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L' Orchestre Sympathique


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.19 | 37 ratings

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The Rock
5 stars For those into percussion-led fusion of international caliber such as Pierre Moerlen's Gong,Brand-X or fellow countryman Maneige,this is a treat! Marvellous production despite limited budget and the fact that it is a live recording.All the instruments can be heard clearly.Good use of stereo panning makes the sound loud,crisp and clear.The albums sounds like a ton of bricks! I belive the good peoples at ProgQuebec may have a thing or two to do with this fact as they usually do a great job with their re-issues. Not a duff track on this winner,all are different,showing many aspects of the band,be it spacyness,speed,dexterity,emotions,ect... The flute playing is breathy,recalling Anderson's style but there's no real similitude with Tull.Vibes and percussions are also highlited and are used to good effect,expanding the band's sound and filling the gap normally used by guitars. An unusual configuration to say the least;flute,vibes,drums and bass with very little keyboard and no guitars makes this band quite unique. Despite obvious comparisons with above mentionned bands,this is quite original and recommended for those into the jazzier yet progressive side of things.

The Rock | 5/5 |


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