ZNR

Barricade 3

Superior Viaduct SV071LP
  • LP: Heavyweight Tip-On Gatefold
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ZNR was the French duo of Hector Zazou and Joseph Racaille (hence, Zazou 'n' Racaille) active in the mid to late '70s. Their 1976 debut, Barricade 3, is an anti-pop masterpiece that truly defies categorization; it makes perfect sense that ZNR appears on the infamous Nurse With Wound list.

Featuring an array of seemingly dichotomous instruments (piano, synthesizers, woodwinds, electric guitar and more) as well as genuinely bizarre vocals, the album is composed of fifteen odd experiments using a loose framework of analog electronics, avant-garde rock, jazz influences, and post-structuralist études.

As THE SHADOW RING's Graham Lambkin writes, "The debut ZNR LP has long remained one of my all-time faves. A collision of eccentric Satie-esque miniatures, strange keyboard / synth explorations and the occasional song, delivered in a mixture of French and Spanish tongues. I always think of the creepy, over-ripe vocals on 'Seynete' as one of the LP's most memorable moments, but there are many."

Despite its schizophrenic mystique, Barricade 3 is very witty and surprisingly accessible with hints of Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers and Perrey-Kingsley. This long out-of-print vinyl reissue reproduces the original gatefold design including illustration by Don Van Vliet.

ZNR: Barricade 3

Proumier Assai Per S'Amourousis D'Un Moustre - Prelude Aux Memoires D'Un Chien ZNR 24''
Proumier Assai Per S'Amourousis D'Un Moustre - Premiere Tentative ZNR 23''
Trop De Douceur Ou Les Trois Soeurs 2e Soeur ZNR 19''
L'Armoire ZNR 49''
Le Grand Compositeur Vu De Dos - Boston Mexicain No 1 ZNR 1' 17''
Le Grand Compositeur Vu De Dos - Boston Mexicain No.2 ZNR 40''
Le Grand Compositeur Vu De Dos - Boston Mexicain No.3 ZNR 35''
La Pointe De Tes Seins Est Comme Un Petale De Pavot - 1e Movement ZNR 1' 21''
La Pointe De Tes Seins Est Comme Un Petale De Pavot - 2e Movement ZNR 1' 24''
La Pointe De Tes Seins Est Comme Un Petale De Pavot - 3e Movement ZNR 2' 00''
Solo Un Dia ZNR 2' 00''
La Vieio Mostro Part II ZNR 58''
Espelisoun D'Uno Ribambello D'Evenimen Espetaclous Valentin Bilot ZNR 41''
Armistice Couronne De Feullages ZNR 1' 11''
Le Grand Compositeur Vu De Face ZNR 2' 00''
Seynete ZNR 2' 00''
Editioun Especialo D'Uno Grino De Jardin ZNR 2' 00''
Annie La Telie ZNR 2' 00''
Naive Descrption De La Formation ZNR 1' 00''
Avril En Suede ZNR 42''

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