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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Synchro Rhythmic Eclectic Language, France



Synchro Rhythmic Eclectic Language - Lambi. 1976 Moshe-Naim.

Yet another one in the batch with Heavy Joker, Metronic Underground, etc... A wealth of riches!

I'd read of this album prior, almost always seeing terms like "Afro Cuban psych" or "West Indies funk". Well that may be, but I'm here to tell you this is definitely a Zeuhl album as well. With the throbbing irregular bass, chanting vocals, horn charts, and violin soloing there's no denying the Magma references. And then when you realize that the violinist is none other than Jean-Yves Rigaud, fresh off the Zao "Z=7l" and "Osiris" albums, then you know the lineage is there and it's no coincidence. The tranced out part on Side 2 with the powerful rhythms (let's not forget the heavy amount of percussion), coupled with the organ and violin solos, is sublime. This is the best obscurity I've heard all year along with Leong Lau's "Dragon Man". Superb!

Well..... thanks to reader Rob, I have great news. It's already on CD! I never saw it because it was reissued under an abbreviated name. Rob explains below:

"This album was already reissued on CD years ago by Moshe Naim themselves as "Synchro - Lambi". I can send you a picture of the cover if you like. For some reason, the CD always seemed to have better distribution in Japan than Europe."

A quick Google search and I found a few for sale. You guys will probably beat me to it, but at least we can buy it now! The second photo is the CD.

4 comments:

Rob said...

This album was already reissued on CD years ago by Moshe Naim themselves as "Synchro - Lambi". I can send you a picture of the cover if you like. For some reason, the CD always seemed to have better distribution in Japan than Europe. The original LP is actually not all that rare. I've owned and sold it off at least twice myself.

The group also released another LP around the same time with west-indian soul singer Franck Valmont, and actually debuted with an obscure ep as "Synchro Rythmic Ecclectic Language" (note the spelling errors) on the label "Edition Dayvis Song". I've owned both of these as well. I don't rate them nearly as much as you do, but to each his own I suppose.

The JP Massiera-produced Working Progress LP has some vague similarities to this, as there are a few "west-indies via France" style jazz-rock tracks on that one as well.

I suppose you received the message I sent you and are not interested? A simple "no thanks" would suffice.

Tom said...

Thanks Rob as always for your comments. I had no idea this was on CD. And now as I look under the abbreviated name you provided - there it is. It looks to be available too. That is the best news!

I just sent you an e-mail. I just found the note in spam. Ugh.... I need to look there!! My apologies again.

- Tom

nnknsh said...

Many of the Moshe Naim CD reissues mixes tracks from different LPs without giving proper credit, and I assume this CD is one of such case and contains tracks from both LPs as it clocks at 73:39.


1. Lambi
- Ouverture
- Appel
- Conque
- Appel
2. Rigibo
3. A.B.C.D.
A
B
C
D
4. Pasto
5. K.T.3
6. Rete
7. El Gason
8. Knell

Nobuhisa

Tom said...

Thanks Nobuhisa for the info! Yes, you're exactly right. I've only heard the LP and it's a standard length for a single album.