Tag Archives: Mad Unity

solis lacus

Yeah! After the Cos, Mad Unity and Plus reprints, here’s yet another Placebo related reissue! This time around Heavenly Sweetness (see our Raphaël post earlier on) have reissued Michel Herr’s untitled debut with Solis Lacus (1975, EMI Belgium “Best Seller” 4C062 96949). A Mad Unity production by Pierre Pletinckx, recorded at Madeleine in Brussels with Bruno Castellucci, Robert Jeanne, Nick Kletchkovsky, Richard Rousselet and Felix Simtaine … it’s top – just check “Utopic cities” (above) and “Sea of tranquility” (below)!
http://www.heavenly-sweetness.com/releases/1408
http://www.heavenly-sweetness.com/related-artist/solis-lacus
http://soundcloud.com/heavenlysweetness/solis-lacus-teaser-snippet
http://www.heavenly-sweetness.com/solis-lacus-lpcd-digital-out-1318  (H-S 064)
http://www.heavenly-sweetness.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/HS_bio_Solis_Lacus_ENGLISHCORR.doc
http://www.michelherr.com/common/photos/galleries/leader/solis_lacus/index.htm
http://www.jazzinbelgium.com/album/michel.herr_perspective-solis-lacus
http://www.michelherr.com/common/cd_pages/solis_lacus.html
http://www.muziekarchief.be/identitydetails.php?ID=135094
http://www.muziekcentrum.be/file.php?ID=4242
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Herr
http://www.dragonjazz.com/disco.htm

vivat vadim & viva nilovic

Sadly, the Vadim label seems to be in trouble. They’re selling out their catalogue at destock discount prices (hurry), they’ve closed their blog, and they’ve put their site to sleep. Hopefully Vadim will reawaken reinvigorated! By way of praise & support, here’s a number of tracks by Janko Nilovic, an artist most championed by Vadim (in France and by Cosmic Sounds in the UK) via eight or more releases, viz. Funky Tramway(with Mad Unity in 1975 / reissued 2011), Psyc Impressions(1969 / 2011), Soul Impressions(1975 / 2011), Last Impressions(compilation, 2007), Vocal Impressions(with Dave Sucky in 1971 / 2006), Chorus(1974 / 2006), Rythmes Contemporains(1974 / 2010),Paris Pop Galaxy(remixed by Eric Caspar, Pulp Flavor 2002) and I’m sure I’m forgetting some. Most of Nilovic’s work was produced for les éditions Montparnasse 2000 of course. Personal favourites include:

  • “Aérospatial” (1971?)
  • “Atchika boum” (1971)
  • “Improvisations pour deux voix” (1971)
  • “Black Swan Lake” (1975)

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maddening unity

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After “Here Comes The Crazy Man!” (Vogue 1974), Koen De Bruyne (RIP 1977), Patricia Maesen (RIP 1996) and Jean-Pierre Onraedt also played / sang on Funky Tramway(Vogue 1975) by Mad Unity, aka legendary library man Janco Nilovic‘s Brussels project. As reissued by Vadim (cd ànd lp) this Summer (2011) …

koen de bruyne’s kluis

Music of its age and time, by Koen De Bruyne. “Pathetic dreams” is off his debut lp “Here Comes The Crazy Man!” (Vogue 1974); era vocals by Patricia Maesen, drums by Jean-Pierre Onraedt. (A year later, this trio would feature on Janko Nilovic’s Mad Unity lp, also on Vogue Belgique.) As a follow up, shortly before his (untimely) death in 1977, De Bruyne recorded the soundtrack for Jan Gruyaert’s film “In kluis” (Hans Kusters Music 1978, reissued 2007), of which the first three tracks below were taken. De Bruyne (brother of Kris) also participated in the recording of Laat me nu toch niet alleenby Johan Verminnen (1974), which features a (Belgian) classic moog solo by Telex‘ Dan Lacksman.
http://www.discogs.com/Koen-De-Bruyne-In-Kluis/release/694800
http://www.muziekarchief.be/identitydetails.php?ID=17017
http://www.soundslike.be/reviews/?reviewID=4050
http://houbi.com/belpop/groepen/debruyne.htm
http://www.johanverminnen.be/extra.shtml
http://www.ximon.nl/Films/in-kluis/142446
http://www.dvdinfo.be/bespreking.php?id=2190
http://www.vintagefilms.be/vlaamsefilmcollectie_page.htm