Various Artists - Psyché France 1960-70 (Volume 3)

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Including 12 tracks, this third volume of the ‘Psyché France’ collection is a new tribute to the mavericks and masterminds of the 1960’s and 70’s French music scene. Back then, brave artistic directors would sign leftfield acts in order to rival the British Kings of progressive rock and the new wave of US psychedelia.

In this collection, I discovered a few curiosities such as the oriental sounds of ‘Mon Chameau’ by the Masters, a band featuring drummer René Joly and whose members were all named ‘sretsam’ (‘masters’ in reverse) and the ethereal ‘Wendy’ by Slovenia-born Rado Testen. The obscure ‘Cavalier des vagues’ by Patrick Roche (from the ‘La valise de rêve’ album) and modern troubadour Philippe Farré’s ‘Les aiguilles du temps’ embody the poetry of these innocent years along with a true gem: ‘L’air que je chante’, a French-language version of David Bowie ‘Starman’ by Papillon, a former bass player for Triangle, also featured in this LP with ‘Bungalow’. Fans of the rock/free-jazz crossover will also enjoy the rare Komintern B-side ‘Elle était belle’and ‘La petite différence’ by Groucho Marxist Jacques Filh, the author of the infamous ‘Wraaaach!’. Sophisticated pop and psychedelic fans will also have the opportunity to listen to the works of four avant-garde sonic wizards : Guy Skornik with the hard to find ‘La route’, the beautiful ‘La dame nue’ by Michel Zacha, Jean-Pierre Castelain’s ‘La petite auto’ and Igor Wakhévitch. In 1977, Wakhévitch was already twenty years ahead of its time in the electronic music world. Listen to ‘Rituel de guerre des esprits de la terre’ and shiver !

By:  Papillon88

A1 Les Masters - Mon Chameau
A2 Komintern - Elle était Belle
A3 Rado Testen - Wendy
A4 Triangle - Bungalow
A5 Guy Skornik - La Route
A6 Jean-Pierre Castelain - La Petite Auto
A7 Jacques Filh - La Petite Différence
B1 Papillon - L'Air Que Je Chante
B2 Michel Zacha - La Dame Nue
B3 Philippe Farré - Les Aiguilles Du Temps
B4 Patrick Roche - Crépuscule
B5 Igor Wakhévitch - Rituel de Guerre Des Esprits de la Terre


Record Label:  Warner

Catalogue Number:  0190295860905

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