Peter Blegvad - The Peter Blegvad Bandbox (6 CDs+book)

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6 CDs and 72pp booklet. Containing all the Blegvad Trio and Quintet studio releases: Downtime, Just Woke Up, Hangman’s Hill and Go Figure – all re-mastered and repackaged - plus two additional CDs of unreleased studio recordings and live performances, mostly featuring songs not available on the studio CDs - as well, of course, as a fat, definitive, book of photographs, memorabilia, drawings, documents and recollections by the main actors, all neatly assembled in a sturdy box.

ReR released the first Peter Blegvad Trio LP in 1988 and since then there's been a new one along about every 10 years,the latest adding Karen Mantler and Bob Drake, so it's a quintet now. In between, the trio toured Europe, America and Japan, did various projects and mounteda music-theatre performance. 30 years in, it seemed timely to collect everything together, add unreleased materials from concert recordings and out-takes, andwrite a fat illustrated book to tell the story so far. That box does this. In addition to the original releases, now re-mastered by Bob Drake and comprehensivelyrepackaged, there are two full CDs of unreleased materials - and the book. That's 72 pages of documentation, recollections, reactions, insights and testimony -alongside priceless drawings and photographs, and all presented in a beautiful sturdy box. The trio was part of the fallout from the merger between Henry Cowand Slapphappy in the mid 1970s. Once they'd unmerged, Henry Cow's bassist John Greaves joined Peter in New York to make Kew, Rhone - at Carla Bley'sGrogkill studio (which is where they met Karen, who X years later joined the band). Drummer Chris Cutler, also from Henry Cow,masterminded and released Peter's first independent recording, during the execution of which the trio instinctively came together. Since then, whatever otherprojects the three may have been engaged in (and there have been absurdly many), they kept coming back together to play Peter's songs. A proper artist: hissongs have been covered (amongst others) by The Fall and Loudon Wainwright III - and have featured in movies; his cartoon series Leviathan ran in theIndependent on Sunday for a decade [Peter Blegvad's comic strip is one of the greatest, weirdest things I've ever stared at. Matt Groening]; he's a regular on BBCRadio 3's The Word and author of several experimental radio dramas; his paintings appear in galleries and his stories are published in books. This box brings allthe strands together - with additional help from B. J. Cole, Adam Philips, Eddie Reader, Loudon Wainwright III, Syd Straw, Phil Shaw, Geraint Watkins, StofferBlegvad and Jakko Jakszyk.