Album Notes One more in the seemingly endless conveyor belt of Nico live albums that are more or less anonymous in the absence of concrete recording information -- the peril, of course, of her gigging through the 1980s without a record label to her name, but any number of friends, advisers, and passing acquaintances willing to slip her some extra cash for a live tape. The bulk of this disc was recorded during Nico's 1983 tour, and has appeared on a variety of other CDs over the years; also present are the two tracks produced by Martin Hannett for a 12" single the previous year, the stately "Procession," and a live "All Tomorrow's Parties." But, again, these are scarcely hard to find, rendering this set, indeed, just one more off the conveyor belt. ~ Dave Thompson
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Nico needs no introduction – she will forever be remembered as the sultry German beauty whose melancholy voice was the ‘& Nico’ part of the Velvet Underground legend.
Following the VU she emerged as a solo artist.Very much at odds with a perceived glamorous life-style – a model who mingled with rock-stars and film directors, associating with Fellini, Brian Jones, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Alain Delon, Jackson Browne, Tim Buckley and Iggy Pop – she embarked on a dark, daunting odyssey, with an Indian harmonium as the favoured accompaniment to her deep Teutonic vocals.Both the punk and gothic movements acclaimed her.Developing a heavy drugs habit, she gigged frequently in the 80’s, recounted in a book by keyboard player James Young.She died in 1988, after falling from her bike in Ibiza.
In 1982 she recorded two tracks with Martin Hannett, most known for producing the similarly gloomy Joy Division and New Order, and backed by The Invisible Girls.These tracks, a reworking of the Velvet Underground’s ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ and her own brooding ‘Procession’, are now issued on CD for the first time, alongside heavily atmospheric live tracks selected from her 1983 tour, previously only issued on cassette.
‘Femme Fatale’ includes versions of songs written for her by Dylan, Browne, Bowie and Lou Reed as well as nine Nico originals, in all, 17 tracks over 75 minutes.It's packaged with a 12-page booklet with detailed biographical notes by Nina Antonia, and is issued at mid-price.
Studio: All Tomorrow’s Parties; Procession;Live: Frozen Warnings; Saeta; Purple Lips; These Days; I’ll Keep It With Mine; Heroes; Procession; Sixty/Forty; The Sphinx; Konig; Secret Side; Femme Fatale 1; I’m Waiting For The Man; Orly Flight; Femme Fatale 2.
17 tracks; 75 minutes playing time.
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PLEASE NOTE: Dave Thompson's crap 'All Music' notes that have been imposed on this listing are very misleading!
The booklet includes details of studio, city, month, year and musicians: tracks 3-15 were recorded in London, Amsterdam & Utrecht in 1983. Track 16 recorded in Copenhagen in February 1982. Track 17 recorded in London, January 1982. The studio tracks 1 & 2 - and all other tracks include full musician credits.
As far as we are aware (with the probable exception of tracks 16 & 17), NONE OF THESE TRACKS HAVE APPEARED ON CD ANYWHERE ELSE!
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