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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hydromel (4:49)
2. Balivernes (6:57)
3. Envol triangles (5:00)
4. Dans le doute (7:09)
5. Ronde (9:32)
6. Pour le temps présent (4:26)
7. Zappata! (4:37)
8. Lequel de nous... (2:58)
9. La tour haute (10:00)
10. Les saisons marines (4:23)
11. A bien des égards (6:38)
12. Retour au domaine (5:25)
13. La Scala (4:35)

Total Time: 76:29

Line-up / Musicians

- Anne Colas / flute (1 to 5)
- Antoine Fillon / drums (1 to 5)
- Christophe Godet / drums (6 to 13)
- Pascale Jakubovsky / vocals
- Jean-Luc Payssan / guitars, voice & percussion
- Thierry Payssan / keyboards, synths, bass pedals, tambourine
- Eric Rebeyrol / basses, bow

Releases information

CD Musea FGBG 4050.AR (1992) France

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Review by hdfisch
2 stars This is a re-release of their very first album, which was released in 1985 only on cassette (tracks 1-5) and their first LP from 1987. The music is quite typical 80's alike and mainly instrumental. A not very exciting mixture of soft prog and jazz fusion with mostly rather cheesy synthetic keyboard sounds. The drummer changed from the first to the second album, but unfortunately without any effect on quality. On "Les Saisons Marines" there is a short piece with vocals by guest singer Pascale ("Lequel De Nous...") accompanied by filigree acoustic guitar play of Jean-Luc Payssan which is quite nice. Vocals are already in their artifial language known from their later releases. Overall there is not much to be said about this record, for sure not as good as what will come after from them. Next album SARABANDES is a much better starting point with this quite interesting french band. For this one I can't give more 2 stars!
Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars This ultra long CD is actually a collection of two albums/works (like Dieter explained in his review) which were released before their first official CD ('90). The Musea label had the idea to release their former works one a one CD edition.

To be honest, this almost instrumental work (but so will be / was ''Sarabandes'') is not really exciting here. The flavour heads much more in the jazz-rock territory than anything else.

The whole of their first work (which was called ''Envol Triangles'') is just a collection of pure jazz oriented music. It is very difficult to differentiate ''Hydromel'' from ''Balivernes'' or from the title track. I would say that all these tracks are pretty average and uninspired. One has of course to imagine that this was a very early recording and can be almost regarded as a demo work. Still, it is not brilliant.

Mostly repetitive and boring music like ''Dans Le Doute''. The only track that stands out is the Crimsonian oriented ''Ronde''. At least for the first third of the song. This long tracks is switching between strong keys and fine fluting but the global impression of a strong hermetic music prevails. It is no wonder if this type of records remained unknown at the time of recording.

Even if the tracks that belong to ''Les Saisons Marines'' can be considered as better, they aren't jewels of music. I like instrumental music, but when it brings so little passion, I can't really be thrilled.

I wouldn't say that the music played here is bad. Let's do justice to these musicians. But the work (s) they put together here is (are) just not good. No highlights, no great breaks (even that). Just below average and repetitive music.

As such: two stars.

Review by apps79
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3 stars The roots of this legendary French band go back in 1981, when brothers Thierry Payssan (keyboards) and Jean-Luc Payssan (guitars) formed the duo Concept, which eventually turned to a proper band with Eric Rebeyrol on bass and Francois Peron on drums.Peron would be soon replaced by Antonie Fillon and the band made afterwards its live debut.Female flutist Anne Colas jumps in around 1984 and Concept enter the Carat Studio in Bordeaux to record the cassette album ''Envol triangles''.By the time of its release in 1985 the band changes the name to Minimum Vital.

This was a very good Symphonic-Jazz Rock album with numerous keyboard workouts, some lovely guitar work and the constant presence of Colas' flute drives, the result is a complex music proposal, which crosses the lines of FOCUS, CAMEL and mid-70's KING CRIMSON at the same time, drawing influences from Classical Music, Folk and Jazz-Fusion.Nice organ parts, which was a strange thing to play in mid-80's, and endless interplays between keyboards and flutes, surrounded by an intricate rhythm section and the impressive guitar hooks of Jean-Luc Payssan.The music is all instrumental with tons of breaks and tempo changes, having often a pretty dark atmosphere, twisting from melodious textures to rich, demanding arrangements with an almost dissonant sound, sometimes close to neighbours EDHELS.

The same year Minimum Viyal faced the departure of Follin with Christophe Godet, formerly of Pseu, taking over the drum duties.Several concerts and intense songwriting would follow with Minimum Vital getting in touch with Francis Grosse of the Musea label in order to release a first vinyl album.This would become true in 1987 with the album ''Les saisons marines''.

The style of the band was now more refined, elaborate and definitely more professional with a cleaner and more convincing sound, while they started to add some light Medieval tunes into their music, a trademark of the band over the next years.The jazzy elements and the abstract rhythms remain the basic components of their music, flavored by symphonic keyboard themes and yet again some furious and inventive instrumental intercations.High level of technical accomplishment, tight and usually fast-paced compositions with changing climates and dense interplays characterized a sound, which was totally uncommercial and deeply progressive.They added a fair bunch of archaic-styled keyboard lines and even some sampled harsichord in the process along with the folky acoustic guitars, the result was a fascinating sound with a deeper Folk taste.Despite the strong presence of synths, the Classical-drenched organ interludes remain a solid value of their music, which was taken to another level with the demanding mix of rural, symphonic and Fusion elements.

As both the original cassette and vinyl issues are pretty rare, these early works of Minimun Vital were resissued by Musea in 1992 via a CD compilation.A new star was born in the 80's, creating haunting and highly progressive instrumental music.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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