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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Catastrophe, France

Catastrophe - High Dynamic. 1981 private.

Along with Berits Halsband, Catastrophe's sole album has to be considered one of my favorite ebay finds. I took a chance and won big time. A top 100 album.

Notes originally published in the Outer Music Diary on December 2, 2005. Edited on September 19, 2007.

Catastrophe's sole album reminds me a lot of Missus Beastly – circa their brilliant 1974 album! Tight, tight compositions, with great melodies. And then when it's time to jam, they let loose all within some great rhythmic interplay. Whereas MB has 2 wind players and keys, Catastrophe deploys a guitar/sax assault. The drummer here really lights it up too. Not to mention some monster, almost Zeuhl style, bass riffs. Funny, as the first track (of five total) is by far the most ordinary and had me thinking that at least I got my money's worth, but nothing extraordinary. But starting with the phenomenal second song (and where Missus Beastly immediately entered my mind) it really kicks in and never lets up from there. Whew!

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