Letters Home (News from Babel album)

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Letters Home
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Studio album by News from Babel
Released 1986 (1986)
Recorded 1985–1986, London
Genre Avant-rock
Length 35:18
Label Recommended (UK)
Producer News from Babel
News from Babel chronology
Work Resumed on the Tower
Letters Home
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Letters Home is a 1986 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 1985 and 1986, and was released in 1986. It was their second album and included guest vocalists Robert Wyatt, Dagmar Krause, Sally Potter and Phil Minton. Krause (no longer a member of the group) was listed here as a guest and only sang on two songs.[2]

Picking up where Work Resumed on the Tower left off, Letters Home continues News from Babel's exploration of "Marxist politics and personal alienation" set to a blend of rock, jazz and cabaret.[3] The music on the album was composed by Lindsay Cooper and the song texts were written by Chris Cutler. The album's title was named after Letters Home, a collection of letters written by Sylvia Plath.[3]

For technical reasons, the original LP release of this album was pressed on a 12" disc at 45 rpm, and not the standard 33⅓ rpm.

Track listing[edit]



  • Bill Gilonis – bass guitar, guitar
  • Robert Wyatt – singing ("Who Will Accuse?", "Heart of Stone", "Moss", "Waited/Justice", "Late Evening")
  • Dagmar Krause – singing ("Fast Food", "Late Evening")
  • Sally Potter – singing ("Banknote", "Dark Matter")
  • Phil Minton – singing ("Dragon at the Core")

CD reissues[edit]


  1. ^ Mills, Ted. "Letters Home". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Letters Home LP liner notes.
  3. ^ a b "News from Babel". Michael Draine's Twisted Vista. Retrieved 10 October 2007. 

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