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Univers Zero: Relaps (Cuneiform)

"Relaps" presents a peek into the recorded archives of one of the founding members of the Rock in Opposition (RIO) movement, the great avant-rock ensemble Univers Zero.

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product information:

UPC: 045775028026

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: RUNE 280CD
Squidco Product Code: 10995

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
1-3 Recorded March 31, 1984 at Pavillon , Hanover, Germany. 4 Recorded February 25, 1984 in Dottignies, Belgium. 5 Recorded February 7, 1986 at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival, Germany. 6-8 Recorded October 9, 1985 at the Centre Culturel de Seraing, Belgium.


Univer Zero, 1948:

Daniel Denis-drums

Dirk Fescheemaeker-clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone

Christian Genet-bass

Andre Mergenthaler-cello, alto saxophone

Jean-luc Plouvier-keyboards

Univers Zero, 1985-86:

Michel Delory-electric guitar

Daniel Denis-drums

Dirk Fescheemaeker-clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone

Christian Genet-bass

Patrick Hanappier-violin, viola

Andy Kirk-keyboards

Jean-luc Plouvier-keyboards

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track listing:

1. L'Etrange Mixture Du Docteur Schwartz 4:04

2. Presage 10:07

3. Parade 8:14

4. Ligne Claire (Extract) 3:49

5. Emanations 12:26

6. Heatwave 8:42

7. The Funeral Plain 18:08

8. L'Etrange Mixture Du Docteur Schwartz (Free-Style Version) 4:45
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RIO (Rock in Opposition)
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"Founding members of the Rock In Opposition movement, Univers Zero have continued to change and grow and develop over their entire career, while still keeping a ensemble sound and spirit that is easily recognizable. Relaps presents something that Univers Zero's fans have been hoping for for decades; a peek into the recorded archives of one of the greatest avant-rock ensembles since mid 1970s! This CD documents the final 1980s line-ups of Univers Zéro before the band's long sabbatical from recording and touring. The live sound is excellent throughout and the CD features a 16 page booklet with a informative history of the band during this time period as well as rare, never-seen photos. The line-ups featured on Relaps are the quintet who recorded UZED and the septet who recorded Heatwave. The material is drawn from those two albums, with the live setting providing some different arrangements and even greater fire to the pieces; I found the pieces taken from Heatwave to be particularly inspiring and outrageous. There is also a short, otherwise unheard composition included here. While UZ continue to play truely awesome gigs and develop the material that will be found on their next studio album, Relaps provides a chance for the listener to catch up with some never-released and exciting recordings from a truly classic band!"-Cuneiform

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