Charles Loos (piano, keyboards)
Dirk Bogaert (flute)
Paul Elias (guitar)
Jean-Paul Musette (bass)
Tony Malisan (drums)
Jacky Mauer (drums)

“Jazz Rock supergroup from Belgium, including members from the veteran league of Prog and Jazz Rock music.The founding members appear to be keyboardist Charles Loos, who had parted ways with Cos a few years back, flutist Dirk Bogaert and drummer Jack Mauer, who previously played with Waterloo and Pazop, bassist Jean-Paul Musette...

This is the one and only album by this French symphonic rock band from 1976.

"This is a nice French band, from the classic Crypto label. Their sound is quite derivative of Yes, but they sound amazing, since they don't use keyboards! Well... they *do* use them, but it's quite hard to notice, and there's no keyboardist credited on the album! The bass/drums work is amazing, and the guitarist pulls out some very Howe-esque riffs. The vocals are soft and gentle, very "French"...this is straight...

"Well written (and very french) symph rock. For this album Booz was helped by three Alice members, bassist Alain Suzan, drummer Alain "Doudou" Weiss and guitarist Paul Semama along with ex-Zoo violin/sax player Michel Ripoche with also Michel Coeuriot on keyboards and William Sheller on piano and arrangements. Starting with a spoken monologue by Booz, the short second track will give an idea for what is going to come with its Zeuhl-ish pounding bass, the dark choirs and the orchestral strings. From this...

A legendary French group that never released an lp in their lifetime, although they recorded a not released album for Tapioca, and whose leader, Dominique Grimaud, later collaborated with Guigou Chenevier of Etron Fou and then founded Video-Aventures!
This recently found tape was recorded live during summer 1975. The formation of the band is different on this tape than their usual 'rock band' lineup, as during this period Camizole were a duo who played only electronic music in the same vein as Klaus...

Reasonably well known and well thought of 'proto-progressive' French album originally recorded in early 1972.

"Ergo Sum is a French progressive rock band based in Aix-En-Provence, led by singer Lionel Ledissez and flute player Jean Guerin. The unique (and highly sought after) album issued by this line-up, "Mexico" (1972), is now reissued and accompanied by a complete biography and bonus tracks. It's still full of the energy and youthfulness of the early Seventies. This music is based on tortured...

Beautiful, legitimate and fully licensed reissue with the striking cover art!

Etron Fou were one of the premier French avant/progressive bands from 1974-1986, & a founding member of R.I.O. This reissues the Etron's 1st album, from early 1977. This is certainly their most dada/out album, and I have a real soft spot for it in my heart, but I wouldn't recommend you start here unless your interest is more in general French craziness than in the superb musicality that came later.

Beautiful, legitimate and fully licensed reissue of a stone classic of the early and original R.I.O. movement.

Etron Fou were one of the premier French avant/progressive bands from 1974-1986, & a founding member of R.I.O. This reissues the...

This is Etron Fou Leloublan about 9 months after I saw them open up for Henry Cow, performing the material of their soon to be released fantastic 2nd album, Les Trois Fous, at the legendary, first RIO festival, along with Henry Cow, Stormy Six, Univers Zero and Samla Mammas Manna! A slice of history and an amazing performance by Ferdinand Richard (bass, vocals), Guigou Chenevier (drums, vocals) and Francis Grand (sax, vocals). Plus you can finally hear what I heard when I saw them, which is Ferdinand's...

Jean Lars (bass)
Marc Millon (drums, percussion, vibraphone)
Jean-Michel Philippe (acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Jacques Lars (electric guitar)
René-Marc Bini (keyboards)
Jean-Loup Marlaud (saxophone, clarinet, flute)
Alain Labarsouque (viola)

Ex Vitae were a avant-leaning, experimental, jazz/rock band, who veered between tightly composed sections and synamic group improvisation and who self-released this one album in 1978. The original album is quite rare (I’ve ne

“Originally released in France, in 1978, a unique LP by keyboardist and composer Joël Fajerman (in collaboration with Jan Yrssen) sees its first reissue.
Some of these songs were featured on the soundtrack of 'L'Aventure Des Plantes', one of the first ecological programs on French TV. This is an astonishing album filled with ambient moods, abstract moves, melancholia and beauty.”

“Very nice electronic-prog french release. If you're into Prophet sequences, Korg and Harp Odissey...old electro..

“Formed in 1973 in Rheda-Wiedenbruck, Frob is considered to be a “one-of-a-kind“ band among the alternative German music scene. Straying from the often too melodic and trippy melodic aspirations of the era, Frob also included a French jazz-fusion guitar player named Philippe Caillat in its line-up.
These Four Horsemen will give birth to a self-titled album in 1976, one that is fondly remembered by progheads as a pretty intense and unique piece of music. Indeed, those 8 tracks are mixing a relentless..

Great to see this relic from the very early 70s reappear on vinyl and with the original textured sleeve ("...all selections were written and composed by Dashiell Hedayat on Autumn 69...and finally recorded at Strawberry Studio on May 1971. Warning: This record must be played as loud as possible, must be heard as stoned as impossible and thank you everybody.").
Originally released 1971 on the rare and collectable Shandar label, this was the work of French writer Jack-Alain Leger, who released an...

Third & final of the original three Lard Free albums. Lard Free, led by Gilbert Artman, were a legendary, early progressive/avant/electronic instrumental group. Along with Heldon this is as close as the French came to "krautrock". This is probably my personal favorite of all of them, & I like all of them a lot! A classic!

"Chaotic heavy sound like as early German Rock. The original LP was released on Cobra in 1977. Featuring: Gilbert Artman (orgue, piano, arp synthetiseur, vibraphone, drums...

Classic, great, early and wild experimental avant/progressive rock band, led by drummer/composer Gilbert Artman, before he formed Urban Sax. Beautiful reproduction, including the gatefold sleeve.

"The first album by Lard Free, simply titled Gilbert Artman's Lard Free, is released in 1973 on the Vamp label. It has been recorded and mixed in April that year, the recording session taking place for only 36 hours in a London studio. But that's enough time for the band to showcase the adventurous...

"Unnamed is a collection of 1971/1972 Lard Free 'lost' recordings that documents an interesting, primitive period of the band and shows Artman & Co. moving freely in different directions : jazz, noise and the most radical musical improvisation."

Contains a bonus 7" (tracks: A1. "Cuve Perpetuelle"; B1: "A Chacun Son Boulez").

"An excellent album of previously unreleased music from 1971 and 1972. It mixes free jazz and typical early 70's "French freaky-rock to great effect, it's quite...

A French band who recorded for the Crypto label and released their one and only album in 1977, which has never been reissued before! The band consisted of Robert Duantet (guitars, vocals), Thierry Scaduto (organ, synthesizer, piano, flute, vocals), Jackie Poillot (bass, bass pedals) and Carmine Versage (drums).

"A group playing melodic progressive rock with a lush character reminsicent of early Genesis, Moody Blues, Cressida, Rare Bird and Fruupp. Still, Metabolisme have their own distinctive...

Denis Barbier – flutes
Pierre-Jean Gidon – tenor & soprano sax
Olivier Hutman – piano, electric piano
Jean-Marie Laumonnier – double bass, electric bass
Jean-Philippe Lobrot – drums
Mino Cinelu – percussion

This is the first time that this one-and-done French jazz rock rarity has ever been reissued in any form!
This is Euro-styled progressive electric jazz; perhaps a bit comparable to Missus Beastly.

“Originally released in 1976, Moravagine (including 3 membe

Beautiful, legitimate and fully licensed reissue of a stone classic of wacky, early 80s electro-wave with the fantastic Mark Beyer cover!

Ptose were a great, some Residents inspired electro-band from France in the 70s. This was their only...

“An early-70's French entry with strong Magma links.It all started in late-60's, when keyboardist Jean-Pol Asseline and drummer Thierry Blanchard played with bassist Gerard Prévost, future member of Zao, and participated in several Jazz-linked concerts, before deciding to form a regular band. Asseline and Blanchard were joined by organist Alain Monier, bassist Serge Lenoir and sax player Alain Hatot, forming Guige. They were rehearsing at Monier's family basement and were discovered by CBS, signing a...

This is the first solo album from one of the main folks in Etron Fou Leloublan. It was originally released on the Celluloid label in 1981, around the same time that the band was working on "Les Poumons Gonfl�s".
Even though the personnel is listed semi-pseudonymously, I'm pretty sure that this is all of Etron Fou backing him on this.
Not quite as great as Etron Fou, but still very good and even whackier.

"A unique blend of dadaist jazz, art rock and new wave, inviting Ferdinand into the

George Jinda - drums
Yochk’o Seffer - wind instruments
Jean-Luis Bucchi - electric piano
Janik Top – electric bass
Shiroc - percussion
+ strings

“Understated French fusion LP that hits all the requisite pleasure centers, once you are already deeply acquainted with the scene.
Side one is an invigorating mix of early Magma and Zao with Janik Top on bass, and in gloriously compressed (i.e. "French") sound. Side Two is more esoteric and atmospheric for most of its length,

“French jazz-rock with a wonderfully laid-back feel to it, some fine strings and lead guitar accompaniment. Weird and groovy music with a difference!
Certainly the most obscure album on the Pole label. I hadn't even heard of it until recently. Featuring a crude black and white cover, it's exactly the sort of album you would expect to find on the FLVM label a few years later. This pre-Falstaff outfit mixed complex progressive rock in the Memoriance / Pulsar vein, along with jazz rock sections and...

"An ecology-inspired Krautrock album (1971) from a short-lived group comprised of German school-chums, some of whom had recorded an LP as Trikolon. Tetragon did not conform to any predetermined musical style: they played whatever they pleased, as long as it included groovy Hammond organ and very trippy, flanged wah-wah guitar, in various taut jamming modes that favored jazz/rock fusion à la Miles Davis with a small dose of classical music (adapting a Bach fugue along the way). The result is a bouquet of...

Bernard Weber (bass, guitar, sitar)
Anne Gouraud (double bass, vocals)
Xavier Baulleret (guitar)
F. Robert Lloyd (guitar)
Jac Berrocal (trumpet, vocals)
Emiko Ota (percussion, harmonium)
Ménaka de Mahodaya (tambura, dancer)
Frédéric Acquaviva (clarinet, saxophone)

“Another evolution of Urban Sax concept, composed and directed by the visionary composer Gilbert Artman, conceived as a double quintet of talented multi-instrumentalists (featuring Jac Berrocal, Bernard

“Verto (aka Vertø) was chiefly the project of Toulouse (France) based guitarist Jean-Pierre Grasset circa 1974 to '79. Verto involved members of Potemkine in the early days, playing a hybrid of rock fusions close the Zeuhl style. Often Verto would be Monsieur Grasset alone, doing live multi-track work on his guitar with delay/foldback in the vein of Manuel Göttsching or Steve Hillage. Other members included Benoît Widemann (from Magma) and Jean-Pierre Fouquey (from Forgas and later in Magma).”


Beautiful, legitimate and fully licensed reissue with gatefold sleeve!

"Formed from two former Magma members: Yochk'o Seffer (Saxophone) and Franois, Faton" Cahen (Piano)", Zao proposes through its albums a fusion of rock, jazzHungarian folk...