Jac Berrocal ‘Lili Traces b/w Plaisir Loques’

'Lili Traces b/w Plaisir Loques' front cover
'Lili Traces b/w Plaisir Loques' back cover

Rare 45rpm by Jac Berrocal, originally credited to 2 other artists, Hector Leuck and Krista, but now incorporated in Berrocal’s canon. Even more surprising, Tago Mago was a French cassette label (of which I posted several, cf. Index) with only a couple records out, this one not often mentioned, if at all. The a-side has a personal version of ‘Lili Marlen’, the famous WWII German song. The flip has a rendition of ‘Plaisir d’amour’, a famous French 18th c. Baroque romance composed by J.P.E. Martini (1741-1816). Hector Leuck (b.1934 – d. after 1997), who contributed artwork to this record, was a French poet, painter and publisher, and the back cover says these tracks are meant as an accompaniement to one of his exhibitions. As an artist, he belonged to a Parisian art movement called ‘Art Cloche’, created 1981, a mix of abstract and performance art, as far as I can tell. These artists worked in a squat located Rue d’Arcueil, in Paris, where they lived and exhibited their work – hence the mention ‘Editions Squatt International’ on the cover. Some of their art is exhibited on this site. Another member of the movement, Jean Starck, lists the record as being sold at La Fabrique, an other of their exhibition spaces out of Paris. The close-miked voice and exquisite German accent of female singer Krysta shines wonderfully on ‘Lili Traces’ with trumpet and drum accompaniement by Berrocal. On ‘Plaisir Loques’, she mixes the French original lyrics with her own German poetry on top of a heavy barrage of drum machine. Both Leuck and Berrocal contribute vocals as well. Nice one.

01 Lili Traces (3:55)
02 Plaisir Loques (3:05)

Total time 7:00
7” single released by Tago Mago, TM 452, France, 1985


Martini (1741-1816)

8 Responses to “Jac Berrocal ‘Lili Traces b/w Plaisir Loques’”

  1. 1 Benoit January 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Thank you so much! Any Berrocal is highly appreciated on these shores… The man is the true poet of French rock’n’roll, sorry I meant punk, or did I mean jazz, or…???

  2. 2 continuo January 11, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Well, fortunately all his records are available at the moment. Except this one, though both tracks have been included in previous Berrocal reissue compilations. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. 3 Benoit January 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    All available??? I hardly believe that, and can’t find but 2 or 3 (like La Nuit est au courant, Outlaws in jazz…); and one can quite easily find used copies of Fatal Encounters, but that is not, to my knowledge, available — nor Musiq Musik or Parallèles, to mention only those 2 masterpieces…
    Or do you have “special” adresses?

  4. 4 continuo January 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    There’s definitely a lot of Berrocal around. Everything available on mp3 blogs. Many records available from Discogs. The ‘Parallèles’ CD is here and the LP was last seen on eBay for $200,00. Finally, Alga Marghen is currently reissuing the entire Berrocal catalogue.
    You might also want to check this Andrew Liles 2007 live recording, to which Berrocal contributes trumpet.

  5. 5 Benoit January 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you for this, that’s great–didn’t know about that Italian label, which is wonderful!
    And thanks for your beautiful blog…

  6. 6 continuo January 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    You’re welcome.

  7. 7 Josefo malatrova January 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    thanks from mexico for this amazing blog , im 19 years old and you are really teaching me good music , keep going

  8. 8 continuo January 12, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thank you very much, Josefo.

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