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On October 19, 1974.

In October 1974, “Caroline” label released “Guitar Solos”, the debut Fred Frith solo album. It was recorded July 1974, at “Kalediophon Studios” in London, and was produced by Fred Frith.

Personnel:

  • Fred Frith– prepared guitars
  • David Vorhaus– recording engineer
  • Ray Smith– album sleeve, design, photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Fred Frith.

  1. Hello Music
  2. Glass c/w Steel
  3. Ghosts
  4. Out of Their Heads (On Locoweed)
  5. Not Forgotten
  6. Hollow Music
  7. Heat c/w Moment
  8. No Birds

In August 1973.

In August 1973, “Virgin” label released “Legend”, the debut Henry Cow album. It was recorded May – June 1973, at “Manor” in Oxfordshire, UK, and was produced by Geoff Leigh, Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves and Chris Cutler. The album cover art work was by artist Ray Smith and was the first of the three socks to feature on Henry Cow’s albums.

Personnel:

  • Geoff Leigh– saxophones, flute, clarinet, recorder, voice
  • Tim Hodgkinson– organ, piano, alto saxophone, clarinet, little bells, voice
  • Fred Frith– guitars, violin, viola, piano, voice
  • John Greaves– bass guitar, piano, whistle, voice
  • Chris Cutler– drums, toys, piano, whistle, voice
  • Jeremy Baines – pixiphone
  • Sarah Greaves, Maggie Thomas, Cathy Williams – chorus
  • Tom Newman, Mike Oldfield– recording engineer

Track listing:

  1. Nirvana for Mice – Fred Frith
  2. Amygdala – Tim Hodgkinson
  3. Teenbeat Introduction – Geoff Leigh, Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler
  4. Teenbeat – Fred Frith, John Greaves
  5. Extract from ‘With the Yellow Half-Moon and Blue Star – Fred Frith
  6. Teenbeat Reprise – Fred Frith
  7. The Tenth Chaffinch – Geoff Leigh, Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler
  8. Nine Funerals of the Citizen King – Tim Hodgkinson

In May 1975.

In May 1975, “Virgin” label released “In Praise of Learning”, the second Henry Cow and Slapp Happy collaborative album. It was recorded February-March 1975, at “The Manor”, and was produced by Phil Becque, Henry Cow and Slapp Happy. The album cover art work was by Ray Smith and was the last of the three “paint socks” of Henry Cow’s albums.

Personnel:

  • Tim Hodgkinson– organ, clarinet, piano
  • Fred Frith– guitar, violin, xylophone, piano
  • John Greaves– bass guitar, piano
  • Lindsay Cooper– bassoon, oboe
  • Chris Cutler– drums, radio
  • Dagmar Krause – voice
  • Peter Blegvad– guitar, voice, clarinet
  • Anthony Moore– piano, electronics, tapework
  • Geoff Leigh– soprano saxophone
  • Mongezi Feza– trumpet
  • Phil Becque– oscillator
  • Ray Smith– cover art

Track listing:

  1. War – Anthony Moore
  2. Living in the Heart of the Beast – Tim Hodgkinson
  3. Beginning: The Long March – Henry Cow, Slapp Happy
  4. Beautiful as the Moon – Terrible as an Army with Banners – Fred Frith, Chris Cutler
  5. Morning Star – Henry Cow, Slap Happy

In May 1974.

In May 1974, “Virgin” label released “Unrest”, the second Henry Cow studio album. It was recorded February-March 1974, at “The Manor” in Oxfordshire, and was produced by Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler and Lindsay Cooper. The album was dedicated to Robert Wyatt and Uli Trepte.

Personnel:

  • Tim Hodgkinson– organ, piano, alto saxophone, clarinet
  • Fred Frith– stereo guitar, violin, xylophone, piano
  • John Greaves– bass guitar, piano, voice
  • Chris Cutler– drums
  • Lindsay Cooper– bassoon, oboe, recorder, voice
  • Phil Becque – recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • Andy Morris – recording engineer
  • Mike Oldfield– recording engineer
  • Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler, Lindsay Cooper– mixing engineers
  • Ray Smith – cover art

Track listing:

All tracks by Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler and Lindsay Cooper, except where noted.

  1. Bittern Storm over Ulm – Fred Frith
  2. Half Asleep/Half Awake – John Greaves
  3. Runs – Fred Frith
  4. Solemn Music – Fred Frith
  5. Linguaphonie
  6. Upon Entering the Hotel Adlon
  7. Arcades
  8. Deluge

 

On February 15, 1980.

Elvis_Costello_-_Get_Happy!!

On February 15, 1980, “F-Beat” label released “Get Happy!!”, the fourth Elvis Costello album, third one with the Attractions. It was recorded in October 1979, and was produced by Nick Lowe. Album sleeve was designed by “F-Beat” art director Barney Bubbles. Magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “Get Happy” at number 11 of its list of the “100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s”. In 2012, “Slant”  magazine ranked the album at number 68 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s.

Personnel:

  • Elvis Costello– vocals, guitar, organ, all instruments on “New Amsterdam”
  • Steve Nieve– piano, organ
  • Bruce Thomas– bass, harmonica
  • Pete Thomas– drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Elvis Costello except where noted.

  1. Love for Tender
  2. Opportunity
  3. The Imposter
  4. Secondary Modern
  5. King Horse
  6. Possession
  7. Man Called Uncle
  8. Clowntime Is Over
  9. New Amsterdam
  10. High Fidelity
  11. I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down – Homer Banks, Allen Jones
  12. Black & White World
  13. 5ive Gears in Reverse
  14. B Movie
  15. Motel Matches
  16. Human Touch
  17. Beaten to the Punch
  18. Temptation
  19. I Stand Accused – Tony Colton, Ray Smith
  20. Riot Act

On December 9, 1966.

Fresh Cream

On December 9, 1966, “Reaction” label released “Fresh Cream”, the debut Cream studio album. It was recorded July – October 1966, at the “Rayrik Studios” and “Ryemese Studios” in London, and was produced by Robert Stigwood. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 101 on it’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”.

Personnel:

  • Ginger Baker- drums, percussion, vocals
  • Jack Bruce- vocals, bass, harmonica, piano
  • Eric Clapton- guitar, vocals

Track listing:

  1. S.U. – Jack Bruce
  2. Sleepy Time Time – Jack Bruce, Janet Godfrey
  3. Dreaming – Jack Bruce
  4. Sweet Wine – Jack Bruce, Janet Godfrey
  5. Spoonful – Willie Dixon
  6. Wrapping Paper – Jack Bruce, Pete Brown
  7. Cat’s Squirrel – traditional, arr. by Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce
  8. Four Until Late – Robert Johnson, arr. Eric Clapton
  9. The Coffee Song – Ray Smith, Tony Colton
  10. Rollin’ and Tumblin’ – Hambone Willie Newbern
  11. I’m so Glad – Skip James
  12. Toad – Ginger Baker