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Bene GesseritFirst Time In Aachen

Bene Gesserit - First Time In Aachen album cover
Label:EE Tapes – EE21
Format:
CD, Limited Edition
Country:Belgium
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Avantgarde, Minimal, Experimental, Synth-pop

Tracklist

1White Men4:23
2Alles Ist...4:40
3Rock Yoko4:07
4Step By Step2:53
5Insanités3:55
6Kidnapping (Le Rap(t))0:43
7Nobody Can Know3:05
8Désirs-Délires0:50
9Vocal Improvisation3:00
10Green Worlds3:20
11Rats4:23
12Love Me Thunder1:21
13Les Flammes De L'Enfer2:31
14Erg Habannia4:15
15In Love With Samantha Fox2:45
16Walt's Waltz3:55
17Little Lady4:52
18Tonight6:04
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Credits

Notes

All tracks live at The Malteserkeller Jazz Club, Aachen, Germany, 11/11/1990.

Tracks 1 to 17 were mixed while playing and recorded on a chrome cassete, then digitally mastered on PC.
Track 18 was mastered from a bootleg video, thanks to Jo Zimmerman.

Limited to 300 copies.
Packaged in a 7” sleeve.

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  • AnnaLogue's avatar
    AnnaLogue
    BeNe GeSSeRiT was Benedict G. (Alain Neffe) and B. Ghola (Nadine Bal) who ran the
    legendary cassette label Insane Music in Belgium. The material on this CD is a recording of
    their concert given at the Malteserkeller Jazz Club, Nov. 11th, 1990, in Aachen, Germany,
    which got shelved for 20 years. The original soundboard recording on cassette has been
    repolished with the highest possible digital standards by masterchef Alain Neffe to a truly
    astonishing audio experience. “Welcome to the late night show! Expect an hour of craziness
    with extraordinary vocals and adventurous musical entertainment by this husband-and-wife
    duo from the south part of Belgium. Their live performances were as unique and rare as the
    chance of discovering edelweiss in the Swiss mountains, so make sure to book your ticket in
    time as only 300 seats will be available worldwide!” Filed under: synth-pop, improvisation,
    minimal electronics, experimental, avant-garde.” (edited from EE Tapes promo text) Amazing
    vocal performance from extreme to extreme, intense, demonic, weird, sad, funny – just
    unequalled! Musically very versatile and interesting as we are used know from them. It’s a
    masterpiece of DIY-art, really, and do not worry about the recording date, it sounds all like
    from around 1981 (with analogue synths, various early to mid 80’s drum machine sounds,
    cheap organs, bass, guitar, and many various toys and percussions… Alone the track “Rats”
    is worth the buy. For those into Kaa Antilope, Pseudocode, Nina Hagen, Diamanda Galas,
    wonderfully entertaining and a shame we all missed it out, but may Anna suggest they should
    play the Kernkrach Festival one day, that may match!
    • eetapes's avatar
      eetapes
      In Vital Weekly 733 I was pleasantly surprised by EE Tapes when they re-issued 'Europa' by Pseudo Code. Before they already did a CD by Human Flesh and a CDR by MAL. Now there is a CD by Bene Gesserit. In case you wonder what this is all about, all four bands are from the 80s cassette label Insane Music, and since some time there is renewed interest in them. All of these bands (except MAL, which is a solo project of Daniel Malempre, who also guests here) involve Alain Neffe and each incarnation is something different. It would go too far to explain all these differences, but as Bene Gesserit he plays music with his wife Nadine Bal on vocals. Neffe is responsible for synthesizers, rhythm machines and saxophone. Although Bene Gesserit moved out my sight in the late eighties, they still existed in 1990 when they played in the Malteserkeller Jazz Club in Aachen, Germany. Surely, Bene Gesserit don't play jazz, but they play… well… popmusic? Maybe its popmusic, but with an odd twist,not the kind of stuff that will be big in the charts, but nevertheless popmusic that attract the more serious lovers of minimal wave and new wave. At times romantic, especially the saxophone playing, but at other times also wildly eccentric with vocal improvisations and an over-use of echo effects. I must admit two things: it was great to hear Bene Gesserit after all these years, but from the various bands of Insane Music not my favorite. That would be Pseudo Code and then Human Flesh. Most other music projects where never that much my cup of tea. Bene Gesserit surely play great music, but remains to mildly eccentric popmusic for my taste. I am hoping however EE Tapes will expand further, and that one day we may see a CD with the collected works of the poetry/synth project Cortex or the real 'commercial' tunes of Subject.

      (FdW) Vital Weekly 751 (12-10-10)

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      The lovely EE Tapes label from Belgium has released some very interesting 80's Belgium music recently. Some time ago they already put out on cd the cult classic 'Europa' by Pseudocode. In a way typical Belgium 80's music but still very original and unlike anything else you have every heard. Even though Pseudocode share some aspects with Alesia Cosmos, the weird French band from the same era, it is more their experimental way of working as a common sound. Still both bands have that industrial touch that Throbbing Gristle had when they produced more pop songs like on '20 Jazz Funk Greats'.

      Pseudocode mastermind Alain Neffe was a key figure in the Belgium independent scene of the 80's. He ran the Insane Music label and was active in various bands and projects. The most famous was of course Bene Gesserit. While Pseudocode could be seen as a band playing dissonant pop the Bene Gesserit sound was more playful in a way. This due to a more melodic approach. Still it is as weird as pop music gets. It is never pure pop music and has a very arty touch all over it. Maybe even jazzy in a way.

      In 1990 they played in a jazz club in Aachen, Germany. Almost nobody showed up... the band was too pop for jazz people and to experimental probably for the pop music people. The recordings of this concert have now been released for the first time. Originally this would be released in a slightly different way on Enfant Terrible. But as I am not planning many 80's releases due to a focus on contemporary artists EE Tapes took the project and released the complete concert from A to Z.

      When listening to these recordings you do not a hear a band playing... you hear a performance group staging a perfect experience. From nice moody songs to screaming pieces to playful tunes with a crazy twist it is all there and served in just the right sequence. What a great night out this must have been...

      Bene Gesserit and Pseudocode are, together with Kaa Antilope, definitely the top of Belgium pop music from the 80's. This cd is the perfect companion to the studio recordings already released on one of my personal favorite labels Was Soll Das? Schallplatten some years ago. Thumbs up for EE Tapes for putting this out!

      Martijn Van Gessel - Terrible Music (15-10-10)

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      This album was released before the October full moon. Still, it seems more appropriate to write about it this moonth as it was recorded 20 years ago on November 11th. Alain Neffe, aka B. Ghola, half of BeNe GeSSeRiT, explains: 'Reinhold Knieps, an idealist and the boss of the AMF label organized the concert at a small jazz club, The Malteserkeller, without any advertisement. He believed that open-minded jazz addicts would come and listen like every Saturday night... But we didn't play jazz and only his friends and some German fans (how did they get to know??) showed up that night... We played without any stress in a relaxed atmosphere. It turned out to be an interesting an unusual experience...'

      We've presented the wonderful musical underworld of Alain Neffe, his wife Nadine Bal, transformed to Benedict G. as the other half of BeNe GeSSeRiT, and his label Insane Music Contact earlier here at Luna Kafé and reviewed the latest album by BeNe GeSSeRiT, Les Vleurs Du Bal a couple of years ago. The band might have served as an 1980s synth-pop duo if it hadn't been for the other ingredients they put into their music. After all BeNe GeSSeRiT was one of the two most central bands of the Insane Music label. Electro-pop-experimental with some avant garde elements might be a suitable description. But it's Nadine's efforts that really makes the difference. She can sound quite normal and sane, quite the opposite and lots in between, from witch to seducer.

      I guess my favourite BG-album has been Live, a 60 minutes cassette recorded in Brussels and Den Haag in 1983, especially after witnessing the duo live for the first (and so far last) time in Norway in 1989. First Time In Aachen includes some old favourites also on Live, but mostly it's newer stuff. Both Benedict and the music include several dosis of humour. From my first hand experience with the band I vividly remember the uniqe interpretation of Elvis' "Love Me Tender" ('the best love-song of the century') with Benedict G. wearing tentacles with lights in the dark. It's performed here as well, called "Love Me Thunder", but, alas, without the visuals. There's also the funny narration "In Love With Samantha Fox", (the English page three madonna of the 1980s with the big boobs) based on a true story. Otherwise we're served some moody stuff to reflect on ("Alles Ist..." and "Insanités"), electrominimalism ("Step By Step"), hysteric sort of avant garde-minimalism ("Kidnapping", "Désirs-Délires" and "Little Lady"), electropopminimalism with saxophone here & there ("Nobody Can Know" and "Erg Habannia") and a mix of all of those ("Rock Yoko", "White Men" and "Les Flammes De L'Enfer"). I particularly enjoy the moody electro-pop-instrumental "Green Worlds", the slow synth-pop narrative "Rats" with harsh vocals, the halfway melancholic, halfway hysteric "Walt's Waltz" and the the halfway happy, halfway hysteric encore "Tonight". Unfortunately the recording of the latter is taken from a bootleg video with inferior sound compared to the other 17 tracks.

      First Time In Aachen works as an excellent documentation of the 1980s and early 1990s will to challenge and experiment in combination with a cunning ability to create small pop-sensible melodies. It's also a great supplement to Live and a most welcomed album in it's own right. It's a limited edition of 300 copies, so don't hesitate! EE Tapes has earlier issued other albums from Alain's vast recording career, including two by Human Flesh (roughly Alain supplemented by vocalists from all over the world; fairly new recordings) and one reissue of an LP by his hard electro-experimental trio Pseudo Code from the early 1980s. And while you're at it; why not check out EE Tapes' brand new and first vinyl output, a four track seven incher by The Misz called the The EE EP that also stems from the 1980s Belgian cassette scene.

      www.lunakafe.com - Full Moon 174 (21-11-10)

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