André Popp

Delirium in Hi-Fi

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Frenchman Andre Popp wrote "Love is Blue," a huge hit in the 1960s and his biggest claim to fame. Before that, in the wonderful Columbia Adventures in Sound series, he made Delirium in Hi-Fi, credited facetiously to "Elsa Popping and her Pixieland Band." The pseudonym no doubt was chosen because although Popp supplied the music, the sound effects were the work of Pierre Fatosme.

The album is immensely popular among fans of both tape manipulation and general musical quirkiness. But aside from historical interest, intriguing song titles, and sporadic effects, the album simply is not likely to be compelling to the general listener. Fans of later melodic pop will find it difficult to appreciate.

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