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GERARD MANSET

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Gerard Manset biography
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.

Why is this artist listed at Progarchives.com:

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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Ne Repond PlusNe Repond Plus
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EMI France 2008
Audio CD$23.24
$5.59 (used)
Un Oiseau S'Est PoseUn Oiseau S'Est Pose
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Imports 2014
Audio CD$21.61
$23.99 (used)
La Mort D'OrionLa Mort D'Orion
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EMI France 1998
Audio CD$21.56
$29.00 (used)
Platinum CollectionPlatinum Collection
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EMI France 2007
Audio CD$20.21
$75.31 (used)
Il Voyage En SolitaireIl Voyage En Solitaire
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EMI Import 2006
Audio CD$37.95 (used)
Best of 2004 + Route MansetBest of 2004 + Route Manset
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EMI France 2004
Audio CD$33.91
$30.55 (used)
Prisonnier De L'InutilePrisonnier De L'Inutile
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EMI France 2004
Audio CD$21.36
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Train Du SoirTrain Du Soir
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EMI France 2000
Audio CD$30.62
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ObokObok
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Capitol France 2006
Audio CD$18.03
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4.20 | 5 ratings
Gerard Manset
1968
4.00 | 6 ratings
Animal On Est Mal
1968
4.19 | 12 ratings
La mort d'Orion
1970
3.33 | 6 ratings
Manset [aka "Long, Long Chemin"]
1972
3.83 | 6 ratings
Y'a Une Route
1975
3.80 | 5 ratings
Rien à raconter
1976
3.75 | 4 ratings
2870
1978
4.00 | 5 ratings
Royaume de Siam
1979
3.75 | 4 ratings
L'atelier du Crabe
1981
3.80 | 5 ratings
Le train du soir
1981
3.40 | 5 ratings
Comme un guerrier / L'enfant qui vole
1982
4.00 | 3 ratings
Lumières
1984
4.00 | 3 ratings
Prisonnier de l'inutile
1985
3.33 | 6 ratings
Matrice
1989
3.75 | 4 ratings
Revivre
1991
4.00 | 4 ratings
La vallée de la paix
1994
4.00 | 4 ratings
Jadis et naguère
1998
3.67 | 6 ratings
Le Langage Oublie
2004
3.83 | 6 ratings
Obok
2006
3.82 | 8 ratings
Manitoba Ne Repond Plus
2008
3.00 | 2 ratings
Un Oiseau s'est Posé
2014

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Animal on est mal / L'arc-en-ciel / La dernière symphonie
1968
5.00 | 1 ratings
Mon amour / On ne tue pas son prochain
1968
5.00 | 1 ratings
Le père / Un jour
1969
5.00 | 1 ratings
Caesar / L'amour éternel
1971
5.00 | 1 ratings
Il voyage en solitaire / Un homme étrange
1975
5.00 | 1 ratings
Pas mal de journées sont passées
1977
5.00 | 1 ratings
Marin' bar / Manteau rouge
1980
5.00 | 1 ratings
Un jour, être pauvre / Entrez dans le rêve
1985
5.00 | 1 ratings
Matrice / Avant l'exil
1990

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 Manitoba Ne Repond Plus by MANSET, GERARD album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.82 | 8 ratings

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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...

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 La mort d'Orion by MANSET, GERARD album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.19 | 12 ratings

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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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