Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6742
Comments: 16305
Ratings: 4352
Forum Posts: 21544
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1987 Articles » Double - 1987 Dou3le
 
Double - 1987 Dou3le



ARTIST: Double
ALBUM: Dou3le
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: CD 5155
YEAR: 1987

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kurt Maloo - vocals, guitars * Felix Haug - keyboards, synths, drums, programming

Additional Musicians: Herb Alpert, Jurg Grau - trumpet * Michael Urbaniak - electric violin * Peter Glenister - guitar * Marc Portmann - guitar, flute * John Spencer Sugden, Nigel Woodhouse - mandolin * Beverly Maxine, Gloria Brown - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fire In Disguise * 02 Gliding * 03 Lakes In The Desert * 04 Circles * 05 Prove Your Love * 06 (You Don't Let Me Get) Close Enough * 07 Silent Mountain * 08 Devil's Ball * 09 Wrong Time * 10 Megarhythmdance


Background
Years ago I came across an album from Swiss group Ping Pong which I bought for its whimsical cover art having never heard a note of the band's music. Happily their only album released in 1982 presented a creative new wavey pop and having been burned on similar purchases where the album sleeve was way cooler than the tunes, it was money well-spent. What I didn't know, or realize at the time was the connection between the band and the sophisti-pop outfit Double who had a massive hit single in 1985 with 'The Captain Of Her Heart'. A masterpiece of intelligent pop with a melody to die for; the piano-led tune put former Ping Pong alumni Kurt Maloo and Felix Haug in the spotlight for their fifteen seconds of fame and yet despite punching out a succession of quality singles; the duo called it quits shortly after the release of their third and final effort.


The Songs
I have yet to hear Double's incredibly elusive 1983 EP 'Nanningo', but between 'Dou3le' and the previous LP 'Blue', this is by far the superior set. Similar in style to art poppers The Nits; listening to Double leaves their European roots exposed and like their Dutch counterparts, occupied a lonely corner where innovation and pop smarts synthesized perfectly. From the red-hot abstract jazziness of 'Fire In Disguise' to the Anglo-Asian blend 'Lake In The Desert'; it's a richly textured and enticing listen and legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert's driving contribution to the album's best song and only hit -'Devils Ball' gives credence to the widely held opinion that Maloo and Haug packed it in far too early and deserved more than the cheap and ultimately undeserving one hit wonder label.


In Summary
Double's CD's are criminally long out of print but worth the effort and cost to track down not to mention the aforementioned EP which according to reports leaned towards post punk. It's been on my want list for years but I do have Kurt Maloo's 1995 solo CD 'Soul & Echo' which is terrific and apparently he released two other discs before and after which I need to catch up on. Sadly Felix Haug died of a heart attack in 2004.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Double 
 
Comments
#1 | trillion1999 on November 07 2011 13:30:25
I love Captain Of Her Heart.I hope everything by these guys will be released/re-released on CD.I have a sealed vinyl copy of this and Blue.I have sadly not seen the rest.I would love to hear it all.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Street, Judy - 1983 More Than Enough [ep], Deep Purple - 1974 Stormbringer, Ramjam - 1978 Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Ram, 4 Reasons Unknown - 1988 4 Reasons Unknown, Cotton, Gene - 1981 Eclipse Of The Blue Moon, Bolton, Michael - 1991 Time Love And Tenderness, Richie, Lionel - 1986 Dancing On The Ceiling, Madcats - 1981 Streetgame, Scorpions, The - 1982 Blackout, Dare - 2001 Belief, Jane - 1973 Here We Are, Patriarch - 1983 First Hand [ep], Treason - 2000 Code Of Silence, Ritenour, Lee - 1983 On The Line, Anthem - 2014 Absolute World
Tags©
Black N Blue Homerun Judas Priest Roger Voudouris Glenn Frey The Eagles Thunder Tribe Nightwish Vanden Plas Phantom 5 Mad Max Bonfire Frontline The Scorpions Jaded Heart Casanova Oxygen Free Triumvirat Rock Candy Records Girl EP Three Lane Road State Cows The Storm Triumph The Scorpions Overland Foreigner Hotshot Magnum Drama Glenn Shorrock Robbie Dupree Wounded Bird Grand Illusion Blaze Bayley Perfect World Victory Group Shabby Tiger
All Tags
Search DDG