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3.41 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Droit Vers Le Soleil (6:02)
2. Malédiction (4:32)
3. Canicule (9:14)
4. Amédée Le Mal Maudit (10:17)
5. Apocalypse (8:23)

Total time 38:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Francis Décamps / vocals, Mellotron, Viscont organ, piano, ARP & Crumar synthesizers, Hohner clavinet

- Jack Pichaud / guitar
- Michel Moulinié / acoustic & electric guitars
- Jean Musy / piano, Korg & ARP synths, arrangements & orchestration (3)
- Gérald Renard / bass (2,4)
- Jean-Pierre Guichard / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Patricia Décamps

LP Philips ‎- 9101 212 (1979, France)

CD Disques Marianne - 81704-2 (1989, France)
CD Musea ‎- FGBG 4207 (1995, France)

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FRANCIS DÉCAMPS Histoire De Fou ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars Ange is one of the 1970's prog bands that I missed back then, most likely because I never found any of their albums in the used record stores that I inhabited, nor did I ever hear them on the college radio stations that I was addicted to at the time. But this album, the first solo venture by Francis DeCamps, one of the founding members, does pique my interest in the band.

The first three of the five tracks are good, but not great. Droit Vers Le Soleil and Canicule are both light symphonic prog pieces, while Malédiction is more of a psychedelic song. On all three of these tracks the music is good, but the entire experience of the songs are lowered by DeCamp's overly emotive, and sometimes off-key vocals.

The final two tracks are where the real value comes in. Amédée Le Mal Maudit is a renaissance period symphonic piece, and reminds me a bit of classic Gryphon. And Amédée Le Mal Maudit is a more modern sounding symphonic piece, with a bit of experimental mixed in.

Three three star and two four star songs averages the album to three stars.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars French composer, songwriter and musician, mostly known for his work with Ange.He had been the band's main keyboardist already at the very early stage of their appearance and for several years to come, supported by his brother singer Christian Decamps.Among his obligations with Ange Francis found sometime to write and record a personal album in 1979, originally released on Philips (the same label as Ange's), under the title ''Histoire de fou''.He was helped by guitarists Michel Moulinie and Jack Pichaud along with Ange fellow members Gerald Renard (on bass) and Jean-Pierre Guichard (on drums).

While Ange's familiar Theatrical Prog style was slowly fading away towards the 80's, Decamps' album is some sort of reedition of the typical French dramatic school of prog akin to ANGE, MONA LISA or SYNOPSIS.''Droit vers le soleil'' is a fantastic opener with superb melodies, plenty of moog solos and nice melodramatic vocals by Francis, very inspiring and retro-sounding.The following ''Malediction'' is more-guitar oriented with a few nice leads and solos, always within the typical ANGE atmosphere, and a good synth performance by Francis at the end.The long ''Canicule'' is an attempt by Decamps on Orchestral Prog with beautiful, cinematic string arrangements and a couple of pure Classical parts thrown in supported by a great rhythm section.One of the nicest examples of this man's composing skills.The 10-min. ''Amedee le mal maudit'' is as closest as it gets to ANGE.Symphonic Rock of pure delight, filled with opening harpsichord, organ waves and great moog solos, with a light Folk vibe here and there, theatrical vocals by Francis Decamps and dramatic sections centered around great guitar and keyboard work.Simply great.The closing ''Apocalypse'' opens in a very calm mood.Acoustic guitars, whispering instead of vocals and light dreamy keyboards.But soon they will leave their place to a grandiose keyboard-based orchestral theme to lead the track along the very end.

Thanks to Musea Records the album has seen a CD reissue and everyone into theatrical Orchestral/Symphonic Rock with plenty of interesting guitar and keyboard moves should simply purchase this one.Nice stuff, highly recommended.

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3 stars Francis Decamps was one of the founding members of Ange, the best prog band France has ever produced. And to you howling wolves out there; yes I know Magma too is from France. The Ange connection is an automatic plus in my books and I was glad when I got this album. An album some regards as a ... (read more)

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