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    Posted: April 20 2009 at 12:36
I heard a track from this 1974 self-titled album on the radio a little while back and have since procured it in order to give it a thorough listen. Why on earth this group (though by all of accounts they were more of a studio project than a fully-fledged band) has not already been added I simply cannot fathom!

The album's a curious mix of symphonic prog, fusion and Zeuhl-y touches (it's worth noting that violinist Didier Lockwood features a good deal on this album, which was recorded around the same time as his stint with Magma).

There was a second (curiously ALSO self-titled) album recorded in 1981, but I've not heard it yet. Still, I'd say this band's a fully worthwhile add for Eclectic on the strength of the first album alone.

Here's a link to the RYM page: http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/visitors_f1

I'll try and stick some samples online soon, but for now, anyone who has heard the album (or who owns a copy of that lovely "Prog is Not a Four Letter Word" compilation, which features a tasty morsel from the first album) do feel free to chip in!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2009 at 12:48
Here's a myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/visitorspsychprog

Very cool.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2009 at 13:38
Ooh nice one! So what do you reckon would be the best sub-genre, Logan?  Personally I'd say Eclectic might be a good fit.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2009 at 14:00
Though I played all of the tracks, I was a bit distracted with other things.  Excellent music.  Eclectic is what I was going to suggest -- got a lot of heavy/ psych elements with folk elements too as I recall.  I'd be fine with it in Eclectic.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2009 at 14:11
So much out there that goes unoticed. Like the violin. kinda gets somewhat freaky at times. Their tritle track reminds me distantly of some early Gentle Giant!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2009 at 14:26
Two positive votes so far...Emoticons
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2009 at 18:14
definite thumbs ups. Visitors is yet another project of french extraordinaire Jean-Pierre Massiera who was a driving force behind the french underground prog/psych scene. Some other bands he was a part of, many of which were leaning towards to prog spectrum: Les Maledictus Sound, Horrific Child, Venus Gang and Les Chats Renaissance; there are probably more I cannot think of now. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2009 at 20:13
If it has Didier Lockwood on it, I'm there.  Clap
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 21 2009 at 02:55
Originally posted by Apsalar Apsalar wrote:

definite thumbs ups. Visitors is yet another project of french extraordinaire Jean-Pierre Massiera who was a driving force behind the french underground prog/psych scene. Some other bands he was a part of, many of which were leaning towards to prog spectrum: Les Maledictus Sound, Horrific Child, Venus Gang and Les Chats Renaissance; there are probably more I cannot think of now. 


Indeed! It was during a segment of the show devoted to Massiera's work that I heard the track. It stood out to me amongst the other tracks as being particularly proggy (though I also rather enjoyed the extract from Les Maledictus Sound).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 21 2009 at 04:21
Big fan of everything Massiera did (except that second Visitors album). All for, of course. Visitors first is a krauty classic, and Eclectic or Psychedelic/Space Rock will do just fine. I've just been to lazy to suggest them.

A couple more is Herman's Rocket, Wappasou's third album, the not so great Atlantide and my favorite: Jean-Pierre Massiera & Bernard Torelli - Turn Radio On which is the funniest album in my entire collection. (Got Special Night as my ringtone) Not prog though. More like the follow up to Les Maledictus Sound.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 21 2009 at 07:34
Visitors is great.A big yes for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 24 2009 at 05:29
Any progress with this? Have they been approved for Eclectic yet?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 24 2009 at 15:31
It's the same, but more evaluations tend to take place on the weekend (is it the same with the Avant team?).  You'll probably be alerted here once the team has come to a decision (I'll be away); otherwise, please keep your eye on the Eclectic team thread for progress, and leave a note, or just say hi.  Be great to see more collabs joining in on the team discussions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 25 2009 at 09:56
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

It's the same, but more evaluations tend to take place on the weekend (is it the same with the Avant team?).  You'll probably be alerted here once the team has come to a decision (I'll be away); otherwise, please keep your eye on the Eclectic team thread for progress, and leave a note, or just say hi.  Be great to see more collabs joining in on the team discussions.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 06 2009 at 17:31
Hey all.

Visitors officially cleared for Eclectic. Any takers on the addition?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 06 2009 at 18:03
sorry I missed this thread, I've got the Prog is Not a Four Letter Word CD and loved the Visitors cut..  couldn't find any photos though, they're not even on Proggnosis, so I'll pass on doing the addition


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2009 at 05:44
Originally posted by Ricochet Ricochet wrote:

Hey all.

Visitors officially cleared for Eclectic. Any takers on the addition?

I'd be happy to do it if no one else fancies it. My laptop's away being fixed right now, so it might take me a while, but I guess it's not an urgent addition...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2009 at 11:08
Originally posted by Trouserpress Trouserpress wrote:

Originally posted by Ricochet Ricochet wrote:

Hey all.

Visitors officially cleared for Eclectic. Any takers on the addition?

I'd be happy to do it if no one else fancies it. My laptop's away being fixed right now, so it might take me a while, but I guess it's not an urgent addition...


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2009 at 13:42
Listening to their myspace right now. Cool spooky stuff. I think these guys were into UFOs. How did we miss these guys? 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 08 2009 at 03:46
I woke up absurdly early this morning so I took the opportunity to nick my ladyfriend's mac and work on adding eX-Girl (I've been meaning to get them added for ages... they were approved weeks ago!) and, of course, Visitors!

Thus: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4475

Incidentally, for anyone who wishes to hear the 1984 album (I listened to the whole thing this morning in order to write an accurate biography... I suggest you only do so out of morbid curiosity), the whole thing's got its own myspace page here: http://www.myspace.com/visitors81tribute
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