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Nico & Tangerine Dream – 1974-12-13 – Atmospherics a Notre-Dame [Bootleg]

Nico & Tangerine Dream – Atmospherics a Notre-Dame

Live 1974-12-13


A rather incongruous pairing this! Fascinating, nevertheless!

For many music fans, the importance of Nico lies with her performance as part of the Velvet Underground, and especially her vocals on Femme Fatale, All Tomorrow’s Parties, I’ll Be Your Mirror and Sunday Morning. However, by 1967, she had already parted ways with The Velvet Underground, and she would continue to build a formidable career as a singer.

According to the wikipedia, on December 13, 1974, Nico was the support act at Tangerine Dream’s infamous concert at Reims Cathedral in North-East France. The promoter had so greatly oversold the capacity of the venue that attendees could not move or reach the outside, eventually resulting in some fans urinating inside the cathedral hall. As a result, the Roman Catholic Church denounced these actions, ordered the rededication of the cathedral and banned future gigs on church property.

This FM broadcast of Nico at Reims mostly focuses on Nico and her harmonium, probably with the exception of the final track, Atmospherics, which features Tangerine Dream and their space rock.

Of the six tracks, three are from Nico’s 1970 Desertshore album, while two come from 1974’s The End. Nico is gracious but it is that melancholic, Eastern European touch (brought to full bloom by Arvo Part) that comes through, especially on her cover of The End.

Years later, under the sponsorship of filmmaker David Lynch, Jocelyn Montgomery would try and rethread the path taken earlier by Nico. But within the confines of the Reims cathedral, the sincerity in Nico’s delivery cannot be fudged or mistaken for anything else.

Cover & Info:…D-1


01 Janitor of Lunacy

02 The Falconer

03 Valley Of The Kings

04 The End

05 Abschied

06 Atmospherics

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August 10, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Music_ClassicRock, Nicolas Hodge, Tangerine Dream, The Velvet Underground, _MUSIC | Leave a comment