Art Bears

Members of Art Bears: Chris Cutler, Dagmar Krause, Fred Frith
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Discography of Art Bears:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Rats & Monkeys 2 Audio 1979 Ralph Records
2 Hopes And Fears 15 Audio 1978 Rē Records
3 Winter Songs 14 Audio 1979 Rē Records
4 The World As It Is Today 11 Audio 1981 Rē Records
5 All Hail 3 Audio 1982 Eastern Works
6 The World As It Is Today 10 Audio 2003 ReR Megacorp
7 Winter Songs 14 Audio 2003 ReR Megacorp
8 Hopes And Fears 15 Audio 1978 Random Radar Records
9 Hopes And Fears 13 Audio 2010-07-23 ReR Megacorp
10 The Art Box 91 Audio 2004-02-23 ReR Megacorp
11 Winter Songs 13 Audio 1980 L'Orchestra
12 25 Songs: Winter Songs / The World As It Is Today 25 Audio 1988
13 Revisited 36 Audio 2003 ReR Megacorp
14 Art Bears 11 Audio 2003 ReR Megacorp
15 Hopes & Fears 15 Audio 1984 Rē Records
16 The Art Box 94 Audio ReR Megacorp
17 25 Songs: Winter Songs / The World As It Is Today 25 Audio 1988 ReR Megacorp
18 25 Songs: Winter Songs / The World As It Is Today 27 Audio 2001 ArsNova
19 Winter Songs 14 Audio Not On Label (Art Bears)
20 Hopes And Fears 17 Audio
21 Coda To "Man & Boy" 3 Audio 1981 Rē Records
22 The Bonus Disc 11 Audio 2014 ReR Megacorp

Taking shape out of the ruins of Henry Cow, one of the most prominent and daring acts emerging from the Canterbury scene, Art Bears built upon the musical adventurousness of Cow, but opted for a more song based approach. The marxist bent of Bears' predecessor remained, but taking both more subtle as well as blunt expression.

The 'proper' Art Bears emerged during the recording of what was supposed to be Henry Cow's fifth studio album: it was apparent early on that the direction many of the songs were taking was toward song territory. After the first sessions, it was decided that additional material was to be recorded, and released under the Art Bears moniker.

Responsible for the drive in this direction was two thirds of the trio: drummer and lyricist Chris Cutler and guitarist/ bassist/ keyboardist/ violinist Fred Frith. These completing pieces were Terrain, The Tube The Dance and Piers.

Singing with Cow since its first collaborative record with Slapp Happy was german vocalist Dagmar Krause. In great part responsible for the distinctiveness of latter Henry Cow and Art Bears, Dagmar has a near-operatic singing style, ranging from utterly expressive to restrained and repressed: a perfect match for the texts and their accompanying music.

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