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3.69 | 44 ratings | 2 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. La valse des fous (thème du film "L'eau chaude, l'eau frette") (1:02)
2. Les Criticotteuses (5:24)
3. A l'affût d'un complot (6:14)
4. La bataille (thème du film "Jos Carbone") (5:40)
5. Le piège (thème du film "Jos Carbone") (2:55)
6. Le sablier et les petits travaux (2:16)
7. Les reels du Conventum (3:52)
8. La première pièce (21 juillet) (6:27)
9. La ronde (thème du film "Une semaine dans la vie des camarades") (6:17)

Total Time 40:08

Bonus tracks: Live au Centre d'essai "Le Conventum"
10. 21 jours d'un hôtel à l'autre (1:39)
11. Frappe-à-bord (incl. Le roi des mouches) (8:27)
12. Ricanage (0:44)
13. Les huissiers (4:30)
14. Totem (2:11)
15. Y'a mon père (2:10)
16. Rappel de la foule (0:59)

Total Time 20:41

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean-Pierre Bouchard / acoustic guitar, tenor recorder
- Bernard Cormier / violin, métallophone
- André Duchesne / acoustic guitar
- Jacques Laurin / electric bass, double bass
- René Lussier / electric guitar, 12-string, mandolin
- Alain-Arthur Painchaud / recite-delinquent

- Louise Forestier / voice
- Sylvie Choquette / vocals
- Charles Kaczynski / violin, viola, cello
- Matthieu Léger / percussion
- Michel Therrien / saxophone viola, oboe

Releases information

LP Le Tamanoir TAM-27011 (1977)
This album was also available on 77-79 + Réédition (CAN), a double LP (Ambiances Magnétiques-CAN) issued in 1983 and containing both "À l'affût d'un complot" and "Le Bureau Central des Utopies" with some 'corrections' made to the recordings by the 1982 version of Conventum.

Released on CD by Kozak KO2506-2 in 96 and a recent release from ProgQuebec MPM12 in 2006, both with the bonus tracks 10 to 16.

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars While this debut album was released on Le Tamanoir label, it received two CD release both with the original stupendous debut album, but also the much weirder live show they held on April 17, 1977. For this album, Conventum presented themselves as a sextet, but were often enhanced by many more - including Kaczinsky, Forestier and Leger (Orchestre Sympathique). Their mostly acoustic sound is very impressive, highly cultivated (very inclined on semi-medieval and old folk music), half of it instrumental, and is best described as avant-folk-prog.

So this release could be presented as two different albums and actually are quite different. As much as the original album is superb, full of delicate ambiances and delightful folk and classic fusion and can be used by any proghead to clear his mind of his problem and escape into a wild world of beauty, as much as the live album is demented, demonic, weird, lurking, somber , macabre (at times), demented and frightful, but very impressive and theatrical.

After a short intro, where Coventum ask you if you are comfortable (you are in for one hell of a ride), a flood of guitar arpeggios is overwhelming you as the small piccolo flute and alto sax are accompanying the superb vocal duet (Les Criticotteuses is a superb play on words combining criticizing and knitting) when two violins are underlining this bed of desire: spine-chilling, yet, no-one will resist it. The following title track is much in the same vein, but become slightly more urgent and inquietant, but the lyrics are about as grandiose as Gabriel or Hammill could ever get, and the guitars oscillate between Anthony Phillips and Fripp's The Crafty League Of Guitarist. La Bataille (the battle), the next track is also the poignant theme track from a movie from a member of Le Conventum artistic circle. The mood is dark, grave and beautiful, with the strings setting such a splendid bed of dreams for the guitars to lay it on thick the drama. Le Piège (the trap) is also from the same movie, but is rather quieter but still quite impressive although, it is quite schizophrenic too, with its wild choirs appearing from nowhere, blowing up a storm and disappearing as quick as they came. The next three tracks are instrumental and still in the line of the album reaching from chamber music to slightly modified jigs. Last track was also a theme for yet another colleague's film and it is yet another flamboyant success around a very modified jig>> absolutely masterful.

The second part of the record is a live concert and presents a very different facet of Conventum, much more tense, nervous, slightly more aggressive, very theatrical, but also just as dramatic (if not more) than the studio album. Although still excellent, (but maybe less immediate without the accompanying images), these tracks suffer from the proximity and superb beauty of the studio album tracks. Here the mood is more to a nervous Stravinsky or psychedelic Prokofiev (Peter And The Wolf). Very impressive, but for this party, French language becomes almost mandatory, but their prose is impressively poetic. Clearly Conventum was a forerunner of sorts for future Quebecois groups such as Miriodor and Interference Sardines. Their capacity at making this acoustic chamber music but rendering incredibly rock with just a few ingredients is immense and Conventum deserves to be re-discovered to its true value.

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3 stars This is a review of the CD which also includes the live album. This Canadian band released three albums in the 1970s or there about. Their music is by no means normal folk rock. This is chamber rock. Their music can be compared to Flairck a lot and also to Aranis. This is folk rock bordering to ... (read more)

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