APPELLATION CONTROLEE – LISTEN TO WHAT A MOON CAN DO (Limbabwe 15) 1983
Appellation Controlee label trade-mark from French wine improving by increasing age. This counts for the band. Appellation is the longest existing band from the Bauplatz/Limbabwe location. They were already around in the period before. Some members from Appellation are few years older than me. The contact came through their curiosity in our rumbling and rambling. Willem (sax/guitar) and Hans (vocals) regularly visited Bauplatz events. We knew the band. They performed on local stages dressed up colorful wearing strange hats. Sure, the music had some of that ‘hippie’ feel to it, but was far from boring as G-Dead plus their sets were not that extended long.
Appellations influences came from opposite direction, the east. Most it reminds me of the German band The Can. But without copying AC follows a path of experiment with detours over jazz, folk, avant-garde and fusion.
Through their years Appellation members changed often with the exception of above mentioned Willem Odenthal and Hans Rohwen who were in the band from the beginning together with drummer Hans Blanken (sadly passed away few years ago). Other musicians on this recording are: Milaine Hoyer (vocals)/Mark Kohlen (bas) – yep from the Revels –/Jan Wetley (guitar). This session is engineered by Gerard who later became the bass player. Noticable: Kor does not play on this recording, although I do remember he did perform live sometimes with AC.
I like this band. The easiness and quality of their smooth improvised music appeals to me. I play this tape often. As far as I know besides a live tape on Limbabwe there are no other AC releases. Pity, I lost this live recording somewhere. Its one of the very few Limbabwe tapes I cannot upload on this site. Maybe somewhere in the future……
Appellation Controlee is one of these bands that never stop. Until today they meet to rehearse once a week, jamming with eachother. No pretentious ‘star’ bulshite or other bizznix nix. Just simply play music. That’s how it must be. So yes they still exist and probably celebrated already a 30 year anniversary.
At least ones a year they performed on a local stage. A tradition they hopefully maintain until today.
Surfing the web to see how much is digitalized about this band I was astonished how little I could find. The band gets barely mentioned. I am very happy with this page. Finally Appellation Controlee gets a digital prolongation (for the time it lasts). Something they deserve.
Recorded, mastered and engineered by Gerard. Produced by Appellation Controlee.
3) Jeden Morgen
4) Verlaufene Zeiten. Part 1 / Part 2. Listen To The Wind
5) Sahara 1984
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