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2.80 | 19 ratings | 3 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prenez, Donnez (2:52)
2. Patiemment (2:55)
3. Au Hasard (3:12)
4. Ne Cherche Plus (3:15)
5. L'Eveil De Notre Temps (4:10)
6. C'Est Pour Toi (2:56)
7. Darbouka (2:16)
8. T'Inquiète Pas M'man (3:10)
9. Djuleka (4:00)
10. Inachevée (2:11)
11. Mirlipinious (2:02)
12. Univers (4:28)

Total time 37:44

CD reissue bonus tracks

13. Give or Take It (2:27)
14. Into Your Song (2:54)
15. You're Only Dreaming (2:52)
16. Night Song (2:57)
17. Darbouka (2:17)
18. Telephone Funeral Blues (3:11)
19. Gipsy Dog/Djuleka (4:01)
20. Universe (4:48)

Total time CD version 63:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Alain Labacci / guitars, percussion, vocals
- Bernard Labacci / drums, percussion, vocals
- Jean-Pierre Pouret - bass, guitars, vocals
- Michel Bonnecarrere / guitars, bass, flute, percussion, vocals

Releases information

Barclay Records (1971), Musea Records (1999, bonus tracks), Lion Productions (2007, bonus tracks), Wah Wah Records (2011, vinyl limited edition)

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OPHIUCUS Ophiucus ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars Ophiucus is a french band, that in my opinion just barely made it in to the ranks here at Prog Archives. I know I struggled with the decision at the time. Their sound is mostly a blend of early seventies pop folk styles, primarily reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel. There are also smatterings of blues and bluegrass.

What won me over were the more experimental pieces, like the opener, Prenez, Donnez that is primarily rhythmic, but has various styles dropped in. There are also a few tracks that are very psychedelic, and bring the excitement level of the album up a bit.

Despite their obscurity, Ophiucus created an album very well fitted for it's time. But now, it pales somewhat.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars This French group came to life after a musicians' meeting organized by Emmanuel Booz in summer 71, which included brothers Alain and Bernard Labacci (on guitars and drums respectively) , bassist Jean-Pierre Pouret and Zoo's founding member Michel Bonnecarrere, also on guitars.They all lived together in the small town of Flagy, where they rehearsed, and finally the Barclay label was the one that got much interested in releasing the band's debut back in late 71'.The name of Ophiucus is derived from a large constellation located around the celestial equator.

The truth is that ''Ophiucus'' sounds like a total mess, showcasing a group with an undeveloped style and a total lack of direction.The majority of this work is centered around Psych/Folk and typical French Songwriter stylings with acoustic guitars in evidence along with warm French, poetic vocals and rather minimalistic soundscapes.Some orchestral passages are also present, while there are some light funky moves here and there, especially on the electric parts.Most of these lightweight tracks are interrupted by more experimental material, such as electric distorted jams, narrations or ethnic percussions either in instrumental or lyrical deliveries.Progressive elements are rather absent, the whole atmosphere is pretty close to Psychedelic Music with minor Pop sensibilities in the acoustic arrangements and the limited instrumentation prevents from a further exposion into more adventurous territories.The result is an unimpressive and incosistent release with no high points at all, except maybe the very good French vocals.

Reputedly an English version of the album was prepared but never released back at the time, and this stuff is included as bonus material in the Musea CD reissue.However be warned that ''Ophiucus'' is today an extremely dated effort with a possible appeal only to French-speaking listeners or die-hard Psych/Folk Rock collectors.

Latest members reviews

5 stars What an absolute gem! This band were really onto a sound that Harmonium would soon make famous in Canada. Interestingly, the album was also issued in Canada. While the year of the Canadian release appears to be uncertain, I have to figure that Serge Fiori was on top of this find, because the ... (read more)

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