Recommended Records ha anunciado el lanzamiento de una edición de grabaciones inéditas de los líderes del RIO, consistente en nueve CDs, un DVD y dos libros!
El box set se publicará en dos volúmenes a fin de año. Como adelanto, en septiembre se lanzará el CD “Stockholm”, que incluye una grabación en vivo para la Radio Sueca de 1977 y formará parte integrante de esta edición aniversario.
Para advertir su envergadura e importancia histórica, transcribo la información sobre esta edición que está difundiendo ReR: “Assembled over 15 years, this collection gives for the first time some idea of the breadth and depth of Henry Cow's work. Always very much a live band, performance was their metier, and a concert might range far - always driven by an intense dialogue between tightly knit compositions and radically open improvisation. The officially released LPs tell at best only half this story, and one purpose of this definitive collection is to set the work back into its broader context. These are all previously unreleased recordings, that include many compositions and improvisations new to anyone who only knows the official releases, documentation of a number of one-off projects and events and - where different or remarkable enough to justify inclusion - live versions of parts of the LP repertoire. Many of these recordings are high quality radio transcriptions taken directly from the original masters, others are less hi-fi, but justified we think by their historic and musical quality. And everything has been carefully transferred and re-mastered by Bob Drake to the best audio quality that current technology allows without interference or tampering. It's all a million times better than the terrible bootlegs that are swimming around. Altogether, these 9 CDs embody some extraordinary, and occasionally prescient music. Taking this box together with the officially released albums, it is possible at last to get some impression of the extensive ground Henry Cow covered in it's 10 short years. Finally, there is the DVD: 80 minutes of the 1976 Cow (with Georgina Born and Dagmar Krause) performing many unreleased pieces as well as Living in the Heart of The Beast, Beautiful as the Moon & c. This is the only known video recording in existence - professionally made, multi camera - and has not been recovered since its original broadcast (just scour U-Tube, HC is conspicuous by its total absence). And last but not least, there is a great deal of written, photographic and textual documentation. Since this will probably be the last and definitive collection, it has to be thorough. For reasons of fairness and cost we have decided to split the set into two boxes - which can be bought separately or together. VOL 1 covers the period 1971 to the 1976 Hamburg radio show which documents John Greaves' last concert with the band, as well as the extraordinary Trondheim concert from the quartet tour that immediately followed. VOL 2 takes the story through to 1978 and includes more previously undocumented compositions as well as the Bremen radio recording. The Stockholm CD belongs to this second box, which also contains the DVD”.
ReR ha implementado un sistema de “suscripción” para la venta anticipada del box set, que le permitirá recaudar dinero para su fabricación y publicación, ofreciendo a los suscriptores una edición especial numerada, que incluye el CD “Stockholm” y una caja para guardar los cinco álbumes de estudio, a un precio menor al del box set.
No se consiguen aún imágenes del arte de esta edición, pero descontamos que la famosa media (“Leg End”, a la sazón título del primer álbum) aparecerá seguramente por allí. A propósito, encontré este video colgado por un fan en YouTube, con un bonito montaje visual a partir de la media cowiana. Pues bien, los dejo con “Nirvana for Mice”, puerta de entrada (primer tema de “Leg End”) inmejorable al universo musical de Henry Cow.