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Alpes & Catherine Ribeiro

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3.99 | 28 ratings | 3 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ame Debout (7:54)
2. Diborowska (3:39)
3. Alpes 1 (5:46)
4. Alpes 2 (6:22)
5. Alpilles (1:25)
6. Aria Populaire (2:09)
7. Le Kleenex, Le Drap De Lit Et L'Útendard (3:28)
8. Dingue (4:36)

Total Time 35:19


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Line-up / Musicians

- Patrice Moullet / cosmophone, acoustic guitar
- Claude Thiebaut / percuphone
- Patrice Lemoine / organ
- Catherine Ribeiro / vocals

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Re-released on cd by Si-Wan Records in 1995.

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(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
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Review by philippe
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4 stars Alpes & Catherine Ribeiro is a sensational eclectic experimental folk collective from French 70's underground. Their original sound contains refined psychedelic acoustic moods, mixed with left wing poetics and bizarre liturgical pastoral songs. Their second is said to be their most progressive but this first also figures among the most amazing prog folk efforts delivered by the French scene. The self title track covers various genres from avant folk to psychedelic exhibition (mainly due to the guitar's touches). The female chant is mysterious and slightly eccentric. "Diborwoska" is a beautiful pastoral ballad with seductive voices within a poetical dimension (not far from Nico's Desert shore). "Alpes 1" is a space out improvisation & instrumental dominated by organs and guitars. The atmosphere is definitely "kosmische" and kraut sounding with dark stoned harmonies. A really powerful, imaginative and evocative composition. "Alpes 2" carries on majestic kosmische epics dominated by guitars, long warm organ sequences, progressively reaching into a delirious, uncontrolled improvisation. "Alpilles" is a beautiful, calm and poetical acoustic trip. "Le Kleenex" is a theatrical song largely impregnated by Catherine Ribeiro lyrics (closed to 60's challenging chansons franšaises) "Aria populaire" features the most intense lyrical chant of the album. Sublime and intriguing!
Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Third outstanding album from the absolutely crazy French psych outfit lead by Catherine Ribeiro's impressive vocals, but you'll know by now that her vocals are hardly the sole attraction to this amazing group. With a very pastoral artwork, CR&A certainly stood in a class of their own both in France, but maybe even worldwide with their psyched out

Starting out on an Indian raga with a wild returning streak of almost dissonant violin, the title track is a first strong moments with Ribeiro ranting and raving all over the place, over a fast tabla drum beat. The very acoustic Diborowska (a terminus train station) is little more than a hippie piece, but laid over delicate guitar arpeggios. The two-part Alpes instrumental, followed by its acoustic outro Alpilles (small Alp foothills in Provence) is a superb moment of ambient music with some of the most bizarre violin work , while Lemoine's keyboard work resembles a lot what was to happen in Van Morrison's St Domininc's Preview one years later. The second movement is more of a wild free-for-all improvs, complete with vocals and vulture cries. Aria Populaire in an almost a capella piece with a few acoustic guitar strummings, while Kleenex is an organ-driven almost a capella, both pieces being superbly sung by Catherine. Dingue (nuts) is the closing track that hints towards a certain type of Flamenco, complete with plenty of guitars, where Catherine sings out venom-spitting sperm and full dramatics.

Still strongly recommended to all progheads, especially if their comprehension of French is sufficient (Catherine sings out clearly without accent), but Ame Debout might not be as stunning as further albums to come, but still a very classic album of CR&A

Review by Dobermensch
5 stars This is my favourite album by Catherine Ribeiro and Alpes. It brings back dark memories of being part of a jury at a high court in winter in 2006, travelling by train in the dark - which could, in a weird way sum up this album.

It's probably the gloomiest of their albums, but is beautiful at the same time. I'm so pleased she always sang in French. A lot of the emotion would have been lost if she'd sung in English. This is my one gripe with most Krautrock bands. This, however, is no Kraut album. Alpes are instantly identifiable even without the vocals. I've always thought there's something a bit creepy about their albums. I can't quite put my finger on it. Most folk agree that 'Paix' was the high watermark of their career. Well, I choose this one. It's cool, suave, bleak, laid back yet intense. Oh, and she looks great - black eyeliner, jet black hair and a fantastic jawbone! A tremendous album that probably creeps in to my top 40 (from 4000 albums).

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