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L' Orchestre Sympathique - En concert  la Grande Passe CD (album) cover


L' Orchestre Sympathique


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.18 | 41 ratings

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4 stars Another good thing coming out of Quebec, Canada.

The Quebec scene in the 1970s was an excellent scene with Maneige as the bright shining light. Close behind them was this band. Very close, quality wise.

There is no denying that Maneige is the main reference when it comes to describing this album. An album which is not a studio album, btw. It is a live album. To my knowledge, this band never released a studio album. But the excellent sound on this live album sounds like it has had a some doctoring in a studio. The sound is simply too good for being a true live rendition from the 1970s. But whatever they have done, they have not killed the edge this album has. It is a highly vibrant album which is bound to make any fusion fan happy.

I mentioned Maneige here. I would also list Soft Machine, Hatfield & The North, National Health and Gilgamesh as good references for this album. The music is very playfully Canterbury like throughout this live performance. There is even some avant-garde stuff here just to spice up the music a bit..... make that a lot, actually. The music is also keyboards, guitars and flute based with some excellent musicianship.

The quality is great throughout this album. The highlight of the album is the Soft Machine esque Des lacs, des rivires, des ruisseaux. But the other songs is also of the same standard. In short; this album is a hidden gem, but well worth the chase. It is a pity that so little is known about this band. Based on this album alone, it must have been a great band.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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