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Si on Avait Besoin D'Une Cinquieme Saison [Import]

HarmoniumAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 4, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000I2JD30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pastoral and progressive serenity September 20, 2007
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This somewhat obscure 1975 album by Harmonium certainly ranks very highly amongst proggers. In fact, the ProgArchives website places Si on avait Besoin du'une Cinquieme Saison (If one needed a fifth season) fairly high up on the list of the 100 most popular prog albums (as designated on their website). This album is simply wonderful and presents a nice blend of folk, progressive rock, some jazz, and even a tiny hint of bluegrass - it has inspired me to explore the Quebec scene further; a scene I should be a bit more familiar with than I am.

The lineup on this album includes Serge Fiori (6 and 12 string acoustic guitars; flute; mandolin; zither harp; percussion; vocals); Michael Normandeau (6 string acoustic guitar; accordion; dulcimer; and vocals); Luis Valois (Rickenbacker electric bass guitar; electric piano; and vocals); Pierre Daigneault (flute; piccolo; soprano saxophone; clarinet; bass clarinet; and Serge Locat (grand piano; electric piano; mellotron; synthesizers). Supporting musicians include Judy Richard (vocalese on on Histoires sans Paroles); and Marie Bernard (martenot on En Pleine Face). The martenot was a new instrument for me so I dug up a few internet factoids and found that it is an early electronic instrument with a keyboard and slide, which was invented in 1928 (by Maurice Martenot). The sound is very similar to that of the Theremin - as it is used on this album, the instrument produces some supremely eerie, oscillating tones at the introduction to En Pleine Face. Conspicuous in its absence on this album is the drum kit - a welcome change of pace in my opinion. The effect (for me at any rate) was to make me focus more on the dense arrangements and lush cushion of warm tone colors generated with the acoustic guitar and mellotron (with string setting).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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It's too bad that not much music from Quebec is known here in America. Down here we associate that province with Celine Dion who inflicted us through the years with mush (had she not decided to sing in English by 1990, us Americans would have been spared from her). As a prog rock fan, I am so glad to discover in the 1970s that the province had much to offer in the way of prog rock. Getting albums from the likes of Pollen, Et Cetera, Opus 5 and Sloche only proves that (I also discovered the members of Et Cetera and Pollen had later played for Celine Dion)!

Harmonium is regarded as one of Quebec's finest in the world of prog. But like England's Strawbs, they had folk origins (not that Harmonium sounds anything like The Strawbs, just that both started as folk groups that later became prog acts). Their self-entitled 1974 debut was pretty much a straight-ahead folk-rock album with drums on several cuts. Basically one of those good albums that will only demonstrate better things to come (which they delivered). That album became popular in Quebec. It's with their second album, Si On Avait Besoin D'une 5ième Saison, (or Les Cinq Saisons for short), released in 1975 on the Célébration label, where the band got serious on prog rock. The drums were dropped entirely for this album (it's their only album without drums). They included a keyboardist, Serge Locat who included some majestic Mellotron work on the album's two key cuts. The album was inspired by the seasons including that fictional "fifth season". But they hadn't abandoned their folk roots either as it's still quite obvious throughout the album, a prime example going to "En Pleine Face". "Vert" is that album's opening cut, I really dig the use of electric piano and sax in this piece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "Made in Québec" music June 25, 2007
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Second album from the band, which blend music style from the first and the third album, this one is really between two worlds, between folk (Harmonium, their debut album) and progressive (L'Heptade, their third release. This album and the other two are really part of our history here in the Province of Québec, in Canada. Worth the discovery. Try it !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les années 70 February 23, 2005
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Harmonium, on le sait, représente le Québec des années 70. Mais l'album si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison fait plus que ça. Elle représente un état d'esprit très caractéristique du Québécois des années 70. 5 chansons, meilleures les une que les autres, c'est surement l'album qui traversera le mieux le temps de toutes les archives québécoises. Un son riche, des instruments magiques, le tout forme une musique inouie qu'eux memes n'ont jamais été capables de recréer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best, in my not-so-humble opinion. July 3, 2004
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If you're into nostalgia, buy the excellent folk-rock debut album which has all the classic campfire songs ("Pour un instant", "Un Musicien parmi tant d'autres", "Harmonium", etc.). But if you really want to hear one of Québec's best-known bands hit their top musical stride, buy this album and the live "En tournée" (which is basically "L'Heptade" in an excellent live setting, minus Neil Chotem's orchestral interludes, but including wicked guitar from ex-Ville Emard Blues Band and Toubadou guitarist Robert Stanley). If you're into acoustic prog and groups like Renaissance, you should seriously check this album out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My fourth purchase of this album
I was a transfer student to McGill University in Montreal in 1976 when I first encoutered this album and group. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stage
5.0 out of 5 stars This is brilliant!
This beautiful album is a must-have for any classic rock collection, I can't believe I only first heard of these guys a few weeks ago via Amazon. Read more
Published on February 24, 2011 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars about Serge Fiori
I am very impress by the quality of the reviews. So I won't add other comments except to tell those who bought Harmonium to keep a hear about Deux Cents Nuits A L'Heure from Serge... Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by Jacques Rioux
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Album - for the awake and the sleeping
I love this album!
such beautiful harmonies and melodies.
We , a bunch of musicians, were driving down south in a car, and we heard that album in loops, over and over... Read more
Published on October 23, 2010 by Niv
4.0 out of 5 stars An obscured French-Canadian band from the middle-seventies, whose...
An obscured French-Canadian band from the middle-seventies, whose pastoral side (actually They were born as a light folk prog band) was always evident and all along their short... Read more
Published on April 15, 2010 by Lethe
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative
The music will transport you back to Montreal in the late seventies. Memories of smoke-filled clubs filled with idealistic Quebecois youth eager to change the world fill my mind. Read more
Published on October 27, 2008 by geekette 57
5.0 out of 5 stars As Should Be Expected
The item arrived within the designated time frame and in the aforementioned condition. Thanks.
Published on October 6, 2008 by Owain Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled
Don't let the picture fool you, it did me. This is NOT a mini LP or LP Sleeve, its a regular jewel case with an OBI strip. Guess I should have been more careful. Read more
Published on April 9, 2008 by Ronald Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding find for this US person!
While visiting a Canadian friend I was asked "do you like Cirque music? Do you like Mannheim Steamroller? Do you like creative artists?" I said yes. Read more
Published on December 17, 2007 by A. Stone
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