A BAO A QU
sleeve
CATALOGUE WHYD8
FORMAT 10" SINGLE
LABEL WHY FI
RELEASE DATE JANUARY 1982
SLEEVE DESIGN Sleeve design and photo illustration by Thomi Wroblewski. Coverscript by Virginia Astley
 
CURRENT VALUE £10
 

FURTHER READING:

TRACK LISTING WRITERS PRODUCER RECORDED
WE WILL MEET THEM AGAIN Virginia Astley Jon Astley & Phil Chapman  
ARCTIC DEATH Virginia Astley Jon Astley & Phil Chapman  
ANGELS CRYING Virginia Astley Jon Astley & Phil Chapman  
SANCTUS Virginia Astley Jon Astley & Phil Chapman  

NOTES

'We Will Meet Them Again' featured words taken from a translation of Mahler's Songs On The Death Of Children. The melody for this song was also used by Virginia for the song Joy which features on the Richard Jobson album The Ballad Of Etiquette.

The melody for 'Angels Crying' was also used as incidental music on the track A Long Absence (Un Entetien Avec Marguerite Duras) from the Les Disques Du Crépuscule compilation album The Fruit Of The Original Sin.

 

TRIVIA

The title 'A Bao A Qu' is taken from The Book Of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges and refers to a legendary animal taken from Indian folklore. The A Bao A Qu exists in the Tower Of Victory in the city of Chitor.

Pilgrims climbing the stairwell bring the A Bao A Qu to life and as they continue their ascent, the A Bao A Qu's shape approaches perfection and the blue colour it radiates becomes more intense. If the climber is a person who "has achieved Nirvana and whose acts cast no shadows" then the A Bao A Qu will achieve perfection. According to legend, the A Bao A Qu has only reached the tower's pinnacle once.

Many of the songs (with the exception of 'Sanctus') featured on this EP were performed live by The Ravishing Beauties during their support slot for The Teardrop Explodes.