Slapp Happy (album)

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Slapp Happy
Studio album by Slapp Happy
Released May 1974 (1974-05)
Recorded 1974, Oxfordshire, England
Genre Experimental rock, experimental pop
Length 36:26
Label Virgin (UK)
Producer Slapp Happy, Steve Morse
Slapp Happy chronology
Sort Of
(1972)
Slapp Happy
(1974)
Desperate Straights
(1975)
Singles from Slapp Happy
  1. "Casablanca Moon" b/w "Slow Moon's Rose"
    Released: 1974, Virgin Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Slapp Happy (also known as Casablanca Moon) is an album by German/British avant-pop group Slapp Happy, recorded at Virgin Records' Manor Studio in 1974.

This album was originally recorded in 1973 in Germany under a working title of Casablanca Moon with Faust as Slapp Happy's backing band, but Polydor Germany rejected it. After moving to London and signing with Virgin Records, Slapp Happy re-recorded it (at Virgin's request) and it was released in 1974 as Slapp Happy. Virgin later re-issued the album as Casablanca Moon.

It was not until 1980 that Recommended Records released the original recording (with Faust) as Acnalbasac Noom (the title Casablanca Moon reversed). For a comparison of Slapp Happy and Acnalbasac Noom, see Acnalbasac Noom.

Writing in The Rough Guide to Rock, Mark Ellingham noted: "Slapp Happy found themselves at Virgin's Manor studios, recording the album with a virtual chamber orchestra of musicians." [2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Casablanca Moon" (Moore/Blegvad) – 2:45
  2. "Me and Parvati" (Moore/Blegvad) – 3:22
  3. "Half Way There" (Blegvad) – 3:14
  4. "Michelangelo" (Moore/Blegvad) – 2:33
  5. "Dawn" (Moore/Blegvad) – 3:17
  6. "Mr. Rainbow" (Blegvad) – 3:49
Side two
  1. "The Secret" (Moore/Blegvad) – 3:28
  2. "A Little Something" (Blegvad) – 4:30
  3. "The Drum" (Moore/Blegvad) – 3:34
  4. "Haiku" (Moore/Blegvad) – 3:01
  5. "Slow Moon's Rose" (Moore) – 2:53

Personnel[edit]

Guests[edit]

  • Marc Singer – drums
  • Dave Wintour – bass guitar
  • Graham Preskett – violin, mandolin
  • Roger Wootton – backing vocals
  • Eddie Sparrow – drums, congas, whistles, etc.
  • Jean Hervé Peron – bass guitar
  • Clare Deniz – cello
  • Nick Worters – double bass
  • Jeremy Baines – sausage bassoon
  • Andy Leggett – jugs
  • Clem Cattini – drums
  • Henry Lowther – trumpet
  • Geoff Leigh – saxophones
  • Keshave Sathe – tablas, tamboura

Sound and art work[edit]

  • Slapp Happy – producers
  • Steve Morse – producer
  • Simon Heyworth – mixer, engineer
  • Steve Taylor – mixer, engineer
  • David Larcher – cover photograph
  • Carol Aitken – cover design

CD reissues[edit]

In 1993 Virgin Records reissued Slapp Happy as Casablanca Moon together with Slapp Happy's Desperate Straights on CD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, Ted; Unterberger, Richie. "Casablanca Moon". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  2. ^ Peter Buckley (ed.) 2003, The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 1-85828-457-0, p.949

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