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5 stars When I was young I always want to have French Canadian music. But in the late 60's it's only pop available in Québec.Even in 1965 there where what we called underground groups in Québec. None of those survived the Education révolution in 1968.That was the year where private school dissapeared. And on with the public school system. But from that emerge some groups like Dionysos,Offenbach,Robert Charlebois,Morse Code,Ville Emard Blues Band,Connexion,Autchose,Pagliaro to name a few. Some of those artists where there in the 60's doing mostly american or british cover songs. But the 70's changed all that. Personal identity was the upmost important thing to a group.

And when Dionisos came about it was for us [French speaking peoples] a new way of expressing our deep feeling in a non violent way.The 60's in Québec was riots and strikes time. Yes music calms peoples. What was particular about Dyonisos is that the songwrigting was about problems that was deeply rooted in Québec. Like Suzy maybe a blues song to some but about a riveting fact that every saturday night all married wife would loose their husband for that night. Leaving the boyfriend to have fun. Also la colère is a song with very heavy riff to express the deceit that the farmer's boy would have toward his father.Leaving the farm for the city.So for us this was a new avenue.

For le Prince croule. The sound was as we consider it a opera prog,because it was a saga of an evil homosexual Prince that want to conquer the world.But like any evil doers, feel is fall coming onto him.Also some songs are related to actual world problems like le Prince jardine it about world wide drought. Safari is about the mercyless killing of the African wildlife. Yes I know it's an instrumental piece but my friend worked at the now defunct Pop Rock The one and only french speaking magazine in north America.This is a pity because all folds of music except pop was actually talked about.Their sound was very spacey and blues like oriented giving this album an exceptional sound.But in early 70's in Québec label company where so and so. First Jupiter,Gamma,Zodiak where the lower end hi-fi type.But if they were recorded on London,Victor,Apple or even Capitol that was Morse code's label. They would probably survived the toll of time. Also I've been told in 1978 by my friend at Pop Rock. That all masters of Dyonisos where lost.... What a shame.Also any group before 1975 in Québec that didn't sell at least 5000 copies would not survive... So it was the start of the beginning of a very good journey for the french speaking even awake our neighbours the Ontario to go into that direction. But for me Le Prince Croule is my most treasured album because it's not connected to any of my life dramas. If you sit back and empty your head before listening to the album you should be able to go into a trance.

And I still have the 3 Dionysos vinyl LP there's are in bad condition but. It's a piece of history.When we can get a real LP to CD software. I will consider putting it back to their original sound.

Thunderrock | 5/5 |


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