Slapp Happy (album)

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Slapp Happy
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Studio album by Slapp Happy
Released May 1974 (1974-05)
Recorded 1974
Studio The Manor, 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. A second UK pressing of the album used the title Casablanca Moon on the label (though not on the cover). Later CD reissues officially used the title Casablanca Moon.

It was not until 1980 that Recommended Records released the original recording (with Faust) as Acnalbasac Noom (Casablanca Moon with the words written backwards). 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]

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

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Casablanca Moon"   2:45
2. "Me and Parvati"   3:22
3. "Half Way There" Blegvad 3:14
4. "Michelangelo"   2:33
5. "Dawn"   3:17
6. "Mr. Rainbow" Blegvad 3:49
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "The Secret"   3:28
8. "A Little Something" Blegvad 4:30
9. "The Drum"   3:34
10. "Haiku"   3:01
11. "Slow Moon's Rose" Moore 2:53

Personnel[edit]

Sources: Peter Blegvad,[3] Discogs[4]

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
  3. ^ "Peter Blegvad Discography: Major Collaborations". Peter Blegvad. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Slapp Happy – Slapp Happy". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 

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