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3.18 | 25 ratings

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3 stars Ah, the 70s ... the grand Epannouissement of the Francophone culture in Quebec. No longer limited or interested in french covers of English pop hits, many of the province's musicians are turning to more musically challenging styles.

Dionysos are among those. For those who also have heard of the first Offenbach albums, this one will likely appeal to you.

For those who don't know much about the then Quebec scene, the point of reference would be a more organ based harder version of the MKI Deep Purple and early Uriah Heep. Even Atomic Rooster can be used as a comparison.

As Sean has mentioned, the music here has firm roots in the blues & rock. But there is that extra something that takes it beyond your basic 12 bar boogie compositions.

For Quebec, Dionysos and other such groups were part of their own wave of progressive bands that were taking over the scene. For those outside the province, this album also stands in good stead with much of the heavy prog of the time.

Conclusion - Worth it for lovers of Heavy B3, especially if you come across a good deal. Not necessary, but good to have when you consider that they don't really make this kind of music any more. If you know what I mean ...

debrewguy | 3/5 |


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