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Artist: BERROCAL, JACQUES
Title: Catalogue
Format: CD
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
"Released in 1979 in a limited edition on his own dAvantage label, Catalogue, with its overt theatricality is every bit as wild as the previous Paralleles. Not really jazz, not rock, having nothing to do with contemporary music either, Catalogue is a kind of sonic postcard which features not the group of the same name but instead numerous Berrocal associates including Potage (co-founder of the dAvantage label in 1976), Parle, Ferlet, Pauvros and recording engineer Daniel Deshays, plus many musicians from the French underground collective scene of the 1970s. Not content with manhandling a toy piano on Tango (which features mind-blowing accordion from Parle), abusing an arsenal of instruments including saw blades, pistols, shower attachment and even gingerbread, Berrocal pushes his own voice way over the edge on Incontrolablslaooo and Faits Divers, moving from a 60-a-day smokers cough to a terrifying sequence of gargles and vomits. The grungy free rock of No More Dirty Bla Blaps, the Portsmouth Sinfonia-like spoof Dixieland of Rideau, the distressing punk of Signe Particulier and all manner of fields recordings and cut-ups in Berrocals Artaudian theatre style, combining the excesses of glam and punk cold-wave to post-1968 Situationist perspective. With the same creative attitude documented through the mythic dAvantage label (1976-1979) Berrocal later accumulated an extensive archive of unreleased recordings, some of which finally surface now on this new edition.      Catalogue represents the most experimental and complex of Berrocals records, as historical as contemporary modern, classic and at the same time as fresh and strange as if it had been recorded last week. During the same year Steven Stapleton frequently travelled to Paris to meet Jaques Berrocal and discuss a possible collaboration. In 1980, Berrocal travelled to London with his pocket trumpet and Tibetan oboe and recorded with Stapleton, Heman Patak and John Fothergill on NWWs second album, but thats another story." - Alga Marghen.

Artist: BERROCAL, JACQUES
Title: Paralleles
Format: CD
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $21.00
2009 repress, originally released in 2001. "Jacques Berrocal has been very active since the beginning of the 1970s. No one in France could mix jazz, improvisation, rocknroll, punk, no wave, spoken words and industrial music like him. He also had a central position in the creation of dAvantage, a collective record label that issued some of the most particular sessions of the mid-late Seventies. At the same time he was working on never ending sessions for records that were never issued. Jac and his band were the Apostles of the non-urgency, enjoying recording in unusual situations, with no rules, improvising on undefined structures or using non-musical material mixed with ethnic instrumental solos. In 1976 dAvantage issued a wonderful record LP titled Parallèles featuring, among the others, Bernard Vitet, Roger Ferlet, Pierre Bastien, Michel Potage, Daniel Deshays, with the intervention of Vince Taylor, the dark diamond of rocknroll who inspired David Bowies Ziggy Stardust. Just a couple of years later Berrocal collaborated with Steven Stapleton to create the first Nurse with Would record LP. Parallèles features very different styles; acoustic solo and duo for trombone and cornet as well as a large ensemble 25 minutes long piece dedicated to the Futurist Russolo (again, two years later, Mr.Stapleton dedicated his first NWW record to the same Italian artist). Also to mention are Post-Card, recorded in a Pigsty in 1976, and the legendary Rocknroll Station, a mini-concert for voice (Vince Taylor), double bass (Roger Ferlet) and bicycle (Jac Berrocal). The remastered CD also includes five previously unreleased tracks that were actually left out of the original record: Villa Povera Naturale (1972) is a short piece for pocket trumpet and various concrete elements; Occupè by Michel Potage is an excerpt taken from an LP that dAvantage never issued; Shorten and Lisylis Pavillon are the first experiments using electronics and Cryptea IV, taken from the sessions of the early Futura LP. Thirty years later Jacques Berrocal is still there, where nothing is waiting for him, totally outside the rules, out of fashion thus indémodable. A digipack CD edition including a folded insert with very nice original photos and scores." -Alga Marghen.

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