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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal avantegarde expressionism, 11 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: In Praise Of Learning (Audio CD)
Henry Cow's 'In Praise Of Learning' (1975), is a unique synthesis of expressionism, electronics, rock-cabaret and the avant-garde. Two expressive moments of the band emerge: the first dedicated to Zappa and Wyatt and the second developed through a trial of uncertainty characterized by long pauses in free improvisation. These elements come together with the cold, hard voice of Dagmar Krause. The overall effect is an unsettling and hostile 'Brechtian' atmosphere and severe expressive tension and mystery.

The albums centrepiece and masterwork is the long jam 'Living In The Heart Of The Beast' which consists of alternating vocal and instrumental improvisations. Nowhere other than perhaps with Stereolab's 'Ping-Pong' has the political vanguard of Marxism and the call to arms been expressed with such lyrical conviction:

"Now is the time to begin to go forward - advance from despair. The darkness of solitary men - who are chained in a market they cannot control - in the name of freedom that hangs like a pall on our cities. And their towers of silence we shall destroy.

Now is the time to begin to determine directions. Refuse to admit the existence of destiny's rule. We shall seize from all heroes and merchants our labour, our lives and our practice of history: this our choice, defines the truth of all that we do.

Seize on the words that oppose us with alien force: they're enslaved by the power of capital's kings who reduce them to coinage and hollow exchange in the struggle to hold us, they're bitterly outlasting.....Time to sweep them down from power - deeds renew words.

Dare to take sides in the fight for freedom that is common cause - let us all be as strong and as resolute. We're in the midst of a universe turning in turmoil: of classes and armies of thought making war - their contradictions clash and echo through time."
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2014 18:19:37 BDT
E. Hardison says:
"In Praise Of Learning is primarily a work of synthesis, the two expressive moments of Henry Cow, the first dedicated to Wyatt and Zappa, the second developed through trial and uncertain long pauses in free improvisation."
-Pierro Scaruffi (scaruffi.com)

This review was plagiarized.

Posted on 23 Jun 2014 20:47:14 BDT
E. Hardison says:
It's actually kind of funny. Scaruffi made a factual error in his review (that Living in the Heart of the Beast was improvised) and Daniel Margrain has even copied that here too.

Posted on 29 May 2015 21:51:21 BDT
Living In The Heart... A Jam? Has the author of this review actually played the album?

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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2015 05:40:51 BDT
Nah, he just can't think for himself or form his own words to say anything interesting about music so has extensively plagiarized Piero Scaruffi for all of his reviews on here: http://www.scaruffi.com/music/plagiari.html.
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