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Ville Emard Blues Band

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3.15 | 8 ratings | 1 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. La Poutine A Ma Tante Anna
2. In Our Loneliness
3. Affaire C.S.R. vs Marlyle Killer & Stobert Ranley
4. Where's Your Money
5. Walter's Van
6. La Machine Infernale
7. Le Chemin
8. Sleepy Teepy
9. Secret Pour Pierre-Antoine
10. Guess Who's Coming To Jam

Line-up / Musicians

Rawn Bankley - guitars, vocals
Marcel Beauchamp - piano, clavinet, Eminent, guitar
Lise Cousineau - vocals, tambourine
Michel Dion - bass
Denis Farmer - drums
Bill Gagnon - bass
Roger Gougeon - flugelhorn/tambourine
Gilles Massé - guitar
Marcel Hout - drums, percussion, harmonica
Robert Lachapelle - piano
Yves Laferrière - bass
Carlyle Miller - saxophones, vocals, flute
Renald Montemiglio - saxophones, flute, tambourine
Pierre Nadeau - piano, organ, clavinet
Yvan Ouellet - piano
Christiane Robichaud - vocals, tambourine
Michel Robidoux - guitar
Sharon Ryan - vocals
Christian St. Roch - drums, vocals, organ
Estelle Ste. Croix - vocals, piano Michel Séguin - percussion
Robert Stanley - guitar
R. Moore Tellier - guitar Serge Vaillières - guitar
Roger Walls - trumpet

Thanks to Sean Trane for the addition
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VILLE EMARD BLUES BAND Ville Emard ratings distribution

(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (62%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

This second album is their only studio recordings, but shows a fairly different facet (smoother and more refined) of the group. Not that the group got any smaller than its live version, on the contrary, there are 25 musos happening on wax slice. Nor has the music gotten less eclectic either: it is still rather wide-spectrummed, ranging from Piano tracks to full-brassed rock pieces, while passing though wild spacey jazzy fusions. Clearly this album is more bassist Bill Gagnon's with his excellent funky playing (he's also the producer), even if his closing track, the aptly titled Guess Who's Coming To Jam is relatively hard to integrate.

The album is a bit schizophrenic sharing some pure acoustic songs on half the tracks and some hard jazz-rock on the other half. Needless to say that for the proghead's interest those last ones are the most interesting, but compared to their first live album, their fusion is harder-driven, more extreme and if well recorded, not always easy on the brains. Some of the album's highlights are the superb and dramatic (brass section) Walter's Van and the highly intricate Machine Infernale (where one of the riffs resembles strongly The Who's Who Are You track some three years before the time), both Gagnon pieces.

So this live album shows a fairly different side of the group , but at the same time, it confirms the group's direction of a jazz-rock inferno that was rivalling and being as innovative as Mahavishnu or early Weather Report

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