In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Saturday, February 26, 2011

BABS ROBERT & THE LOVE PLANET (Belgium, 1970)


Lotsa people have been trying to get hold of a copy of this very unique Belgian LP.  To the best of my knowledge, only one track had ever been posted in the blogsphere ("Extra Pol-Action").  Well, here is the whole album, eventually.
I've owned a copy since it was released in 1970.  A friend of mine was talking drums lessons with Johnny Peret and introduced me to the album.  It was released on a small label based in Jette (one of 19 communes making up the Brussels Region) which  specialised in Renaissance / Early Baroque Music.  Their only foray into jazz was The Cotton City Jazzband, a popular Dixieland outfit.
Babs Robert Quartet was something completely different and remained the only Alpha release in the field of avant-garde jazz.


The musicians:
The original quartet was made of Babs Robert (sax), Johnny Brouwers (piano), Paul Dubois (bass) and Johnny Peret or Robert Pernet (drums).  For this session the original quartet was expanded into a septet as Johnny Peret took the vibes (and percussions) chair while  John Van Rjimenant (saxes) and Michel Gobbe (bass) were added.  In addition to their main instrument(s), they all played a whole range of exotic, mostly percussions, instruments.



The sleeve notes were by Jo Dekmine, director of the famous Theatre 140 in Brussels, and by Marc Moulin.

Trivia:  did you know that it was Robert Pernet who designed the "Ball of Eyes" on the cover of Placebo's first album (titled "Ball of Eyes") ?

Top: Robert and Johnny - Middle: band - Bottom: Robert
Link in comments.
With thanks to JC!


19 comments:

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  2. Belgian Beauty! thanks for this ultra rare & ear-scratching music [:-) Never mind the proof it's been played a lot, I'm glad I got a chance to hear it too! Complete & utterly out-there, thanks for sharing Boogieman.
    peace, E-mile

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  3. if all rare things were also so beautiful we all would be hunters, many thanks

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  4. Already have this one from a friend, and it's really great. I use your post as an opportunity to give it a re-listen. Cheers!

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  6. Hi Reza, welcome. Glad you came and had a look around. Yours was one of the blogs that inspired me to start my own. Cheers.

    Boogieman

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  7. Hi Reza,
    since you.ve gone private, any hope to join?
    Cheers
    Boogieman

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  10. thank you so much never thought i would see this in blogland. I'm very pleased to have found your blog. Great one

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  11. Thanks Boogieman, very nice share and great blog too!

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  12. Hiya , thanks for the comment , hey check the price !

    http://www.swejazz.com/shop/product/babs-robert

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  13. Wow! A few like that and my retirement is financed!

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  15. Ripped in 320 K from the original LP. The
    My album is 40 years old and had been played quite a bit (it's an old favorite!), so it's not mint. Expect some surface noise. Sorry but I did not have the time to clean and make it sound mint. I'll do that in a few years when I'll retire and have a lot of free time. In the meantime, enjoy this rip because the music is quite unique.

    http://www.mediafire.com/?b53nlyhuob57b9d

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  16. Watch it go thru the roof !!!
    http://tinyurl.com/a4nzqsu

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    1. Unbelievable! I shoulda bought the whole stock when they could be bought for less than 100 Belgian Franc!
      I just feel sad that my friends Johnny and Robert left us too early to witness this sudden and unexpected notoriety.

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  17. RE UP: http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/44309475/file.html

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  18. Re-up March 2014 - improved rip (thanks to onxidlib for cleaning and declicking)

    http://www5.zippyshare.com/v/10243623/file.html
    http://www21.zippyshare.com/v/40146334/file.html

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