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Inedits 1970
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SHL 1008CD SHL 1008CD
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Saravah is an independent French label, founded by Pierre Barouh in 1965. They have documented strange French pop, folk and jazz and are still around, although their moto seems to be "Some years you don't feel like doing anything" which might explain their sporadic output. Jacques Higelin was a key tangential figure to the Brigitte Fontaine/Areski universe, who recorded a series of albums in the 70s, include these earliest ones for Saravah (Fontaine & Higelin were recording together as early as '67 if I'm not mistaken). Inedits 1970 is a CD original release of previously unavailable archive material recorded at the Saravah studio in 1970. Higelin sings, plays guitar, accordion, piano, banjo. Areski provides exotic percussion, etc. Brigitte Fontaine drops by for some background vocals. The first half of this is pleasant folk-rock, with a particular French slant & quite beautiful at times. The final track, "A Moi Les Monstres" is a nineteen minute freak-out, dominated by Areski's diverse percussion, acid-flash production and 3-sheets-to-the-wind vocalizing from Higelin. A wild and unknown tripped out cosmic intervention most deserving of attention.