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This group came from the union of Romano, Texier and Locatelli and singer Huser, but soon became a sextet, before losing singer Huser just prior to recording their sole album. Aside from Libretti (ex-Martin Circus), all the members of Total Issue came from the jazz circuit, and the music they develop was a guitar-dominated progressive jazz-rock with some good folk influences. The group also released five singles over the course of three years, of which two were taken from their self-titled album, the other three being non-albums. Part of the tracks in their sole albums were written by Swiss JP Huser, who had quit the band before they entered the studio. Soon after the album's release, Libretti exited and was replaced by Yves Choart, which brought a poppier feel as shown ibn their last singles. The group disappeared during the course of 72.

Not much else is known of the band, and if someone knows more of the group's background or post Total Issue career; please inform me via the PM in the forum. To my knowledge, their sole album has never seen a Cd re-issue, which is too bad given the unique nature of the music and the possibility of bonus non-album singles tracks (at least 6).

::::: Bio written by Hugues Chantraine, Belgium :::::

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Total Issue Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars Although most of the members of Total Issue were coming from the jazz scene, the resulting music is more of a semi-hippie prog rock. Every musician play many instruments and they all participate vocally.

Les Marins is very noteworthy for its superb bass line and its Indian-influenced middle section. Porte Ouverte is the A-side's centrepiece with a slow start and a hesitant flute to boot, but once it kicks in, the mood is jazzy/spacey with wild lenghty solo and excellent interplay, but retaining a raw garage-like quality. Come Down has the same kind of climate than Crimson I Talk To The Wind, with the same flute. Over The Shadow is a crescendo piece, building up from a sole organ drone and finishing in a full sing-along track, with a searing guitar.

Opening the flipside is the lengthy Rustique with poor thunder duplication (we're far from Sab's eponymous track here) as an intro, but the track soon takes its cruising speed, past the narrative bit, and soars, creating some really aurally qualitative moments. Closing resurrection starts atypically on a heavy guitars (there arte three of them in the group), before digressing into a weird percussion/bass movement (there are five percussionists in the band), but ending very abruptly as if space on the vinyl was lacking. The remaining tracks sound pretty much like the first side of the album, with those typically optimistic and intimate songs, a pure product of the ideals of the era.

While I wouldn't call TI's sole album anything essential for the progheads, this is the kind of album that will create a pleasant surprise, or at best confirm the small magical moments that the very early 70's still had to offer, before the first oil crisis. Your call on this one, but most likely, until a Cd re-issue exists, this will remain obscure and the scarcity of the vinyl (but affordable) will complicate your hunt.

Thanks to Sean Trane for the artist addition.

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