Rare or Unreleased 16: Meret Becker

Meret Becker: Some songs off Noctambule [.zip]

On 1 October 1995, Meret Becker and her band of merry musicians (including Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten) played a show at Berlin cabaret venue Bar Jeder Vernunft. A recording of the gig was released as Noctambule in 1996, but has long been out of print.

The tracklist includes songs and interpretations of German giants of culture such as Weill-Brecht, the brothers Grimm, Brahms and, er, Einstürzende Neubauten. (Becker's rendition of Neubauten's «Schwarz» even exceeds the original.)

So, here are, in my mind, some of the best tracks off the unjustly discontinued album:
  1. Schwarz (words/meolody: Blixa Bargeld, NU Unruh & FM Einheit)
  2. Ballade vom Ertrunkenen Mädchen (words: Kurt Weill/melody: Bertolt Brecht)
  3. The River (words: James Joyce/melody: Dorothy Carter)
  4. Das Vögelein (words/melody: trad.)
  5. Maskerade (melody: Dorothy Carter)
  6. Gut' Abend, Gute Nacht (words: trad/melody: Johannes Brahms)
Oh, and a little YouTube delight to finish off with: Around the period of this recording, Meret Becker duetted with Blixa Bargeld on Neubauten's tale of love and missed connections, «Stella Maris»:

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