September 16, 2018

Salvador Dalí ‎– Être Dieu (Ópera-Poema) (1989, 3xCD/LP, Spain)

LP 1
A. Ouverture Et Première Entrée (22:12)
B. Deuxième Entrée Ou La Lutte Avec L'Ange (22:12)
LP 2
C. Troisième Entrée Et Première Sortie (24:25)
D. Le Rêve Passe (23:33)
LP 3
E. Quatrième Entrée Ou La Profession De Foi (27:42)
F. Final Et Seconde Sortie (25:00)

Composed By – Igor Wakhévitch, M. Vázquez Montalban, Pierre Delabre, Salvador Dalí
Conductor – Boris de Vinogradow
Drums – François Auger
Electric Bass – Didier Batard
Electric Guitar – J.J. Flety, J.P. Castelain
Engineer – Claude Wagner
Engineer [Assistant] – A. Robert Bourdet
Orchestra – Ensemble Polyphonique De Paris Et Orchestre
Painting [Insert] – Salvador Dalí
Percussion [Solo] – Sylvio Gualda
Soprano Vocals – Eve Brenner
Synthesizer – Igor Wakhévitch
Violin [Electric] – M. Ripoche
Voice Actor [El Divino Dalí] – Salvador Dalí
Voice Actor [El Narrador Y El Recitador] – Didier Haudepin
Voice Actor [El Ángel] – Alain Cuny
Voice Actor [El] – Raymond Gérôme
Voice Actor [Ella] – Delphine Seyrig
Voice Actor [La Narradora] – Catherine Allegret

Être Dieu: opéra-poème, audiovisuel et cathare en six parties (French for "Being God: a Cathar Audiovisual Opera-Poem in Six Parts") is a self-proclaimed "opera-poem" written by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, based on a libretto by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán with music by French avant-garde musician Igor Wakhévitch. It was originally published in 1985.

The six-part work features Dalí as God, Brigitte Bardot as an artichoke and Catherine the Great and Marilyn Monroe do a striptease. It has been published in an extremely rare 3 LP box-set by a Spanish label. It was re-released in a regular 3CD box published by German-label Eurostar who subsequently went out of business, and there are few-to-no known performances of the work. Dalí painted "Self-Portrait" (1972) to mark the composition of the opera, which was later auctioned by the United States Customs Service after being seized after Colombian drug lords tried to use the painting to launder money.

Eccentric Salvador Dali Surreal Opera Etre Dieu


OK, get ready to read about an amazing collectible item that Mojo found a decade ago and will appeal to the young, the old and mostly the bizarre demented hipster a-hole that has gobs of internet start up money or wall street back alley secret investments.  Occupy this, 
beatnik weirdo! Oh, but you will pay, you will pay dearly, my crazed lunatic. Go to the MojoPopArt store and empty your wallet on Etre Dieu by the ultra-talented and equally warped mind, hand and deranged soul of Salvador Dali.

Salvador Dali is the only painter who also wrote a libretto for an opera-poème in six parts called “Etre Dieu” meaning “To Be God”, a reflection of his own effed-up personality.  Dali began to write the libretto for this “opera” in 1927 together with Federico Garcia Lorca one afternoon in the Café Regina Victoria, Madrid.  They were likely dining on psychedelic Psilocybin mushrooms. In 1974 Dali made a record of the opera in Paris for which Igor
 Wakhevitch wrote the music and the Spanish writer Manuel Vazquez Montalban made the libretto. But this aint no fantasy island you dwarf-minded art fanatic.  During the recording, Dali refused to follow Montalban’s text word by word and began to improvise saying “Salvador Dali never repeats himself”.  Mojo also never repeats himself so listen up and learn something, you sick dumbasses.

The twisted score by Igor Wakhevitch for Salvador Dali’s audiovisual opera poème cannot by expressed by Mojo in words. This “music” will haunt your soul, screw your brain, and leave you homeless with a stray mangy cat your only friend. Listen to this opera more than once and you will be eating chalupas out of garbage cans in the Haight. This is an obsessive, decadent, surrealist, provocative, grotesque, erotic musical comedy with Salvador Dali narratives and improvisations (in French). The music perfectly serves Dali and other actors’ voices with a medley of strange synthesizer loops, tape manipulations, creepy lysergic ambiences, expressionist string orchestra arrangements and percussive abstractions. Do you like Moog meets Twilight Zone on a combo of meth and cannabis? If so this is your 
 nightmare of choice, you silly little monkey. This is clearly a visual work for the ears and is gorgeously impregnated of mental pictures and dreamlike suggestions. An intriguing, ambitious audiovisual exhibition that remains entirely avant gardist with a plethora of ideas and a different atmosphere for each scene. It is not at all a progressive rock classic but a historical phenomenon with a rather unique eccentric abstract musical painting. But there is a prog-rock part played by a band featuring J.P. Castelain, J.J. Flety, Didier Batard, François Auger,J. L. Bentolila and M. Ripoche.
You all know the mustaschioed Dali for his surreal paintings that include hidden images and erotic contortions.  But who is this nutty Igor? Igor Wakhévitch is a French-born composer who released a series of studio albums in the 1970s and composed the music for the Salvador Dalí opera Etre Dieu. He is a relatively unknown composer but gained a small cult following through praises from Nurse with Wound (on the list of influences in their first album), Michael Gira from The Swans and a review of one of Igor’s studio albums by Dominique Leone for a feature on Pitchfork Media entitled “It Was the Strangest Record I Had Ever Heard”.  It proves that strange people flock together.  Ever seen a goth by him/herself? There is always at least two morose, black-eyed Bauhaus lovers walking down your idyllic suburban sidewalk or trolling the metro zoo.  Grandpa saying “what’s that, Martha?”  But Mojo digresses.  Mojo apologizes for these indulgences.
Mojo heard that there is a hidden message when this score is played backwards. It could be Satan attempting demonic possession of your godless soul or maybe Colonel Sanders crying from the grave over the A&W KFC fast food combo store that wrecked his chain.

Finally here is the info on the box set in the MojoPopArt store along with some more intriguing wikipedia info: “This six-part work features Dalias God, Brigitte Bardot as an artichoke and Catherine the Great and Marilyn Monroe doing a striptease. It has been published in a extremely rare 3 LP box-set by Editorial Mediterrania, Barcelona. Dalí painted “Self-Portrait” (1972) to mark the composition of the opera, which was later auctioned by the United States Customs Service after being seized from Colombian drug lords trying to use the painting to launder money.”

September 15, 2018

Dominique Guiot ‎– La Dame À La Licorne (1983, LP, France)

LP - Auvidis ‎– AV 4168

Side A
A1. La Dame À La Licorne (2:10)
A2. Bouffon Du Roi (3:30)
A3. Le Chevalier Errant (4:30)
A4. Le Chevalier Nous Revient (4:30)
A5. Le Philtre D'Amour (2:50)
A6. Les Cavaliers (2:15)
A7. Menestrel (1:35)
Side B
B1. Tourbillon (4:10)
B2. Colin-Maillard (3:15)
B3. Le Sabot De Pégase (3:10)
B4. Farfadet (6:15)

Alto Saxophone – Marc Richard
Drums – Kirt Rust
Flute – François Proust, Jean Cohen-Solal
Guitar, Keyboards – Dominique Guiot
Percussion – Jean-Michel Bertrand
Piano – Armand Frydman
Recorder – Robin Troman
Saxophone – Philippe Giselman
Synthesizer – Armand Frydman
Trumpet – Dominique Gable

Very interesting interpretation of French middle age folk music. With a band composed of Jean Cohen-Solal and Armand Frydman amongst others. With the killer prog folk track "Farfadet", and "Le Sabot De Pegase".

Heavy Joker ‎– Caesar's Palace (1978, LP, Denmark)

Scarce 1978 Norwegian Mercury label 7-track LP from Weather Report influenced danish fusion-jazz quartet.

September 13, 2018

Kostarev Group ‎– Works 1978-2006 (2006, CD, USSR)

The ultra-long stint and some three decades of history of Kostarev were finally taped in an archival album in 2006, ''Works 1978 - 2006'' (private), which contains pieces, spanning from Kostarev's baby steps back in late-70's and ends up in the opening track, which was recorded in 2006. Kostarev's diversity, instrumental ability and pure talent are all taped in this sound document, which overly sounds a bit heavier and dark compared to the previous live release, but is largely based on the same fundamentals, having a wide team of musicians, handling keyboards, flutes, strings, saxes and so on. This is an all instrumental work of technical Prog Fusion with symphonic and Avant Garde/ R.I.O. touches, technically reaching the highest of levels, not forgetting to offer some splendid moments of top musical construction and more mellow interplays. Excellent interplays between guitar, sax, flute, violin and cello with some very good keyboard smashing and synth torturing. Almost chaotic at moments, still very good in its own way, starting from rhythmic parts and folky surroundings to end up in monster Fusion instrumental battles and super-proggy textures. A tad less jazzy than ''Live@InProg'', almost equally interesting. apps79

September 10, 2018

Art Zoyd Studios – Experiences De Vol #7 / Pure Noise (2009, CD, France)

Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Ragnar2 (Ulrich Krieger) (15:13)
2. Eau Blanche (Kaspar T Toeplitz) (21:54)
3. Ousia (Dror Feiler) (38:25)

Total time 75:32

Line-up / Musicians
Carl Faia / electronics & computer (1)
Ulrich Krieger / saxophone (1,2)
Carol Robinson / clarinet (2)
Laurent Dailleau / Theremin (2)
Kasper T Toeplitz / bass, bass computer
Erik Baron / bass (2)
Jérôme Soudan / percussion (2)
Gérard D'Élia / sound designer (2)

Releases information
CD In-Possible Records - AZ2010 (2009, France)

September 09, 2018

Open Air ‎– Open Air (1979, LP, France)

Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Strange Form (5:23)
2. Little Annie (4:18)
3. The Creation (4:35)
4. The Trickster (3:25)
5. Leaving My Place (4:10)
6. The Banishment (4:55)
7. Night Bird (2:35)
8. What Have We Got There! (3:35)

Line-up / Musicians
Clarel Betsy / vocals
Jean-Pierre Decerf / keyboards
Gérard Zajd / guitars
Jean-Pierre Auffredo / guitars
Allan Jones / bass
Philippe Aboukrat / drums
Alain Legros / backing vocals
Sauveur Mallia / bass (tracks 9, 10)
Jean-Marie Hausser / drums (tracks 9, 10)

Hard to find cosmic synth prog monster album by Jean-Pierre Decerf and friends. This is the library version even rarer than the Chicago 2000 commercial album version. One of the best Library in the genre. Musea Records reissued this production in 1990, featuring two additional bonus tracks recorded at a 1987 reunion.