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MANEIGE is probably the Quebec band that epitomizes best the Quebec Prog boom from 74 to 79. Their music are probably one of the best example of what Fusion music can be by blending in classical and folk elements together with jazz tones the whole thing having a very progressive rock ideal and could also fit the chamber rock style. Their style can only be really compared to other Quebecois group as SLOCHE and OPUS-5.

They first got noticed by local music scene and press after repeatedly blowing off stage EKSEPTION on a local tour and were offered a recording contract by Harvest. The early albums were strongly directed by Jerome Langlois and Alain Bergeron using much of classical influences. The album best showing their early style is "Les Porches" is flawless and simply astounding in creativity for the times. However, due to musical directions difference Langlois will leave after this album and the music will become more jazz-tinged as Lapierre and Schetagne will take more musical composing roles. Their music will become gradually more percussive as each new album is released. After the live "Composite", the music will veer off in a more conventional jazz-rock style.

I simply cannot recommend more highly a much forgotten band that would deserve a better fate. All albums should not be that hard to find in vinyl as only three of them ever got released on CD. Please... pretty please (with sugar on it), look out for this band and I think almost no-one will regret it.

: : : Hugues Chantraine, BELGIUM : : :

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Porches LivePorches Live
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4.05 | 107 ratings
Maneige
1975
4.27 | 207 ratings
Les Porches
1975
4.06 | 107 ratings
Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle
1977
4.02 | 61 ratings
Libre Service - Self Service
1978
3.60 | 24 ratings
Montréal, 6AM
1980
2.40 | 16 ratings
Images
1983

MANEIGE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.03 | 12 ratings
Composite
1979
3.92 | 6 ratings
Live Montréal 1974/1975
1998
4.13 | 20 ratings
Live À L'Évêché (1975)
2005
3.98 | 15 ratings
Les Porches Live
2006

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 Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.06 | 107 ratings

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Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars This album by Maneige abandons the baroque and classical influences of their earlier work.

The band's musical direction is more towards uptempo fusion with funky tendencies. All songs are instrumental and have the same feel: lots of flute, piano, sax, vibes and guitar. Also loads of percussion, wich resembles Kraan a bit. Furthermore the album has some Canterbury (Caravan) and Gentle Giant-moments, but still manages to be unique, creative and suprising.

I love how the band uses no synthesizers or keyboards (except for the electronic piano) and that makes for a very organic sound. The rhythm section is tight, playful and never extracts from the music. The band without troubles manage to create soft atmospheric parts and more loud (rock) parts with dizzying solos on sax or guitar.

The only modern bands that can come close this wonderful music are Tangent and Flower Kings. But I'd still rather listen Maneige because of the warm production.

 Les Porches by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 207 ratings

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Les Porches
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars One of the true gems of the Quebec prog scene.

The centerpiece of this jazz-heavy, lightly classically-influenced, album is the lengthy opening track, "Les Porches De Notre Dame", which alone makes the album worth buying. Meandering at first, the song develops very gradually. But by several minutes in, it starts to sink in and the music begins to engage, wrap around and embrace you. At a certain point, it'll seem hard to believe that music can get any more beautiful. But sure enough, it does. After a brief French vocal, the suite erupts into a romantic powerhouse of a song, providing a stunning canvas for emotive, yet thoughtful, interplay by the group. Wow!

The songs that follow it up are not quite to the same standard, but are all still excellent tracks. One song that may go overlooked by most listeners is the brief "La Grosse Torche". While some may be quick to label it as an interlude or filler, it's hard not to love this song for how authentically Quebecois it is. I can't help but picture a vibrant palette of autumn leaves in the Laurentians giving way to an inviting fireside as December's first snow falls outside. Definitely a personal favourite.

Perhaps this album's sole flaw is the track order. I personally would have made "Les Porches" the closer, but the beauty of modern digital formats is that you have the liberty to pick and choose track listings, so I won't hold anything against Maneige for that. Everything considered, I would not hesitate to give this beautiful work of art a 5-star rating. A true masterpiece for lovers of romantic music.

 Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.06 | 107 ratings

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Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Getting into the Quebec prog scene, Maneige was an unavoidable band. I did try to circumvent them, but inevitably (or rather soon actually) I found them essential. The problem for me was that they were a jazz fusion band and that is not a style of music that takes up very much space in my collection at all. I listened to them on YouTube and wondered where I was going to be able to "land" my musical interests. At last, it seemed that "Ni vent... Ni nouvelle" had the most guitars ("Les Porches", which is considered a quintessential Canadian prog album in some circles, was too much jazz/classical fusion for my taste from what I heard) and seemed the best gateway for me to get into the band. I also really liked the gatefold type cover with a landscape theme not dissimilar to Yes' "Fragile" album artwork.

This was Maneige's third album and it was a departure from their longer thematic compositions. "Ni vent... Ni nouvelle" is comprised of ten shorter compositions with two of them, "Le Gai Marvin" and "Time Square", being under two minutes, and "Les Folleries" occupying the most space with 6:07. I have read that some feel that even though this is a very good album, it is less coherent than the debut or the classic "Les Porches". Admittedly, this notion stayed with me as I listened to the album the first two times. However, since I have no other Maneige album to compare with, I have to draw my conclusions from this one. And my conclusion is that I rather like it.

This is an all instrumental album with six band members and five guests. One of the first things you might notice is the use of percussion for the lead melody on some tracks. Just take a look at the members' names and the instruments they play and you will see four of the six involved in percussion work. But don't worry. There's plenty of beautiful classical piano, some strings, acoustic and electric guitar, saxophone, flute and bass guitar. Each piece has a different take and the longer ones go through some different musical motifs ensuring a journey through beautiful piano and strings, exciting and active percussion leads, some sax and electric guitar duos, and a variety of creative compositions. Personal favourites of mine are "La Fin de l'Histoire", "Les Folleries", "Les Epinettes" and "Douce-Amere". "11 Juillet" also has some cool moments.

It has taken me a few listens to really feel comfortable with the album but I feel it's a successful piece of work. There is most certainly an audience for this here on PA, and I am glad to have been able to expand my progressive music tastes one album wider.

 Les Porches by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 207 ratings

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Les Porches
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars To me, this is the summum of music.

Classical (baroque), folk and jazz prefectly blended together. The canadian prog-scene of the seventies is exactly what I'm yearning for. Bands like Harmonium, Sloche and Maneige manage to create exactly what moves me so much.

This Maneige-album is really over-the-top, in such a way, that I can imagine not everyone will like this. The piano and flute parts remind me of Haydn and Bach. The first long suite, is exaclty that: a baroque piece with gorgeous (chanson) vocals in the conclusion. Also the conclusion builds and builds into a crescendo of guitar, drums, saxophone and trumpet (!). Almost blues-y. Really great stuff!

The rest of the album follows the same recipe: a mixture of folk, baroque, romanticism and jazz/fusion. Mixing acoustic and electric instruments, tight and rich dynamics, lots of atmosphere and they never loose themselves into chaotic soloiing. Progressive music should me more like this: the ultimate balance between good musicianship, great compositions and rich melodies.

 Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.06 | 107 ratings

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Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars 1975 was also the last year of Jérôme Langlois with Maneige.Due to musical differences he parted ways with the band and moved on to a solo career, while he also started writing music for TV and cinema productions.Paul Picard joined the band permanently on drums and Alain Bergeron was the only one to handle some piano parts during the next sessions.The third album of Maneige ''Ni vent... ni nouvelle'' came out in 1976 on Polydor, featuring guest musicians Andre Pelchat (from L'Infonie) on sax, Jean Prefontaine on viola and Chantale Remillard/Denise Lupien on violin.

Forget about the long compositions of the previous efforts and the interesting leading keyboards of Langlois for this album.Does this mean that Maneige sounded less tasteful or moreover commercial?No way, ''Ni vent... ni nouvelle'' does not contain any long pieces, in fact none clocks at over 6 minutes, but the music remains extremely sophisticated, fascinating and complex, showing an obvious turn towards more jazzy rhythms and solos and presenting an instrumental lifting.The sound is now heavily relying on flutes, sax and electric guitar with occasional piano interludes and frequent injections by the invited string section.The music is great with countless interplays, managing to be delivered in a dreamy fashion, which still bursts incredible individual and teamwork skills.The overall style contains soft symphonic touches, the already known rural vibes and a heavier Prog Fusion attempt with the guitars having a dominant role compared to the previous albums.What's really exciting about the album is how the hell these guys maintained this efficient profile, balancing between chamber and jazzy arrangements, after a quite significant instrumental change.To my ears this one sounds even better than ''Les porches'', even introducing a few somewhat bombastic sections between the elaborate and efficient interplays and ends up to offer a nice bunch of amazing electroacoustic mini-suites.

Superb album.Jazz meets Classical meets Folk meets Rock Music in one of the best displays ever to see the light by a Prog band.Instrumental flexibility, excellent interactions and lovely orchestrations.Highly recommended.

 Les Porches by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 207 ratings

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Les Porches
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars In a very prolific year for Maneige, talking about 1975, the Canadian group recorded (again at Manta Studios in Toronto) and released a second album, entitled ''Les Posches''.Paul Picard and Denis Lapierre appear this time as guest musicians in the liner notes, while no less thah five additional members are credited in violin, trumpet and vocal duties.Among the names listed appears to be Raôul Duguay of the Chamber/Avant Jazz act L'Infonie.

The 19-min. suite ''Les porches de Notre Dame'' opens the album in a virtuosic way.This is intricate Folk/Psych/Symphonic Music with excellent use of pianos, flutes and trumpets, changing from melancholic themes to more adventurous territories, featuring extended interplays and smooth orchestral passages.The later part of the track is added some more energy after Duguay's vocals, evolving into a synth-based texture, which leads to an almost R.I.O.-esque ending theme with trumpets and electric guitars producing some good melodious soundscapes.The Classical nature of Maneige's music is even more strengthened through the short orchestral outro ''La grosse torche'' of side A.Another long suite will open the flipside, the almost 16-min. ''Les aventures de Saxinette et Clarophone''.The title says it all, this a more Fusion affair of Progressive Music with extended use of clarinets and saxophones, always delivered in a structured way, nicely supported by Jerome Langlois jazzy piano lines, and featuring decent interplays, although some of the performances sound a bit stretched.Again the ending of this piece is very close to adventurous R.I.O. with xylophones, clarinets and saxes in full collaboration with a quasi-Chamber atmosphere in general.''Chromo'' is a weird closer.Somewhere between traditional Folk and Jazz/Fusion, this one features a nice amount of breaks in short time, developing from flute-driven rhythms to dramatic textures with clavinets and saxes in evidence, very close to CONNIVENCE's delivery.

Although I prefer Maneige's excellent debut over this album, ''Les porches'' is an extremely professional release, maybe a bit too academic for some listeners, however there is a good amount of perfect executions and themes in here, that will satisfy even the average prog listener.Warmly recommended.

 Maneige by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.05 | 107 ratings

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Maneige
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

5 stars For those who want a challenge.

Maneige (french pun for 'My Snow' but also 'Roundabout') is an almost experimental music specialist in the prog world. They were (and still are compared to 90% of today's bands) way ahead of their time with songs that are more fit for a documentary about insects and critters.When the piano is melodic, it's pure bliss, an absolute match in heaven of flute, saxomofone, bass and inventive percussion.

Maneige is a very graphic band in a musical way: they name their songs like 'Le Rafiot' which is french for a very old and clunky boat. Well the atmosphere they create is so close to being on an actual boat it's uncanny, you could use that soundtrack to a movie anytime. My hit parade of capable musicians had Gentle Giant, Anglagard, Balletto di Bronzo, Yezda Urfa and Gryphon amongst, but these guys are above all that. This is art way, way, way above the latter names of my list.

Quebec's progressive rock is without a doubt ahead of it's time. Maneige's love for classical pieces is obvious, but also they possess the need to go further into a genre that flirts with chamber music, baroque, experimental and modern classical music. If you dig deeper into Quebec's repertoire, you'll find stuff that makes you realize how passionnate and intelligent musicians from this province are. Those guys are exceptionnally talented, and yet, their jobs were maybe to teach youngsters like me the passion for sounds and textures. It's a crime to let those albums rot on the shelf!

Absolute masterpiece of a sunny afternoon, a snowstorm and strong Quebec beer.

 Les Porches by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 207 ratings

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Les Porches
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

4 stars French jazz fusion band Maneige's most highly acclaimed album opens with a superb side-long epic, "Les Porches de Notre-Dame" (19:06) (10/10) but then falters a little with two brief pieces that feel more like practice études and one other strange epic, "Les aventures de saxinette and clarophone" (15:39) (8/10). The opening epic is so refined and majestic--opening with a section that feels as stately as a Russian nationalist song. The mid section is so gorgeous--and so French! Like Ravel, Fauré, or Debussey--with its piano, flute and tubular bells/vibraphone trio format. The section is topped off with a vocal addition in which a quite unusual male voice sings--but the effect is even more romantic and emotional! Then the song wends its way into a three-chord major-minor-minor "Stairway to Heaven" end progression and pace while piano, electric guitar, trumpet, and, later, saxophone weave their individual noodling to the song's end. Awesome! The second epic, however, is far more straightfoward jazz--and B-level jazz at that--with a prolonged opening section in which nothing is really established or developed. The middle section finally establishes a structure rhythm and repeated chord over which vibes, saxes, and clarinets take turns soloing. Then the song gets really weird--with some crowd noises--before a section which feels as if the listener is shut in a closet--to avoid the crowd? To think? The thoughts may provide one great idea, but that idea is quickly forgotten and left behind in lieu of the usual banal patterns and habits of the day. Weird. A fine effort full of character, wit, beauty, and creativity, but, personally, I prefer the band's self-titled debut album over this one.
 Libre Service - Self Service by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.02 | 61 ratings

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Libre Service - Self Service
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Forth album from their catalogue released in 1978 named Libre service - self service is almost same in manner of composing with previous one, aswell shorter pieces but full of inventive passages. I guess I like this one more then previous album, maybe more then Les Porches, I don't know really why I'm more attached by the music offered here by the band. Overall polished sound, some untraditional instruments here like xylophone, marimba combined with the rest gives a very solid album to my ears. Flute again is important as guitar and keyboards, again an instrumental album. Maybe in places is little more accesible then previous album and maybe lighter in aproach but never the less a great album by Manaige that keeps the flag high in those dark years of prog late '70s. Another winner and I guess the last true great album by the band. 4 stars again. Maybe my fav Maneige album.
 Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.06 | 107 ratings

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Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Third album from this excellent band released in 1977 - Ni vent...ni nouvelle, this time the band optain for shorter pieces maybe because Jerome Langloisleft the band a year prior, he was the main composer of the band and the driving force for long eleborated compositions. Even this album is shorter with pieces all under 6 min, is no less intresting then Les porches. They infuse in the jazz fusion atmosphere lots of avant moments with some folk touches here and there becaus eof the use of the flute, and all album is instrumental. Not bad at all, maybe in places is even more intresting then some parts from previous album, at least for me. Not an easy album to listen, is quite complex with plenty of intresting moments. All pieces are at highest level, maybe those very mellow are not so attractive to me but no less inovative. Again 4 stars.
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