Featuring: Dagmar Krause, Peter Blegvad, Anthony Moore, Chris
Cutler, John Greaves, Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith
With: Lindsay Cooper, Geoff Leigh, Mont Campbell, Pierre Morlen,
Mongezi Feza, Nick Evans.
SLAPP HAPPY met in Germany in the early seventies, where they recorded their first album “Sort Of” for Polydor (“Years ahead of its time” NME). ACNALBASAC NOOM was their second LP, recorded in 1973, and engineered by Kurt Grauner, in Faust's legendary Wumme. Studio. Like the first it was produced by Faust's svengali Uwe Nettelbeck, using Faust as the Slapphappy house band. Unaccountably it was rejected by Virgin Records, who made the group re-record all the material with different musicians and another producer in their own studio. That version is still available through Virgin as 'Casablanca Moon' - they straightened up the name too. As time has told, it is now universally accepted that ACNALBASAC is the definitive version of this material.
This rather overdue reissue, taking advantage of significant technological advances, has been completely re-mastered by Bob Drake from the original tapes.
The CD also features a handful of extra tracks, including the single 'Everybody's Slimming' released to coincide with a one off concert at the ICA in the '80's.
DESPERATE STRAIGHTS - Regarded as both seminal and essential listening in art-rock circles since its release
in 1975, the extended line-up of the Henry Cow and Slapp Happy crews produced this
legendary recording for Virgin Records. It features a veritable who's who of Recommended
artists, all of whom have gone on to relative success with ensuing bands, as well as some
of the more respected names associated with the infamous manor studio. This oddly
accessible gem boasts of what could arguably be Anthony Moore's and Peter Blegvad's
greatest creations as a songwriting team, and the first collaboration between Blegvad and
John Greaves in the form of the mythically revered, "Bad Alchemy". This song also offers
Cutler's single wildest interpretive drumming ever, and the whole album features songs
half-akin to slanted pop-rock, show tunes, dadaistic revelations and 70's virtuosity. Many
fans of this genre consider it to be the best example of Art-Rock ever; the cream of the
crop, the "to die for" recording, so we're proud to offer it up again in the form of this reissue.
If you don't know it, we implore you to hit the buy button this very instant. If you DO know
and love it as we do, hit that button anyway, because this newly remastered version
puts the earlier issues to shame, bringing out subtle nuances you may have
missed all these years.