12 febbraio 2018


I tempi son quasi maturi - benché duri, come indica l'allusivo titolo - per la pubblicazione del quarto e ultimo box antologico in vinile dei Pere Ubu: Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés 1987-1991, contenente gli album del periodo Fontana (e della partecipazione di Chris Cutler, fino a un certo punto) escluso Story Of My Life ma incluso un Lost Album di inediti e brani aggiuntivi solo in parte diffusi in precedenza. Il restauro sonoro è uno degli ultimi atti compiuti per il gruppo dal fedelissimo Paul Hamann, nel cruciale ruolo ereditato dal padre Ken fin dal 1980. Dovrebbe esser pronto ad aprile, alla vigilia di un nuovo ciclo di concerti in Europa, The MonkeyNet Tour.

Here we have Pere Ubu between 1987 and 1991 with three phenomenal pop albums, together with the ‘Lost Album’, an 11-track record of demos that sounds like they’d loosened the nut and bolts of the genre even further. Four of these tracks, ‘Around The Fire’,’ Down By The River’, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and ‘Invisible Man’ were recorded as demos for the album originally designed to follow ‘Cloudland’. Referred to by the band as ‘The Lost Album’ they are now joined with songs from ‘Cloudland’ that wouldn’t fit on the original vinyl release due to the length limitations of vinyl. The record also includes a tribute to Van Dyke Parks ‘Wine Dark Sparks’ and ‘Bang The Drum’ inspired by a Van Dyke Parks song. Genius.
Remastered by Paul Hamann at Suma Studio in February 2017 and designed by John Thompson, the four LP box set will be released on 4th April 2018. Pere Ubu will also be on the road across Europe through May and June 2018.