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Artist : Bal Pare 

Label : Minimal Wave 

untitled / 7"

4 song 7"ep by legendary German band Bal Paré. The band was formed in 1980 by Kirsten Klemm, Manfred Asmus and Matthias Schuster. Schuster, the brainchild behind the band, is also known for these projects : Geisterfahrer, Im Namen Des Volkes, Jeanette Und Das Land Z and Das Institut. The 4 songs were recorded between 1981 and 1984 and are all previously unreleased. The songs range from really original, danceable dark synth with an early industrial feel to warmer synth-pop. On colored vinyl with a hand silk screened heavy card stock jacket, a beautiful release, limited to 600 numbered copies...



Artist : Bal Pare 

Label : NLW 

sommerwind / 10"

Bal Paré was originally active between 1980 and 1989 (if even under aliases) and founded in Hamburg by Matthias Schuster (aka Im Namen Des Volkes & Geisterfahrer), Kirsten Klemm and Jan T. Krahn. They created some of the most beautiful analogue electro-pop songs ever (“Palais d’Amour”, “Les Mots”, “Rien Ne Va plus”) and now Matthias has revived the project (if only solo) and fortunately (and also incredible) he was 100% able to capture the original sound and atmosphere while concentrating on the catchy side of things, thus creating the perfect Bal Paré record with 6 of his wonderful tracks ever ! To cut the short : perfect analogue electro-pop with most beautiful synth sounds and melodies and drum machine. A Must Have for everyone, limited to 500 copies !

early recordings


Artist : Bal Pare 

Label : Medical Records LLC 

early recordings / LP

Medical Records presents a hand-picked selection of the early recordings of Germany's Bal Paré. The band started as Jeanette & Das Land Z in 1981 with a 7" on Konkurrenz Rec./ Phonogram which included 2 cover versions ("Raumpatrouille" soundtrack from a weird science fiction TV series and 60's Grand Prix Eurovision number one hit, "Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son" by France Gall.). The 7" became an underground hit. Members were Kirsten Klemm (vocals), Jan T. Krahn (synthesizer) & Matthias Schuster (synthesizer, beatbox). The band changed their name to Bal Paré and begin recording independently. In addition, drummer Jürgen Weiss joined the band. The band name was based on the song "Es War Beim Bal Paré" from the German chansonette Hildegard Knef, which was a musical influence beside bands like Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Yazoo, etc. The 1st Bal Paré LP 'Hamburg-Paris-Catania' was released in 1982 on Konkurrenz Records. The members performed under witty pseudonyms for that record. Since they had a large fanbase in Sweden, the 2nd release ('Metamorphose') came out in Stockholm on the Krautrock label. Around this time, a new member Manfred Asmus joined on keyboards and programming and Jan T. Krahn and Jürgen Weiss had left the band. There were many tracks produced during this time that ended up unreleased. Much of the material from this selection of tracks were culled from unreleased sessions from the 80's with Manfred Asmus (and subsequently also collected on the 'Best Of' CD only release in 1996 on Tatra Records). Interestingly there was only one gig by Bal Paré in Hamburg with Apoptygma Berzerk and Sabotage Q.C.Q.C. Due to requests since 2000, Matthias Schuster has reformed Bal Paré and has released several new records with much success. The original 2 LP's are long out of print and demand very high prices on the collectors market. This is the 1st time this collection has been reissued on vinyl. The opening track "Rien" is a perfect display of what synth-pop is modeled after. Rich lead synth textures, male/female interplayed vocals, and electronic percussion. Though the entire record flows with ease and captivates the listener from beginning to end, other standout tracks include "Palais D'Amour", "Die Idioten" and "Meilleur Du Monde". This collection is absolutely crucial for fans of early new-wave such as Deux, Moderne, Performance and other similar acts of the genre. The tracks have been lovingly restored by Matthias Schuster. Presented on high-quality 180gr heavyweight red/clear vinyl.

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