Recorded at Mannderly Studios in Feucherolles, 1977
Keyboards [Electric], Bass – Hector Zazou
Guitar – Harvey Néneux
Piano [The Ivoiry] – Joseph Racaille
Alto Saxophone, Flute – David Rueff
Arranged By – Louise Alcazar
Choir – Giuseppe Racaglie
Chorus Master – Gustave Beck
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Bandoneon – Manfred Le Lalo
Other – Fred The Vicomte Electrique, Patrick Portella
Violin – Rémi Demillac
Voice [Recitation] – Humphrey Néneux
The second and last release by this most exquisite and eccentric of groups, who hardly touched the world of working bands, and whose existence was tenuous, flickering, mythological – and yet who managed, stealthily, to find its way in time to legendary status – rather like Duchamp’s fountain - by leaving an indelible trace in recorded form of their verifiable existence. There’s been nothing like them before or since. Though, if Captain Beefheart had been Erik Satie...
The second and last release by this most exquisite and eccentric of groups . There's been nothing like ZNR before or since. The original sketch by Captain Beefheart on the inner sleeve of that first release didn't hinder, them, but mainly it was the music that earned their reputation with its Satiesque simplicity, timeless self-confidence, wistful modernity and uncompromisingly eccentric arrangements. After the first LP, the band disbanded, reconvening briefly in 1979 to make a second LP - because by then interest in the first had finally provoked national interest, to the extent of their being invited onto heavyweight French art television as cultural spokesmen. They stayed together this time just long enough to finish the recording, and then folded their tent forever. That LP quickly went out of print and has been much sought after by collectors since, so we are pleased, finally, to have the chance to reissue it - and in a properly re-mastered and repackaged form. Although the band had a very short life and hardly ever performed live, its three main protagonists all went on to rewarding and unusual careers.