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Double - 1987 Dou3le

ARTIST: Double
ALBUM: Dou3le
YEAR: 1987


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

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.

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#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.
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