The Road: Volumes 1-5


"40th Anniversary Box Set Volumes 1 & 2. 9 CDs and 1 DVD with 2 60pp books, in two solid boxes. Limited edition. A substantial collection of all-new material that puts the depth and breadth of the work of one of the most controversial and edgy of the British bands of the '70s into an altogether new perspective. Even at 10 discs it still represents only the tip of the iceberg, but even this will oblige the histories to be amended. Henry Cow was a band viewed by almost all its contemporaries as outsiders, but embraced equally on the art fringes of rock, jazz and contemporary music (as evidenced by the festivals and venues at which they appeared) as innovators and mavericks. It was also a band that walked the talk, finessing its way out of a stifling commercial contract with Virgin and then taking control of every aspect of its life and appearances, remaining unfashionably political and evenly divided in gender (band and roadcrew) until the end. The music was extreme, often complex, constantly changing and driven, on the one hand, by an intense dialogue between craft and tight-knit composition and, on the other, radically open improvisation and experimentation - all expressed through a deep root in popular music and rock. These nine CDs embody some extraordinary and prescient music; then there is the DVD, 80 minutes of the 1976 band in performance - the only known video recording in existence, professionally made, multi camera and unseen since its original broadcast. Last but not least, there is a great deal of historical documentation in two 60 page booklets: photographs, posters, memorabilia, facsimiles -- as well as a complete biography and a series of specially written essays, recollections, histories and commentaries on the compositions by all the members of the band, and a few close friends. This 40th anniversary collection comes in two sturdy limited edition boxes, one covering the period between 1971 to 1976 and the other (Vol.2, which includes the DVD) following through to the end in 1978." "Volume 1 of the definitive collection of unreleased recordings, unrecorded compositions, one-off events, radio and concert recordings. These 5 CDs cover the period from 1971 to 1976 and include the legendary Hamburg radio concert, many otherwise unrecorded compositions and two remarkable one-off projects: Halsteren and Trondheim. With a substantial 60-page book of information, unpublished photographs, documents, an annotated concert list, recollections and substantial notes written by Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Tim Hodgkinson, Peter Blegvad, Dagmar Krause and Geoff Leigh." Contents of this box: Vol. 1: Beginnings CD Vol. 2: 1974-5 CD Vol. 3: Hamburg CD Vols. 4 & 5 Trondheim 2CD