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Parisienne singer-songwriter GERARD MANSET was always surrounded by the veil of mystery. Born in 1945, ,he discovered rock music while attending Ecole des Arts Déco and started playing guitar (he also plays piano). He self-financed his debut "Animal on n'est mal" which passed unnoticed, probably due to the student riots in 1968. The albums was quickly forgotten, however his second album simply labelled "Gerard Manset" received good reviews, which encouraged him to record "La Mort d'Orion" shortly after. La Mort d'Orion is one of his seminal works - a delicate and melancholic album, in structure similar to a symphony and entirely different from the contemporary musical stream (symphonic progressive rock included).

Despite the audience's interest, he refused to gain commercial success from the circum stances, started immediately to build his own studio ("Le Studio Milan") instead. In 1975, he released "Y'a une Route", which sold in 300.000 copies and instantly launched him into a national stardom.

He was horrified.

From the very beginnings, Manset was avoiding public exposure; moreover, he never performed his songs live, claiming "it would be immodest and totally ridiculous" playing his songs in front of the audience and saying he would feel like exposed in a zoo. Such a person, whom always refused to give any interviews or to do promotional commitments certainly needs not a star status or media interest. Perhaps because of his uncompromising attitude he gained a cult following.

However, in the light of his last commercial succes, he released an album with symbolical title "Rien à Raconter" ("Nothing To say")(1976), while 1978's "2870" distanced him even more from the musical mainstream (and added more substance to his eclecticist qualities).

During the 80's and 90's he became less focused on music, probably tired of the media and fanbase pressures: he published a few novels, took extended trips to Asia and South America, and focused more on his other artistic side: painting and photography. His post-seventies albums are much more relaxed, tranquil, often stripped down to the basic musical ingredients.

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The majority of Manset's music is not fitting under the wide blanket of progressive rock; not even rock in general, since he's primarily a chanson songwriter. However, he toyed with various expressions attributed as prog rock - from psychedelia to progressive electr...
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4.38 | 8 ratings
Gerard Manset
4.25 | 8 ratings
Animal On Est Mal
4.21 | 24 ratings
La mort d'Orion
3.25 | 8 ratings
Manset [aka "Long, Long Chemin"]
3.88 | 8 ratings
Y'a Une Route
3.80 | 5 ratings
Rien à raconter
3.80 | 5 ratings
4.13 | 8 ratings
Royaume de Siam
3.60 | 5 ratings
L'atelier du Crabe
3.67 | 6 ratings
Le train du soir
3.50 | 6 ratings
Comme un guerrier / L'enfant qui vole
3.50 | 4 ratings
3.50 | 4 ratings
Prisonnier de l'inutile
3.43 | 7 ratings
3.75 | 4 ratings
4.00 | 4 ratings
La vallée de la paix
4.00 | 4 ratings
Jadis et naguère
3.57 | 7 ratings
Le Langage Oublie
3.86 | 7 ratings
3.83 | 9 ratings
Manitoba Ne Repond Plus
3.25 | 4 ratings
Un Oiseau s'est Posé

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4.50 | 2 ratings
Animal on est mal / L'arc-en-ciel / La dernière symphonie
5.00 | 1 ratings
Mon amour / On ne tue pas son prochain
5.00 | 1 ratings
Le père / Un jour
5.00 | 1 ratings
Caesar / L'amour éternel
4.67 | 3 ratings
Il voyage en solitaire / Un homme étrange
5.00 | 1 ratings
Pas mal de journées sont passées
5.00 | 1 ratings
Marin' bar / Manteau rouge
5.00 | 1 ratings
Un jour, être pauvre / Entrez dans le rêve
5.00 | 1 ratings
Matrice / Avant l'exil


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 La mort d'Orion by MANSET, GERARD album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.21 | 24 ratings

La mort d'Orion
Gerard Manset Prog Related

Review by Artpop

4 stars

In the early 70's the French EMI/ Pathe label released a handful of wonderfully weird albums that have long been sought after by collectors and music fans alike. Personally I'd like to give a big round of applause to their A&R department whoever they were or whatever they were on as this was some seriously creative stuff. Guy Skornik's trippy 'Pour Pauwels', 'Puzzle' by Michel Berger which shamefully has yet to be reissued, avant-garde composer Igor Wakhevitch's stunning 'Hathor' and Gerard Manset's 'La Mort D'Orion' are works that should be heard at least once by anyone with a remote interest in progressive pop and art rock.


Gerard Manset is something of a renaissance man. Raised in suburban Paris, he's a musician, painter and travel writer with a vast catalog of albums that all have something to recommend although it's 1970's 'La Mort D'Orion' (The Death of Orion) that is widely considered his masterpiece. A science fiction concept album, it's a dark journey but space rock this is not. This is orchestral pop twisted into modern classical music akin to some of Franco Battiato's output. The opening title track clocks in just shy of 25 minutes and it's a remarkable piece of music. A small string quartet leads to a spoken word piece by Manset, followed by a female operatic interlude and light East Indian raga all within a minute and a half. Astounding and Manset's voice is wonderful on 'Vivent Les Hommes' (Living Men) backed again by soprano vocals and a crescendo of strings and piano while 'Le Paradis Terrestre' (Heaven on Earth) alternates between opera and pop effortlessly.

My command of the French language is non-existent, but that has never interfered with my enjoyment of this album. It's one of a kind and should be bookended with the Serge Gainsbourg classic 'Historie de Melody Nelson' and William Sheller's dazzling 'Lux Aeterna' as the best in early 70's French music.

 Manitoba Ne Repond Plus by MANSET, GERARD album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.83 | 9 ratings

Manitoba Ne Repond Plus
Gerard Manset Prog Related

Review by pollux

4 stars The new Manset doesn't disappoint far from it this latest album finds Gerard in fine form. Once again the production is outstanding and the sound is immense. Over the years Gerard Manset developped his craft as a master songwriter and each album release is a true event. From the opening song Comme Un Lego to the closing track Dans Mon Berceau J'entends Manset captivates his audience. The second track Dans Un Jardin Que Je Sais, Quand Une Femme and O Amazonie are for me the highlights so far but the trick with Manset is that you discover something new with each listening session...A good 4 Stars as Manset seem to mature over time like an old wine...
 La mort d'Orion by MANSET, GERARD album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.21 | 24 ratings

La mort d'Orion
Gerard Manset Prog Related

Review by Thierry

4 stars Gerard Manset is one of the French poètes maudits, cultivating mystery, poetry, innovation far from the beaten tracks of French commercial, easy listening chanson. Few French musicians have this rich flavour except perhaps William Sheller. A great melodist and arranger, this man can play on words too. This first real opus is a gem. A concept album based on Science-Fiction, the story of a dying planet. A universe close to the first King Crimson's albums plus the French touch (stress on the vocals and lyrics), including an orchestra. More progressive by the attitude than by the typical prog sound as we mean today. But we are in 1970, aren't we? Very recommended. Recently reissued and remastered.
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