Les Octaves – Un efants dans les sables (1975)

FrontCover1In 1963, six high school students from Troyes, passionate about French song, formed the vocal group “Les Octaves”: Léda and Gérard BOEHLER, Jean-Marie PLOYE, Michel JOUBERT, Gérard FARDET and Bernard GUYOT.
In 68, they released a mini-album of 5 tracks (A opera, Maria, My father, File la Laine, l’Enfant do) followed by four self-produced 45 rpm, with original compositions.
In 73, they recorded the album “They were right”.
They meet Mouloudji with whom they will make shows, records and tours.
Very attached to the texts and to the vocal harmonies, they link the shows, associating the song and the theatrical game.
In 1975, they successfully played “Un enfant dans les sables”, a musical for young audiences, then released on an album. The albums “Un parfum d’herbes sauvage” followed.
(76), “Eux oui, nous non”, with 3 titles by F. Corbier and “La chanson de Brel” (81).
In 83, Gérard Fardet left the group to try a solo career.

LesOctaves01Also appear “On the terrace” (84), “Le Oath d’Aldebert”, “L’Arche marveleuse” (85), “T’as beau t’appeler Van Gogh”, with texts by Karim Kacel, “La Fontaine, le retour “(95) and” Encore un ptit vers? “(99).
In 2001, JM Ploye separated from the group for health reasons and Les Octaves reworked their shows as a quartet. They published “La belle nuit de Noël” (2004) and performed “Comme un petit coquelicot” (2003) and “Poèmes et Chants concentration camps “(2005). (bide-et-musique.com; translation by google)

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“Un enfant dans les sables”, is the first musical for young audiences, performed more than 700 times ad thi album was the soundtrack from this musical.

This album was re-recorded in 1986 and even in 1996/97 Les Octaves were with this music on a very sucessful through France.

Amd it´s a real nice and funny idea … and good music, too. If you like Chansons … listen and enjoy !

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Personnel:
Bob Anthonioz (guitar)
André Beneteau (bass)
Leda Boehler (organ)
Coaty de Oliveira (drums, percussion)
Patrick Peronne (piano, synthesizer)
Claude Thomain (accordion)

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Tracklist:
01. Parmi Les Sables Du Désert (Among The Desert Sands) 2.24
02. Apprivoiser (Tame) 3.03
03. Au Hasard Des Planètes (Random Planets) 2.46
04. La Perle Et L’Oasis (The Pearl and the Oasis) 1.32
05. Le Menuet Des Planètes (The Minuet Of The Planets) 1.41
06. La Ballade De La Rose (The Ballad Of The Rose) 2.17
07. Une Étoile Qui Rit (A Laughing Star) 2.01
08. La Comptine Du Renard (The Fox Nursery Rhyme ) 1.40
09. Le Sosie De La Sangsue (Le Serpent) The Leech Double (The Snake) 1.44
10. La Consigne (Setpoint) 2.45
11. Soleil Couchant (Sunset)1.26
12. Regarde Avec Ton Coeur (Look With Your Heart) 2.29

Music: Gérard Fardet
Lyrics: Robert Noël

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Grand Funk Railroad – Bosnia (1997)

FrontCover1Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular during the 1970s, who toured extensively and played to packed arenas worldwide.

Known for their crowd-pleasing arena rock style, the band was well-regarded by audiences despite a relative lack of critical acclaim.

The band’s name is a play on words of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a line that runs through the band’s home town of Flint, Michigan.

Original lineup of Grand Funk Railroad
(left to right: Don Brewer, Mark Farner, and Mel Schacher):
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Bosnia is a live recording by the American rock band Grand Funk Railroad. The concert was a benefit performance for the nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was recorded live 20 April 1997 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Special guest performers included Peter Frampton, Alto Reed, Paul Shaffer, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The band later claimed that Capitol released it without the band members’ knowledge or consent. (wikipedia)

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Many people have thought many things about Grand Funk Railroad, but chances are, no one ever thought they were politically conscious, despite songs like “People Let’s Stop the War,” “Save the Land,” and “Freedom Is for Children.” That’s only one of the reasons why the double-disc Bosnia seems so odd: it’s hard to believe that the band had even heard of Bosnia, much less care about what was happening there. Evidently, the Bosnian ambassador went to high school in Cleveland, where he became a huge Grand Funk fan, and years later, that somehow led to the band giving a Bosnian relief benefit concert in Detroit in the spring of 1997. Since this was a special event — not only were they reuniting, but they were doing it for a cause — the trio decided to augment their lineup with a four-piece horn section led by the Silver Bullet Band’s Alto Reed and, on occasion, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which was under the direction of notorious Letterman lounge lizard Paul Shaffer.

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It’s a lineup that flirts with kitsch, and since nobody involved with the project realizes that, it’s even weirder and campier than it would be if the whole thing was intentional. So, Bosnia captures the bulk of Grand Funk’s set, featuring 20 songs over two CDs. Of course all of their hits are here. It’s the kind of overblown performance that has been out of favor since the late ’70s, and it does sound outdated in the ’90s. Naturally, that means that anyone who wasn’t already a Grand Funk Railroad fan will be repelled by the sheer size and sound of Bosnia, but for those who have loyally stood by the band over the years, it’s an interesting set, even though it’s more of a memento than a real record. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Don Brewer (drums, percussion, vocals)
Howard Eddy Jr. (keyboards)
Mark Farner (guitar, vocals, percussion)
Mel Schacher (bass)
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Peter Frampton (guitar)
Alto Reed (saxophone)
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Michigan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Shaffer

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Strauss) 1.26
02. Are You Ready (Farner) 3.26
03. Rock ‘N Roll Soul (Farner) 3.50
04. Footstompin’ Music (Farner) 4.19
05. Time Machine (Farner) 3.29
06. Paranoid / Sin’s  Good Man’s Brother / Mr. Limousine Driver Medley (Farner) 7.17
07. Heartbreaker (Farner) 7.38
08. Aimless Lady (Farner) 3.53
09. T.N.U.C. (Farner) 7.25
10. Inside Looking Out (Burdon/Chandler) 10.22
11. Shinin’ On (Brewer/Farner) 3.37
12. The Loco-Motion (Goffin/King) 3.41
13. We’re An American Band (Brewer) 3.58

CD 2:
01. Overture (Haskell) 3.00
02. Mean Mistreater (Farner) 4.26
03. Some Kind Of Wonderful (Ellison) 3,58
04. To Get Back In (Farner) 4.02
05. Bad Time (Farner) 2.57
06. I’m Your Captain (Closer To Home) (Farner) 9.04
07. Loneliness (studio recording) (Farner) 8.59

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