Work Resumed on the Tower

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Work Resumed on the Tower
Studio album by News from Babel
Released 1984 (1984)
Recorded 10–19 October 1983,
2–3 November 1983
London
Genre Avant-rock
Length 34:47
Label Recommended (UK)
Producer News from Babel
News from Babel chronology
Work Resumed on the Tower
(1984)
Letters Home
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Work Resumed on the Tower (also known as Sirens and Silences/Work Resumed on the Tower) is a 1984 studio album by English avant-rock group News from Babel. It was recorded at Tim Hodgkinson's Cold Storage Recording Studios in Brixton, London, in October and November 1983, and released in 1984. It was their debut album and included guest vocalist Phil Minton. The music on the album was composed by Lindsay Cooper and the song texts were written by Chris Cutler.

The album comprises two song-suites Sirens and Silences and Work Resumed on the Tower, each on one side of the original LP release. The CD releases of the album were entiled Sirens and Silences/Work Resumed on the Tower. For technical reasons, the LP release was pressed on a 12" disc at 45 rpm, and not the standard 33⅓ rpm.

Background[edit]

The formation of News from Babel and the creation of this album was inspired by literary critic George Steiner's 1975 book on language and translation, After Babel. Commenting on the group, Chris Cutler said: "I liked the idea of a record as a letter or a newscast from a doomed but hopeful place." [2] The album's title referred to the Tower of Babel. In the booklet accompanying the original LP release, Cutler wrote:[3]

CD reissues[edit]

  • In 1990 Recommended Records re-issued Work Resumed on the Tower and News from Babel's next album, Letters Home on a single CD.
  • In 2006 Recommended Records issued a remastered version of Work Resumed on the Tower on CD.
  • In 2006 Recommended Records released a News from Babel box set, Complete comprising remastered versions of Work Resumed on the Tower, Letters Home and the band's only single, "Contraries".

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Chris Cutler and Lindsay Cooper.

Side one – Sirens and Silences
No. Title Length
1. "Odysseus"   2:56
2. "Auschwitz/Babel"   4:07
3. "Klein's Bottle"   3:17
4. "Black Gold"   3:09
5. "Devils"   1:16
6. "Dry Leaf"   2:51
Side two – Work Resumed on the Tower
No. Title Length
7. "Arcades (of Glass)"   7:44
8. "Victory"   5:19
9. "Anno Mirabilis"   4:08

Personnel[edit]

News from Babel
Additional musicians
  • Phil Minton – trumpet ("Victory", "Anno Mirabilis"), singing ("Anno Mirabilis")
  • Georgie Born – bass guitar ("Black Gold")

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, Ted. "Sirens and Silences/Work Resumed on the Tower". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  2. ^ Cutler, Chris. "News from Babel". Chris Cutler homepage. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  3. ^ Work Resumed on the Tower LP booklet.

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