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Univers Zero "Relaps"
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Univers Zero "Relaps"

"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 truly 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 website] ZNR adds: Well, I'm not sure what I can add except that UZ are, for me, one of the most important groups in rock history. Along with Magma, Art Zoyd, Present, Henry Cow and Julverne they took the idea of combining 20th century classical music with rock ideas and showed the world that it could be done! Unlike all the other rock 'chamber music' groups the classical tradition and the rock aspects are totally integrated in UZ's music. Add to that a keen sense of melody and drama and you have one of rock's true visionary bands!

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 14 March, 2009.
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