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The remaster of the first album from innovative chamber rock/RIO band Univers Zero album, a fascinating and inventive combination of rock and compositional music.

Univers Zero

Univers Zero: (Remastered) (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"Over 30 years ago, after 3 years of work and rehearsals, a group of seven unknown Belgian musicians gathered in a small basement studio to record their first album, which they released themselves in a tiny edition of 500 copies. The album was untitled, but the catalog number was "1313", which the album eventually became known by. The power and originality of their creation turned heads and all these years later, this album is rightly considered the beginning of the 'chamber-rock' movement as well as a classic of the genre. With the release of their first album, Univers Zero went on to co-found the hugely influential "Rock in Opposition" movement with four similarly-minded bands. Active until 1987 and then reactivated in the late 1990s, Univers Zero are considered to be one of the greatest avant-garde rock bands of all time.

Working in a world-class studio, this album has been re-mixed from the original multi-track tapes and remastered. It has never sounded better. The front cover is restored to be a facsimile of the original issue, and included is a never-released nearly 30 minute live bonus track in surprisingly excellent sound, a 16 page booklet with many never-before seen photos, as well as a very complete history of the band up to the recording of this album."-Cuneiform

"It's stunning how well Univers Zero's 1977 debut holds, musically and sonically, compared to...anything else happening in so-called new storm clouds rolling out of the horizon or mad shadows cast in the night, there's a dusky ecstasy present here.... On top of that, there are hints of Bartok, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and King Crimson."-CD Review

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Product Information:

UPC: 045775131320

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: Rune 1313
Squidco Product Code: 9904

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Eric Faues at Luigi Collu's, August 2-4, 1977. Originally released in 1978 on LP on the Atem label as 7001.


Michel Berckmans-bassoon

Daniel Denis-drums, percussion

Marcel Duframe-violin

Christian Genet-violin

Patrick Hanappier-violin, viola, pocket cello

Emmanuel Nicaise-harmonium, spinet

Roger Trigaux-guitar

Guy Segers-bass, vague rumblings and insterstellar chaotic speech

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Track Listing:

1. Rond 15:13

2. Carabosse 3:45

3. Docteur Petiot 7:35

4. Malaise 7:57

5. Complainte 3:24

Bonus Track:

6. La Faulx 28:07