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Poll Question: The album you like most?
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    Posted: October 10 2007 at 21:53
POTEMKINE to me have this cool jazzeuhl sound, I really dig the bass movements in their music, the way they use it to create a groovy sound.
As with several other French bands, this too had siblings forming it.
 
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Potemkine managed to blend in a very good way the basis of Zeuhl music with its prominent bass role and a lighthearted spirit of fusion with some 20th century contemporary music. They this deviate from the norm of “mainstream” Zeuhl, but they manage to deliver an original sound, making them unique in this scene. Potemkine was formed by three brothers from Toulouse – Charles (guitars, piano, vocals), Philippe (drums and percussions, piano) and Michel (piano, vocals) Goubin. They had taken other musicians to fill in the positions of bass, violin and some drumming and percussions parts. They released their first album Foetus in 1975. This album was more influenced by Magma, though it contained the fusion leniency. In 1977 Triton was released and it featured a more clear inclination towards a fusion sound, but the Zeuhl characteristics are still there (in the bass part, theatrical piano playing and the occasional chanting vocals) and also the chamber music sound that would later appear in RIO originators bands such as Univers Zero. This approach reached its peak in Nicolas II released in 1978 which also marks their last album. You can get both Triton and Nicolas II on CD from SOLEIL ZEUHL.
 
 
 
I would recommend getting the Soleil Zeuhl re-issues of Nicolas and Triton where the bonus tracks are in fact the Foetus album and Mystere single.
 
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 11 2007 at 04:24
I went for Triton.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 11 2007 at 14:59
Nicolas II for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2007 at 13:23
For groovy jazzeuhl, you can't go wrong with either Triton or Nicolas, I think.
 
Too bad I couldn't find any sample. I'll try and add an mp3 to their PA page.
I'll send one to Tony R.
 
Which track you think would be best?
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2007 at 15:12
"Nicolas II" is the album with the jazziest focus on it, relatively releaving the ban'd sound from the strong RIO component tha thad been featured on previous efforts.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2007 at 15:19
I think I prefer Triton too, if memory serves.  I prefer their sound to Zao's later jazz sound too, infact.  A very good band indeed.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 14 2007 at 10:43
Mystère, actually. Out of the real albums, I prefer Fœtus.

Are the re-issues still in print?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 14 2007 at 11:55
Originally posted by Philéas Philéas wrote:

Mystère, actually. Out of the real albums, I prefer Fœtus.

Are the re-issues still in print?
 
Yes, I bought them just earlier this year.
 
Greg Walker still lists them - http://synphonic.8m.com/country/france.htm
And I guess other online vendors have them.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2007 at 20:32
Originally posted by Geck0 Geck0 wrote:

I think I prefer Triton too, if memory serves.  I prefer their sound to Zao's later jazz sound too, infact.  A very good band indeed.
 
Yeas, ZAO is another example of a Zheul band that gradually went focusing more on the jazz-rock aspect of their music. Both grands ae great, indeed, but it's understandable that those who grew to love their earlier efforts feel less enthusiastic about thir later albums. Another example of "not-too-amazing" development is AIN SOPH, who began recycling the influences from Canterbury and Camel through exotic melodic flavors from their native Japan, and then they turned into a Yellow Jackets-kind of jazz-rock band for their "5 Evolved into 9" album. This was a good musical work, but the band had lost its main peculiar essence.
 
Anyway, these things are better than doing 'Follow You Follow Me' or 'No Reply At All'.
 
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