Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Von Zamla – No Make Up!,LP,1983,Sweden

Second album from international version of the zany S/Zamla Mammas Manna bunch with ties to Albert Marcoeur’s group. Featuring an expanded lineup of six, including Univers Zero reeds man Michel Berckmans, “No Make Up!” is undeniably an avant progressive tour de force. The album opens, interestingly enough, with ‘Forge Etude’, a rework from Zamla’s (then) final album “Familjesprickor”. A rarely mentioned fact, possibly due its obscurity, is the relationship of Von Zamla with the German fusion band Munju during this period. Both recorded for the German based JA&RO label (aka Exil). And not only do they share a full time member, bassist Wolfgang Saloman, but Berckmans also played extensively on Munju’s “Le Perfectionniste” album. This collaboration is reflected on the third track ‘Fόr Munju / Indojazz’, one of the livelier pieces on “No Make Up!” Throughout the album, it’s once again Lars Hollmer’s familiar accordion, that drives most of the Nordic European style folk melodies. The ensemble work is tight, in typical chamber music fashion, with the aggressive rock edge provided by guitarist Eino Haapala, the same role he played for the Zamla clan prior. It’s fair to say that most of the groups in the Rock in Opposition camp find it hard to avoid some crazy improvisation, sort of their bitch-slap to the establishment. Here Von Zamla only utilize one piece for that, the unbelievably irritating (and mercifully short) ‘Voice Improvisation’. Fortunately the remainder of the tracks remain composed, energetic and satisfying. “No Make Up!” was to be reissued on CD in 1998, but for reasons unknown, did not happen. As of this review, it remains a vinyl only issue. Highly recommended to fans of the original RIO movement, the collective avant progressive sound, and those who have recently arrived through the Nordic front door via the Northside label.

Tom Hayes
5-Sep-2006 , for

by many this is considered their absolute masterpiece!
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Anonymous said...

I have this one already, but this post might be in a higher bitrate. Mine's 256, what's this one?

Anonymous said...

thanx for posting this utter rarity! this one was missing...

Anonymous said...

Excellent. Thank You very much. I love everything S/Zamla.
Do you have Mannaminne by Hasse Bruniusson?
Keep up the good work