AKSAK MABOUL - Un peu de l'âme des bandits + Before and after bandits - LP+CD - CRAM002LP
Autores: Aksak Maboul, Michel Berckmans, Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, Marc Hollander, Catherine Jauniaux, Denis Van Hecke, Frank Wuyts, Honeymoon Killers, Jeanf Jones Jacob III, Gérald Fenerberg, Yvon Vromman, Véronique Vincent
Editor: Crammed Discs (2018)
Formato: LP, CD, remastered
Géneros: Jazz, Rock, Avantgarde, Prog Rock, Rock In Opposition, Avant-Prog, Zolo, Chamber Jazz
Originally released in January 1980, the second album from (Crammed founder) Marc Hollander's band was more intense and experimental than Aksak Maboul's debut album, yet often as playful. Containing complex written sections, free improv, and a wild variety of elements, Bandits was recorded with a band comprising revered UK musicians Fred Frith & Chris Cutler, who joined Aksak's then-current line-up of Michel Berckmans, Frank Wuyts, Denis Van Hecke and Hollander, plus guest vocalist Catherine Jauniaux.
Un peu de l'âme des bandits is described by All Music Guide as "a pinnacle of the RIO movement" (RIO being Rock In Opposition, the late-'70s radical, pan-European coalition of bands, which Aksak Maboul was part of). The album reached #3 in the NME's top ten European albums of 1980 (alongside Yello, The Nits, Steve Reich and Faust!).
Available on CD since the '90s, the album came out again on vinyl in Feb. 2018. For this reissue, the album was remastered from original analogue tapes, and includes a booklet with abundant liner notes, documents, and recollections by all the participants.
Also included in the LP is a bonus album entitled Before and After Bandits (CD+download), containing previously-unreleased live and demo recordings featuring no less than seventeen of the band's successive members and guests. Over the course of ten tracks and 78 minutes of music, this collection charts the sinuous evolution of the ever-morphing Aksak Maboul sound and reveals some of the missing links in the story, from the 1977 debut Onze danses pour combattre la migraine through the Bandits album, a little-documented avant-No Wave phase in 1980, the atypical, eclectic electropop of Ex-Futur Album, and until the band's current live incarnation, which started in 2015 after a hiatus of some 30 years.