The World as It Is Today

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The World as It Is Today
Studio album by Art Bears
Released 1981 (1981)
Recorded August–September 1980
Studio Sunrise Studios, Kirchberg, Switzerland
Genre Avant-rock
Length 32:11
Label Recommended
Producer Art Bears
Etienne Conod
Art Bears chronology
Winter Songs
The World as It Is Today
The Art Box
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The World as It Is Today is the third and last album by English avant-rock group Art Bears. It was recorded at Sunrise Studio in Kirchberg, Switzerland between 24 August and 7 September 1980, and was first released in 1981.

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


The World as It Is Today comprises 11 songs, all composed by Fred Frith with texts by Chris Cutler. The last song, "Albion, Awake!" was recorded as an instrumental because Dagmar Krause objected strongly to the violent nature of the lyrics.[2] The lyrics for "Albion, Awake!", however, still appear in the booklet accompanying the album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Fred Frith and Chris Cutler.

Side 1
No. Title Length
1. "The Song of Investment Capital Overseas" 2:38
2. "Truth" 2:56
3. "Freedom" 3:25
4. "(Armed) Peace" 2:30
5. "Civilisation" 4:52
Side 2
No. Title Length
1. "Democracy" 2:22
2. "The Song of the Martyrs" 4:09
3. "Law" 0:51
4. "The Song of the Monopolists" 1:48
5. "The Song of the Dignity of Labour Under Capital" 2:27
6. "Albion, Awake!" 4:08


Sound and art work[edit]

CD reissues[edit]

  • In 1988 The World as It Is Today and Art Bears' previous album Winter Songs were re-issued together on a single CD entitled 25 Songs.
  • The album was also re-issued in 2004 as part of The Art Box a boxed set of six CDs, which included all the material released by the band, together with live and unreleased tracks, plus remixes by other musicians.


  1. ^ Anderson, Rick. "The World As It Is Today". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Chris Cutler interview". Chris Cutler homepage. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 

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