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3.41 | 15 ratings | 5 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Par les Fils de Mandrin (6:08)
2. Au Cafe Du Colibri (3:45)
3. Ansi s'en ira la pluie (10:03)
4. Autour du feu (3:53)
5. Saltimbanques (4:27)
6. Des Yeux Couleur D'enfant (4:07)
7. Atlantis Les Geants Del la Feme Lune (8:08)
8. Hymne a la Vie (12:26)
a) Cantique
b) Procession
c) Hymne

Bonus Tracks on Musea reissue (2006):
9. Exode (4:43)
10. Le Vieu de la Montagne (11:19)

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean Michel Brezovar / solo guitar, acoustic guitar
- Gerald Jelsch / drums, percussion
- Daniel Haas / bass guitar
- Christian Decamps / organ Hammond, piano
- Francis Decamps / organ special effects

Releases information

CD Musea FGBG 4542.AR (2003)
CD Musea FGBG 4542.AR (2006 with bonus tracks)

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ANGE En Concert - Par les Fils de Mandrin Millésimé 77 ratings distribution

(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
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ANGE En Concert - Par les Fils de Mandrin Millésimé 77 reviews

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Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars In the same year that Universal kept the album "By the sons of Mandrin" aside, Ange went into the studio and recorded it all in French. This CD is a registration of the "Par le fils de Mandrin"-tour in '77 and from the very first moment it's clear that Ange sound in French more expressive (especially the vocals from French progrock legend Christian Decamps), the keyboards sound more lush (a lot of Mellotron and many improvisations on the synthesizers) and the guitars are more powerful (great soli, from sensitive till howling and biting). This live-CD comes close to the captivating climates on the other live album (from '77) entitled "Tome VI", my favorite Ange album. IF YOU LIKE ANGE THIS IS A WONDERFUL ALBUM! IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH ANGE, THIS IS A GOOD ALBUM TO START!
Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars Ange will record another one of his legendary seventies album in its entirety during this concert. I can't understand that twenty-six years have passed between the actual concert and the release of this live album. Maybe that the English release of this album "By The Sons Of Mandrin" (also in 2003) is the cause of this strange fact...

Due to this very late release, one of their most fantastic album (five stars) "Au-Delà du Délire" which was also played live in its full lenght on the very good "Un P'tit Tour Et Puis S'En Vont" will be release earlier although recorded in 1995. Strange, strange.

This is not the only similarity. What is very interesting in this live recording, is that we'll get the story told between the numbers which is very helpful, because I could not really enter into this concept of medieval thieves robbing around, sitting around the campfire etc. Somewhat weak for a concept IMO even if my mother tongue is French.

Each song is superior to the studio version. Even more theatrical (if possible). Even the folkish "Autour Du Feu" or the weak "Saltimbanques" gets another dimension. And what to say about about the version of " Ainsi S'En Ira La Pluie" ? Absolutely fantastic, really ! As the gorgeous guitar break during "Atlantis - Les Géants De La Troisième Lune".

This will also be the occasion of releasing a fifth live version of "Hymne À La Vie", if I have counted correctly throughout all these live records. This one being the best and the most extended one. The sound throughout this live recording is excellent (remember that it was played live in 1977...).

The original album was not my preferred one of the band (I rated it with three stars). I must say that this live version is far more pleasant. On the remastered version, two fantastic tracks (encores) will be added. "Exode" was an excellent piece of music available on their great album "Au Delà Du Délire". The finale is devastating. The last one, is a sublime rendition of one of their oldest songs : "Le Vieux De La Montagne". Only available as a single, on compilations or on live albums.

What is also very emotional is to hear the fanstastic atmosphere : Ange is a mega-star in France. In a 1974 poll, they got over 38, 3% of vote as the best French band / artist. The second one was "Magma" with 8,4% and the third one Michel Polnareff with 6,6 %. Did you say star ?

Four ones for this great live album.

Review by Sean Trane
3 stars Mandrin was obviously a special album for Ange, since they did a tour featuring the entirety of the album, then they recorded the album for an English version and then they re-did a tour in 03 when that very English version finally received a Cd reissue. But this review will concentrate on the 77 tour that promoted the album upon its release. Coming with an alternate cover artwork, the live concert has spoken interludes between the songs that make the story definitely easier to grasp (if you master French, of course) and the booklet gives you an additional written dream to the concept as well as a prologue and the members play out the characters of the story . After the two fast-rocking numbers, the title track and Colibri, the group goes in the mellotron- dominated Ainsi, which gets an extension (up to 10 mins) mostly due to the acting scenario. A little while later, Atlantis will get the same treatment and so will understandably the finale the three part suite Hymne A La Vie. After having done the whole concept album, obviously the group completed the concert with a few more tracks, including Exode (from Délire) and the unavailable-elsewhere Le Vieux De La Montagne, an 11-mins mini-epic like Ange never officially release a few in the 70's.

Knowing the options for the group's 70's live appearances both audio and video, this present releases should be low priority, for other options like the historic Tome VI or the DVD might be more urgent, but this release has its charms, especially for the closing track.

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars This is a concert registration from 1977 documenting Ange's then latest release Par Les Fils De Mandrin. I've never been too fond of that album but this live document at least solved some of the issues I had with the studio version.

First of all, this live album has all the edge you would expect from an Ange recording. The sound might not be as thick and polished as in the studio, but to me that's an advantage. It rocks more and it sounds less aged. Another improvement is that some of the tracks are extended a bit, as such the musicians get more room to shine and the songs improve from the surplus of musical substance.

Most of the track extensions come from pieces of poetry that Dechamps recites in between the songs. They're not of much added value for me as my French these days is reduced to a minimal 'ordering food and drinks' vocabulary. But they sure don't sit in the way of the album flow.

The addition of Le Vieux De La Montagne as an encore is the true highlight here. For Ange fans that track alone makes it worth getting the album for. It was otherwise only available as a 4 minute something track on Mémo. In its 11 minute version here it's a treat, just like that other non-album track Le Chien, La Poubelle et la Rose that was released on the 1977 live album Tome VI.

This is a great live document, and a preferred choice over the Par Les Fils De Mandrin studio album.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Ange is just amazing. Complex theatrical music. Probably one of the best live concerts of the band. The extra tracks give the cd a more enjoyable moment. I personally love Ange since first heard it in the 70's. Recommended by all means, excelent sound for a live one. Ricardo Otero Mexico ... (read more)

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