Wapassou - Ludwig. 1979 France

Wapassou - Ludwig. 1979 Crypto

Other Wapassou featured albums on the UMR

CD reissues: 1994 Musea; 2009 Belle Antique (Japan mini)

LP reissue: 198? Omega Studios

Release details: Single sleeve cover and, like the other Crypto albums, originals are relatively easy to find in Europe. None of the online discographies will cop to it, but Ludwig was also issued by Omega Studios in the mid 1980s. And that was my introduction to the album. I sold it as soon as the CD came out, and recently picked up the original at a very attractive price. The basic cover doesn't warrant the cost of the Japanese mini IMO.

Notes: In many ways, this is Wapassou's most artistically accomplished work. The classically influenced 34 minute title track is dense and complex, with Wapassou demonstrating their musical maturity over the course of both sides of the LP. And yet, I found myself missing the haunting atmospheres, and mysterious sounds of the previous 3 albums. Perhaps had they broken this composition into smaller tracks, where they could be dissected individually, it may have worked more smoothly as a whole. As it stands though, the sprawling piece can be impenetrable at times. For fans of the classic Wapassou sound, there is no doubt it is an essential purchase, but it does seem to be a bit too formal I'm afraid.

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  1. I find this to be a pretty big drop off from the first three. You nailed it - it definitely lacks that mystique that the others have, and really suffers for it.

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