Musica Elettronica VivaLeave The City

Label:BYG Records – 529.335
Series:Actuel – 35
Vinyl, LP, Album


Engineer [Engineers]Ivan Coaquette, Patrick Demayer
BCosmic Communion
Engineer [Engineers]Daniel Vallancien, Ivan Coaquette
Performer [Participation]Nona Howard, Stéphano Giolitti

Companies, etc.



Actuel 35.

Gatefold cover.

Recorded June 1970.

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  • Rights Society: BIEM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): BYG 529335A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): BYG 529335B
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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Leave The City (LP, Album)BYG Records, BYG Records529 335, 529.335France1970
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Leave The City (LP, Album, Reissue)BYG RecordsBYG-31Japan1971
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Leave The City (CD, Album, Reissue)Spalax2SPALAXCD14968France1997
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Leave The City (CD, Album, Reissue)Spalax2SPALAXCD14968France1998
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Leave The City (CD, Album, Reissue)Spalax2SPALAXCD14968France1998


  • Brule_Au_Paradis's avatar
    Official Reissue of ' Le Vaisseau Blanc' from FONDATION incoming soon. For the first time in Vinyl .

    Don't sleep on it.
    • Nidhamu's avatar
      Edited 7 years ago
      You can read the full transcript of the interview where Alvin Curran mentions this not being a MEV release here, it's in the last few paragraphs*%20%20FROM%20request_redirect
      • progfan97402's avatar
        As with the notes stated, that Alvin Curran has nothing to do with this release. This was Ivan and Patricia Coaquette, with Birgit Knabe, running off with the MEV name. The Coaquettes were involved in The Sound Pool (the proper MEV album thanks to Alvin Curran's involvement). Since this is the Coaquettes show, it's little surprise that it bears little resemblance to The Sound Pool. It's far less harsh and abrasive, but still avant garde. "Message" contains a droning synth (presumable a VCS-3) and strange ethnic percussion, as well as voices. "Cosmic Communion" contains a bunch of strange sounds of static and morse code, and a female voice speaking of "The age of destruction". What's really surprising is how this piece ends, in a cosmic folk manner, not unlike what you hear on the German Pilz label. Not-so-great vocals (this is no surprise, given MEV were basically a collaboration of musicians and non-musicians) singing cosmic hippie themes. It's strange for such an avant garde album, you see photos of the three involved on the original LP looking like flower children. But you will never mistake this for Jefferson Airplane, that's for sure. This album, for some strange reason, reminds me a bit of Brainticket's Celestial Ocean, as well as Adventure and Voyage, probably because of the ethnic percussion and spoken dialog. But it's much more avant garde than Brainticket. Interesting and worthy album.



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