Henry Cow discography

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Henry Cow discography

Henry Cow, 1975
Releases
Studio albums 5
Live albums 2
Box sets 3
Other albums 4

The Henry Cow discography is a list of officially released recordings by English avant-rock group Henry Cow. During their period of activity from 1968 to 1978, they released six albums, including two with German/English avant-pop trio Slapp Happy, and one double live album. Hopes and Fears (1978), considered by some to be "the lost Henry Cow album",[1] was originally recorded as a Henry Cow album, but when some of the band members were unhappy about the predominance of song-oriented material, it was released under the name of Art Bears.

In 2006 Recommended Records, Chris Cutler's independent record label, released a seven CD box set, the Henry Cow Box comprising CD remasters of the original six albums. In 2009, to mark the anniversary of the formation of Henry Cow, Recommended Records released a nine CD plus one DVD box set, The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set that contained previously unreleased recordings made between 1972 and 1978. The DVD, a 75-minute video of Henry Cow performing in Vevey, Switzerland in August 1976, is the only known video recording of the band.[2]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Format Label Released Notes
1973 Legend [3] * LP Virgin (UK) August 1973
1974 Unrest * LP Virgin (UK) May 1974
1975 Desperate Straights * LP Virgin (UK) March 1975 Collaborative album with Slapp Happy.
In Praise of Learning * LP Virgin (UK) May 1975 Collaborative album with Slapp Happy.
1979 Western Culture * LP Broadcast (UK) 1979

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Format Label Released Notes
1976 Henry Cow Concerts * 2xLP Compendium (Norway) 1976
2008 Stockholm & Göteborg CD Recommended (UK) September 2008 Part of The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set, released separately in advance of the box set's release.

Box sets[edit]

Year Title Format Label Released Notes
1991 The Virgin Years – Souvenir Box 3xCD East Side Digital (US) 1991 Contains re-mixed versions of Henry Cow's three albums released on Virgin Records, including four previously unreleased bonus tracks, a 24 page booklet and a Henry Cow fold-out family-tree.
2006 Henry Cow Box 7xCD Recommended (UK) December 2006 Contains the six original Henry Cow albums released between 1973 and 1979; Henry Cow Concerts includes Henry Cow's Greasy Truckers Live at Dingwalls Dance Hall set; bonus CD by The Orckestra given to advance subscribers of the box set.
2009 The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set
  • The Road: Volumes 1–5
    • Vol. 1: Beginnings
    • Vol. 2: 1974–5
    • Vol. 3: Hamburg
    • Vol. 4–5: Trondheim (2xCD)
  • The Road: Volumes 6–10
  • Bonus CD: A Cow Cabinet of Curiosities
9xCD + 1xDVD Recommended (UK) January 2009 Contains previously unreleased and mostly live recordings made between 1972 and 1978; bonus CD given to advance subscribers of the box set.

Other albums[edit]

Albums with or by other artists containing previously unreleased Henry Cow tracks.

Year Title Format Label Released Notes
1974 Various artists:
Greasy Truckers Live at Dingwalls Dance Hall
2xLP Caroline (UK) 1974 Four tracks by Henry Cow; later released on the CD reissues of Henry Cow Concerts.
1982 Various artists:
Recommended Records Sampler
2xLP Recommended (UK) May 1982 Two tracks by Henry Cow: "Slice" (a Western Culture outtake) and "Viva Pa Ubu" (a Hopes and Fears outtake); later released as bonus tracks on the 2001 CD reissue of Western Culture.
1984 Various artists:
The Last Nightingale
LP Recommended (UK) November 1984 One track by Henry Cow: "Bittern Storm Revisited" (a remix of "Bittern Storm over Ülm" from Unrest).
1990 Fred Frith:
Gravity
CD RecRec Music (Switzerland) 1990 One track by Henry Cow: "Waking Against Sleep" (a Western Culture outtake); not released anywhere else.[4]

Keys[edit]

    *  – The highlighted albums are the six definitive albums Henry Cow made during their existence.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Temple, Alex. "Art Bears, Hopes and Fears". Progweed. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  2. ^ The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set DVD liner notes.
  3. ^ Legend is also known as The Henry Cow Legend and Leg End.
  4. ^ It has been reported that "Waking Against Sleep" on this reissue of Gravity may be the same recording as "The Herring People" on The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set. See the song notes and this talk page.

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