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3.95 | 22 ratings | 4 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Le Braconier (4:33)
2. Quand Je Menais Mes Chevaux Boire (1:59)
3. J'Ai Mon Am Sous les Brandebourgs (3:38)
4. L'Alouette Est Sur La Branche (2:06)
5. D'Ou Venez - Vous Belle (1:32)
6. La Petite Hirondelle (2:58)
7. Ce Soir Francois Villon (3:47)
8. Le Lac D'Argent (3:26)
9. Le Vent (3:50)
10. Les Landes D'Harou (5:46)

Total Time: 33:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Patric Grandpierre / guitars, vocal
- William Lawday / bass, violin
- Bernard Darsh / percussion, vocal, flute
- Guy Printemps / keyboards

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CD M2U Records Korea #M2U-1001

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ASGARD Tradition & Renouveau ratings distribution

(22 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(64%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars Rounded up to the upper fourth star!!

Asgard's Tradition & Renouveau is really a fitting title for this great folf-rock album. France had quite a few excellent groups in the late 70's that picked up on Fairport Convention , Steeleye Span and Pentangle had left on English traditional folk music. In France , mainly Malicorne and Alan Stivell & Dan Ars Braz (but the last two were definitely more Celtic ) were the main attraction . Malicorne was never really into Keltia and concentrated more on older material going back even to mediaval times and did a few re-worked and rocked-up classics from "Rondes , Gigues et Danses De France" and were followed by a few groups who did not manage quite the same commercial success. Among these were Ripaille (one fabulous album) and Asgard.

Right from the first track Le Branconnier (The Poacher) , you are swung into a different century so much that only some of the instrumentation can remind you that this was 78. All of the tracks are acoustic and are about regional folklore (beit Normandy or Britany) but relaying the ever same concern of the times , the hardship of life in those times but alsothe nature around the backcountry.

On the second side however (except for the opening francois Villon) , the tracks seems to be a little less "historical "and a little more personal relaying more fantasy themes. Most progheads looking for a little more than faithfull medieval music reproduction (such as the first two or three Gryphon albums ) will appreciate this second side best.

Althogh not quite as progressive as one might wish it , this album remains a very enjoyable listen for folk-minded progheads but clearly this does not reach the level of Ripaille's "La Vieille Que L'On Brula".

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars 70's French Prog Folk act from Caen, for which little is known other than they had a good contract, recording for Warner Bros.The begun as a trio of Patrick Grandpierre on guitar/vocals, William Lawday on bass/violin and Bernard Darsh on percussion/vocals/flute and with this line-up they recorded the 76' ''L'hirondelle'' album, released both in France and Canada, said to be in a traditional Folk/Folk Rock path.By their next album they had added Guy Printemps on keyboards, eventually ''Tradition & renouveau'' was released in 1978, again both on French and Canadian grounds.

Album's title is a bit prophetic, because at this point Asgard retained much of their traditional influences, but stretching them a bit further with the addition of keyboards and the prominent use of electric guitars.Actually they sound to my ears as the French equivalent to PERERIN, an extremely ethereal approach on electric Folk Rock, led by excellent mono- and multi-vocal parts and a sweet touch on guitars with a bit of lovely keyboard lines.The tracks are full of melodious textures, romantic flutes, some light violin doses and an almost constant electric/acoustic enviroment.The addition of Guy Printemps has only made good to the band and his discreet piano and synth lines complete a mellow, but still pretty attractive musical background.Traditional, reworked Folk tunes meet with the sharper edges of Rock instrumentation and the album contains very nice instrumental combinations between keys, guitars, flute and violin.The best is saved for the flipside, where the band makes a slight turn towards more dramatic pieces.''Ce soir Francois Villon'' is a bit like ANGE in its theatrical approach, featuring dark electric backgrounds, GENESIS-like synths and majestic Mellotron choirs over a poetic singing performance, while ''Les landes d'Harou'' features a similar atmosphere, albeit a bit more melancholic, with storytelling vocals, calm flute-based and electroacoustic moods and a bombastic, cathartic ending section with a symphonic vibe, based on heavy bass lines, flutes and keyboards.

I do not know what actually happened to this group, but their second album is among the real goodies of French Prog Folk.Intense, melodramatic and sweet instrumental and vocal performances with excellent songwriting.To be discovered without hesitation.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars For their second album `Tradition & Renouveau' in 1978, French band Asgard offered a mix of soft-rock and folk, where the usual acoustic instruments of the purer folk groups were frequently supported by electric guitars and a restrained use of synths and Mellotron to bring a light progressive-rock quality to their music. Sung entirely in French, it boasts sweetly charismatic lead vocals and delicately implemented brief instrumental runs around strong tunes, always remaining dignified, atmospheric and melodic without being too clean and obvious.

Right from the start it's obvious we're not getting a traditional folk album, as `Le Braconier' mixes in shimmering electric guitars, spacey keyboards and twinkling electric piano dreaminess to chiming acoustic guitar strums and wisps of flute, sounding especially lovely in an extended instrumental stretch in the second half. The sprightly ` Quand Je Menais Mes Chevaux Boire' is punctuated with a catchy and winning electric guitar theme, humble ballad `J'Ai Mon Am Sous les Brandebourgs' rises with gentle electric life, and both the rollicking ` L'Alouette Est Sur La Branche' and the pretty yet playful `D'Ou Venez - Vous Belle' interludes burst in and out of jig-like dances.

But it's the second side that takes the album to another level, beginning with `La Petit Hirondelle', jangling acoustic strums and whirring keyboards throughout a repeated chorus-like break lifting to the heavens with tasty creaky Mellotron and supremely symphonic reaching electric guitar fire. `Ce Soir Francois Villon' is laced with darker urgency, its Mellotron choirs, skittering drumming and dramatic spoken word passages almost calling to mind French symphonic legends Ange, and meditative recorder and an urgent group-vocal repeated chorus flit through `Le Lac d'Argent'. Best of all might be `Le Vent', full of drowsy Pink Floyd mellow guitar strums, trilling synth whirrs and Rick Wright-like embracing piano over a wearing yet comforting group chorus vocal. Closer `Les Landes D'Harou' brings together all the characteristics that makes the album wonderful, striking spoken word passages, lonely piano, airy wisps of floating synths all weaving together with darkly symphonic Mellotron majesty, especially satisfying in the moody and dramatic instrumental finale.

Asgard here offer a more reigned-in group vocal than something like Malicorne's hypnotic cult-like hold, but the album boasts some of the loveliest singing on a French prog-related disc since Pentacle's wondrous `La Clef des Songes' from 1975. Listeners who enjoy the plugged-in medieval flavours that permeated bands like Gryphon and Gentle Giant might greatly enjoy a lot of this album, and `Tradition & Renouveau' is a precious and sublime crossover work that proves to weave a seductive hold on repeated quiet listens.

Four stars for an essential Prog-Folk release of the vintage period.

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4 stars An album in Prog Folk vein from seventies decade. Beautiful compositions with a very melodious singer. Some inspiriation in sounds of Middle Ages are made by the flute but all compositions are very sober with piano and guitar parts. The whole album is very beautiful with compositions very harmo ... (read more)

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