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BLEGVAD, PETER / JOHN GREAVES - Kew. Rhone

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: ReR Megacorp ReR QR1
Release Year: 2015
Note: re-issue of LP from 1977 by the two ex HENRY COW members (+ LISA HERMAN and others) - one of the true classic albums of the progressive / art-rock / 'RIO - Rock in Opposition' movement... "Completely and utterly unlike any other album you're likely to come across. Ever." [Andy Gill NME]
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"The classic restored. No extra tracks, just this legendary release as it was originally conceived. Kew Rhone was made soon after Peter and John left Henry Cow, at Carla Bley and Mike Mantlers Grog Kill studio in New York (they both appear on the CD). Fellow conspirators included singer Lisa Herman and drummer Andrew Cyrille. Its one of those records which sums up a moment; a creative moment in which ideas have come into clear focus, and just need to be got down; an historical moment at which an innovative, collaborative run of cultural luck is about to run out. It couldnt have been made earlier or later, were just lucky it got made at all." [ReR website short info]

"For decades this was a cult item. People fought about it. The songs are accessible, but difficult, the music - recorded at Carla Bley and Mike Mantlers studio back in the JCOA days - is eccentric, extremely complex, but still catchy. Bley, Mantler and the legendary Andrew Cyrille all appear on it in arrangements that are pretty off the wall. Its rock, its jazz, its a song cycle, its a one-off hybrid with some traces of Henry Cow and Escalator over the Hill, its deep or indulgent, or both but whichever line of approach you adopt, its art. And that makes it a major achievement. It also manages to be funny and charming while taking no prisoners in the high intellect department.
After the Henry Cow/Slaphappy merger, Peter left and John followed him a year or so later. The two of them then concocted this highly ambitious project - a marriage of high literary ambition full of Ouliposeque anagrams, palindromes, missing letters and wordgames, and meticulous musical complexity rooted in show music, jazz and the fringes of experimental rock. The album design, text and musical content together embody a continuous, integrated, work: so the texts refer to the artwork (both are by Peter Blegvad) and vice versa; neither quite makes sense without the other.

Pop Triva Fact: Kew. Rhone was released on the same day, and on the same label, as the Sex Pistols's Never Mind the Bollocks, Heres the Sex Pistols. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" [press release]


"Completely and utterly unlike any other album you're likely to come across. Ever." Andy Gill NME

"How in the name of God could anyone take lyrics so oblique, so obscure, so cerebral and fashion such a memorable tune out of them?"
Jonathan Coe (author of The Rotters Club)

A neglected masterpiece of surreal rocka musical Finnegans Wake
Clive Bell. The Wire.

"A neglected masterpiece of '70s progressive rock Stewart Mason, AllMusic.



"The classic restored. No extra tracks, just this legendary release as it was originally conceived. Kew Rhone was made soon after Peter and John left Henry Cow, at Carla Bley and Mike Mantlers Grog Kill studio in New York (they both appear on the CD). Fellow conspirators included singer Lisa Herman and drummer Andrew Cyrille. Its one of those records which sums up a moment; a creative moment in which ideas have come into clear focus, and just need to be got down; an historical moment at which an innovative, collaborative run of cultural luck is about to run out. It couldnt have been made earlier or later, were just lucky it got made at all." [label info]

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