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1.76 | 25 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. L'Océan (4:09)
2. Tu Sais (4:08)
3. Quelque Part (4:07)
4. Coup De Coeur (4:40)
5. Métamorphose (3:24)
6. L'Amour N'a Pas De Drapeau (3:43)
7. Lune Noire (3:42)
8. Hymne A Laïah (5:08)
9. Saharah (2:47)
10. Odyssée (2:12)

Total Time : 37:26

Bonus tracks on 2006 reissue:
12. Try Not To Worry (3:42)
13. Tu Sais (Live) (5:43)
14. L'Âge D'Or (Live) (4:18)

Line-up / Musicians

- Raoul Leininger / lead & backing vocals
- Chris Beya / guitars, composer & arranger
- Nathalie Geschir / keyboards
- Jean-Pierre Klarès / bass
- Gilles Bonabaud / drums

With :
- André Teitschaid / backing vocals
- Pascal Meyer / percussion

Releases information

Artwork: NEI 5

LP Flarenasch ‎- 66.970 (1990, France)

CD Crime ‎- 292E 2056 (1989, Japan)
CD Musea ‎- FGBG 4691.AR (2006, France) With 3 bonus tracks and rearranged track list

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ATOLL L'Océan ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (9%)
Collectors/fans only (36%)
Poor. Only for completionists (41%)

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Review by silvertree
2 stars L'Océan was recorded and published in 1989. It came out before the live album Tokyo, c'est Fini - Live in Japan. L'Océan was so successful in Japan that the band (or rather Chris Beya who is in command) decided to make a live album from a concert in Tokyo, obviously to cash in their oriental success. However, in Europe it didn't become a hit, fortunately or unfortunately accordingly. As you can see from the track listing, what you have are popish songs but not popish enough to be commercial if you see what I mean. The long weird tracks in the earlier albums are long gone. The songs are very melodic, a mix of prog and pop, a bit like Mike Oldfield and his less progressive albums. The singer sounds like Balavoine, a successful French singer. There is one pretty good track that stands out in the progressive vein and that is Métamorphose which is unfortunately and incredibly cut on the album ! You can find the complete version of this track on a compilation by Musea called Enchantement. This track alone makes the compilation a must have. So, overall, for fans only. I did hesitate with 1 star but I like the songs !
Review by ZowieZiggy
1 stars Atoll took an extremely long break (ten years since their last studio album "Rock Puzzle" and this one). The line-up has been fully changed. The only founding member that's left is Christian Beya.

I have been rather indulgent with "Atoll" so far except with "L' Araignée Mal" (bizarrely I rated it only with three stars). But this time, I have to say that this album is extremely poor. French pop music. That's all what we'll get here. Here and there a good guitar solo ("Coup De Coeur", "Lune Noire" and especially "Hymne A Laïah") but the tendancy is not really prog any longer. Even on "Rock Puzzle" some songs were prog-oriented; but nothing as such here.

Only "Sarah/Odysée" is different. It's a classical instrumental track. But not really good, I'm afraid. And it is not the acoustic "Métamorphose" that will save this album either.

And what about the album cover ? Is this a joke ? Inspired from "Tales" (Yes), but really poorly designed. I guess that it is just normal : a poor cover for a poor album. One star.

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