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Ca Va Import

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Import reissue of the Art Rock/Prog band's 1998 album. Slapp Happy were a British/ German Rock band featuring Anthony Moore, Peter Blegvad and Dagmar Krause. The band was formed in 1972 and moved to the UK in 1974 where they merged with the band Henry Cow although this merger didn't last long and the band subsequently split. There have been subsequent reunions alongside solo careers for the various members. This recording was, in effect, a reunion album originally released in 1998. The album contains 12 songs including 'Scarred for Life', 'Moon Lovers', 'King of Straw' and Let's Travel Light'. Whilst fitting in well with the bands previous work, Ca Va has a modern feel and was received well on it's initial release. Voiceprint.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Voiceprint UK
  • ASIN: B002Q4TK9U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I almost feel a little guilty giving this recording only 4 stars -- I've been a big fan of Slapp Happy's quirky brand of 'thinking person's pop music' for almost 30 years. I must admit that after repeated listenings, this recording has grown on me -- so, after more time has passed, I might raise my rating to 5 stars.
Peter Blegvad, Anthony Moore and Dagmar Krause have been responsible for some of the most challenging -- and at the same time tuneful and endearing -- pop music in the modern era. They are not well known outside of progressive music circles, but their work has been for me (and others, I know) a beacon shining through the fog of the lowest-common-denominator, mass-produced, force-fed pablum that passes for pop music. If you've ever heard them on the radio, consider yourself present at a rarely occuring event.
Recorded after a 22-year hiatus (although all three musicians have been VERY active separately during that time), the sound on this album is noticably more modern and refined -- albeit expectedly so -- than their last release, 1975's DESPERATE STRAIGHTS, a joint venture with Henry Cow. One of the most apparent differences for me, on first listening, was the fact that the trio is playing all of the instruments themselves (with the notable addition of drum loops by producer Laurie Latham). They were actively involved in playing on their older recordings as well, but with help from some pretty amazing friends, including Henry Cow members, trumpet ace Mongezi Feza (forgive me please if I've misspelled his name), violinist Graham Preskett and others. The sound on this disc is tighter, more in what you would call, perhaps, a 'radio-friendly' style -- but without making any major concessions to an attempt at mass-market appeal.
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When I finally got a hold of this CD in 2002, I didn't really know what to expect. Recent efforts that I have heard from the cult progressive bands of the '70s have been unpredictable, ranging in quality from "astounding" to "why did they bother?" I was taking a gamble here--knowing what Slapp Happy sounded like back in their heyday, I had no idea which way they would go.
I am pleased to say that Ca Va has exceeded even my best expectations. During the past two and a half decades since Casablanca Moon, Moore, Blegvad and Krause have developed dramatically both as composers and musicians. While contemporary in style, this album still has a good deal of the 70's feel with Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, and theremin thrown into the mix. The way they have blended the old with the new here is masterful--almost alchemical. Slapp Happy appears to have reached its full flower with this album.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the old band of the '70s, and would never part with my Casablanca Moon/Desperate Straights combo CD. Ca Va, however, is not your father's Slapp Happy. These songs are mature, powerful, and engaging, yet still retaining that slight unusual edge that made Slapp Happy appealing in the first place. The melodies are intricate and finely produced, with the song quality remaining consistently outstanding through the entire album. The only disappointments that I have are the relative scarcity of this CD and the admittance of the fact that it is a dirty crying shame that this album will never get the promotion or the airplay that it deserves.
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Their first new album in over 22 years, and most remarkably, they sound better now than ever. This is Slapp Happy's pop album (or at least their most pop-accessible) but it's pop on S.L.'s terms, which is a marvelously skewed sensibility. Peter Blegvad and Anthony Moore are the principal songwriters and though they get to sing lead on one song each, it's the remarkable Dagmar Krause who handles the vocal duties on 10 of the dozen tracks here. Dagmar is one of the more distinctive vocalists to ever record on the periphery of pop, she sounds a bit like a cross between Yoko Ono and Kate Bush with more discipline and a greater vocal range. This is pop on a par with the best, Peter co-authors the excellent Child Then with XTC's Andy Partridge, but there's not a weak track here; a dozen tracks of Beatle-good pop genius and easily one of the best albums of the breed to see the light of day.
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what intelligent pop could sound like. mature yet fun, great vocals, worth a listen. they were around for years and never got their due.
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