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4.09 | 89 ratings | 2 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Soufre Et Mercure (9:33)
2. Le Bateleur (11:24)
3. Arcane Majeur (7:13)
4. Les Cartes Vivantes (8:09)
5. Ombre Terre (7:54)

Total Time 44:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Fabrice "Chfab" Chouette / guitar, keyboards, synth
- Patrick "Paskinel" Dufour / keyboards, synth, drums programming
- Frédéric Chaput / electric & acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, synth, percussion

- Jean-Luc Payssan / guitar (4)
- Eric Rebeyrol / cornet (1,4)
- Thierry Payssan / piano (1,3,4)

Releases information

CD Fading Records - FAD-027 (2018, Italy)

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ALCO FRISBASS Le Bateleur ratings distribution

(89 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(49%)
Good, but non-essential (13%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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ALCO FRISBASS Le Bateleur reviews

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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars AltrOck's almost-Canterburians are back with their sophomore album and it will not disappoint those who loved their first album. I, however, continue to be disappointed with the lack of full commitment to one style and lack of engaging themes over the course of an entire song (which continue to be long [inexplicably though not necessarily unjustifiably so]).

1. "Soufre Et Mercure" (9:33) a song heavily doused in thick, chunky bass and swirling organ play, this is Zeuhlish! Nice keyboard work throughout but the electric guitar chord play is a weak spot. The third minute's Spanish-theme is also a bit disconnecting. Still, the mood remains dark and heavy, even through the Renaissance-themed section in the seventh minute. (8/10)

2. "Le Bateleur" (11:24) a basic and likable jam presents itself and then tries to get quirky and funky. Very nice keyboard work in the third minute. Also, a very engaging acoustic guitar-based section in the eighth minute that develops into a great GENESIS-'-la France section before decaying into boring and mundane. (8.5/10)

3. "Arcane Majeur" (7:13) nice jam with sections ranging on chaotic interspersed within a highly engaging and melodic tune. Things go downhill a bit once the piano enters. (9/10)

4. "Les Cartes Vivantes" (8:09) simplistic rhythm base from bass, drums, and keys with guitar and keys and cornet taking turns to lead with the melodies above. Awesome section with electric piano soloing over bass and R&B rhythm guitar in the seventh minute. (8/10)

5. "Ombre Terre" (7:54) the most Canterbury-sounding song on this round of ALCO FRISBASS tunes; very Hatfield and The North The Rotter's Club-inspired. The only problem is that it never really rises to that level of excitement or refreshing originality as one would hope, yea, the second half even starts to elicit feelings of irritability or disappointment. (8/10)

Four stars; a solid contribution to the modern instrumental progressive rock catalogue.

Review by Progfan97402
5 stars Le Bateleur is the second album by this amazing French prog duo. Once again out to challenge the listener with their constant changing throughout each piece leaving you wondering what they'll do next, and it's always something amazing. They may go Canterbury in one part, then give a wonderful spacy synth solo that sounds straight out of the 1970s to Camel-like guitar passages, RIO and Zeuhl type stuff in another passage, symphonic prog parts as well. What I love is the seriously retro approach these guys do. Lots of great analog synths, although the Mellotron is sampled, although still well done. I love how complex and challenging this music is, but they also manage a wonderful flow without ever sounding choppy or abrupt. This is the type of prog I've been looking for, not some overlong boring stuff with scarcely any good ideas (a problem I leveled at many prog releases since the 1990s), but totally wonderful and engaging material. Some may complain that it's a bit too all over the place, but not me as it all sounds like it's all put together very well. Although nothing like Änglagĺrd or All Traps on Earth, they too do that "do one thing, go on to the next" approach. This is truly an amazing album, and don't forget to check out their debut, which is just as amazing!

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