Lard Free - I'm Around Midnight. 1975 France

Whereas the debut tended towards noisy electronics and free jazz, Lard Free on the followup I'm Around About Midnight brings in no less a luminary than Richard Pinhas, and subsequently turns out a Heldon styled nightmare (and that's a very good thing). Pinhas' tortured bluesy guitar and down tuned Moog are in abundance, and the whole album sounds like a long lost Heldon album from around the time of Agneta Nilsson. Perhaps with a touch of Artman's future project Urban Sax on display. A splendid album of electronik musik. Highly recommended.

Personal collection
LP: 1975 Vamp
CD: 2008 Captain Trip (Japan)

My introduction to the album was immediately after the Spalax CD came out, and as usual for the imprint, it's a straight reissue with no extras. A couple of years after that, I picked up the original gatefold LP since I love the late 1940's era Pigalle District artwork. Again, because of the cover, I went forward with the Captain Trip mini and sold off the Spalax. I found the sound on the latter CD to be excellent as well.

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