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Malicorne L' Extraordinaire Tour de France d'Adelard Rousseau ... album cover
3.54 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. La Conduite (3:52)
2. La Danse Des Damnés (4:55)
3. Le Mari Jaloux / La Valse Druze (4:23)
4. Si L'amour Prenait Racine (2:41)
5. Une Fille Dans Le Désespoir (3:20)
6. Les Couleurs (1:55)
7. À Paris La Grande Ville (3:53)
8. Compagnon Qui Roulez En Provence (3:03)
9. La Complainte Du Coureur De Bois (2:25)
10. L'Auberge Sanglante (3:15)
11. Le Départ Des Compagnons / La Conduite (2:21)

Total time 36:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Gabriel Yacoub / acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, mandocello, autoharp, vocals
- Marie Yacoub / dulcimer, hurdy gurdy, vocals
- Laurent Vercambre / violin, viola, viola D'Amore, mandolin, mandocello, cello, melodeon, acoustic guitar, hurdy gurdy, clarinet, vocals
- Olivier Zdrzalik / bass, percussion, vocals
- Hughes de Courson / percussion, timpani, glockenspiel, crummhorn, flute, Positif organ, synth, piano, harmonium, tambora, vocals

- Dan Ar Braz / electric guitar solo (3,7)
- Michel Santangeli / drums (4,7)
- Jean-Daniel Mercier / Fanfare arrangements
- Bruno Menny / organ, Fx

Releases information

Complete title: L'extraordinaire Tour De France D'Adélard Rousseau, Dit Nivernais La Clef Des Coeurs, Compagnon Charpentier Du Devoir.

Artwork: Jean-Bernard Blanchet

LP Ballon Noir ‎- BAL 13006 (1978, France)

CD Acousteack ‎- 082301 (1996, France)
CD Le Roseau ‎- GRI 19186 2 (2005, France) New cover

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars This is their fifth or sixth album and a conceptual one. This concept does not make it anymore prog than the previous ones, still concentrating on popular music from 17 18th century in rural France. As you might guess from the title , the album depicts a man's journey through France (not with a bike you wise-arses) and making us discover the regional particularities of the music of those days. Not very rock , but really instructive if you are into this stuff. Please note that I am no expert on this type of music to start discussing the veracity and integrity of that particular style of music , but I gather that if they bothered to do this stuff , they were going to be truthful to it.
Review by Bonnek
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4 stars L´extraordinaire tour de France d´Adelard Rousseau is another critically acclaimed album from Malicorne. It's regarded as their best album next to Almanach and with the more extensive use of drums, synths and folksy time signatures; it might be an attractive album for folk prog heads (if there exists such a being).

It's a very consistent concept album about someone doing a tour through France (And no, sorry to disappoint you again, it's indeed not about cycling as Sean Trane already pointed out). There are no weaker tracks but generally I lack some of the fire and emotionality of their best albums. Une Fille Dans Le Désespoir is the first moment that really grips me. With just vocal harmonies and piano it's also the most folksy track on the album so far. And I've always found Malicorne's folksy side to be their most appealing. The album's highpoint is the plaintive epic L'Auberge Sanglante.

As I've pointed out in previous review, Malicorne changed from pure folk into French chanson. This albums sits on the dividing lines between both styles. If you don't know Malicorne yet but enjoy Ange and/or Harmonium you should give this album a spin.

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3 stars Hello Everyone I have enjoyed a few of the earlier folkier albums by this band and decided to write a review from one of the later more progressive albums from these guys. This is a Progressive folk album, A genre that usually doesnt have many ravers as usually progheads tend to come from the ... (read more)

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