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...

Frédéric Leoz - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Michel Gervasoni - guitar
Pierre Choirier - drums
Christian Gendry - bass

Acanthe was a progressive rock band with some psychedelic florishes from the Grenoble region of France. Despite the fact that they toured a lot between 1973 and 1977, when they disbanded, they never released anything during their lifetime!

“Acanthe is one of many lost forgotten prog bands from mid to late '70s who for sure needed a far more recognition and.

“ANUBIS comes within this new trend in French rock influenced at the same time by the "old" French school represented by ANGE, ATOLL, MONA LISA and by current French rock and songs. The group offers a music based on carefully selected vocal harmonies, the singer's high voice and the energetic straightforward themes during which the guitarist plays some very good, original and elaborate solos.”-La Discographie du Rock Français

“Late entry of the classic French Prog movement.Mainly guitar-driven...

This is the first time that this classic, Swedish symphonic rock band, who only ever released this one album, have had this reissued on vinyl in 45 years!
This Swedish instrumental quintet who had formed in Malmo in 1974, had two keyboardists, guitar, bass and drums. Their sound was obviously influenced by Selling England-era Genesis, and if you love that sound, this has much to commend it.

“The 1979 album 'Blå Vardag' by Atlas is in every way indispensable when looking at the progressive...

“In 1977 Atoll released the third album of their nice trilogy of 70's works. On ''Tertio'' the line-up is reduced to four members - Alain Gozzo, Christian Béya, Jean-Luc Thillot, Michel Taillet; there are no violins and the style is far less intricate than on the previous albums, but fortunately no less interesting. They switched into a more classic Symphonic Prog vein, similar to Genesis and Ange, with big synthesizer/organ sounds and afar more pronounced poetic/melodramatic edge both on vocals and....

"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...

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...

"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...

This was the first of two by this French prog rock band of the mid 1970's in the tradition of Ange, Mona Lisa and Atoll, as well as Pink Floyd.
Originally released only in France in 1976, this is its first-ever legitimate reissue in any form since that time!

“While not too dissimilar from fellow French prog rock bands, Memoriance managed to create their sound niche, reminding me of Atoll and Mona Lisa mostly but also of Shylock and Arachnoid to some extent but only in a few segments. They are.

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

Claude Menetrier - organ, Moog, Elka string ensemble, piano
Michel Roy - drums, backing vocals
Gerald Reuz - electric & acoustic guitars, lead vocals
Richard Treiber - bass, acoustic guitar

This was the 1975 release by this ‘one and done’ French prog rock band whose release was produced by Ange’s Christian Decamps.
Originally released only in France in 1975. This is its first-ever vinyl reissue since that time!

“The music of Pentacle was theatrical and poetic...

Charles Goubin-guitar, piano, vocals
Philippe Goubin-percussion, piano, vocals
Dominique Dubuisson-bass

Potemkine were a great French band who existed throughout most of the 70's. They absorbed influences from zeuhl, fusion, avant-rock and more & fused it into a blend that was their's alone!

This is their fabulous, under-recognized classic 2nd album. It was their most zeuhl-ish recording, but it’s also one of the greatest non-Magma Zeuhl albums of the 70s, based around acoustic.

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

One and done progressive rock band from 1978, originally on the Balloon Noir label by a band from Brittany.
This is its first-ever vinyl reissue since that time!
"Ripaille (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards-vocals & keyboards) plays an elaborate progressive rock music, mixing rock, folk and medieval influences. In combinating those styles, the band established an obvious link to both Ange and Gentle Giant. Here you'll find vocal perfection and complexity, truly fine arrangements, and 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).”