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Monday, October 21st, 2019
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6:32 pm
Stephen Ashman, Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra ‎– Cooler Than Death (1983, LP, Usa)


Highly infectious idiosyncrasy of a very distinctly mid 80's vintage, with L.A. resident Ashman and his crack ensemble (which bizarrely includes drummer Gina Schock of The Go-Go's, moonlighting here at the peak of her pop fame on about half of this) engaging in the sorta boisterously tuneful horn charting bippity boop more associated with Downtown NY movers of he era like The Ordinaires and Don King and the giddy R.I.O. Big Band sounds of France's Six Cylindres En V, but defaulting at other times to a sorta primitive warped pop tack akin to Louisville KY's Stutter. (mutant sounds)
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6:38 pm
John Van Rymenant, Michael Galasso ‎– Scan Lines (1984, LP, Belgium)


Original sountrack from « Scan Lines, or the paradise of the artificial eye » recorded live on September 16, 1984 at Performance Space 122 in New York City during an international tour including Japan, U.S.A., Canada, Spain, West Germany, Belgium.

Today, due to the proliferation of video images, the spectacle is in everything and everywhere. As its premise, “Scan Lines, or the paradise of the artificial eye” evokes neither the hypothetical Golden Age of the centuries to come nor the nightmare of a mediatized future. It approaches instead the idea of a totally new rapport with life, into which modern man will be irreversibly forced to enter. It is at once frightening and intoxicating, like every great adventure.

Created by the Plan K at the Toga Festival 84’ in Japan, « Scan Lines’ is a multi-media performance directed by Frédéric Flamand. The original score is a collaborative effort between the American romantic minimalist musician Michael Galasso and the Belgian electronic jazz composer John Van Rymenant.
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6:55 pm
Les I ‎– Les I (1981, LP, France)




'Les I' were formed as an offshoot of Etron Fou Leloublan around Bruno Meillier (saxophone), one of the Etron's developers in 1979. Bruno, with Christiane Cohade (bass), Dominique Lentin (druns, percussion), Marc Feuillet (trumpet), Yves Ranchon (guitar, trombone) followed the Etron's music style and attitude soaked into RIO / avant-jazz, and released three albums from debut to disbandment - "Les I" (1981), "Dans L'Hémisphère Nord" (1983), and "Ou Bien" (1986).
Saturday, October 19th, 2019
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11:30 am
Alpha Ralpha ‎– Alpha Ralpha (1977, LP, France)

Tracklist:
A1. Synergie - 4:14
A2. Nova - 5:55
A3. Syrtis Major - 2:20
A4. Genese - 9:27
B1. Rez - 3:47
B2. Gothic - 0:31
B3. Magellan - 7:30
B4. Lagune Ouest - 3:42
B5. Hymn - 4:15

Musicians:
Bass – Charlie Charriras
Directed and Orchestrated By – Claude Alvarez-Pereyre
Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone, Marimba – Emmanuel Lacordaire
Electric Guitar – Michel Mareska
Guitar [6 String Guitar], Twelve-String Guitar, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Violin [Acoustic & Electric], Organ, Marimba [Marimbas], Vibraphone – Claude Alvarez-Pereyre
Harmony Vocals – Jean-Jacques Goldman, Khan, Tai
Harmony Vocals [Bass Harmony Vocals] – Georges Granier
Piano [Acoustic Piano], Electric Piano, Organ, Synthesizer [Elka, Mini-moog] – Jean Alain Gardet


ALPHA RALPHA were a short-lived band with Michel Mareska on electric guitar, Claude Alvarez-Peryre on electric and acoustic guitars, Jean Alain Gardet on keyboards, Charlie Charriras on bass and Emmanuel Lacordaire on percussion. On their only album, four more musicians appeared: Francois Breant on piano and synth, Jean de Anthony and Claude Samard on guitars, and Jean-Jaques Goldman on vocals.

Alvarez-Peryre, a co-founder of the group was a member of MALICORNE, while Gardet and Goldman were the members of TAI PHONG.

The band released only one album, the self-titled LP released for Warner in Canada and France in 1977. Their music could be described as a mixture of jazz rock and French symphonic, where guitars are keyboards are carrying the melodies for the most part, with occasional usage of vibraphone and marimba, and vocal harmonies. (progarchives)
Friday, October 18th, 2019
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6:50 pm
Sonata Islands Kommandoh ‎– Zeuhl Jazz (2018, LP, Italy)

Side A
A1. Offering Vander (7:55)
A2. Love And Rage......Supreme (12:28)
A3. Terza Lamentazione (3:33)
Side B
B1. Sohia (9:23)
B2. Prima Lamentazione (10:43)
B3. No More Zombies (4:33)
Riconoscimenti

Musicians
Bass – William Nicastro
Drums – Sergio Quagliarella
Flute, Electronics – Emilio Galante
Guitar – Alberto N. A. Turra
Keyboards, Voice – Giovanni Venosta

Limited edition of 250 copies


The chamber ensemble Sonata Islands was founded especially to play new Italian music, both classically orientated or jazz-based. In January 1999 the ensemble recorded Sciare di Fuoco, a CD by Emilio Galante in the BMG-Ricordi cd series "Ai Confini ed oltre" (“To the boundary and beyond”), first performed at the Piccolo Teatro Studio in June 1999. In the autumn of 1998 the group recorded the music of Cesare Picco for the ballet “La Lupa” on a CD for Sonzogno. In 2001 the multi-media performance, Campioni (Champions), a Velut Luna CD) modelled around selected short films of great sports champions with music written by Emilio Galante, Marco Tutino, Armando Franceschini and Nicola Campogrande was taken on tour to Milan (Piccolo Teatro), Bologna, Trento, Bellinzona, Reggio Emilia, Asolo (Asolo Musica), and Turin (Teatro Regio). In 2003 the ensemble produced Muti Musicati, a show based on silent movies from the beginning of the last century, recut and re-worked, with music by Emilio Galante, Lorenzo Ferrero, Filippo Del Corno and Fabrizio de Rossi Re.

Sonata Islands has organised its own festival in Milan since 2002 and in Trento since 2006. In the jazz field, the ensemble has welcomed prestigious soloists such as Franco D’Andrea, Gianluigi Trovesi, Markus Stockhausen, Salvatore Bonafede, Pietro Tonolo, Tino Tracanna, Rita Marcotulli, Sandro Cerino, Roberto Cipelli, Bebo Ferra and Andrea Dulbecco.


Our project is dedicated to the spirit of Magma’s music.This mythical French band, under the direction of its founder Christian Vander, starting from 1970 offered the listener a “celestial” (“zeuhl” in Kobaïan language) music, even though those skies might have been crystal clear or ominously dark. Each of our pieces tries to reflect this approach in composing and playing, with references to progressive avant ­rock, modal jazz, R and B and eastern folk music.
Sunday, October 13th, 2019
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4:29 pm
Blue Condition ‎– Beyond The Sun (1976, LP, Usa)


Tracks:
01. Birds In Flight — 4:24
02. Lord I’m Blue — 5:01
03. Love Me Right — 4:14
04. Hourglass — 4:38
05. Synthesizer Prelude: Beyond The Sun — 6:10
06. My Girl — 3:19
07. Piscean Lady — 4:15
08. You’re The One — 4:25

Personnel:
Leo Price – guitar, vocals
Danny Massalon – bass, vocals
West Goewey — keyboards, vocals
Greg Carter – drums


Blue Condition was an indie rock band who operated out of South Carolina. Their obscure private press album is a mix of 70’s AOR with touches of rural and progressive rock. The album is well arranged and produced. ‘Hourglass’ is a storming rural rocker with excellent guitar and keyboard work. The catchy high paced ‘My Girl’ is a standout as well as the melancholic ‘Piscean Lady’. (recordigger)
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11:41 am
Equipe 84 ‎– Sacrificio (1974, LP, Italy)

LATO A
1. …e Lucifero disse – 3:57
2. Sacrificio (Gli Dei) – 5:06
3. La montagna sacra – 6:36
4. Porte chiuse – 4:51
5. Un cavallo… un amore – 2:13
LATO B
1. Mercante senza fiori – 3:49
2. Se c’è – 5:45
3. Risvegliarsi un mattino – 5:37
4. L’attore – 3:10
5. Dicono… – 5:43

Musicians
Backing Vocals – Gianni D'Errico, Lalla
Bass, Vocals – Victor Sogliani
Drums – Alfio Cantarella
Guitar – Alberto Camerini, Ricky Belloni
Guitar, Synthesizer, Organ [Hammond], Vocals, Producer – Maurizio Vandelli
Keyboards, Piano, Vocals – Thomas Gagliardone
Percussion – Paolo Siani
Piano, Backing Vocals – Lella
Strings [Conductor], Vocals – Gianni Faré
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute – Hugo Heredia


Equipe 84 is a famous Italian beat band from Modena who made a brief but pleasurable drift into the RPI realm late in their career. They began in the mid 1960s as something of a local version of the Beatles, ultimately releasing three albums in that decade and becoming very popular in Italy along with others like BATTISTI, who briefly collaborated with EQUIPE 84. The core line-up began with Maurizio Vandelli (vocals, guitar), Franco Ceccarelli (guitar, vocals), Victor Sogliani (bass, vocals), and Alfio Cantarella (drums, vocals). There would be a few different keyboardists and drummers over the years, and for a brief stint the drummer's stool was filled by none other than PFM's Franz Di Cioccio and Nuova Idea's Paolo Siani.

The early 70s saw them continuing with melodic pop but like so many bands they began to be influenced by the progressive scene around them. The albums from 1970s Id through 1973's Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were basically pop/rock albums with only minimal nods to anything progressive. This changed on 1974's Sacrificio when the band finally took the plunge and made a stronger stab at a prog album. While still only partially convincing the album certainly blends enough prog with the melodic Italian songs to be worth investigation. With this album, EQUIPE 84 joins other beat bands like DIK DIK, RAMINGHI, and GIGANTI as having dabbled outside their main career focus into brief RPI experiments. They split around 1977 initially but reformed partially to release one more album in the late 1980s.

It must be stressed from the outset that Equipe 84 is a very borderline addition to ProgArchives. The team members debated their addition for a long time and they barely squeaked in, but at the end of the day, a majority felt that the album Sacrificio really needed to be here for RPI fans to investigate. This is the album for Italian prog fans to start with. If you don't find Sacrificio convincing from a prog standpoint, there is no need to dig any further. If you do like it you may also enjoy Id and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but be aware they are substantially less proggy than Sacrificio. (progarchives)
Sunday, October 6th, 2019
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3:21 pm
Crucis ‎– Los Delirios Del Mariscal (1976, CD, Argentina)


Tracklist:
1. No Me Separen De Mí (6:06)
2. Los Delirios Del Mariscal (10:10)
3. Pollo Frito (5:45)
4. Abismo Terrenal (12:30)

Musicians
Bass, Lead Vocals – Gustavo Montesano
Drums, Percussion – Gonzalo Farrugia
Guitar, Vocals – Pino Marrone
Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, Arp Solina String, Moog, grand piano – Anibal Kerpel
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
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9:29 am
Magister Dixit - Eldorado, Ré, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Si, Do (2000, CD, France)

Tracklist:
1. Les pôtits archers (6:23)
2. Naufrage dans un verre d'eau (4:01)
3. Génie (10:06)
4. Les pieds dans le plâtre I (6:39)
5. Les pieds dans le plâtre II (2:34)

Musicians:
Séphane Marcaillou: Guitare, chant.
Jean-Pierre Albert: Batterie, percussions.
Stéphan Garcia: Basse.
Isabelle Bagur: Flûte, chant, clochettes, clavier.

Enregistré et mixé aux studios Cesame à Toulouse par Ram Dam au cours du stage sonorisation de spectacle le 29 Mars 2000.

Textes, Compositions et arrangements : Stéphane Marcaillou


Magister Dixit's music, polished and refined for 10 years already, is situated at the borders of progressive jazz-rock and poetic songs "with uplifting lyrics". Their ecstatic fusion-like fevered fantasy tale takes us on a strange universe of fairies, witches, genies, tightrope walkers and other forest sprites. Sometimes humming and saturated, sometimes swinging and light, Magister Dixit oscillates between dark and shimmering moods, incantatory oratorios, voluble onomatopoeias and dazing choruses. A unique alchemy to discover urgently!
Members are: Séphane Marcaillou (Guitare, Chant, Textes et Compositions), Mélanie Fossier (Chant), Sophie Perret (Piano, Chant), Bita Rezvannia-picot (Violon), Chant Jean-Pierre Albert (Batterie), Stephan Garcia (Basse)


The easiest way to a description is to make comparisons. In this case, that is difficult, because the music is very own. "Genie" reminds me of the power of "Koenjihyakkei", other passages of the imagination and atmosphere of "Dün", especially when the flute comes in. I prefer the pieces with very good Magma-like singing more than the spoken words passages. For the fun factor it's definitely an advantage, if you understand the French language. A really good Zeuhl and Fusion album that should receive much more attention. (siriuspooka)
Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
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6:46 pm
José Luis Fernández Ledesma ‎– Extractos (1997, CD, Mexico)

Tracklist
1. Invocation (4:55)
2. Alba Lunga (2:55)
3. Los Amorosos (6:25)
4. Irulán (5:24)
5. Las Esquinas Del Tiempo (6:30)
6. Umbrio Por La Pena (1:28)
7. La Cofradia (4:17)
8. La Tarde Del Traje Morado (5:17)
9. La Nave Blanca (5:56)
10. Marzo del 42 (4:19)
11. El Mar (6:01)


Ledesma followed his impressive debut from 1996 with yet another solo album called ''Extractos'', released in 1997 and belonging among the first productions of the emerging Mexican label Luna Negra.Most of the musicians appearing in ''Motivos para perderse'' are present here as well, but the line-up was actually quite expanded with 10 singers and musicians helping out in the 14 displayed compositions.Ex-Nirgal Vallis guitarist Alejandro Schmidt teams up with Ledesma again in one track, playing the electric guitar.

''Extractos'' sounds a step closer to atmospheric Prog Folk, having a more peaceful, gentle and relaxed side compared to Ledesma's debut, always driven by the Mexican's beautiful keyboard and piano passages and exhibiting an array of traditional instruments, the final result coming close to the mellow sound of Italian's HOSTSONATEN. The basic lines of the album are built around the work of Ledesma on acoustic strings and a nice combination of synthesizers, electric and acoustic piano, producing rural soundscapes with a slightly atonal mood and an overall ambiental approach. The music becomes occasionally richer with the addition of percussion, violin and wind instruments and obtains a dreamy feeling via the presence of the guest female vocalists. The MIKE OLFDIELD principles become also apparent during these tracks, some of them feature a discreet touch on electric guitars. Ethereal folky orchestrations with a genuine identity, which could have a been a little more energetic. But Ledesma never forgets about his previous days with NIRGAL VALLIS and certain pieces in here, especially the longer ones, still retain a symphonic atmosphere with more pronounced electric guitars and keyboards. The music of course remains very delicate and polished with some dark parts at times, led by Ledesma's tricky synth, organ and piano plays, which result to some fine instrumental Progressive Rock with a challenging sound.
I can't say that I am that impressed by this album after Ledesma's fantastic debut. It is less balanced and more towards ambiental Prog with folky colors, but the arrangements are always of high class with good use of acoustic instruments over a palette of keyboard flashing. Recommended. (apps79)
Monday, September 30th, 2019
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11:11 am
Déjà Vu ‎– Cosmic Zack (1977, LP, Germany)


Side A
1. Inner Voice (5:27)
2. Cosmic Zack (9:04)
3. Andy (7:27)
Side B
1. Annamaya (6:44)
2. Möwenflug (8:30)
3. Antonia (8:45)

Musicians
Bass, Vocals – Paul H. Brodkorb
Drums – Hans W. Schönborn
Guitar – Hans R. Hamacher
Keyboards – Andreas Wegener
Saxophone, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Eckhard P. Meszelinsky


Cosmic Zack is an obscure progressive / fusion release from Germany circa 1977. Typical of many private releases from late 70's Deutschland, Déjà Vu attempt a Novalis style of progressive rock. The primary instrument is electric guitar and is accompanied by electric piano, sax, flute, bass and drums. There are also vocals with a traditional heavy Teutonic accent (some in English, some in German). Fortunately, side two eschews the vocals for a more energetic instrumental approach. Musically, the band plays a safe, straightforward and somewhat jazzy (especially side 2) progressive music with some well done guitar/sax work. File along with Credemus, Poseidon, Eden and a host of other German bands from the late 70's/early 80's.
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10:50 am
Franco Falsini ‎– Cold Nose (Naso Freddo) (1975, LP, Italy)


Tracklist
A1. Parte 1  (10:23)
A2. Parte 2  (6:55)
B. Parte 3  (20:57)

Soundtrack for the short movie « Cold Nose » (Naso Freddo) directed by Filippo Milani


A truly superb album that flows along with supreme ease but isn't necessarily ambient. Falsini's busy and dynamic use of electronics and guitar is impeccably tasteful and never too complicated. He utilizes the Fripp & Eno/Heldon aesthetic to create an LP that's just as worthy as the other artists' best efforts. Some of the guitar work sounds very much like it could fit in on a 4AD label release over a decade later. (bopdd)
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10:58 am
Atmo ‎– Telegiornale (1971, LP, Italy)



Top Rare and very hard to find Italian Library on the infamous Octopus label by maestro Amedeo Tommasi under his alias "Atmo". Very obscure record with dark and spooky sounds scoring themes for films and television. Catching and heavy Jazz grooves switching between Atonal Psych, Avant-garde cues and TV Score themes like this LP was intented to be (Telegiornale = news). One of the deepest Tommasi's jam with threatening Jazzy drums, Free Jazz arrangements played by a obscure line-up, Avant-garde/Experimental compositions / Moody Jazz themes / disturbing and tense atmospheres. Enoy the long clip: https://soundcloud.com/armagideon-times/amedeo-tommasi-telegiornale-1971-rare-italian-dark-jazz-avant-library

Side A opens with the catching Jazz groove of "ULTIME NOTIZIE", "IL PERSONAGGIO DEL GIORNO" follows with dark Jazzy Breaks played through drums and doublebass solo. "DAL NOSTRO INVIATO SPECIALE" is another nice Jazz sample, lovely Night Club Mood music with great oddtempo Jazzy drumming and central Tommasi's Piano notes. "EPISODIO DI CRONACA" gives the spooky Jazz drums and contrabass solo again, "CRISI POLITICA" dramatic Giallo instrumentation. On the other side we find the insane Fuzz Electronics of "COLPO DI STATO", Drama mood and Atonal Psychedelic beat. Minimal/Avant-garde compositions in "LUTTO NAZIONALE", "TENSIONE INTERNAZIONALE" and the impressive "PROBLEMA ECOLOGICO". "AVVENIMENTO DRAMMATICO" is Egisto Macchi inspired jam with dramatic chorus and sophisticated Drama Avant-garde. "AVVENIMENTO SPORTIVO" Minimal Free Jazz vibes. "RIPRESA ESTERNA" breaks the side with a nice Lounge Jazz theme. Great and complex album, very Rare Italian Library LP! (popsike)
Saturday, September 28th, 2019
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11:17 am
Roberto Donnini ‎– Tunedless 2 (1987, LP, Italy)





Side A
A1. Andar 1A  (9:50)
A2. Fula 1A  (9:30)
Side B
B1. Te-Eesa 1A  (9:30)
B2. Suca 2A  (9:25)

Musicians
Accordion – Daniele Venturi
Computer, Electric Piano – Roberto Donnini
Horn – Luca Benucci
Keyboards [Sampled Keyboard] – Arturo Stalteri (tracks: A2, B1)
Piano – Gisella Frontero (tracks: B1, B2), Lucia Donnini (tracks: A1, B1), Marco Dalpane (tracks: A1, A2)
Piano [Prepared] – Daniele Lombardi (tracks: B1, B2)
Saxophone – Roberto Laneri
Trombone – Michele Losappio
Tuba [Bass] – Giancarlo Schiaffini
Voice – Donella Del Monaco
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9:33 am
Margot ‎– Sul Cammino Dell'Ineguaglianza (1975, LP, Italy)


Tracklist
A1. Précieux Jours (Strumentale)  (1:00)
A2. Errava Per La Foresta Verde  (2:27)
A3. Précieux Jours (Strumentale)  (0:26)
A4. Solo, Ozioso, In Pericolo Sempre  (2:38)
A5. Précieux Jours (Strumentale)  (0:24)
A6. Racconta Lo Scienziato  (2:12)
A7. La Bestia Non Sa Della Perfezione  (2:40)
A8. Potrà Esserci Un Uomo Più Forte Di Me?  (2:45)
A9. Précieux Jours (Strumentale)  (0:22)
A10. L'Uso Del Ferro E L'Uso Del Pane  (1:10)
B1. Occhi Del Popolo  (2:21)
B2. Un Tempo La Richhezza  (2:50)
B3. Il Selvaggio Ozioso  (2:42)
B4. Dalla Nera Tana  (2:38)
B5. Précieux Jours (Strumentale)  (0:32)
B6. Un Capo Aveva Detto  (2:12)
B7. Précieux Jours (Strumentale)  (0:28)
B8. A Voi La Voce Celeste  (3:00)
B9. Précieux Jours  (0:46)

Musicians
Adapted By – Virgilio Savona (tracks: A1, A3, A5, A9, B5, B7, B9)
Arranged By, Directed By, Keyboards, Percussion – Virgilio Savona
Bass Guitar – Marco Ratti
Cello – Paolo Salvi
Flute, Saxophone – Giancarlo Barigozzi
Guitar – Fabio Di Stefano
Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar – Ernesto Verardi
Lyrics By, Music By – Margot (tracks: A2, A4, A6 to A8, A10 to B4, B6, B8, B9)
Music By – J. J. Rousseau (tracks: A1, A3, A5, A9, B5, B7, B9)
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
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11:38 am
Tony Iglio ‎– Drugstore (1971, LP, Italy)


Tony Iglio, born in 1932, has been one of the most popular orchestral arrangers of RAI (Italian National Television) and has composed over 1500 songs. Son of art, over the years he has played with and for the most important figures of the last century in Italy. "Drugstore" was recorded in 1971 in a small theatre in Napoli by a combo of professional musicians and is rated the weirdest and most insane Italian library of the early 70’s mixing jazz, psychedelia, effects and purcussions.
Saturday, September 21st, 2019
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3:45 pm
Nuit Câline à la Villa Mon Rêve ‎– Juillet 1977 (1977, LP, Belgium)




Side A
1. "Podferdeck, quelle drache!" (6.06)
2. La chaleur de l'été (3.43)
3. Le coeur en morceaux (3.50)
4. Mardi, 14h30 (10.45)
Side B
5. La route (3.20)
6. Les Lundis d'Hortense (4.05)
7. La princesse est salariée (3.42)
8. Sauve qui peut, tout va bien dans nos bureaux (3.32)
9. Contravention (4.36)
10. Maison closes (4.50)

Musicians
Éric Chale / electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
Alex Furnelle / bass guitar
Jeannot Gillis / violin, trumpet, tuba, trombone
Michel Moers / acoustic guitar, electric guitars, vocals
Pierre Narcisse / drums, percussion
Ilona Chale / vocals
Pierre Coulon / flute
Jean-Paul Laurent / flute
Charles Loos / electric piano, piano
Denis van Hecke / cello
Christophe Vinck / vocals
Daniel Leon / recording
Michel Dayez / secretary of Lundis d'Hortense, who left traces of his being in NCVMR, for which we thank him.


Nuit Câline à la Villa Mon Rêve is one of these projects that simply happen and leave their marks. A group of Belgian musicians around guitarist/cellist Michel Dayez (consisting of Dayez, Eric Chale, Jeannot Gillis and Michel Moers) thought it would be nice to create a work of music that involved musicians from classical, folk and chanson background. The idea was to create a musical mix of those genres, that covered different moods and was more sophisticated than the typical verse-chorus-bridge structure. The four were part of a movement that tried to set up what they called a "musician syndicate for alternative music", which is still in existence under the name "Les Lundis d'Hortense". Through this movement, they had connections to various musicians like Charles Loos, Denis van Hecke and Alexandre Furnelle and drummer/percussionist Pierre Narcisse.

In July 1977 the group consisted of 13 people in total, and they recorded a set of very well composed tracks, according to Michel Moers with "no money and too many efforts". The main theme was "not love, many people already did, and still do that, very well". Instead, the focus was on the feelings those involved had about themselves and the world around them - but in a 'poetic' and humorous way. Where some thought that the result was influenced by smoking marijuana, the band indicates that they did not need that. Regardless, the songs deal with working in a boring office ('Sauve qui peut, tout va bien dans nos bureaux'), going to the dentist, standing in the Belgian rain or simply facing the difficulty of making decisions.
The music is an intricate mixture of the styles already mentioned - hints of Brel, but also of Julverne, which' line up included a number of the Nuit Câline members. In many places, the music is very folk like, with violins, acoustic guitars and choruses, at other times the instrumental parts clearly show influences of the jazz that later took the upper hand in Les Lundis d'Hortense.

With the recordings done, the album needed to be mixed in order to be able to release it. This was done illegally, in a studio of national radio and on equipment that was not intended for this purpose. The result is the album we have now, and which the band considers of too poor sound quality to re-release on CD. Michel Moers indicated in his input for this short biography that although the ideas of the band were nice, their playing did not do full justice to them.

After recording the album, the group disbanded and each went their way - showing up in bands like Universe Zero and Julverne. People like Charles Loos and Denis van Hecke are still active in Les Lundis d'Hortense related projects. Jeannot Gillis recently worked on some projects for film music, including Nanook. Drummer/percussionist Pierre Narcisse suffered a stroke in early 2007 and is no longer able to perform. Michel Moers formed Telex, together with Marc Moulin and Dan Lacksman. Although they claimed ""the best compliment anybody could pay us is that our music is disposable - that's what all music should be" they went on to create six albums. In 1980, they ended up frustrated at the Eurovision Song Contest, because they set out to loose the contest and still managed to score 1 (one!) point.

Nuit Câline à la Villa mon Rêve is a wonderful one time event, with a lot of untold stories behind it. (progarchives)
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
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6:36 pm
National Health - Covent Gardens, London (1976, CD, England)

Tracklist:
1) Tenemos Roads (15:44)
2) Trident Asleep (16:10)
3) Agrippa (8:47)
4) The Lethargy Shuffle & The Mind-Your-Backs Tango (10:27)
5) Elephants (13:01)
6) The Lethargy Shuffle Part 2 (6:15)

Musicians:
Bass Guitar – Mont Campbell
Drums – Bill Bruford
Guitar – Phill Miller, Steve Hillage
Keyboards, Piano – Alan Gowen
Keyboards, Synthesizer – Dave Stewart
Saturday, September 14th, 2019
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9:30 am
Chalibaude ‎– Les Noces Du Papillon (1976, LP, France)





Tracklist:
A1 Là-Bas Dans Les Prairies  (2:48)
A2 Les Noces Du Papillon  (3:38)
A3 La Cuiller Et La Marmite  (1:50)
A4 La Messe À Poitiers  (4:20)
A5 Le Retour Dau Guaret  (2:40)
B1 L'Alouette Et Le Marlot  (4:02)
B2 La Fille Du Rochelais  (2:58)
B3 Arantelle  (2:22)
B4 La Maîtresse Du Voltigeur  (2:52)
B5 Jarni Perrot  (2:33)
B6 Là-Bas Dans Les Prairies  (1:25)

Musicians:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Dulcimer, Flute, Vocals – Michel Lefort
Crumhorn – Francis
Drums, Percussion, Flute – Jean "Popof" Chevalier
Guitars, Bass, Crumhorn, Banjo, Vocals – Christian Bonneault
Violin, Organ – Georges Felletin (Jojo)


Chalibaude were a French folk quartet of the mid-1970s. The band comprised half of the eight-piece Francis Guillon et Son Orchestre on the 1975 one-off Spécial Danse 8.
Drummer/ percussionist Jean Chevalier had been the most active on the local music scene, having played on the homonymous 1974 album by composer/ organist Laurence Vanay as well as two mid-’70s longplayers by theatrical French vocalist Alain Kan.
Signing to the nascent Cezame label, Chalibaude released its sole album, Les Noces du Papillon, in 1976. Evoking the contents therein, the album’s cover depicts grainy barnyard slumbers under yellowish sunlight.
Four tracks in, the mid-tempo “La Messe a Poitiers” establishes a diatonic, descending chordal strum rooted in A-minor, which propels the vocals along high thirds and fifths.
An A-minor tonality also encapsulates the instrumental “La-las Dans ces Prairies” on which a slow influx of acoustic guitar, dulcimer, and ultimately crumhorn are spread over an operative bassline.
A bass-drum/triangle figure guides the stately up-tempo “La Fille du Rochelais,” where persistent plucking and Felletin’s intermittent bowing fill the song’s two-chord structure rooted in D-minor. 
“L’noulette et le Marlot” starts out as a lyrical piece set to a slow, D-minor strum-along of rising/falling fifths. Halfway through, the cadence tightens as violin and twangy leads descend on the now-martialized proceedings.
On a more outre note, the brief mono-chordal drone “Le Retour dau Quaret” tests the sonic character of the crumhorn under layers of studio effects.

After Chalibaude split, Chevalier remained active on the French scene, appearing on albums by René Werneer, Jacques-Emile Deschamps, and Manu Lann Huel, among others. During the late 1980s, he cut a pair of jazz-rock albums with guitarist Jean-Luc Chevalier and bassist Marc Elliard.
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3:49 pm
Splash ‎– Splash (1978, LP, Sweden)



Tracklist:
A1. Variations On Polska & Hoppvals (8:02)
A2. Nina (8:58)
B1. Snusa (8:21)
B2. El Greco (7:48)
B3. Hueä (5:19)

Musicians:
Bass Trombone – Lennart Löfgren
Bass, Guitar – Kaj Söderström
Cover – Per Gunnarsson
Drums – Gus
Guitar, Violin – Christer Jansson
Keyboards – Thomas Jutterström
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Leif Halldén
Woodwind – Christer Holm, Torbjörn Carlsson


On "Splash 2", the group has moved from standard pop rock structures to an improvisational jazz rock unit. I hesitate to use the word "fusion" here, as they clearly weren't emulating the usual suspects like Return to Forever or Weather Report. And at times they have that college level stage band type tightness. There's also a little bit of silliness calling out their Zappa influence (not to mention some fine guitar soloing). And even a little dancing around the barn music to open the album. (ashratom)
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