Unrest (Henry Cow album)
|Studio album by Henry Cow|
|Recorded||February–March 1974, The Manor, Oxfordshire, England|
|Genre||Avant-rock, avant-garde jazz|
|Henry Cow chronology|
When Henry Cow began recording Unrest, they found they did not have enough composed material to fill the LP. Because of studio time constraints, they were forced to "improvise" and developed a "studio composition" process that involved improvising to tape, tape manipulation, loops, layering and overdubbing. The balance of the LP (tracks 2 to 5 on side 2) were "composed" in this manner. On parts of "Ruins" and "Linguaphonie", the bassoon, alto saxophone, drums and voice were recorded at half or double speed.
The Fred Frith composition "Bittern Storm over Ülm" was a "perversion" of one his favourite Yardbirds songs, "Got to Hurry" (1965) into which he added bars, beats and half-beats. For "Ruins", Frith used Fibonacci numbers to establish beat and harmony, after reading about Hungarian composer Béla Bartók's use of the Fibonacci series. "Solemn Music" was from Henry Cow's music for John Chadwick's play, The Tempest, and is the only piece from that suite to be released.
The vocal/piano piece at the end of "Deluge" is sung and played by John Greaves.
- Side one
- "Bittern Storm over Ulm" (Frith) – 2:44
- "Half Asleep/Half Awake" (Greaves) – 7:39
- "Ruins" (Frith) – 12:00
- Side two
- "Solemn Music" (Frith) – 1:09
- "Linguaphonie" (Henry Cow) – 5:58
- "Upon Entering the Hotel Adlon" (Henry Cow) – 2:56
- "Arcades" (Henry Cow) – 1:50
- "Deluge" (Henry Cow) – 5:52
- Bonus tracks on 1991 CD re-issue
- Tim Hodgkinson – organ, piano, alto saxophone, clarinet
- Fred Frith – stereo guitar, violin, xylophone, piano
- John Greaves – bass guitar, piano, voice
- Chris Cutler – drums
- Lindsay Cooper – bassoon, oboe, recorder, voice
Sound and art work
- Phil Becque – recording engineer, mixing engineer (side 1)
- Andy Morris – recording engineer
- Mike Oldfield – recording engineer (part of "Ruins")
- Henry Cow – mixing engineers (side 2), producers
- Ray Smith – cover art
- Matt Murman – remastered 1999 CD reissue
In 1991 East Side Digital issued Unrest on CD with two extra tracks, "The Glove" and "Torchfire" (derived from raw material recorded during the Unrest sessions).
In 1999 Recommended Records and East Side Digital issued a remastered version of Unrest on CD with the bonus tracks omitted. All versions of the album (LP and CD) utilize the same mix.
In 2010 Recommended Records released a 180gr. vinyl, limited (1000 copies) edition (RERVHC2LP) of Unrest.
- Cutler, Chris, ed. (2009). The Road: Volumes 1–5 (book from The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set). Recommended Records.
- Anderson, Rick. "Unrest". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- Christgau, Robert. "Henry Cow". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- CD liner notes
- Cutler, Chris. "Henry Cow". Chris Cutler homepage. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
- Cutler 2009, vol. 1–5, p. 11.
- Ramond, Michel; Roussel, Patrice; Vuilleumier, Stephane. "Discography of Fred Frith". New York Downtown Scene and Other Miscellaneous Discographies. Retrieved 2013-09-13.