44 1/2: Live & Unreleased Works

44 1/2: Live & Unreleased Works

by Art ZoydArt Zoyd

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Overview

France's Art Zoyd have been incorrectly identified by the rock press for decades as a "progressive rock" band. Early on they pursued psychedelic rock, and later their own take on minimalism and other vanguard classical music, proto-industrial experimentation, collective improvisation, strategic and painstaking film scores, dance, theater, and conceptual work. They belong everywhere and nowhere, but they remain members of the radically under-appreciated Rock in Opposition movement they helped to found. Art Zoyd have been subject to retrospectives before, but nothing compares to the sprawling, intimidating, and glorious 44 1/2 Live & Unreleased Works box from Cuneiform. It covers AZ's career -- in aesthetic rather than chronological order, with a staggering eight CDs of live recordings (many unreleased) from 1972-2004, four more CDs of unreleased studio recordings, demos, sketches, and outtakes from 1980-2005. It also contains two DVDs: One contains their complete reunion performance at 2015's Rock in Opposition Festival in Le Garric, France, while the second compiles television appearances including a concert from East Berlin in 1986 and a performance of Live on Phase IV from FR3 (the latter was witnessed in part by future collaborator, choreographer Roger Petit). This gorgeously packaged box designed by London-based Max Franosch contains two foldout posters and two booklets -- one of photos and another with a textual history, track annotation, and interviews with Gerard Hourbette and Thierry Zaboitzeff. There are far too many highlights to mention, but some including complete performances of AZ's scores to the silent films Haxan and Nosferatu, disc nine's four unreleased cues from their score to F.W. Murnau's Faust, and five tracks by "Les Presidents," a completely fictional band made up of AZ members on disc nine. The latter are especially wonderful as they combine the band's sense of rhythm and drama with the existential dread of a John Carpenter film score. Discs 11 and 12 contain mostly incidental theater pieces, comprising some of the immense work AZ have done for the stage, including a complete performance of the music from Alexander Dumas' The Three Musketeers and a Didier Fillier-directed Marco Polo. Disc one contains all but two tracks (found on disc two) of a 1989 performance in West Berlin, showcasing the band's complete musical range. Disc three hosts a 2000 performance of u.B.I.Q.U.e. that finds the quintet building on the electronic work from Haxan, but appending it with accompaniment by 49 musicians including 13 guitarists and 10 drummers. Disc six's chaotic and wondrous performance for children, "La Nuit Du Jabberwock," with members of Ensemble Musique Nouvelles, is yet another standout. Yes, 44 1/2 Live & Unreleased Works is for the most obsessive fans of AZ and the Rock in Opposition movement, but it shouldn't be. This group, who even now run a studio that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration with a host of artists from across the globe, remains a standard-bearer for music and art making. This box provides incontrovertible proof.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2017
Label: Cuneiform
UPC: 0045775045023
catalogNumber: 450

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Epithalame
  2. Horses
  3. Klapzz
  4. Petite messe a l'usage des Pharmaciens: Offertoire
  5. Petite messe à l'usage des Pharmaciens: Kyrie
  6. Unsex Me Here
  7. Mouvance 1
  8. A Drum a Drum

Disc 2

  1. Petite messe à l'usage des Pharmaciens: Introit
  2. Mariee a la Nuit
  3. Reve Non Valide
  4. Haxan A
  5. Haxan B
  6. Septima du Centaure
  7. Haxan D
  8. Reve Non Valide
  9. Haxan C
  10. Haxan A
  11. Epreuves D'Acier I
  12. Haxan A
  13. Epreuves D'Acier II
  14. Reve Non Valide
  15. Epreuves D'Acier III
  16. Nuits
  17. Septima du Centaure
  18. La Chute Des Anges

Disc 3

  1. Compartiment 14/128
  2. Haxan A
  3. Epreuves D'Acier IV
  4. Marche
  5. Septima du Centaure
  6. Tone Reverse
  7. Zoile Ou Les Cites Electriques
  8. L' Adoration Des Mages
  9. La Chute Des Anges
  10. Le Chant de la Sibylle
  11. Anachorete
  12. Les Activities Prederivees
  13. Reve De Nettete Absolue
  14. Compartiment 14/128: Caisson Terminal
  15. Portuaire
  16. Allez A Des Moines
  17. Proxima Du Centaure

Disc 4

  1. Lindbergh
  2. La Foret Qui Avance
  3. Ceremonie
  4. Sortie 134, Pt. 1
  5. Cryogenese: Reve Artificel
  6. IO 1
  7. IO 2
  8. IO 3
  9. Cryogenese: Les Portes Du Futur (1)
  10. Mouvance 2
  11. Mouvance 1 Variation

Disc 5

  1. Mouvance 3
  2. Cryogenese: Les Portes Du Futur (2)
  3. Sortie 134, Pt. 2
  4. Les Pas Du Guide - Variation 1
  5. Tango Pas Beau
  6. Les Noces Dans La Terre 2
  7. Les 55 Signaux, Pt. 1
  8. Les 55 Signaux, Pt. 2
  9. Le Chant d'Halewyn: Carillon
  10. Final
  11. Les Chant d'Halewyn: Combat
  12. Le Chant d'Halewyn: Finale Extract
  13. Le Chant d'Halewyn: Le Palais
  14. Jamais Seul
  15. Junk
  16. Agora
  17. La Ville 17: Mvt 1
  18. La Ville 17: Mvt 2
  19. La Ville 17: Mvt 3
  20. Deux Images De La Cite Imbecile: Les Fourmis

Disc 6

  1. Symphonie Pour Le Jour Ou Bruleront Les Cites: Brigades Speciales
  2. Danses Mecaniques
  3. Tapis 1 - La Mare Aux Larmes
  4. K-Os
  5. Lapin Fou
  6. Les Borogoves
  7. Les Verchons Fourgus Bourniflaient
  8. Cycl-O-Fuzz
  9. Lezarbouches Limacieuses
  10. Uzi
  11. Intrada Scordatura
  12. Jardin Des Fleurs Qui Parlent
  13. Tapis 2

Disc 7

  1. Le Lac Des Signes
  2. Experiences de Vol 2
  3. Experiences de Vol 3
  4. L' Oeuf Du Serpent
  5. L' Agent Reinfeld
  6. Le Voyage de Harker + Le Matin
  7. Le Chateau
  8. Nosferatu
  9. L' Oeuf Du Serpent 2
  10. Rumeurs
  11. Rumeurs II
  12. Anaphase
  13. Le Maite Arrive
  14. Rumeurs III
  15. Les Docteurs
  16. La Peste
  17. Livre Des Vampires
  18. La Peste
  19. Livre Des Vampires
  20. Anaphase II
  21. Le Maitre Est Mort

Disc 8

  1. Brigades Speciales
  2. Masques
  3. Simulacres
  4. Noces Accidentelles
  5. Armageddon Act 2
  6. Armageddon Act 3

Disc 9

  1. Thephanie
  2. Derrier La Porte
  3. 1ere Experience de Vol 1
  4. Alabanje Kalabanaza
  5. L' Avenir De La Musique
  6. Nausicaa 2
  7. Zwichenspiel
  8. Hop Hop Hop
  9. Incendie
  10. Marguerite Au Pilori
  11. Insectes 2
  12. Final 2 (Dies Irae)
  13. Les Presidents Aurelia
  14. Les Presidents 2
  15. Les Presidents 1
  16. Les Presidents Leila
  17. Les Presidents Captaine Nemo
  18. Canon Pour Clavcins et Pizzicati
  19. Kleine Fuge 4
  20. Kleine Fuge 10
  21. Cities
  22. Don Quichotte
  23. Les Escalators Mysterieux

Disc 10

  1. Nord Sud Afrique Chine Mexique Arabie
  2. Europe
  3. L' Ane De Buridan
  4. Celui Qui A Des Oreilles
  5. Le Roi
  6. Entrée Royale
  7. Revolution No 2
  8. Livre Vermeil
  9. Guerre Et Combats
  10. Guerre Et 1945
  11. Viva La Mariee
  12. La Mort De Louis XV
  13. Les Nobles
  14. La Femme Illuminee
  15. L' Effet
  16. Louis XVI Et Rires
  17. Le Savoir
  18. La Cour
  19. L' Envol De La Montogoliere
  20. Guerres
  21. Ca Ira Ca Ira
  22. L' Hiver
  23. Effet Fusée
  24. Desintegrateur
  25. Final Desintegrateur

Disc 11

  1. Disintegrateur: Le Trail
  2. Voix Du Desintegrateur
  3. Desintegrateur: Sirenes
  4. Neige - Remparts
  5. Introduction
  6. Combat - Duel
  7. Milady
  8. Valse Bonacieux
  9. Combat Poursuite 2 Variation
  10. Combat Poursuite 3 Zigzag
  11. Berceuse
  12. Le Cardinal
  13. Gave
  14. Danse De Gervaise
  15. Ritournelle
  16. Le Bouffon
  17. Effets
  18. Le Bal
  19. Suspens
  20. Colombier Rouge
  21. Colombier Rouge 2
  22. Menuet Raide
  23. Le Reine
  24. Le Roi
  25. Finale
  26. Debut
  27. Matin
  28. Tambours Gays
  29. Bourree
  30. La Gueere De Marguerite
  31. Ruisseau
  32. Marche Drole
  33. Java
  34. Descente Du Talus
  35. Bivouac

Disc 12

  1. Entrée
  2. Mobile
  3. Sherif
  4. Suspense
  5. Deductions
  6. Cuba Libre
  7. Ritournelle
  8. Danse Paysanne
  9. Tempete
  10. Soire
  11. Finale
  12. Debut
  13. Effet
  14. Vogue!
  15. Jungle
  16. Construction
  17. Des Lendemains Qui Chantent
  18. Finale
  19. Sans Titre
  20. Miniature IV
  21. Bruit Silence, Bruit Repos
  22. Scene 1
  23. Scene 2
  24. Scene 5
  25. Scene 6
  26. Scene 12
  27. Scene 13

Disc 13

  1. Introduction
  2. Trois Reves Non Valides
  3. Simulacres
  4. Dernier Danse
  5. Et Avec Votre Espirit
  6. Ceremonie
  7. Rayon Des Vetements Obscurs
  8. Vertical
  9. L' Adoration Des Mages
  10. Cartoon
  11. Images D'Une Ville Pousiere
  12. Migrations
  13. Sortie 134, Pt. 1
  14. Cryogenese: Reve Artificiel
  15. Cryogenese: Les Portes Du Futur
  16. Band Introduction
  17. Baboon's Blood
  18. Mouvance I
  19. Rumeurs II
  20. Anaphase
  21. Le Maitre Arrive
  22. Rumeurs III
  23. Häxan II
  24. Anamorphose III
  25. Metropolis: Le Coeur Mediateur
  26. Credits

Disc 14

  1. A Drum a Drum
  2. Mouvance I
  3. Mariee à La Nuit
  4. Credits
  5. Introduction
  6. Dernier Danse
  7. Etat D'Urgence
  8. Ballade
  9. Naufrage
  10. La Nuit
  11. Vue D'un Manege
  12. Credits
  13. Livre Des Vampires
  14. Rumeurs III
  15. Credits
  16. Introduction
  17. Musique Pour L'Odyssée
  18. Credits
  19. Sortie 134
  20. Cryogenèse: Reve Artificiel
  21. Credits

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Zoyd   Primary Artist
Mireille Bauer   Marimbas,Sampling,Synthesizer Pads,Steel Pads
Frank Cardon   Guitar,Violin,Cello
Patricia Dallio   Piano,Keyboards,Sampling
Daniel Denis   Percussion,Timpani,Sampling,Synthesizer Pads
Alain Eckert   Guitar,Violin,Voices
Gérard Hourbette   Piano,Violin,Keyboards,Viola,Sampling,Synthesizer Pads
Didier Pietton   Alto Saxophone
Gilles Renard   Tenor Saxophone
Jean-Pierre Soarez   Percussion,Trumpet
Thierry Willems   Piano,Keyboards
Thierry Zaboitzeff   Electric Bass,Cello,Keyboards,Voices,Sampling,Synthesizer Pads
Blindman Kwartet   Saxophone
André Mergenthaler   Cello,Alto Saxophone
Emma Stephenson Poli   Keyboards,Sampling
Bart Maris   Trumpet
Eric Plantain   Electric Bass
Laurent Dailleau   Keyboards,Theremin
Daniel Koskowitz   Percussion,Synthesizer Pads
Philippe Colpin   Sounds
Serge Bertocchi   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Dominica Eyckmans   Viola
Michael Nick   Violin
Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven   Keyboards
Denis Simandy   French Horn
Claire Goldfarb   Cello
Nadia Ratsimandresy   Keyboards
Pierre Sampagnay   Sounds
Jérôme Soudan   Percussion,Synthesizer Pads
Adrien Lambinet   Trombone
Roel Smedts   Trombone
Raphael Dagostino   Trumpet
Habib Boudharn   Brass
Gilles Hugo   Sounds
Didier Casamitjana   Percussion,Synthesizer Pads
Christian Tellier   Guitar
Pascal Scheffferzick   Drums
Romuald Cabardos   Percussion,Timpani,Synthesizer Pads
Yukari Bertocchi Hamada   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Didier Pietton   Director
Thierry Zaboitzeff   Video Editor
Klemen Breznikar   Interviewer
Christophe Jouret   Director

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