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Maneige - Live À L'Évêché (1975) CD (album) cover




Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.16 | 27 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
4 stars 4,5 stars really!!!

The release of this album came to me as a small surprise to me as I am normally aware of the Secret of the Gods in ProgQuebec, but I was not aware that this album would come so soon. Well it is only a half-new release (outside of the fact that these live recording date back in their very early career) as the three tracks that were available on the other posthumous release are actually included here, so we have 4 of the 7 tracks are completely unreleased be it live or in studio. Recorded around the time of the first album (before and after its release), they came to have a solid reputation, consistently blowing off stage the headlining Ekseption group and by the sound of these recordings it easy to see why they did so. More precisely the first 5 tracks from this disc are from a live broadcast for a radio station on Nov 22/75. The next two tracks come from a studio live broadcast on Jan 6/74. The four unreleased tracks that will hold most of my interest are rather short (all under 7 minutes) but I can tell you that it is a real pleasure to discover them as new tracks after all these years - well actually Les Epinettes will find its way on the first album as will Le Rafiot and 1-2-3-4-5-6, but as the first two studio release of Maneige have still not found a CD release, so this album can serve as an excellent introduction to the band since it is the only available Cd right now!. They develop a unique style of an almost instrumental fusion between classical music with rock rhythms and add a touch of jazz to this. Even so early in their career there are hints of the crazy rhythms (sometimes reminding you a bit of GG), but the incredible mastership of their respective instruments is awesome for a band with almost no prior recording experience.

If you do not own the previous live 74/75 recordings released in 98, this album is an absolute must and if you do own it, you have to acquire this one (and support ProgQuebec by the same occasion) and you might want to give the other album to a fellow proghead as an introduction to one of the best kept secret of our Archives.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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