|#||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|
|12||25 Songs: Winter Songs / The World As It Is Today||25||Audio||1988|
|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.