Za Bakdaz

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Za Bakdaz
Studio album by Klaus Nomi
Released December 2007
Recorded Original sessions 1979-1983; completed between 1984-2006 at the home studio of Page Wood and George Elliott.
Genre New wave, opera
Label Heliocentric
Producer Klaus Nomi, George Elliott, Page Wood
Klaus Nomi chronology
In Concert
(1986)
Za Bakdaz
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
PopMatters 8/10 stars [2]

Za Bakdaz : The Unfinished Opera is a collection of songs German countertenor Klaus Nomi was working on up until his death in 1983 from AIDS, a disease poorly understood at that time.[3] The album was released posthumously in 2007. The large majority of the tracks have never before been heard on an official studio release. Some of those involved with the project hint that the album was nowhere near completed at the time of Klaus' passing.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "High Wire" – 2:04
  2. "Valentine's Day" – 2:49
  3. "Enchanté" – 4:31
  4. "Overture" – 2:42
  5. "Cre Spoda" – 3:03
  6. "Metronomi" – 2:44
  7. "Intermezzzo" -1:16
  8. "Za Bakdaz (live)" – 3:09
  9. "Perna-A-Gyre" – 2:56
  10. "Finale" – 2:33
  11. "Rubber Band Lazer" – 2:21
  12. "Silent Night" – 1:38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ragett, Ned. "Za Bakdaz: The Unfinished Opera". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Tricker, Spencer. "Klaus Nomi: Za Bakdaz < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  3. ^ Smith, Rupert (July 1994). "Klaus Nomi". Attitude (London, England) 1 (3). The doctors discovered that Nomi's immune system had collapsed, and also found a rare form of skin cancer, Kaposi's Sarcoma, breaking out on his body. The condition was not yet known as AIDS.