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TABARNAC

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3 stars Although it can seem strange, I will write on this disk "Tabarnac" in relation to the subsequent work (seen that there is little I posted a review on "Never To Tender"). And no matter how contradictory it can seem, I found this much closer disk of the progressive, because in my opinion, it presents larger creativity. Although it presents the same influences of the hard/blues/psych mentioned in "Never To Tender", the " machine" of OFFENBACH seems that it was more "increased" and with more open from various options. The albun opens with the track 1 "Quoi, quoi" with r beginning that reminded me the French band ANGE, the track 4 "Habitant chien blanc" with very close climate of DEEP PURPLE, the track 7 "Granby" an instrumental theme with 7,44 duration min or even the track 8 "Marylin' with a flute in JETHRO TULL'S style and the remaining of the track that in a lot of ELOY. My rate is 3 stars!!!
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Posted Saturday, November 13, 2010 | Review Permalink
Sean Trane
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3 stars After doing the St Chrone mass, the group was approached by a French movie director that would convince the group to try its chance in France, tour the country, make an album and at the same time, he would film the band in order to make a full-blown movie. After the St Chrone shooting, the Bulldozer movie (still in the making), this was yet another video project. So the band headed across the pond and toured and partied and played and?. Lived the RnR life on film and this double album is a bit the result of that. With this minimalist but poignant claws artwork, this double album is probably one of the first French-speaking rockumentary, and it's filled with spoken or other interludes that are of little interest, unless you're one of Offenbach's unconditional fans. Since the movie's never received a commercial release, it's obviously the double disc release that will be reviewed.

Before the release of Tabarnac, the Bulldozer movie was finally finished and ready to release (along with the disc), prompting Pierre Harel (this was mostly his project) to come back to Quebec, while the rest of the band toured France and Europe, thus widening further still the gap (rift) between the multi-functional singer and the band. So the band is reduced to a quartet by the time they recorded and released this album, but the split was most likely not effective yet.

The album' opening side starts on the Quoi rocker, then on a Hammond orgy of Ether than a lengthy and fiery blues, to finish on another organ-driven rocker. Teddy opens up the side B and offers a sizzling fast-tempoed 8-mins improvised spacey beast, before paying homage to the Quebec town of Granby on Deep Purplish mode. Avery fine mainly-instrumental version of Marylin opens side C with a lengthy solo section (including the drum solo from Wezo) and two shorter tracks, both quite pleasant to undemanding prog ears. The Quebec rocker opens side D, with a spacey-psychy Jam following it, showing that Offenbach could also improvise nicely. They finish up this double set on slow organ-drenched bluesy hymn to love and rock.

The recent ProgQuebec reissue sees the first three sides of the vinyl crammed onto the first disc and opens the second Cd with the D-side and finds some five bonus tracks from the same European tour with only 1.5 repeated track, the 0.5 being a superb medley of Marylin and Rirolarma from their Bulldozer album. An interesting double album that should one day see a Cd reissue or even better, a DVD release of the movie, as it's likely to be of interest to many Québecois rock fans, but also a few progheads as well?. Something that ProgQuebec could evaluate, maybe? Done, thanks, Stephen & Sean!!

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Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 | Review Permalink

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