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Igor Wakhévitch

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Sean Trane
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4 stars This six-disc boxset is the only way to get Igor's full 70's works, whether in one piece or if you wished for a single album. If you were opting for the latter, you'd have a hard time choosing just one separate album, because all of Wakhévitch's work is relatively similar to the other albums he made: highly experimental doom electronic avant-garde music, with a constant progression, away from the musical mainstream and conventions. Some of that music that can be loosely linked to the "rock scene", in part due to the appearance of the Triangle pop-rock group in his first two albums, especially in his second opus Dr Faust. These two can be seen as Igor's rock phase, and IMHO, this is his most interesting period.

Of course, you'll also find the two "esoteric" schmaltz albums of Hathor and Fous D'Or albums, which don't find much grace (especially the latter) to my eyes or ears. We'll call this his esoteric phase. Missing from this Donc boxset, supposedly gathering all of Igor's 70's works, is his Salvatore Dali collaboration from 74, and if I haven't heard it, it's rumoured to sound a bit like the Nagual album and its surrealist soundscapes. As for the closing Let's Start, it is one of his better works. The last two art h closest to Tangerine Dream IMHO.

On the boxset and booklet presentation front, there are many infos lacking, like line-ups, the liner notes being weird, esoteric, voluntarily evasive and bizarre and uninformative. The boxset's artwork is somewhat reminiscent of Igor's debut album Logos. The six discs comes in white paper envelopes with a number (fortunately chronologically sequenced) and colours roughly reminiscent of the album's artworks (except notably for the Fous D'Or, which is yellow instead of green). The front artworks are all assembled in one big folded page, but there is not much else. It's not like one would have a choice, though. From my informations, the albums are unavailable separately in CD format, so the boxset might just be the only way to go, unless finding the original vinyls.

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