Nico Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Similar to Nico:
The Velvet Underground, Television, Galaxie 500, Broadcast, Wire, The Fall, John Cale, Tim Buckley, Karen Dalton, Arthur Russell, Vashti Bunyan, Scott Walker
This is the first Nico solo album and a long long way away from the inspired but terrifying avant churn of albums like Desertshore. Here she is in full on folk mode and with covers of songs by the likes of Lou Reed, Jackson Browne and Tim Hardin this is a lovely pastoral work of art that stands on it's own as her one moment of real conventional music making.
Kevin Ayers - John Cale - Eno - Nico
June 1, 1974
Some A&R guy at Island Records suggested that Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Eno and Nico, a real bunch of musical mavericks, get together for a gig in an attempt to promote Island as a rock label. All four artists had recently signed with the label and had released, or were about to release, their own albums. It happened, as the title suggests, on June 1, 1974. The album features some key performances from Cale, Eno and Nico on side one, whilst side two is entirely performed by Kevin Ayers. As an additional garnish to the already stellar cast, Mike Oldfield plays bass and Robert Wyatt plays drums. Limited edition reissue of 1000 copies on Island.
- Vinyl LP (8435395502488)
- Limited edition
The former Velvet Underground icon (her name is even an anagram of that) recorded this session for John Peel’s Top Gear show in 1971. Featuring four tracks from her John Cale-produced, harmonium-driven albums The Marble Index, Desertshore and The End, it was previously released on specialist Peel Sessions outlet Strange Fruit, but has been out of print for decades. All-analogue valve-mastered pressing.
Singer, baroque artist and folk anti-realist Nico is most famous for her work with the Velvet Underground, but released a variety of diversely constructed records under her own name. Where later Nico records were often accessible works with soft, traditionally influenced folk songs, 'Marble Index' is a shop of horrors, Nico wrestling lethargic, formless noise compositions and sparse violin compositions with her firm vocal. Weird shit presented beautifully.
Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico
By 1972, this configuration of Velvet Underground were a distant memory, but they got it together for a one-off show at the Bataclan club in Paris. Some wise soul recorded the whole thing off of the soundboard, capturing these classics played in a largely acoustic setting. Its back on vinyl here with a couple of extra rehearsal cuts and some new liners.
What is left to say about this classic? The record that pretty much kicked off everything that became indie, alternative, dream-pop, punk, new-wave or what have you. And from a band who were semi-manufactured by svengali Andy Warhol who added sultry chanteuse Nico to the line up and made all kinds of suggestions. Despite that it's the originality of Lou Reed's songs that endure as well as their experimental and diverse method of music making.