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CHRISTIAN BOULÉ

Psychedelic/Space Rock • France


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The "little brother" of Steve Hillage, not only in style; he even played in the band of Steve Hillage, and on the first album of CLEARLIGHT he played lead guitar on side 2, while Hillage played lead guitar on side 1; it's a good trick question to ask which side Hillage plays on. He made 2 solo albums before he died 3/11/2002.

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3.34 | 5 ratings
Photo Musik
1978
3.06 | 3 ratings
Non-Fiction
1979

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 Photo Musik by BOULÉ, CHRISTIAN album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.34 | 5 ratings

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Photo Musik
Christian Boulé Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Christian Boule has played live or in the studio with such acts as Steve Hillage, GONG, CLEARLIGHT, LARD FREE and many others. His style of guitar playing is very much in the Steve Hillage mode although on this his first studio album he also plays harmonica, synths, flute and glissando guitar. Cyrille Verdeaux from CLEARLIGHT plays organ, electric piano, moog and more on here. We get a variety of saxophones as well plus a female singer who seems to get mixed opinions about her voice. She's not on the two bonus tracks though which feature Tim Blake from GONG as well as male and female vocals and Cyrille on keyboards. I do like the album cover.

"Elastic Minute" opens with intricate fast paced sounds before it kicks into gear around 1 1/2 minutes. Spacey synths help out as well as the sax plays over top. The guitar arrives around 2 minutes sounding really good. This is a Hillage-like track and it's all instrumental. "Photo Musik" starts out with strummed guitar as another solos over top. It turns fuller rather quickly and vocals join in. Some excellent fuzzed out guitar here as well that comes and goes. Again the guitar reminds me of Hillage. Harmonica ends it as the song stops abruptly. "Crystal Palace" is a top three tune for me. It's spacey at first with twittering sounds. It's building but then it settles back after a minute with strummed guitar, a beat and vocals. She reminds me of Sabine from GILA on that "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" album. She stops singing as the guitar comes to the fore after 2 1/2 minutes. Nice! Man this is so good. Check out the guitar before 4 minutes and the drum work that follows. The vocals are back before 4 1/2 minutes as it settles back some. "22 Broad Street" is my least favourite, a little too mainstream I'd say sounding like a New Wave song. Lots of energy and some ripping guitar as well.

"Radio-Arc-En-Ciel" opens with radio samples as the organ floats and these spoken female words join in just before a minute and they will last for about a minute as the floating organ and synths end it. "Seme Ocean" features vocal melodies as strummed guitar and more joins in. It's building as piano comes to the fore. So much going on here, very impressive. "Aqua Deva" is a top three as we get lots of atmosphere and water sounds as spacey synths join in as well. It blends into my final top three tune "Inter Galactic Cosmic Triolet" where it continues to be spacey but a minute in it turns fuller with vocals. The vocals echo and remind me of the female singer on BRAINTICKET's debut just not as out there. Cool song. "Orange Climax" opens with church bells and atmosphere and the tempo picks up after a minute and gets fuller too. Catchy stuff 3 minutes in then piano comes to the fore after 4 minutes. It's the sax now leading around 5 minutes in then it settles down before 6 1/2 minutes and it continues to wind down to the end. The two bonus tracks are pretty good as well, especially "Estella Futur".

It's hard to imagine anyone who's into Steve Hillage not liking this but then again some don't like the vocals. I'm quite pleased to recommend this one though as I get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

 Non-Fiction by BOULÉ, CHRISTIAN album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.06 | 3 ratings

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Non-Fiction
Christian Boulé Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This is very much an album of it's time, in fact it probably sounded dated in 1979 when it came out, as it really belongs firmly in the mid-70's. The first few songs are pure pop, and don't really display the guitar style for which Christian was more well-known, namely glissando. Think of that and think of Gong, and Christian did tour with Steve Hillage for a while as second guitarist (and can be heard on 'Live Herald').

While numbers such as "Psychedlik" are much more jazz-oriented and interesting from a prog point of view, the overall feel is of an album that while fairly enjoyable isn't one to be rushed out and purchased immediately. Accessible, with lyrics in English the reissue also contains two songs that were recorded in 1999.

Originally appeared in Feedback #69, Aug 02

 Photo Musik by BOULÉ, CHRISTIAN album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.34 | 5 ratings

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Photo Musik
Christian Boulé Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by wnelson727

4 stars Thanks BaldJean for the review! untill a few days ago, I didn't know Christian Boule made any solo albums. Drawing inspiration from his work with Clearlight Symphony and Steve Hillage, this album reflects the textural depth and imagination of the fantastic Clearlight, containing as it does Cyrille Verdeaux on keyboards. Boule's guitar work is absolutely fantastic and is indeed very close to Steve Hillage in terms of technique and cosmic energy, and, except for the quircky '22 Broad Street' are more compositionally complex; and in many respects seem to anticipate Steve Hillage's work in System 7 in the decades to come. This album/cd is highly recomended for lovers of cosmic guitar and ozric fans.
 Photo Musik by BOULÉ, CHRISTIAN album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.34 | 5 ratings

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Photo Musik
Christian Boulé Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars For those who have already discovered the fantastic universe of Clearlight, the music of Christian Boule in solo is perfectly un necessary, excepted for the talented guitar solo parts. Totally un inspired, despite of the presence of Clearlight keyboardist's Cyrille Verdeaux. The compositions deliver sloppy, laughable, ultimately boring songs for various sorts of spacey rock, freak & roll musical structures. The child like voice of the woman singer is indigestible. The only positive point in this musical "circus" is Boule's very convincing, melodic, technical, heavy guitar solos. It really saves the album from mediocrity. The opening track is the most consistent moment of the album, a catchy repetitive guitar pattern in a similar vein than Gottsching's inventions for electric guitar with an incredibly powerful, brilliant electric guitar solo. We are near to Clearlight magic musical symphony. After that the rest of the album is dull. The self title track is a funny composition with a "silly" hippie flavour. "Cristal palace" is a gentle ballad, interesting if it was only instrumental. "22 Broad Street" is a rock 'n roll composition which sounds terribly old dated. "Radio Arc en Ciel" is an interlude for organ and keyboard. "Aqua Deva" is the best tune after the introduction, an ethereal dreamscape with celestial organ and synth voice imitation. It is directly followed by "Inter Galactic Cosmic triolet", a "trippy" song with repetitive guitar lines, "hypnotic" effects and saxophone passages. The bonus track "Estelle future" is a horrible mechanical, soft composition with ridiculous lyrics and a mix of clean, distorted guitar textures. Two stars for Boule's impressive guitar work and Cyrille Verdeaux's piano arrangements.
 Non-Fiction by BOULÉ, CHRISTIAN album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.06 | 3 ratings

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Non-Fiction
Christian Boulé Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BaldJean

3 stars The 2nd album of Christian Boulé is funkier than his first one, he obviously seems to be influenced by the experiments Steve Hillage, in whose band he played, made with funk at about the same time. The funk influence is especially notable in "Chance", "Magic Fanfare" and "L.I.F.E.". "Psychedelik" is exactly what the title suggests, with "psychedelic" sounding solos from guitar and keyboards. "Viva da New Sound" is an interesting experiment of letting people sing in different languages (I recognize German, French, English, Italian and probably Japanese; there seem to be two African languages too). "Glissader Aquarian" has a very jazzy feeling. All in all not as good as his first album, but still solid 3 stars.
 Photo Musik by BOULÉ, CHRISTIAN album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.34 | 5 ratings

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Photo Musik
Christian Boulé Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BaldJean

4 stars This is a very good album in the space-rock vein, proving that the genré was not dead in 1977. The beginning opener "Elastick Minute" somehow reminds me of Ash Ra Tempel's "Inventions for Electric Guitar" and also of the beginning of the track "Allez Ali Baba Blacksheep Have You Any Bull[&*!#] Mama Maya Mantram" from the live album of Planet Gong, "Live Floating Anarchy". Tracks like "Crystal Palace" (superb bass work by Patrice Congas here), "Aqua Deva" / "Intergalactic Cosmic Triolet" (these two tracks float into each other) or "Orange Climax" (starting with a Jimi Hendrix theme, "Burning of the Midnight Lamp") really have a free floating feeling to them, while "22 Broad Street" is almost rock'n roll. Christian Boulé sounds a lot like Steve Hillage, which is probably why Hillage had him play rhythm guitar in his band for some time. Anyone who likes the early solo albums of Hillage will like this album too.
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