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2.52 | 47 ratings | 4 reviews | 6% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. La Gare De Troyes (3:41)
2. A Saute-Mouton (4:21)
3. Question D'Générations (4:13)
4. Va T'En (4:24)
5. Les Moments Bizarres (4:31)
6. Sheherazade (4:14)
7. Les Jardins (3:51)
8. Neuf Heures (4:33)
9. Tout Bleu! (9:18)

Total time 43:06

Line-up / Musicians

- Christian Décamps / lead vocals, piano
- Serge Cuenot / guitar
- Francis Décamps / synth
- Laurent Sigrist / bass
- Jean-Claude Potin / drums, percussion

- Guy Battarel / programming
- Marc Fontana / saxophone
- Tristan Gros / vocals
- Guy Boley / voice

Releases information

LP Philips ‎- 812 139-1 (1983, France)

CD Musea ‎- FGBG 4206.AR (1995, France)

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ANGE La Gare De Troyes ratings distribution

(47 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(9%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (32%)
Poor. Only for completionists (17%)

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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars The last two Ange albums were not really prog gems. This one is on par. Unfortunately. Line-up is the same as for their previous cover (and dispensible for most of it) album.

The beat will be almost the same : a mix between jazz, pop and disco. It is really hard to listened to it in a row (I hope I will once get a medal for this). "A Saute-Mouton" being probably the worst of all (but there are so many that it might as well be " "Questions D'générations" is only saved by the lyrics, but if you not into French, the awful rhythm of the song will kill you before reaching the end of it.

The first song to be a bit different (better ?), is "Va-T'en". Jazz-rock song wich breaks the ambient and dull disco mood. But it will be back again as soon as the next starts "Les Moments Bizarres" (of which the chorus is not too bad).

"Shéhérazade" is the first good song. Great interpretation from Christian, a nice soft- rock song with great and aerial keyboards. Almost like Ange used to produce. A rather pleasant track, honestly. "Les Jardins" are also more into the Ange tradition. At least the boring disco beat is abandoned. Again, keys play an important role in this song.

Since the fantastic "Guet-Apens", Ange did not produce a lot of songs of this caliber so, even if it does not compete with the great Ange songs, it is very much welcome here. "Neuf Heures" is a bit chaotic but also holds some romantic passages which are not too bad.

When I saw that the closing number clocked at over nine minutes, I thought that there was maybe hope to get back to the great Ange epics. But an epic is not only a matter of lenght. And this song, even if at times it sounds not too bad, is far from being a masterpiece.

As in their cover album "A Propos De", the listener will have to wait for more than half an album to start listening better stuff. But I can tell you that to bear the first three tracks of this album is truely painful. Most of the rest is average to good, so it is absolutely not an album to start with (even if you can get it for cheap).

"Caricatures", "Au Delà Du Délire" and "Guet Apens" remain the reference for me and I can only advise you to listen to these ones. "La Gare De Troyes" remains an anecdotal episode in their long career.

For devoted fans. Two stars.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars Ange is without doubt the most famous and important prog band France ever had similar to british contemporaries such as Genesis, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant , King Crimson, Yes,etc , they developed right from the start their own sound and manner of composing combining symphonic prog with folk tentencies over theatrical vocal lines. They were really big in the '70's not only in France and Benelux but in Europe in general. Like some bands from old school from Britain like Genesis, Yes, their sound turn dramaticaly in the '80s from lush symphonic prog orchestrations to some pop vagualy melted with progressive moves. This is the case with La gare de Troys issued in 1983. While to my ears is far from a bad record, this album offers a kind of progressive pop is kinda far from what they offered in their glory days. Sythetical keyboards typical for first part of the '80s, but not bad at all composed, just listen to the title track , quite good. Another great pieces are Les moments bizarres with great chorus and mid tempo almost mellow Shéhérazade . The last tune clocking around 9 min named Tout bleu vagualy resemblance the great moments of Au-Dela Du Delire, Par Les Fils De Mandrin or Guet apens. All in all I like this album, is not fantastic , is not groundbreaking but 3-4 pieces from here are great, the title track is one of the Anges's most played pieces in almost every concert since is appeared. 3 stars, I simply love the cover art.

Latest members reviews

3 stars It's the nineteenhoundredeighties and Ange wasn't the same they were in the seventies. Something essential was missing and a part of me is sad they still called themselves Ange. Though is this not a bad record and I still stink it's interesting to follow this band from the stone age to modern ... (read more)

Report this review (#1073038) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Well! Before giving an opinion about this album, take into consideration that this is my first review and I don't know the absolute truth about music. I just will give a personal opinion based in my own experience. I found this CD in a near music store and I decided to buy it right away becaus ... (read more)

Report this review (#36291) | Posted by razifa | Sunday, June 12, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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