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3.92 | 12 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 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 Petit 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


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Line-up / Musicians

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

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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
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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.

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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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