Former WOODEN EAR keyboardist, Christian DARRE is now following a solo career and proposes on his first album a music based on the combination between the acoustic piano's delicate chords, his organ's jazzy developments and the synthesizers' limpid and celestial sounds. On this record, he offers a varied, inventive and attractive music.
A group influenced by the English progressive school (GENESIS, YES, KC, ELP) and a certain trend in French rock (ATOLL, MONA LISA). DATURA offers an excellent progressive rock with a symphonic tendency, based on a certain musical sophistication and a complete mastery of the musical instruments used. The keyboardist's style and the guitarist's interventions are particularly attractive and their carefully constructed, elaborate and superbly arranged music is not lacking in strength or charm.
|LP||Mr UNTEL||(01 JAC DA)||1982|
ZOO's former singer made one first interesting album featuring both violent almost hard-rock and nostalgic ballads on which his broken voice, reminiscent of Roger CHAPMAN's, was particularly enhanced by some outstanding musicians (Claude ENGEL on guitar, Paco CHARLERY on percussions, both ex MAGMA, Joel DUGRENOT on bass, Geza FENZL on drums). His albums later became progressively more commercial and less interesting.
|LP||J'aime||(Riviera 521 160)||1971|
|LP||White Soul||(Riviera 521 189)||1972|
|LP||Mamy Blue||(Riviera 121 384)||1972|
|LP||Ballades(w/TOP, PREVOTAT)||(Barclay 422 002)||1976|
|SP||Can I live my Life/You got Freedom||(Riviera 121 348)||1971|
|SP||Only a Man/Paperback Writer||(Riviera)||1971|
Whilst ANGE remained silent, its founder recorded a solo album which was musically in the same vein as ANGE despite a more pronounced rock flavour.
|LP||Le Mal d'Adam||(Philips 9101 233)||1979|
|SP||Pêle Mêle/Silence, on tourne||(Philips 6837 594)||1979|
Before his brother, Francis DECAMPS brought out his own solo album with polished compositions and orchestrations. An album based on the energy in words and music.
|LP||Histoire de Fou||(Philips 9101 212)||1979|
This keyboardist proposes a music which turns away from the floating synthetic scene and creates an original, varied, inventive electronic music which mixes and blends the grand organs', Andean flute-like sounds, the piano's delicate and romantic chords, with the synthesizers' electronic strident sounds, the rhythmic and melodic developments very close to those of VANGELIS and the cosmic passages. This continuous musical research and mixing contribute to produce an original, complicated music with strange sounding colours and surprising climates.
|LP||Mythe Xero||(FLVM 2011)||1982|
A trio of musicians, designers, founders of the Illusion Production label, members of the classical school of anfractuosity, involved in slow music, in the historic deviation concept, in the theory of epidemic, managers of the scientific underground.
|LP||Action et Démonstration japonaise||(IP 010)||1982|
|LP||Les Ambulants||(IP 020)||1984|
|EP||Aventures en Afrique||(IP 005)||1981|
|SP||Miss Vandam||(IP 002)||1979|
|SP||5eme Anniversaire||(IP 018)||1984|
|1 titre sur la compilation "12 pour 1"||(AAA A01)||1982|
The saxophonist Philippe DELETTREZ has recorded his debut album on which he develops a carefully constructed jazz-rock based on energetic rhythms and propelled along by a powerful and effective rhythmic section. A good, percussive, forceful jazz-rock album which excells with P. DELETTREZ's flamboyant saxophone and Claude BARTHELEMY's cutting interventions on guitar.
|LP||The 13th Moon||(Thirdway TW 002)||1984|
Originally formed to produce the soundtrack for the film "Visa de censure n°X", DELIRED CAMELEON FAMILY includes some members of CLEARLIGHT (whom Cyrille VERDEAUX) along with other equally distinguished musicians such as Ariel KALMA, Valérie LAGRANGE, Gilbert ARTMAN, Yvan COAQUETTE. This short-lived formation offers a music similar to that of CLEARLIGHT at the time of its first album with this fondness for a delicate spatial rock and superb flowishes by the guitar played by an excellent and inspired Christian BOULÉ.
|LP||Visa de censure n°X||(Pathé-Marconi EMI 2C 066-13.087)||1975|
Andre DEMAY realized with Michel RIPOCHE (ex ZOO) an intimist and aerial jazz rock album. He produced a solo album under his own name, close to that of his record in duo with Michel RIPOCHE and elaborates some compositions with a delicate and sober atmosphere.
|LP||Generic||(WEA International 58115)||1980|
INTROVERSION and ANGE's former guitarist has recorded two albums and a single under his own name. The first one offers a music oriented towards forceful and percussive blues, tinged with BEEFHEART influences and sung by Claude DEMET's husky and drawling voice. His last productions celebrate an original style. They're full of this hot and violent blues, with a certain melancholy and a vigorous and energetic rock. His compositions allow us to appreciate the full range of his talent as a singer, with his deep voice which reveals sensitiveness and warmth, and his frenzied and wild interventions on the guitar.
|LP||Horde||(Crypto ZAL 6404)||1982|
|SP||Monsieur Qui/Comm'une abeille||(CA 94294)||1984|
A kind of hermit whose rests are longer than notes.
|EP||45' de rouge dans une bible noire||(Phaedra 00)||1980|
|1 titre sur la compilation "12 pour 1"||(AAA A01)||1982|
Guitarist Philippe DESCHEPPER, accompanied by the popular rhythmic section of today (J. MAHIEUX, J.L PONTHIEUX) and saxophonist M. FREDEBEUL, performs a modern electric jazz which is in the same vein as TEXIER's "Companera" but accentuated and punctuated by the inventive guitarist DESCHEPPER's vindictive and sometimes HENDRIX-like flashes. Some beautiful, frenzied solos, enhanced by a brilliant sax on themes which are superbly developed by a perfect rhythmic section.
|LP||E.A.O et autres noms d'oiseaux||(AMF Records 1020 - JLP||001)||1984|
Those two female musicians offer a kind of background music close to ENO or CLUSTER with some slight DURUTTI COLUMN reminiscences. They develop a fragile, strange and vaporous atmosphere, play limpid, evanescent sounds on their keyboards and guitars and use their voices with intelligence and skill to create or accentuate the atmosphere they are looking for. It's a music with delicate charm, spellbinding and mysterious beauty and gentle and penetrating sophistication.
|LP||Silence and Wisdom||(Papier Mâché Records PuLP 31)||1982|
After CHIEN DE FAIENCE disappeared leaving no recordings, two of its members kept on playing and turned to an easier kind of music. Synthesizers and rhythm boxes give it the modern sound of new wave and the simplicity of the melodies brings it closer to variety.
|LP||Horizon vertical||(FLVM 3041)||1981|
The former MARTIN CIRCUS guitarist began a solo career which brought out the best in his voice rather than in his guitar. An average, somewhat affected and insipid rock.
|SP||Le rêve/Gédéon||(Vogue V 45.1808)||1971|
|SP||La fille d'en face/Je fais confiance||(Vogue V 45.4919)||1971|
An elaborate jazz rock with two distinguished guests: (Richard RAUX: sax, Didier LOCKWOOD: violin, both ex-MAGMA) who vie each other in terms of virtuosity and are particularly enhanced during their interventions. The group shows off a certain melodic and musical diversity, expressing itself through certain styles played (gypsy's jazz, swinging jazz) and by the variety of instruments (guitar, sax....).
|LP||Moshi, Moshi||(Mercury 6313.143)||1981|
Johnny HALLIDAY's former manager, Ticky HOLGADO formed this group which was also amongst the leaders of the first french rock wave. The group offers a simple, muscleband rock which lacks originality.
|SP||Sad Harold/Aere Perennius||(AZ SG 10 461)||1969|
|SP||Stone me/Don't make me cry||(AZ SG 149)||1970|
|SP||Emmène moi loin d'ici/Quelque chose me dit||(RCA 49070)||1971|
DOLPHIN ORCHESTRA, led by saxophonist J.P DEBARBAT, plays a dynamic modern jazz on which his energetic and lyrical saxophone style particularly stands out. His plaintive and fiery sound, close to GARBAREK's, gives his solos a radiant brilliance and depth. As an innovator, on his last record, he plays a music entirely dominated by the sounds and flights of the 6 saxophones in his line up.
|LP||Prologue||(RCA PL 37112)||1977|
|LP||A l'Olympia||(RCA PL 37275)||1979|
|LP||Rencontre et la planète carrée||(RCA PL 37397)||1980|
|LP||De luxe||(JMS 019)||1982|
Philippe DORAY plays a disturbing, surprising rock with a special emphasis on continuous research not only into the lyrics and the use of the voice and singing but also into instrumentation and theme construction. Philippe DORAY likes syncopated, broken rhythms, distorted, agressive sounds and the strident notes of the synthesizers and guitars, over which he expresses himself in a delirious vocal style. Philippe DORAY is fond of these strange and unconventional climates.
|LP||Ramasse-miettes nucléaire||(AA 001 Gratte Ciel 3001)||1977|
|LP||Nouveaux modes industriels||(Scopa Invisible 10006)||1980|
This trio, a contemporary of MARTIN CIRCUS and TRIANGLE, recorded only one single whose influences and sounds came from folk music. The vocal track is rather nice, in the same vein as pop productions at that time (DYNASTIE CRISIS, MARTIN CIRCUS) and the instrumental one is "folky", rhythmical and pleasant.
|SP||Angelique ou polygamie/Troune bidoune A1||(Vogue 45 V.4042)||1972|
An album who is a little disappointing. Pascal DUFFARD's music drifts from one style to another throughout the whole album offering a mixture of contemporary music, jazz, brass band and insipid variety. The musicians playing on this album are particularly renowned and excellent (M. PLATON, F. MOZE, C. ENGEL, J. SEFFER, T. BLAKE, B. LUBAT).
|LP||Dieu est fou||(CBS 81589)||1976|
One of the best progressive rock groups to emerge from the French musical scene. DUN offered a very refined progressive music, superbly arranged, studied and constructed which evoked the early days of the Canadian group MANEIGE or the Dutch group SUPERSISTER with its research into different sounds and tones. French-style chamber rock. Beautiful and complex music dominated by Pascal VANDENBULKE's magnificent flute. Note the presence of percussionist Alain TERMOL.
Jazz-rock tinged with humour.
A commercial pop-music from the 70's.
|LP||Sed Libera Nos A Malo||(Philips 849 522)||1970|
|LP||Dynastie Crisis||(Pathé C.062-12.363)||1972|
|SP||Something Else||(Philips 606 1032)||1970|
|SP||J'ai mal/Le corbeau et le renard||1970|
|SP||Litanie pour la fin d'un jour/Les promesses n'ont pas d'ailes||1970|
|SP||Vivre libre/Faust 72||(Pathé 2C.006-12.216)||1972|
|SP||Jesahel/Le monde éclate||(Pathé 2C.006-11.982)||1972|
|SP||R'n'R dans la rue/Réveille-toi||(Pathé 2C.006-12.325)||1972|
|SP||Je suis l'homme/Schizomania||(Pathé 2C.006-12.422)||1973|
|SP||J'ai brisé la chaîne/Luciana||(Pathé 2C.008-12.905)||1974|
|SP||Fleur du mal/Chante, fais ce qu'il te plaît||(Pathé 2C.006-11.850)||1974|