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3.96 | 36 ratings | 8 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

Face 1
1. Phare plafond (4:14)
2. Les vitres (4:47)
3. Les Alsaciennes (1:59)
4. Nouveau (4:14)
5. L'enfance de Guigou (6:08)
Face 2
1. Emoi (4:08)
2. C'est pas bien (4:00)
3. Et qu'cet air-là (2:54)
4. Lavabo (5:09)
5. Le jeu, l'alcool et les femmes (3:45)

Total Time: 41:18

Line-up / Musicians

- Bruno Mellier / Alto, Tenor, Baryton saxes
- Ferdinand Richard / bass, vocal
- Jo Thirion / organ, vocal
- Guigou Chenevier / drum, tenor sax, vocal

Releases information

LP Turbo-Music TMSA 3302 (Switzerland), Le Chant Du Monde LDX 74 813 (France,1985)

CD Gazul Records GA 8662 AR (France,2004)

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ETRON FOU LELOUBLAN Les Sillons De La Terre ratings distribution

(36 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(56%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
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Review by Syzygy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars EFL studio album number 4 saw the arrival of saxophonist number 4 into the camp - on this occasion Bruno Meillier joined the core trio of Ferdinand Richard, Guigou Chenevier and Jo Thirion. As on their previous outing shorter pieces were the the order of the day, although this time there was a greater emphasis on instrumentals and the vocals were generally more low key.

The album opens with a classic piece of EFL lunacy in Phare Plafond, which features a splendid vocal by Jo Thirion. From here on the album combines the familiar EFL elements - Beefheart rhythms, free jazz stylings, surreal lyrics - with some new developments. Guigou Chenevier plays more sax this time around, usually duetting with Meillier, and in places the drums are completely absent. EFL always had admirably democratic working practices; they were never merely Richard and Chenevier plus hired hands, and this meant that each new member of the ever shifting line up added something of their own. On this album as always all 4 participants make significant contributions to the writing, arrangements and performances, and the result is as joyful a noise as ever with a more obvious jazz element than Les Poumons Gonfles. Jo Thirion's contributions on both keyboards and vocals are more assured, with the organ occasionally muscling past the sax to dominate the arrangements. Chenevier and Richard are as tight and unpredictable as ever, while Bruno Millier may be the most accomplished saxophonist they worked with. There isn't a weak track on the album, but the standout is the 6 minute L'enfance de Guigou, which is the most ambitious piece on the album and also one of EFL's best.

One of the twin peaks of EFL's career, Les Sillons de la Terre is perhaps a slightly darker piece of work than their previous release but their offbeat sense of humour remained intact and the playing was even tighter than ever. Like Les Poumons.. this will appeal to fans of SMM, The Muffins, early Soft Machine and Aksak Maboul.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars ETRON FOU LELOUBLAN from France were one of the original Rio bands from the seventies. This is their fourth and next to last album that was released in 1984. According to the liner notes this record "Is one of the closest studio approximations to the band's "live" sound. And it has a harder edged, more bare-boned approach than the preceeding album, "Les Poumons Gonfies" produced by Fred Frith in 1981. "Les Sillons De La Terre" ("The Furrows Of The Earth") may also embody ETRON FOU's strongest affinities to Jazz..." This is a fun album, kind of quirky with male and female vocals. I really like the bass which is very prominant throughout. Lots of sax, keyboards and drums as well.

"Phare Plafond" has a catchy rhythm to open with bass and drums leading the way. Sax and organ come in. Female vocals before 1 1/2 minutes. She's almost yelling the words. Great sound when she stops singing and the focus goes back to the impressive instrumental work. "Les Vitres" opens with deep bass lines as sax and drums come in. Male vocals and keys follow. The sax is pretty cool on this track. I really like this one. "Les Alsaciennes" opens with a sax and drum melody. I like the bass and organ that follows. The sax and bass section is kind of silly then the organ and bass return. "Nouveau" opens with guitar and bass. The tempo picks up as keys come in. Sax follows. Love the deep bass lines. Spoken male words 2 minutes in. Guitar is back.

"L'Enfance De Guigou" opens with organ, sax and bass. Male vocals come in. Great sound ! What a fantastic sound 5 minutes in, so laid back. "Emoi" is jazzy and uptempo as female vocals join in. She gets theatrical at times. It settles with organ before 3 minutes as sax plays over top. "C'est Pas Bien" opens with pulsating sounds before the vocals and spacey organ comes in with light drums. These are contrasted throughout. I like it ! "Et Qu'Cet Air-La" is mostly sax and piano throughout. "Lavabo" opens with sax, organ and spoken vocals. Huge bass comes in. Strummed guitar after a minute. It's jazzy before 2 1/2 minutes as themes are repeated. "Le Jeu L'alcool Et Les Femmes" opens with sax. It kicks in before a minute with fat bass, organ and light drums. Sax continues though. So intricate here. Themes are repeated.

Certainly this band is a must for Rio fans out there. They're an important part of the history of this genre. Excellent album as well.

Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really

Fourth album from this crazy outfit, usually a sax-lead rhythm section, but this time as a quartet, having again replaced the sax player (this time Bruno Mellier) but also added Jo Thirion on KBs and vocals. Yes this album and the next will surprise you a bit because a lot of vocals are female (even though it wasn't the first time there was feminine presence at EFL's mike) but also the presence of keyboards About these, they're NOT 80's keyboards, but definitely organ and piano, so rest assured that EFL remains true to themselves. With the black & red Wolf pack artwork with Leloublan (whitewolf) heading the pack, the group shorter songs (five aside), something they'd started with the previous "poumons gonflés".

Musically this album is much safer for your mental health (even if it starts the flipside with "Les Gens Sont Cons", and the opening side is about a woman depicting her husband pigging out on Christmas and puking everything later. And it should also be nicer to the average eardrums, being a lot less punk in attitude and playing a lot less with dissonances. The Chevenier/Richard pair is still working wonders but seem to take a slight back seat as there are two leading instruments, with the organ often teaming very well with the sax.. As usual with all of EFL's work, understanding French is an asset to enjoy the songs even more, but the songwriting is expressive enough to "get" the songs anyway. I've yet to see this album and its follow-up in Cd format, but no doubt most RIO enthusiast will look after the vinyl, which should still be affordable, but maybe not the most essential of EFL's albums.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars ETRON FOU LELOUBLAN is one of original RIO bands, and on this album you can hear quite characteristic French RIO sound. What means music there is sax-led alternative avant French urban music, based on free-jazz, chanson, French pop tradition, chamber music and soft and melodic French version of what would be tagged as punk in UK or States.

Musicianship is very precise, sound is excellent, and all album is full of energy. Songs are almost all well structured what gives to listener quite interesting effect: it looks like you listen well crafted jazzy pop-songs and free-form avant based music at the same time. Vocals are mostly half-spoken, in a punk/chanson tradition, so this element is possibly most controversial part of all music. Instrumental part is often quite close to avant prog though.

I believe such music is more question of listener's taste, I like this album as real French face of avant rock.My rating is 3,5 rounded to4.

Review by LearsFool
5 stars Another masterpiece from the original French members of RIO proper. The album remains as fun and complex as any other EFL release, even with its loss of influence from French folk. There is, instead, a bit of leaning on classic symphonic keys from time to time. "Phare Plafond" opens the record with the usual energy inherent to the band, and this of course sticks through all their strange sounds and experiments. Guitar drives this album more than any other EFL record, and those symphonic keys match Chenevier's sax as the other main instruments. "C'est pas Bien" stands as the best track, with a more dour and unique form of the band's sound. Above all, excellently played. As enjoyable as any other EFL album, highly recommended to all.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Rating: B+ After the stunning masterpiece that was Les Poumons Gonfles, Etron Fou Leloublan certainly had a lot to prove. Rather than produce a carbon copy of that CD, they expanded their boundaries (while still remaining themselves) with the excellent Les Sillons de la Terre, which ultimately ... (read more)

Report this review (#164162) | Posted by Pnoom! | Monday, March 17, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The music reminds me of Samla Mammas Manna, but it's certainly no clone; it's just the seeming randomness, which really isn't random when I listen closer. I like it better than SMM, as it's a little darker, and can invoke moods of Univers Zero (but not as good as UZ). It's weird, and everyone ... (read more)

Report this review (#163152) | Posted by kabright | Tuesday, March 4, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Ahhh, what a time the eighties were...Reagan and Thatcher were wreaking havoc with their nation's underpriveleged and human rights in general, and artists were pissed! A lot of that frenetic dissident energy found its way into music, which gave rise to fresh impulses, as can be heard in bands ... (read more)

Report this review (#48477) | Posted by RoyalJelly | Monday, September 26, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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