VI 2111 Force Majeure
Produced by Edgar Froese and Chris Franke
Released on February 1979
UK CHART POSITION #27
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VI 2111 cover
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T he sequencer-based arrangements of past albums find their fruition on Force Majeure. With Steve Jolliffe gone and Klaus Krieger reduced to an ancillary role, Edgar Froese and Christopher Franke parlay their longstanding collaboration into a complementary musical dialogue that is at once lean and evocative. The album’s highlight is the side-long title track, which suggests nothing less than the creation of the world, with the hands of God communicated by the purposeful sequencer patterns, followed by moments of hope and heroism that approach the sublime, and closing with the lighthearted counterpoint of a futuristic J.S. Bach. “Cloudburst Flight” begins with a lazily passionate acoustic guitar and warm washes of synthesizer, but soon Froese’s grating and garbled guitar pushes the musical discussion into one of conflict, which is finally resolved with the coexistence of peace and turmoil. “Thru Metamorphic Rocks” contains more heroic guitar from Froese, but is generally a return to the amorphous and eerie compositions of past albums, with percussive space echoes that occasionally suggest the work of Klaus Schulze. Krieger, who served as an independently minded element on Cyclone, appears here more to lend credibility to Froese’s rock-like guitar segments than act as a third voice. Force Majeure’s greatest achievement is the overwhelming sense of purpose that marks this music -- if earlier albums were susceptible to charges of improvisational noodling at times, no such charge could be reasonably levelled against this album. This is a calculated and compelling work from two experienced artists who move through the electronic medium with grace and precision.

VI 2111 back cover
VI 2111 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. FORCE MAJEURE    18:18
  2. CLOUDBURST FLIGHT    7:21
  3. THRU METAMORPHIC ROCKS    14:15

    All material composed by Edgar Froese and Chris Franke

CREDITS

CHRIS FRANKE --
EDGAR FROESE --
KLAUS KRIEGER -- drums
Eduard Meyer -- engineer, cello play
Monique Froese -- painting, cover design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER/NET 1979 Virgin LP 200 347 320  
UK/CAN February 1979 Virgin LP/LPCLR/CS V 2111 avail. as clear vinyl LP, picture sleeve
US February 1979 Virgin Int'l LP/CS VI 2111  
AUS'L 1979? Virgin LP L36641  
JPN 1979? Virgin LP VIP-6932 picture sleeve, insert
UK   Virgin LP/CS OVED/OVEDC111  
YUG   Jugoton LP SVIRG70898  
UK June 30, 1987 Virgin CD CDV 2111  
GER/NET June 30, 1987 Virgin CD 840 259 digital remaster
UK Feb/Apr 1995 Virgin CD/CS TAND 10  
US 1995 Virgin LP 91012  
US July 23, 1996 Virgin CD/CS 86094  

 

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