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