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Henry Cow / Slapp Happy – In Praise Of Learning – Vinyl Record

 

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Henry Cow / Slapp Happy – In Praise Of Learning – Vinyl Record

In Praise of Learning is a collaborative album by the avant-garde rock groups Henry Cow and Slapp Happy, released in 1975. This album represents one of the key projects in the Canterbury scene, known for its experimental and progressive musical explorations. It combines Henry Cow’s complex, often dissonant musical structures with Slapp Happy’s more accessible, lyrical songwriting style, resulting in a unique fusion that is both challenging and intriguing.

The album is known for its intellectual rigor and political engagement, with lyrics that often delve into Marxist theory and critique social and political issues. This is particularly evident in tracks like “War,” a commentary on the destructiveness of conflict, and “Living in the Heart of the Beast,” which examines the impact of capitalism on society. These themes are explored through complex arrangements and a mix of spoken word, singing, and intricate instrumental segments.

Musically, In Praise of Learning features the extensive use of reeds, brass, and innovative studio techniques, creating a dense, layered sound that is characteristic of Henry Cow’s approach but enhanced by the vocal contributions of Dagmar Krause, Slapp Happy’s singer, whose distinct voice adds an emotional depth to the album. The integration of free improvisation and structured composition further pushes the boundaries of what rock music can encompass.

This album is celebrated for its ambition and its unapologetic embrace of avant-garde and progressive elements. It is a landmark release for both bands and is often cited as a pivotal work in the development of the “Rock in Opposition” (RIO) movement, which sought to challenge and expand the commercial constraints of the music industry. In Praise of Learning remains a powerful example of how music can be used as a form of intellectual and social critique.

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Track Listing
War
Living In The Heart Of The Beast
Beginning: The Long March
Beautiful As The Moon- Terrible As An Army With Banners
Morning Star

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