News From Babel - Complete 3 x CDs in slipcase (2006 remaster)
After the Art Bears ceased, drummer and lyricist Chris Cutler wanted to continue with another 'song oriented' project. Continuing to work with the amazing and distinctive Dagmar Krause, the vocalist from Slapp Happy, Henry Cow and the Art Bears, he enlisted bassoonist/composer Lindsay Cooper, also formerly of Henry Cow as the musical director, to provide the compositions and accordionist/harpist Zeena Parkins. This is the group that recorded the first News From Babel album, Sirens and SIlences: Work Resumed on the Tower. For the second album, Letters Home, Robert Wyatt was added to wonderful effect on vocals on some of the material, as well as some other guests too. Essential for fans of this style. "Both have been carefully re-mastered and re-packaged. This slipcase edition contains an extra illustrated CD of the 7" single, 'Contraries', which was issued originally only to subscribers to the original release of 'Sirens'. These records were, like Art Bears' records, conceived for the studio and were never meant to be performed. Harp, bassoon, piano, accordion, saxophones and voice was even then an eccentric line-up for what was essentially a kind of rock group - or at least thought of itself that way."