Slapp Happy – Acnalbasac Noom (1980) (2020 Our Swimmer)

Slapp Happy – Acnalbasac Noom
2020 Our Swimmer – WELLE102 for Record Store Day
Original release 1980

Recorded with members of Faust at that band’s Wümme studio in 1973, this album was originally scrapped and then rerecorded (without Faust) and released as Casablanca Moon. This version finally surfaced in 1980, with the original title spelled backward.   I’ve seen it described as “more raw” than the rerecorded album, but don’t be fooled — these aren’t demos, this is a finished album, recorded and mixed immaculately. I love it to pieces, and although gets both the “prog” and “psychedelia” tags, there is a strong vibe of jangly folk-rock here too. In fact it is so tuneful and melodic that it is hard to believe this is the same band that would merge with Henry Cow a few years later. From Dagmar Krause’s double-tracked vocals to Peter Blegvad’s impeccably-crafted guitar work, this record is a pleasure from start to finish. Continue reading

Airto – Seeds On The Ground / The Natural Sounds of Airto (1971) (2020 Real Gone Music) Day 4 of FV’s 12 Days of Xmas

Airto – Seeds On The Ground / The Natural Sounds of Airto
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192 kHz | FLAC |  300 dpi scans | Jazz, Brazilian, Fusion
Original release, 1971 Buddah Recordhs / Reissue 2020 Real Gone Music / Sony Records

Day 4 of Flabbergasted Vibes’ 12 Days of Christmas finally brings us to Brazil.  Sort of.   I predict there will be much more Brazilian content on this blog in 2022.

The first couple albums from Airto Moreira could easily be co-credited to Hermeto Pascoal, since he played such a major role in them.  He wrote all but two of the tracks on this one. I once had a transcendental shamanic experience with this album while laying in a hammock in the middle of mountain forest.  But you don’t need such accoutrements  to be transported by the music here, it’s truly  the stuff of magic.  At turns moody, deep, and profoundly uplifting, sometimes all at once.  A young Flora Purim shines here too, and she channels Gal Costa’s tropicalista phase with aplomb on tunes like O Sonho / Moon Dreams, a tune credited to Livingston & Evans of “Que Sera Sera” fame and which is also on Flora’s “Butterfly Dreams” LP on Milestone from a few years after this.   It is also worth noting that Sivuca puts in an appearance on the accordion, and Dom Um Romão on the drums, as well as (honorary Brazilian?) Ron Carter on bass throughout.

A1 – Andei (I Walked)
A2 – O Sonho (Moon Dreams)
A3 – Uri (Wind)
A4 – Papo Furado (Jive Talking)
B1 – Juntos (We Love)
B2 – O Galho Da Roseira (The Branches Of The Rose Tree)
B3 – O Galho Da Roseira (The Branches Of The Rose Tree) Part II

A1    Andei (I Walked)
Bass – Ron Carter
Vocals, Percussion, Berimbau – Airto
Written By, Harpsichord, Flute – Hermeto Pascoal


A2    O Sonho (Moon Dreams)
Bass – Ron Carter
Drums, Percussion – Airto
Keyboards – Hermeto Pascoal
Vocals – Flora Purim
Written By – J. Livingston & R. Evans


A3    Uri (Wind)
Accordion – Sivuca
Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Written-By, Flute [Bass Flute] – Hermeto Pascoal
Bass, Cello – Ron Carter
Viola – Severino De Oliveira
Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Voice – Airto
Voice, Vocals – Flora Purim
Voice, Written By – Googie


A4    Papo Furado (Jive Talking)
Acoustic Guitar, Voice – Severino De Oliveira
Bass, Voice – Ron Carter
Percussion, Voice – Dom Um Romão
Vocals, Percussion, Voice – Airto*
Written By, Acoustic Guitar, Voice – Hermeto Pascoal


B1    Juntos (We Love)
Bass – Ron Carter
Drums, Percussion – Airto
Organ – Severino De Oliveira
Percussion – Dom Um Romão
Written By, Flute [Bass Flute], Piano – Hermeto Pascoal
Written By, Vocals – Flora Purim


B2    O Galho Da Roseira (The Branches Of The Rose Tree)
Acoustic Guitar, Accordion – Severino De Oliveira
Bass – Ron Carter
Keyboards, Written By – Hermeto Pascoal
Percussion – Dom Um Romão
Vocals – Flora Purim


B3    O Galho Da Roseira (The Branches Of The Rose Tree) Part II
Acoustic Guitar, Accordion – Severino De Oliveira
Bass – Ron Carter
Percussion – Dom Um Romão
Vocals – Flora Purim
Written By, Keyboards – Hermeto Pascoal
Credits

Art Direction, Photography By – Sid Maurer
Co-producer, Engineer – Tony May
Coordinator – Flora Purim
Creative Director [Director Of Creative Packaging & Merchandising] – Milton Sincoff
Design – Michael Mandel
Photography By [Back & Inside Covers] – Hal Wilson
Producer – Airto Moreira

Notes
Limited to 1000 copies

LINEAGE: 2020 Real Gone Music / Sony vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE with Audio Tecnica Signet TK7E cartridge; Speedbox power supply; Creek Audio OBH-15; Audioquest Black Mamba and Pangea Premier interconnect cables; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz;  clicks and pops removed manually with Adobe Audition 3.0; resampled and dithered using iZotope RX Advanced. Converted to FLAC in either Trader’s Little Helper or dBPoweramp. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.

All resolutions of FLAC: 16/44.1, 24/96, 24/192

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Popol Vuh – Nosferatu The Vampyre (1978) (Original Soundtrack)

Popol Vuh – Nosferatu the Vampyre (Original Sound Track)
2019 Reissue (Germany)
Original releases, 1978, as “On The Way To A Little Way” and “Brüder Des Schattens – Söhne Des Lichts “

Werner Herzog had one of the most notable and singular relationships between a director and a composer/musician through his friendship with Florian Fricke (who was basically Popul Vuh – he did the “solo-artist-with-guests-marketed-as-a-band” thing long before the indie kids).  The soundtrack to the classic Nosferatu The Vampyre film has one of the more confusing release histories in their partnership, being drawn from music that Fricke had already released as a Popul Vuh album on his own.  And unlike some of their other collaborations, like Aguirre, where the soundtrack runs through the film like a recurring character, Nosferatu actually didn’t feature much music in the final edit.  Nevertheless, the music is as otherworldly and haunting as any other work from Fricke’s prolific career, with his characteristic blend of mysticism and melancholy.  I share it here on Halloween, 2020, when we don’t even need to use our imaginations to see the horrific all around us.  May it provide a soundtrack to however you chose to spend the day.

1 Brüder Des Schattens 5:45
2 Höre, Der Du Wagst 6:00
3 Das Schloss Des Irrtums 5:37
4 Die Umkehr 5:57
5 Mantra 1 6:15
6 Morning Sun 3:22
7 Venus Principle 4:41
8 Mantra 2 5:23
9 Die Nacht Der Himmel 5:03
10 Der Ruf Der Rohrflöte 3:39
11 To A Little Way 2:33
12 Through Pain To Heaven 3:47
13 On The Way 4:05
14 Zwiesprache Der Rohrflöte 3:26

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – Daniel Fichelscher
Oboe – Bob Eliscu
Piano – Florian Fricke
Producer – Florian Fricke, Gerhard Augustin
Sitar – Alois Gromer
Tambora [Tamboura] – Ted De Jong

Remastered By – Frank Fiedler, Guido Hieronymus


Mirror 1 || Mirror 2

16-bit 44.1 khz

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Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 with Ginger Baker – Live! (1971)

Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa ’70 With Ginger Baker – Live! (1971)

As the newly-revived “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has made abundantly clear, it is far to late to wish you all a happy new year.  In fact, I managed not to post anything at all in the first month of the new decade.  I had originally hoped to share this landmark Fela / Ginger Baker collaboration in late December, as a throwback to my old tradition of highlighting musicians who had passed on during the calendar year.  But it was not meant to be.  This record was originally issued on the obscure Signpost label in 1971.  Before getting a wider release by Universal in the early 00’s, it had also been reissued in the well-curated catalogues of respectable labels like Knitting Factory and Celluloid. Continue reading

Gil Mellé – The Andromeda Strain OST (1971)

Gil Mellé – The Andromeda Strain (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Original release 1971 KAPP Records
2017 Jackpot Records – Limited Edition RSD
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz |  Web art + scans
Genre: electronic / experimental | 1971
Jackpot Records ~ JPR-044

Dr. Vibes’ 12 Days of Christmas – Day 3 – Probably the eeriest soundtrack for any film that was not  technically in the horror genre, Gil Mellé really broke ground in electronic music on this soundtrack for this classic science-fiction thriller adapted from the Michael Crichton novel. Apparently he “created his own instruments” to make some of these compositions.  I’m not sure what that really means but the  results are definitely otherworldly.   I have a habit of being fans of soundtrack albums without ever getting around to seeing the associated film, and that was the case with this title until just a few years ago.   Although reissued in Japan several times on vinyl, for the longest time this was only available digitally as a CD-R on the grey-market / bootleg label Creel Pone.  It finally got a limited official release about 8 years ago that is now also pretty rare.  So I was pretty happy to see it on a list o special releases for Record Store Day in 2017.  Jackpot Records deserves some credit for staying faithful to the original deluxe packaging (which I did not place on my scanner, sorry).  But I sort of wish they just made a normal round EP, because I suspect getting these hexagonal things off the presses isn’t easy — my brand-new copy had a big-ole scratch on it as soon as I opened it.  But I think I got a pretty good transfer.

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