NICO – ” Heroine ” Live At Manchester Library Theatre 1980

Posted: February 5, 2021 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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The former Velvet Underground’s chanteuse Nico performing at the Manchester Library Theatre in 1983. An incredible collection of some her most haunting songs is included here in this 14 track-acoustic album. From the stirring a cappella version of “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, to some of the pieces included in Nico’s gem “Camera Obscura”, the album is a journey into her distinctive profound vocals, the enchanting voice and her impenetrable lyrics.

Includes the bonus track “Reich Der Traume”, released for the first time on vinyl. Presented on clear vinyl, here are some great recordings from Nico’s 1983 performance . Featured are acoustic renditions of some of her most haunting songs,

Nico had spent the best part of the 1980s living in Manchester – yet another unexpected footnote in the story of her life, “Manchester, during that period of the late 70s, early 80s, had a great music scene. After 1981’s ‘Drama of Exile’, Nico found herself in this rather unexpected city of Manchester and remained there for the best part of a decade. Initially paired up with a local promoter (who replied: “who’s he?” when asked to put her on), Nico soon found herself managed by this man, Alan Wise. Basing herself in Manchester during the 1980s may seem a bizarre choice for someone who has a history attached to the elegance of 1950s Paris or the bohemian boom of 1960s and ’70s New York but Young feels the city was something she could relate to. “Nico liked Manchester. It was a dark gothic city and was in a state of semi-dereliction at the time; empty Victorian warehouses, factories closing down. She said it reminded her of Berlin, the ruined city of her youth.”

James Young, who became the piano player in Nico’s band between 1981-86 and wrote a memoir about his time with her (Songs They Never Play on the Radio), recalls his first unexpected encounter with her, saying: “Out of nowhere there was this German lady on my doorstep with an old friend, Alan Wise. Before I knew it, Nico was taking over my flat. First she colonised the bathroom and once she’d ‘freshened up’ she took over the kitchen, as she wanted to make lentil soup. She carried a bag of dried lentils with her, like a nomad.”

At Manchester Library Theatre in a room thick with cigarette and marijuana smoke, a set that was “beautiful, powerful and dark.” Ignoring the heckles for Velvet Underground tracks such as ‘Heroin’, Nico played a request of ‘Frozen Warnings’,

It’s not totally clear when or where Nico was born. The late German singer, model and actor had a complicated relationship with the truth, even when it pertained to the details of her own life – she was most likely born in Cologne in 1938, but there’s a chance it could have been Budapest in 1943.

Since her death in 1988 (after suffering a heart attack while cycling on holiday in Ibiza), Nico has been immortalised as a troubled muse. To date, her work has mainly been examined in relation to the men by whom she was surrounded – the Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol and Alain Delon. Nico, born Christa Päffgen, is widely known for modelling for Chanel, appearing in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and singing on the Velvet Underground’s debut album. Less well known, however, is her work as a solo musician.

SIDE 1:
1. My Heart Is Empty
2. Procession
3. All Tomorrow’s Parties
4. Valley Of The Kings
5. The Sphinx
6. We’ve Got The Gold
7. Mutterlein
8. Innocent And Vain

SIDE 2:
1. Afraid
2. Frozen Warnings
3. Fearfully
4. Tananore
5. Femme Fatale
6. Reich Der Traume

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