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Sunday, April 15, 2012

News: Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes - No. 2 to be reissued (sort of)


I say "sort of" because like the Sensations Fix albums recently, you have to buy it as part of a box set.

Looks like Mercury Records will release a CD box set of the first 4 Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes albums. It's priced at 15 Euros, so if you missed out on the Mantra (also licensed to Si-Wan) issues many years ago, this would seem to be a must pick up at a very cheap price.

http://www.amazon.fr/4-Albums-Originaux-Ribeiro-Catherine/dp/B007FHLTOW

While this is certainly going to be received as good news for many, it is completely frustrating for those of us who already have those Mantra / Si-Wan albums. Why?

Because they didn't start the series with the Catherine Ribeiro + 2 Bis album (1969), but rather the Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes - No. 2 album (1970) (which was the first Alpes album. Staying with me here?). And of course the + 2 Bis and the No. 2 album are the only ones not on CD up until this point.

So to obtain No. 2 on CD (which IMO is the best of the Ribeiro albums) - we'll have to repurchase the other 3 again. The price point is such that it's not that big a deal, but it's a shame they didn't at least put the + 2 Bis album in there as well.

Here is our Ribeiro entry

3 comments:

Tristan Stefan said...

Is it possible the first album wasn't included because it was already released in some time past, but now it's sold out? I say this, because a few of them have been released already, I have some on cd, like paix. I think this chanteuse is very popular in France still.

strawbsfan said...

Thanks Tom for more good news. I did see it mentioned on RYM and of course any Catherine Ribeiro related re-issue is welcome news to me...unlike you from the original albums I only had the vinyl to cherish so I will happily splurge for this one :)
I did purchase the compilation 4CD box set Libertes? released in 2004 but I tend to prefer single albums.

Tom said...

Hi Tristan,

First one never came out unfortunately. Apparently one live track did surface from this set though.

SF - It is good news overall, but I sure wished they would have released No. 2 separate! :-)

Thanks for the comments guys!