Altaïs / Apsara - Archives 2 x CDs
Soleil Zeuhl 47
"This double CD documents the pre-Shub Niggurath era of the bands who joined forces to create Shub Niggurath.
In the early 80s two bands (Apsara & Gorgonus), both from the southern suburbs of Paris, met & quickly became friends as they shared the same concern : their common Magma influence.
After some time, the idea of merging the two combos into a big band emerged. Some of Apsara musicians rejected the idea & decided to continue on their own while Franck Fromy, Ann Stewart & Veronique Verdier from Apsara joined Gorgonus, which was then renamed Shub Niggurath.
On the other side of the band divide, the remaining members of Apsara renamed the band Altaïs (with members of Eider Stellaire soon joining & supporting) and made a excellent 12" single shortly before disbanding.
CD 1 contains the only studio track ever recorded by Apsara (clocking in at over 11 minutes) + 4 live tracks recorded in 1983 (43 minutes). The sound quality of the live tracks is mediocre but we thought that their historical importance justifies their official publishing.
CD 2 is the first complete reissue of the Altaïs maxi single (3 tracks for a total of 14 minutes).
All together, the complete set includes 68 minutes of music, of which 25' are professional, studio recordings and 43' are of decent bootleg quality.
Each CD comes in an individual cardboard jacket, the Altaïs one being a repro of the original vinyl. Also included is a 12 page booklet with liner notes by Aymeric Leroy which tell the history of the bands (in French and English) and the whole thing is wrapped into a double sided plastic bag. Strictly limited edition of 500 copies."
You can hear a track from each of the bands here: