Various Artists — 70 Minutes de Rock Progressif Français pour 30 Balles
(Musea FGBG 4123.AR, 1994, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-07-01
OK, here's the deal: Musea has collected thirteen tracks of symphonic progressive rock sung in French, and put it on this low price (70 Francs) sampler CD. If you've been hesitating to take the plunge, afraid that you might not get into the French vocals of bands like Mona Lisa, Halloween, and Versailles, here's your chance to sample some of these bands — many among the best France has to offer, and find out for sure. I'm sure that after a few listens, many of the doubters will become converts. Unlike the earlier compilations on Musea (Enneade, Enchantement, Dithyrambe, and Seven Days of a Life), the selections here were taken directly from these bands' regular albums, a mix of new artists and reissues. Featured artists are: (in order of appearance) Christian Décamps, Halloween, Mona Lisa, Cafeine, Grime, Pentacle, Quidam, Galaad, Skryvania, Orion, Naos, Versailles, and Eclat. A good cross-section of French rock from the seventies through the present. What more could you want?
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