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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Voiceprint
  • ASIN: B00005OWH8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,560,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By on 15 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Slapp Happy just played at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London; a friend /begged/ me to get him a ticket "they've been bringing happiness into my life since 1983, but I've never seen them" he said. So I went too, despite having never heard a note of their music. I liked it, a lot -- so much I bought this album (and Camera) in the foyer on the way out.
It's difficult to describe. If you ever saw the "Leviathan" cartoons in the Independent on Sunday, you should know that Peter Blegvad is the songwriter/guitar player for Slapp Happy, and in some ways it's the musical equivalent of the giant baby. Contradictory: happy/sad, uplifting music about loss and abandonment, superficial and profound, simple and complex (musically and lyrically). There aren't really any easy comparisons. Dagmar's voice reminded me slightly of Bjork, albeit without the histrionic effects. Musically, you could pigeon-hole this as 'jazz-folk', although personally I probably wouldn't have listened to it if I'd heard that term. It provides a sense of contentment, enrichment, soothing, reconciliation and acceptance (there's a better word for what I'm trying to say, I can't recall it, argh!) ...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kavy on 9 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
I bought Casanblanca Moon after hearing a Worm At Work by Slapp Happy/Henry Cow and I loved the album. Sort Of was unobtainable but years later it was rereleased by R&R and when I first heard it, I was knocked out by the opening track Just A Conversation. The rest of the album might not match Just A Conversation but is still very good. Blue Flower is another stand out track that eventually the Pale Saints did an excellent cover of. And Peter Blebvad's voice blends silkly with Dagmar's on the lovely Little Girls World. This album is as pretty as its cover.

I was always dissapointerd with what happened to Slapp Happy, their joining with Henry Cow ruined them. Henry Cow who were one dreadful band; if only Slapp Happy could have retained the fragile delicate beauty of this album and Casablanca Moon.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Finally! 3 May 2000
By Philip Welsh - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Since amazon hasn't provided a track listing, here's what's on here:
1. Just A Conversation
2. Paradise Express
3. I Got Evil
4. Little gIrl's World
5. Tuankhamun
6. Mono Plane
7. Blue Flower
8. I'm All Alone
9. Who's Gonna Help Me Now
10. Small Hands of Stone
11. Sort Of
12. Heading For Kyoto
13. Jumpin' Jonah ** (bonus track)
I've had this on tape for decades, but an actual copy of it has forever eluded me. Back in the mid-1980s, when ACNALBASAC NOOM first came out they were reissuing all the Faust albums, RecRec for some stupid reason only rereleased this in an absurdly limited pressing. I'm told Polygram/dor clutched the rights to it to their chest with the claws of a frigging harpy, they same way they have with the first two Faust albums. Anyway, finally it's out -- the first recorded document of "Naive Rock, the Douannier Rousseau sound." Taking advantage of Blegvad's association with Faust (the band, not the unfortunate Doctor...) and Faust's symbiotic producer Uwe Nettelback, Peter, anthony and Dagmar camped out at the Wümme compound and let the Faust folks fill in some of the gaps in their sound. It really is "naive rock", generally lacking all that dada subtlety which their later efforts would employ to such effect (and which has tended alternately to wax and wane in all three members' subsequent output) -- simple, tiny songs based around some charming joke/pun or pleasingly childlike rhyme scheme ("Just a Conversation"). Opal use to do a stoked cover of "Blue Flower" live; their Mazzy Star reincarnation recorded it less successfully about ten years ago and never bothered to credit Slapp Happy. "Tutankhamen" beat Steve Martin by a few years in the "first pop song written specifically about King Tut" category (unless you want to count Bob and Dor's "I'm a Mummy"). "I got Evil" is anything but, "I'm All Alone" shows Dagmar at her little-orphan-anniest, "Monoplane" is just that, a song about a monoplane, and "Heading For Kyoto" calls to mind the coy lyrical meditations-on-the-Orient-from-afar which would briefly capture and hold Brian Eno's attention a few years later. And they even slapped on a bonus track (sadly, not "Alcohol" which was on the bonus single that came with the RecRec reissue). As strange and charming as one of those long conversations you sometimes find yourself having with some enormously precocious child.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sort of a beautiful piece of rock and roll 30 April 2013
By Morello - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There is some good stuff here. Blue Flower is a fun one to turn up loud. Most of the songs on this album are colorful and very tight.
Slapp Happy were progressive without being bogged down by too much heavy-handedness.
I didn't realize how chilling though the lyrics to Monoplane were until the third or fourth listening. On the surface it's so fun!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great songs, and great jams! 10 Sept. 2012
By Rodrigo Otávio - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
the songs put together here are excellent. and then combining them with the wonderful jams is just perfect, you will love this CD.
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