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4 stars Composer/multi-instrumentalist Frédéric Leoz reached deep into the lost prog bag and after several years of restoration and remastering, gave us this smashing collection from one of France's most professional symph-rock bands. Not an album proper but a selection from Leoz's personal stash of Acanthe material spanning '73 thru '77, and the quality of both song and sound is remarkable. If these were demos, some record exec foolishly passed on a winner. But then it was the mid-1970s; you couldn't swing a comatose squirrel without hitting an arty progrock band. The gushy and mildly commercial title cut is fine but just an appetizer-- these four can sound surprisingly modern (or maybe modern prog can sound so retro). At eight minutes and with plenty of 'tron it goes over well, though I could do without the draggy Floydisms of 'Oriet de Cire'.

The pace starts to be set on 'Meg Merrilies', vaguely Oldfield, clearly awesome, Leoz's Fender Rhodes dingling quiet arpeggios under tasty & well-tempered guitarist Michel Gervestoni and utterly pro rhyth/sec of Gendry/Choirier. Somewhat extraneous 'Touch the Sun', nicely balanced 'Suspension', big symph number 'Univers Insense' gels beautifully into rich 'Oiseau de Feu', and TrueMyth-like 'The Old World Death' is followed by good closer 'Riding Earth'.

Very pleasing anglophonic French prog that somehow survived the ages and was rescued not once but twice, by founder Leoz and later Musea records.

Atavachron | 4/5 |


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