Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mecano - A Shapeless Volume (CD, HP Productions, ?)


This Dutch band Mecano released this year their first CD in 22 years, following a 'complete' 2CD 'The Half Inch Universe' in 2002. To find information about this 'A Shapeless Volume' is quite difficult. On the website of the Dutch Popinstituut we find that in 1981 Dick Polak, Mecano's vocalist, did some recordings with Martin van Leer and Peter Graute, the owners of Backstreet Records, but surely it's not this release. This release can be found on the official list of mecano, but without a year and a labe (although on the image we read HP Productions CD 9512), so what it is: it beats me. It's certainly a stranger album for them, a bit more experimental and not great in every inch, but this fills a nice hole in the history of this otherwise great band. Thanks to Pokem, the first fan of this blog (!), for sharing this.

enjoy

Mecano - A Shapeless Volume

11 comments:

Andre said...

The first line is not completely correct: two years ago Mecano released 'Snake Tales for Dragon' and this year 'Those Revolutionary Days'. This 'Shapeless Volume' will get some spins here nontheless! :-)

Fred said...

According to the Mecano biography on the Nationaal Pop Instituut, A Shapeless Volume was recorded in June 1981 as a side-project of Dick Polak, together with Peter Graute and Martin van Leer. See: http://www.popinstituut.nl/biografie/mecano.1974.html

433 RPM said...

dear fred
yes, i read that line too, but it doesn't add up to what the backcover reads, right? i think i made that clear in my text. unless you know more? are these the recordings done with graute and van leer?
curious!
433rpm

433 RPM said...

dear fred
yes, i read that line too, but it doesn't add up to what the backcover reads, right? i think i made that clear in my text. unless you know more? are these the recordings done with graute and van leer?
curious!
433rpm

space invader said...

I think this is from tago mago tape sessions.

433 RPM said...

that's one i don't have...

MIKKseria said...

any info about "valori plastici" ?
i have two songs by them, "wir essen" and "zombie weh"
all i know its a dirk polak / joop van brakel (from namsak) gig

MIKKseria said...
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MIKKseria said...

and yes space invader //
the music on the tago mago tape is the same music in shapeless

433 RPM said...

that one mystery solved. sorry, i only know the name valori but never heard their music

The Kitchen Cynic said...

Thanks very much for this.