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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tableau No. 1 - 1st Movement (15:42)
2. Tableau No. 1 - 2nd Movement (5:29)
3. Tableau No. 1 - 3rd Movement (20:34)
4. Self-Titled - Sambaba (6:56)
5. Self-Titled -Salut Besson (3:58)
6. Self-Titled - Mon Amour, Mon Amour!? (3:42)
7. Self-Titled - Nationale 20 (7:14)
8. Self-Titled - Soir (5:13)
9. Self-Titled - Vieux Garçon (4:28)

Total time: 73:16

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean-Pierre Alarcen / electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards
- Daniel Goyone / keyboards
- Gerard Cohen / bass guitar
- Jean-Lou Besson / drums and percussion
- Serge Millerat / percussion
- Philippe Leroux / drums and percussion (1-3)
- Claude Arini / keyboards and orchestral direction (1-3)
- Jean-Paul Asselini / keyboards (2 & 3)
- Francis Lockwood / keyboards (6)
- Michel Zacha / voice (5)
- Alain Rivet / voice (5)

Releases information

Musea 2002

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JEAN-PIERRE ALARCEN Tableau No. 1/ Self-Titled ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
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Review by kev rowland
3 stars This 2-on-1 release is unusual in the respect that it is set so that the listener plays the follow-up, then the debut, which given the music on 'Tableau N˚ 1' is quite brave. This album was recorded in 1979 by French guitarist Jean Pierre Alarcen and is a neo-classical symphony in three movements. What I found intriguing about the album is the way that he utilises the level of sound, as well as the music itself. This means that when the album is quiet, it is really quiet, but when it is loud, IT IS DEAFENING! In fact, I nearly crashed the car when it moved from a quiet section to a loud one with no warning, as I had turned the volume up nearly to maximum in an attempt to hear what was going on. This makes it an interesting album to listen to, and I have yet not been able to play it all of the way through without making volume adjustments of one kind or another (oh, and I don't play it in the car anymore).

While the follow-up is more of an acquired taste, the debut is a jazz-rock album in the area of Colosseum II or Weather Report. It also contains some singing, while 'Tableau' is totally instrumental. The band comes across well and Jean has a very fluid style. It took nineteen years for Jean to release a sequel to 'Tableau', and of the two that is definitely the more difficult to fully comprehend, but it certainly is interesting. For those who enjoy jazz-rock with some classical stylings that is certainly out of the ordinary. I enjoyed it.

Originally appeared in Feedback #67, Apr 02

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