FMP OWN-90007/9 Book/Virtual COWWS


Rüdiger Carl

This is a compilation 3CD set. The first two CDs, titled Book, include unreleased (and occasionally previously released) recordings spanning many periods from Carl's musical life, arranged in a seemingly random order. The third CD, Virtual COWWS, is a set of studio-created pieces featuring the COWWS group. The chronological breakdown of the tracks is given below, and this is followed by a detailed listing of the music on each CD:

    Book: Disc 1
  1. Little runover rabbit (04.01); COWWS Quintet [RC, clarinet, accordion; Jay Oliver, bass; Philipp Wachsmann, violin, electronics; Stephan Wittwer, electric guitar; Irè Schweizer, piano, percussion] plus Mayo Thompson (vocal, electric guitar); recorded in Stuttgart, December 1991.
  2. Ruhe III (02.14); COWWS Quintet; recorded in July 1989.
  3. Stall-twist (01.40); September Band [RC, clarinet, accordion; Hans Reichel, guitar, daxophone; Paul Lovens, drums, percussion; Jay Oliver, bass]; recorded during rehearsals for September Band, December 1992.
  4. Irène's Hot Four I (03.32); Irène Schweizer, piano; RC, tenor saxophone; Han Bennink, drums; Johnny Dyani, bass; recorded in Zurich in October 1981.
  5. Schwarzes Loch, pur (01.56); COWWS Quintet; recorded in July 1989.
  6. Misterioso (01.18); COWWS Quintet plus Mayo Thompson, vocal; recorded July/December 1989.
  7. Bern blues (02.05); COWWS Quintet (actually a trio of clarinet, guitar, bass); recorded in Bern, in April 1991.
  8. Aljechin (03.40); RC solo: two accordions played simultaneously; recorded July 1986. Previously released on Vorn.
  9. Ein einfaches lied (02.23); Jailhouse; recorded La Palma in January 1996.
  10. Mü I (for J.H.) (02.29); RC solo clarinet; recorded in Munich in October 1986.
  11. Funny green birds (01.45); COWWS Quintet plus Mayo Thompson, drum machine; recorded July 1989.
  12. Senza Esperanza (02.29); Main Quartet [RC, clarinet; Burkhard Kunkel, clarinet; Annemarie Roelofs, violin; Uta Schirmer, violin]; recorded in autumn 1993.
  13. Kipper Kids (02.26); RC accordion; Hans Reichel violin; recorded in May 1978. Previously released on Buben and Buben plus.
  14. Prelude to a kiss (01.38); COWWS Quintet; recorded in July 1989.
  15. Paris check (02.43); RC; Irène Schweizer, piano; Gunter Sommer, percussion; recorded in Paris in 1988.
  16. Netter after Mann (01.38); Jailhouse; recorded La Palma in January 1996.
  17. Lapide I (02.13); COWWS Quintet; recorded in July 1989.
  18. Der nidder (02.06); COWWS Quintet plus Mayo Thompson, drum machine; recorded July 1989.
  19. Saints (02.00); RC solo piano recorded February 1993.
  20. Der Erica (04.00); RC accordion; Hans Reichel daxophone; recorded in July 1994. Previously released on Buben plus.
  21. Tuned boots (02.18); RC tenor saxophone; Irène Schweizer, piano; Louis Moholo, drums; recorded in October 1977. Previously released on Tuned Boots.
  22. Heut nicht (02.56); COWWS Quintet recorded July 1989.
  23. Schwarzes Loch (02.06); COWWS Quintet plus Mayo Thompson, vocal; recorded July 1989.
  24. Sweet mammoth walz (02.55); September Band recorded November 1992.
    Book: Disc 2
  1. Weiner buben (04.17); RC, tenor saxophone; Hans Reichel, violin; Maarten Altena, bass; recorded in June 1979.
  2. Anflüge (05.02); RC, accordion; Andrew Unruh, tubing; Joe Sachse, guitar; recorded in Munich, October 1993.
  3. Dieter für Günther (02.15); COWWS Quintet; recorded in July 1989. Previously released on Seite A seite A.
  4. Cleopatra's nose (01.54); The Owls [RC, accordion; Mayo Thompson, drum machine, vocal, guitar]; recorded in Zurich in November 1991.
  5. My favorite things (04.01); Jailhouse; recorded La Palma in January 1996.
  6. Im tempel (02.00); RC solo clarinet; recorded in Rumpenheim in February 1990.
  7. Irène's Hot Four II (04.04); Irène Schweizer, piano; RC, tenor saxophone; Han Bennink, drums; Johnny Dyani, bass; recorded in Zurich in October 1981.
  8. Lapide II (01.56); COWWS Quintet; recorded in July 1989.
  9. Some tasty truth (03.09); COWWS Quintet plus Mayo Thompson, electric guitar, drum machine and Lars Rudolph, electric guitar; recorded in Stuttgart in December 1991.
  10. Nudeln aus gold und silber (02.02); COWWS Quintet plus Lupa Herz, vocal; recorded Berlin (music)/Zurich (text) in April/November 1990.
  11. From hill to hill (01.44); COWWS Quintet; recorded in Berlin in April 1990.
  12. W.C.Fields and I (02.06); Main Quartet [RC, clarinet; Burkhard Kunkel, clarinet; Annemarie Roelofs, violin; Uta Schirmer, violin]; recorded in September 1993.
  13. Upper and lower Egypt (01.27); September Band (Matthias Bauer - not Jay Oliver - bass,); recorded in September 1992.
  14. Ituri forest (02.11); Jailhouse; recorded La Palma in January 1996.
  15. Land der dunklen Wälder (01.18); September Band (Matthias Bauer - not Jay Oliver - bass,); recorded in September 1992.
  16. Senza titolo (02.13); RC accordion, voice; recorded February 1988.
  17. Moonlight becomes you (06.23); Night and Day [RC, tenor saxophone; Alexander von Schlippenbach, piano; Jay Oliver, bass; Sven-Åke Johansson, drums] plus Lol Coxhill, vocal, soprano saxophone; recorded in Berlin in February 1988.
  18. The Bridge Cha-cha (03.03); September Band; recorded in December 1992.
  19. Spieluhrlied für Lilofe (01.39); RC piano solo; recorded in July 1993.
  20. Beginners live (03.58); Bergisch-Brandenburgisches Quartett [RC; Sven-Åke Johansson, drums; Hans Reichel; Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, alto saxophone]; recorded in Cologne in March 1980.
  21. September blues (02.28); September Band (Matthias Bauer - not Jay Oliver - bass,); recorded in September 1992.
  22. Kaskade (01.26); recorded at Mühlebach and in the Studio in 1988/1989.
    Virtual COWWS
    RC, accordion, clarinet; Arjen Gorter, double bass; Philipp Wachsmann, violin, electronics; Stephan Wittwer, electric guitar; Irène Schweizer, piano percussion.
  1. VC 1 (09.49)
  2. VC 2M (07.45)
  3. VC 3 (07.43)
  4. VC 4S (05.04)
  5. VC 5 (07.42)
  6. VC 6L (09.31)
  7. VC 7 (06.17)
    Recorded 1/2 November 1996 at Radio DRS Bern; arranged and mastered 1997/1998 by Studio Peter Fey, Frankfurt/M.
Front cover design (reproduced above) by Günther Förg.
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