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ALPHA RALPHA were a short-lived band with Michel Mareska on electric guitar, Claude Alvarez-Peryre on electric and acoustic guitars, Jean Alain Gardet on keyboards, Charlie Charriras on bass and Emmanuel Lacordaire on percussion. On their only album, four more musicians appeared: Francois Breant on piano and synth, Jean de Anthony and Claude Samard on guitars, and Jean-Jaques Goldman on vocals.

Alvarez-Peryre, a co-founder of the group was a member of MALICORNE, while Gardet and Goldman were the members of TAI PHONG.

The band released only one album, the self-titled LP released for Warner in Canada and France in 1977. Their music could be described as a mixture of jazz rock and French symphonic, where guitars are keyboards are carrying the melodies for the most part, with occasional usage of vibraphone and marimba, and vocal harmonies.

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Alpha Ralpha Eclectic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars I am always happy to find obscure prog where, while never been reissued, at least prices hasn't gone so sky high it'll break your bank account. Case in point, Alpha Ralpha, a French band that released their only album in 1977 on Warner Bros. So given its on a major label, enough copies were pressed not to make it a mega-rarity. Sadly it's never been reissued in any format, but this is the kind of prog that would be right at home on Musea, but I guess they couldn't wrestle the hands of this album out of Warner (who probably will never reissue it). Prog like this means you'll need a turntable. Great instrumental prog that really doesn't remind me of any particular prog. So many French bands get you thinking of Pulsar, Shylock, Ange, or Arachnoid, and Alpha Ralpha does not. Although members of Tai Phong and Malicorne are on the album, they leave their sounds at home. Don't let that scare you off if Tai Phong isn't your thing, although Jean-Jacques Goldman does appear, this is nothing like Tai Phong. This is largely instrumental prog, dominated by guitar and synths, with some violin, with that nice '70s vibe I like so much about this kind of music. Some jazz and world music influences (particularly from the marimba) show up. Also I noticed François Bréant (of Cruciferius, and later releasing a couple of solo albums for EGG in the late '70s) is on this album.

This is truly a great album I can highly recommend!


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