Acnalbasac Noom

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Acnalbasac Noom
SlappHappy AlbumCover AcnalbasacNoom.jpg
Studio album by
Released1980 (1980)
Recorded1973, Wümme, Germany
GenreArt rockart pop
LabelRecommended (UK)
ProducerUwe Nettelbeck
Slapp Happy chronology
In Praise of Learning
Acnalbasac Noom
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Acnalbasac Noom (also known as Slapp Happy or Slapphappy) is a studio album by German-British avant-pop group Slapp Happy, recorded in Wümme, Germany in 1973 with Faust as their backing band. It had a working title of Casablanca Moon but was never released at the time because it had been rejected by their record label, Polydor. Slapp Happy later re-recorded the album in 1974 for Virgin Records, who released it in 1974 as Slapp Happy. The original 1973 recording of Casablanca Moon, was released as Slapp Happy or Slapphappy by Recommended Records in 1980, and reissued as Acnalbasac Noom in 1982. The title Acnalbasac Noom appears in the lyrics of the song "Casablanca Moon", and is Casablanca Moon with the words written backwards.

The track titles on Acnalbasac Noom are identical to those on Slapp Happy, except for the track sequence, and that "Haiku" on Slapp Happy is replaced by "Charlie 'n Charlie" on Acnalbasac Noom. An instrumental version of "Charlie 'n Charlie" had been released as the title tune of Slapp Happy's first album, Sort Of.[2] Musically, Acnalbasac Noom is arranged quite differently from Slapp Happy: it has a raw and unsophisticated "rock" feel about it, whereas Slapp Happy tends to be more sentimental and "dreamy" with complex arrangements, including a string orchestra. While the unsophisticated feel of Acnalbasac Noom still appeals to many fans, it was the sentimental sound on Slapp Happy that the band became best known for.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Anthony Moore and Peter Blegvad, except where noted.

Side one
1."Casablanca Moon" 2:57
2."Me and Parvati" 3:25
3."Mr. Rainbow"Blegvad3:45
4."Michelangelo" 2:34
5."The Drum" 3:45
6."A Little Something"Blegvad3:15
Side two
7."The Secret" 3:20
8."Dawn" 3:30
9."Half-Way There"Blegvad3:02
10."Charlie 'n Charlie" 2:18
11."Slow Moon's Rose"Moore3:06


Guests (Faust)[edit]

Sound and art work[edit]

CD reissues[edit]

In 1990 Recommended Records reissued Acnalbasac Noom on CD with four extra tracks:

  • "Everybody's Slimmin' (Even Men and Women)" (Moore/Blegvad) – 4:07
  • "Blue Eyed William (demo)" (Blegvad) – 3:32
  • "Karen (demo)" (Blegvad) – 3:16
  • "Messages" (Krause) – 2:07

In 2000 Recommended Records issued a remastered (by Bob Drake) edition with the same artwork and tracks. The same remaster was also issued as a Japanese mini-LP sleeve with the original LP artwork.


  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Acnalbasac Noom". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Slapp Happy : Review". AirStructures. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.

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