- The World as It Is Today
Infobox Album | Name = The World as It Is Today
Released = 1981
Length = 32:11
Label = Recommended
Art Bears Etienne Conod
Allmusic" Rating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fpftxq85ldke link]
Piero Scaruffi(6/10) [http://www.scaruffi.com/vol3/henrycow.html link] | Last album = " Winter Songs"
This album = "The World as It Is Today"
Next album = "
The Art Box"
"The World as It Is Today" is the third and last
albumby English avant-garderock group Art Bears. It was recorded at Sunrise Studio in Kirchberg, Switzerlandbetween 24 August and 7 September 1980, and was first released in 1981.
"The World as It Is Today" comprises 11 songs, all composed by
Fred Frithwith texts by Chris Cutler. The last song, "Albion, Awake!" was recorded as an instrumental because Dagmar Krauseobjected strongly to the violent nature of the lyrics. [ cite web |url=http://www.ccutler.com/ccutler/interviews/fiori.shtml |title=Chris Cutler interview |work=Chris Cutler homepage |accessdate=2007-11-15 ] The lyrics for "Albion, Awake!", however, still appear in the booklet accompanying the album.
# "The Song of Investment Capital Overseas" (Frith, Cutler) – 2:38
# "Truth" (Frith, Cutler) – 2:56
# "Freedom" (Frith, Cutler) – 3:25
# "(Armed) Peace" (Frith, Cutler) – 2:30
# "Civilisation" (Frith, Cutler) – 4:52;Side 2
# "Democracy" (Frith, Cutler) – 2:22
# "The Song of the Martyrs" (Frith, Cutler) – 4:09
# "Law" (Frith, Cutler) – 0:51
# "The Song of the Monopolists" (Frith, Cutler) – 1:48
# "The Song of the Dignity of Labour Under Capital" (Frith, Cutler) – 2:27
# "Albion, Awake!" (Frith, Cutler) – 4:08
Fred Frith– guitars, keyboards, viola, violin, xylophone
Chris Cutler– drums, electric drums, noise
Dagmar Krause– vocals
ound and art work
Art Bearsand Etienne Conod
*Cover art by Art Bear IV
*"The World as It Is Today" and Art Bears' previous album, "
Winter Songs" were reissued on a single CD in 1988, entitled "25 Songs".
*The album was also reissued in 2003 in "
The Art Box", a 6xCD box set of all Art Bears releases with live and unreleased tracks, plus remixes by other musicians.
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* [http://artbears.findus.dhs.org/discography.html#albums_theworldasitistoday Art Bears – An unofficial reference] . "The World as It Is Today".
* [http://home.arcor.de/nyds-exp-discogs/frith.htm Discography of Fred Frith]
* [http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/display.php?rev=ab-twaiit Ground and Sky review] , accessed May 14, 2006
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