lover, this is a dream come true! The compositions are top notch. Creative and well executed. So if you are into plain rock, straight pop or other 'simple' kind of music, (more rhythm based music) stay away. The music of Henry Cow is music that HAS Melody , HAS Harmony and ROCKS, but it has other things too which might be complex to some one who has not been exposed to the genres mentioned previously. Give it a try with open ears and you will see this has much more groove than people say it lacks.

Why the 'almost did not happen' title? Well, this album got recorded when members of the bands were already in other projects (such as Art Bears) thus the absence of vocals and only 2 composers contribute to the whole album.
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