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.

Slapp Happy – Acnalbasac Noom
Our Swimmer – WELLE102
Country: Germany
Year: 2020
Genre: Rock
Style: Folk Rock, Krautrock, Art Rock
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Green

A1 – Casablanca Moon
A2 – Me & Paravati
A3 – Mr. Rainbow
A4 – Michelangelo
A5 – The Drum
A6 – A Little Something
B1 – The Secret
B2 – Dawn
B3 – Half-Way There
B4 – Charlie ‘N Charlie
B5 – Slow Moons Rose

More information:

Pressed By – GZ Media – 188447E
Recorded At – Wümme


Artwork – Lynne Tillman
Artwork By – Dizi
Bass – Jean-Hervé Peron
Drums – Zappa Diermaier*
Guitar, Keyboards – Anthony Moore
Guitar, Vocals – Peter Blegvad
Producer – Uwe Nettelbeck
Saxophone – Gunther Wüsthoff
Vocals – Dagmar Krause

Limited Edition 1,000 Green Vinyl, RSD Drop October 2020

Slapp Happy with four of six members of Faust as their backup band.

Recorded at Wümme, W. Germany, 1973.

Title on the cover and on disc labels is “Slapp Happy Or Slapp Happy”, but on the spine it is “Acnalbasac Noom”. This release will eventually be re-released with its second title only.

(P) 1980 and (C) 2020 ReR Megacorp. All rights reserved.
Our Swimmer, Neue Christstrasse 3, 14059 Berlin

Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode: 769791973633
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, stamped): 188447E1/A
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, stamped): 188447E2/A


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One Comment

  1. The remake never did much for me, but this was so much better, the sams material but it’s like an entirley different album. Much appreciated

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