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10/28/2014

2011 release. Alga Marghen presents one of the treasures of the French avant scene of the 1970s, published now for the first time. An ideal parallel to Jac Berrocal's cult LP Paralleles, the realization of these pieces, recorded by Daniel Deshays and produced by d'Avantage in 1977 that also conceived a very elaborate sleeve design, was mysteriously discontinued, making this record one of the lost jewels of the French underground. Together with Michel Potage (voice and various instruments) and Jac Berrocal (trumpet, valve trombone, tibetal oboe, percussions), the same ensemble that recorded Berrocal's Paralleles, and Pierre Bastien of Nu Creative Methods fame (bass, Tibetan reed instruments, trumpet, voice), the father of French free jazz Bernard Vitet (bugle, trumpet, reed instruments, violin, voice), Roger Ferlet (trumpet, slide trombone, voice), Claude Parle (accordion, reed instruments, voice), Françoise Achard (voice, chant, lao mouth organ, balano, rainstick), the legendary producer and sound engineer Daniel Deshays (voice), poet Jean-Marie Gibbal (voice) and a Ford Break (engine, speed, brakes, light, etc.), everyone is here following Michel Potage's vision and enters into a magic sound territory. Michel Potage was co-founder with Berrocal of the d'Avantage label in 1976, he played in the first Catalogue band (with Jac Berrocal and Jean-François Pauvros), a performer close to Julian Beck's Living Theatre on one side and to James Chance's no-wave Contortions on the other, musique concrète avant-gardist and poet of destroyed lyricism. After three years of collaboration in close connection with the author, Alga Marghen conceived a new layout with original photos of the recording sessions and proudly co-released this production with d'Avantage. The sound was restored from the original masters by Daniel Deshays. Edition limited to 385 copies, including an LP-size 8-page booklet with complete lyrics and photos from the recording session. Gatefold sleeve.