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L' INFONIE

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L'INFONIE were born as a Québécois versatile rock commune in 1967 around the initiator Raôul DUGUAY and the musical chief Walter BOUDREAU, just along the Québécois "multidisciplinary" music scene in those days. Quite in the vein of late-60s concentrated music essence, mixed with pop, jazz, and classic, they recorded their first creation "Vol. 3" (currently released as an eponymous one) at André Perry Studio and released in 1969.

Amazingly, their soundscape had been altered moment by moment - obvious jazz rock / fusion movement and a talented American musician Terry Riley could exert pretty influence upon their second work "Vol. 33 (Mantra)", featuring a sole suite "Mantra" based upon Terry's landmark piece "In C".

Finally L'INFONIE breathed new life into Québécois progressive rock world with their third double-album "Vol. 333" released in 1972, mainly structured with more experimental / magnificent suite "Paix" occupying the entire first LP as 50 pieces of composition (plus prelude). They could stand at their peak with this stuff, that might let Raôul leave away for his solo career as a poet / author / songwriter soon thereafter, as a result.

Without Raôul, Walter must complete "Paix" project as their fourth (and the last) production named "Vol. 3333" in 1974 - the moment L'INFONIE bade farewell to the world regretfully.

Later "Vol. 3 (L'infonie)" and "Vol. 333" both have been re-released as digitally downloadable material all around the world.

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2.33 | 3 ratings
Vol. 3 (L'infonie)
1969
3.13 | 4 ratings
Vol. 33 (Mantra)
1970
3.98 | 6 ratings
Vol. 333
1972
3.05 | 3 ratings
Vol. 3333
1974

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 Vol. 3333 by INFONIE, L' album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Vol. 3333
L' Infonie RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Neo Teams

3 stars Another developing incarnation of the previous album especially the "Paix" suite. L'Infonie had come back with this souvenir upon their heads. We L'Infonie freaks could not help but have a mixed feeling upon listening to this whole album, where newer "Paix" suite is dancing upon the bilateral sides of the lp.

Their improvisation-based play along with the basis of the original "Paix" is remarkably unified and polished as well. Filled with effective sound effects and melodic toys, dissected instrumental darkness or distorted sound mischiefs has got more and more powerful, and mysteriously I imagine they have launched kinda forcibility or unreasonable occasion coincident with explosive, powerful avantgarde-ism. On the other hand, their unreasonableness should come back to fantastic harmonization.

Suppose this suite alteration might have been released as the final construction they wanted to approach. Pros and cons have been around them is well understood, but they might have completed their combo career with exaggerated suite confusion. And yes, the last is quite so quiet enough that we can get immersed in perfectly. Let me send them my full regards personally.

In conclusion, there is not enough necessity to listen to this album (that is not available all over the world except in some used vinyl shops ... very expensive really though) if you enough have enjoyed the previous "Vol. 333", and no high recommendation for all avantgarde-progressive rock fans. Of course I love this stuff, let me say.

 Vol. 333 by INFONIE, L' album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.98 | 6 ratings

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L' Infonie RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Neo Teams

5 stars Mysteriously this album should be much more polished than it sounds, and at the same time the musical unification in the whole album should be perfectly disrupted with a strong intention. What an awesomeness. This creation lighted with a small electric bulb "Vol. 333" by a Québécois avantgarde rock combo L'INFONIE is, honest to say, one of my favourite albums all over the rock world, in which I've got immersed over and over until now. Sounds like they had played comfortably under the clear blue sky, introducing a variety of musical elements.There is no laziness nor seriousness around them but fantastic atmosphere based upon such a strict ensemble produced with their incredible technique.

From the beginning ... the starter "Paix Prélude" enough advocates their colourful diversity. The first distorted sound explosion is so powerful enough to knock us out, and their improvisation-oriented sound presentation would get delightfully harmonized as the song makes progress toward the Paix Sections. "Paix Section 1-17" can be called also as a one-man theatre by the vocalist Raôul. His percussive, precisely rhythmical voices is too splendid and too creative to be mimicked by anyone. And all of the rock commune support him upon their brilliant instrumental arms. This is exactly a cooperation in the L'Infornation. On the other hand, a sudden explosive shout by Raôul in the beginning of "Section 19" reminds us of old-fashioned funk. What did they think on the play? Another one-man stage, very interesting, impressive.

A great mass of classical essence, incorporated into this project of theirs, gets mixed, merged into avantgarde environment naturally but deliberately. "Ode To Joy (via in the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony)" is featured in the middle part of "Section 33-50" or Ravel's "Boléro" in "Section 1-17". Could say so effectively I guess. "Concerto En Ré Mineur" Allegro and Adagio are completely classical concertos featuring brilliant piano play and a chamber ensemble. The last "La Tounne Platte" is such a free jazz, flooded with sound extremity launched by the whole rock commune, and can be mentioned as one of the symbolic tracks in this double album.

I'm sure there are pros and cons upon their soundscape (sounds a tad eccentric, purposeless or less strategical I'm afraid) but why cannot we call this their originality? This creation should be the one that appears L'INFONIE's decent attitude for music itself.

 Vol. 33 (Mantra) by INFONIE, L' album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.13 | 4 ratings

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Vol. 33 (Mantra)
L' Infonie RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Dobermensch
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3 stars This is album number two by that wacky assortment of Canadian oddballs and reprobates.

'Vol 3' reminds me quite a lot of the soundtrack from Jodorowsky's 'El Topo' film, with it's repetitive one note bass, sputtering horns and continuously crashing percussion.

Comprising just two long tracks - each one is very hypnotic and trance inducing. I can easily visualise this horde of musicians, bedecked in those dodgy togas and funny hats, performing this free-form orchestrated rabble rousing cacophony. Some may find it repetitive and annoying, but personally I really like this nonsense. It pushes all the right buttons with me. It's so self indulgent, without a care as to how many of the public were going to purchase a copy.

The longer it progresses, the more shimmering and interwoven all the sounds become. All stemming from the premise of a couple of notes at the outset which pretty much continue throughout.

It's all very acceptable to my weird ears and brain which has been infiltrated for decades by strange and wonderful music.

 Vol. 333 by INFONIE, L' album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.98 | 6 ratings

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Review by Dobermensch
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3 stars An early 70's prog outfit from French Quebec - Canada, who wore Togas, funny hats and had a weird obsession with the letter 'O' and the number '3'. Producers of a 333 page book with 33 illustrations that acted as a kind of C.V. That, and references to Karl Jung's 'Synchronicity' will leave you in no doubt that you'll be in for a bit of a rollercoaster ride.

Raôul Duguay isn't the best vocalist you'll ever hear but at least he sings in French, lending an air of authenticity to the music. He does however, sound like he's downed 3 bottles of wine before picking up the microphone...

This is a wacky, unpredictable sprawling double album consisting of no less than twelve musicians. '333' sounds quite Zappa-like minus the smut in many parts. The recording quality itself is nothing special sounding a bit tinny throughout. Some parts degenerate into 'Musique Concréte' territory in what can only be described as someone dismantling a bicycle whilst tuning a shortwave radio. Even Beethoven makes an appearance amongst squealing guitars and crazy percussion.

A real mixed bag and one that I'm still not sure about after 6 years of occasional listening. This is controlled chaos where you can tell it's partly scored and partly jammed. There's a strange sense of timing and quick jump cuts throughout which leaves me a little bewildered, but I guess that's half the charm. Although hearing a piccolo being played cheered me up no end.

Disc 2 is easier on the ears but is less conventional, beginning with a 20 minute take on Bach's "Concerto in D Minor' which is played with precision but without any emotion at all. Really odd and confusing, especially during the last five minutes where there's screaming and shouting during what sounds like a dirty striptease act.

Never boring, sometimes inspired and at others too tuneless and directionless to be of much interest..

A difficult, decadent yet ambitious album that will have more haters than lovers.

Thanks to DamoXt7942 for the artist addition.

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