Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Ange - Par Les Fils De Mandrin [1976 ]

Formed in late 1969 by brothers Christian Descamps (vocals) and Francis Descamps (keyboards) and later joined by guitarist Jean-Michel Brézovar, bassist Daniel Haas and Gérard Jelsh on drums, this French symphonic progressive rock band, similar to contemporaries such as Genesis and King Crimson, is undoubtedly France’s most important prog band. Marrying prog rock influences with French folk and theatrical vocals à la Jacques Brel (Ange covered Ces Gens-là from Brel, and it turned out to be their first hit in 1970), Ange’s music, but mostly their lyrics, are second to none. Thirty years later, after multiple lineup changes, charismatic and theatrical frontman Christian Descamps leads the new Ange generation alongside his son Tristan on keyboards, Hassan Hajdi on guitars, Thierry Sidhoun on bass, Caroline Crozat on vocals and Benoît Cazzulini on drums.
The classic line up (except for the drummer which changed often) recorded many cult classics, such as « Caricatures », « Le Cimetière des Arlequins », and a series of masterpieces like « Au-delà du Délire », « Émile Jacotey », « Par les Fils de Mandrin » and « Guet-Apens ». 10 years after « Guet-Apens », the same lineup would reunite and release two albums, « Sève qui Peut » in 1989 and « Les larmes du Dalaï-Lama » in 1992. While being modern, these albums nevertheless captured the main ingredients unique to Ange. Their latest albums, « Culinaire Lingus » and « ? » see the band as inspired and pertinent as ever, as if Descamps had found the secret of eternal youth.


1. Par les Fils de Mandrin (4:48)
2. Au Café du Colibri (4:02)
3. Ainsi s'en ira la pluie (6:08)
4. Autour du Feu (3:06)
5. Saltimbanques (4:15)
6. Des yeux Couleur d'Enfants (4:20)
7. Atlantis "les géants de la 3e Lune" (5:05)
8. Hymne à la Vie (9:44)
a) Cantique (4:15)
b) Procession (3:52)
c) Hymne (1:37)

Total Time: 41:28

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virshla said...



Sir Lord Doom said...

Hey Virshla, thanks for sharing this, even though I already have it (and even have it in my own blog). ANGE is one of those few bands that are really BIG, even though only composition wise. Check my blog and if you like, check my own band Forgotten North, the download link is there (March or April section) and let me know what you think.



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Anonymous said...

Hi! can you post the english version of this lp? the utra rare "by the sons of mandrin"