Nico's Last Concert: Fata Morgana

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Nico's Last Concert: Fata Morgana
Live album by Nico
Released February 22, 1994
Recorded planetarium of the Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte, West Berlin, June 6, 1988
Genre Experimental
Label Steamhammer/SPV
Producer Lutz Ulbrich
Nico chronology
Live Heroes
(1986)
Nico's Last Concert: Fata Morgana
(1994)

Nico's Last Concert: Fata Morgana is a live album documenting Nico's performance at a show called Fata Morgana – Wüstenklänge im Planetarium (Fata Morgana – Desert Sounds in the Planetarium), held on June 6, 1988 in West Berlin as part of the European Capital of Culture festival that year. The concert (organized by musician Lutz Ulbrich) took place at the planetarium of the Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte. Except for the album's closing song (which was previously released on The End...), Nico and her backing band The Faction composed all pieces specifically for the show, during which they were accompanied by optical effects and Moon-themed projected pictures and films.

As the title of the album indicates, the concert would be Nico's last, and the material on the album is among the last she (co-)wrote. Six weeks later, on July 18, she died while on vacation in Ibiza.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Nico, Young, Dowdall, and Olsen; except tracks 4, 6 and 8, which are by Nico herself.

  1. "The Sound I" – 10:42
  2. "The Hanging Gardens of Semiramis" – 9:17
  3. "Your Voice" – 7:17
  4. "I Will Be Seven" – 6:41
  5. "Fata Morgana" – 6:49
  6. "All Saints' Night" – 6:23
  7. "The Sound II" – 6:17
  8. "You Forgot To Answer" – 3:57

Personnel[edit]

  • Nico – vocal, Indian pump organ
  • James Young – piano, synthesiser
  • Henry Olsen – guitar
  • Eric Graham Dowdall – drums, percussion
  • Robert Sydow – engineer
  • Otto Schönthaler – mixing engineer

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