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3.57 | 19 ratings | 3 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1987

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Bienvenue au pays (3:38)
2. Joyeuses Paques (5:34)
3. Carrousel (4:07)
4. Le cycle du cristal (4:38)
5. Conte a rebours (3:52)
6. L'Ile aux lutins (7:04)
7. Fete eu perspective (3:13)
8. Le retour de nains (4:03)
9. Horizon (3:58)
10. A cordes imaginaires (4:31)

Total Time: 44:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean-Pascal Boffo / guitars, bass (1, 3 & 4)
- Denis Batis / synthesizer
- Carlos Pavicich / bass (2, 6-7, 9)
- Hervé Rouyer / drums

Releases information

LP Musea FGBG (2004)
CD Musea FGBG 4014.AR (1994) France
CD Musea FGBG 4104.AR (remixed 1994)

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Review by apps79
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3 stars For a second album Jean-Pascal Boffo expanded the line-up to a four-piece one and also split the responsibilities between the members with keyboardist Denis Batis arranging some of the album's tracks.Boffo and Batis were now surrounded by bassist Carlos Pavicich and drummer Herve Rouyer, a future member of Christian Décamps' band, who later made it to Ange's line-up.The new work of Boffo was entitled ''Carillons'', released on vinyl by Musea in 1987 and re-released on CD by the French label in 1993, featuring again a beautiful, fairytale cover.

The addition of the new members forced apparently a switch in music style and ''Carillons'' abandons the somehat folky sound of Boffo's debut for a much more electric enviroment, which now comes even closer to MINIMUM VITAL's sound or even better to STEVE HACKETT's works from late-70's/early-80's.The sound had become more dynamic and grandiose, but the atmosphere remained dreamy and ethereal in an awkward way, characterized by the impressive guitar plays of Boffo and the quirky synths of Batis.The style is basically a light Symphonic-Fusion with a deep sense for striking melodies but also evident tendencies towards technical efficiency, but Boffo's music journey is, as expected, memorable and delicate, despite the tremendous instrumental accuracy of his group.Most of the tracks are fast-paced with constantly changing solos and leads in the guitar department and a great dose of symphonic and jazzy keyboards.The acoustic lines are extremely limited in specific pieces, so are the folky leanings, and the new proposal is full of cinematic textures, fairytale melodies and elegant atmospheres, sometimes reminiscent of CAMEL.Great music, which is interrupted only a couple of times by laid-back numbers with a slight New Age/orchestral feeling, mostly based on keyboards, acoustic guitars and sampled effects.

Yet another very good album by the man, who dominated the French Prog scene during the 80's.Melodic Symphonic/Fusion in the vein of STEVE HACKETT.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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4 stars I'm really enjoying the discography of French guitarist and prog veteran Jean-Pascal Boffo. I'm five albums in and, no matter the style, everything has been extremely tasteful and well crafted. I've listened to an easy listening light guitar album of his, two of what I'd call Jon Scofield styl ... (read more)

Report this review (#1942713) | Posted by WFV | Monday, July 2, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Why is this guitarist underrated and not more popular in the progworld...His second album is a pure prog pleasure. A lot of people will compare him to Steve Hackett. Jean Pascal Boffo is,as a musician and composer, at least as talented as Mr Hackett. 'Carillions' is fully instrumental and obv ... (read more)

Report this review (#1129698) | Posted by Theriver | Monday, February 10, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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