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Electronique Guerilla / It's Only Rock 'N' Roll

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Disc: 1
1. Zind
2. Back To Heldon
3. Northernland Lady
4. Ouais Marchias Mieux Qu'En 68 (Ex. 'Le Voyageur')
5. Circulus Vitiosus
6. Ballade Pour Puig Antich (Revolutionnaire Assassine En Espangel)
7. ICS Machinique
8. Cotes De Cachalot Ala Psylocybine - Heldon H
9. Mechammment Rock
10. Cocaine Blues
Disc: 2
1. Aurore
2. Virgin Swedish Blues
3. Ocean Boogi
4. Zind Destruction
5. Doctor Bloodmoney

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 29, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cuneiform
  • ASIN: B000008T0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Micah R. Sisk on April 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This 1993 Cuneiform Records release of two albums originally recorded in 1974 - 1975 is extremely well packaged, if a little bit confusing. I say well packaged because the music included is very similar in recording quality (or lack there of), musical maturity (or immaturity) and compositional consistency (or inconsistency). I also say confusing because these 2 CDs were originally released as Heldon's first and third albums (their second, and far superior, Allez Teia, has been released separately on CD by Cuneiform Records).
All three of Heldon's first albums were recorded on home equipment and, therefore, suffer in sound quality but this release of Heldon I and III (Electronique Guerillas and It's Always Rock 'N' Roll) seems to suffer much more than Allez Teia. Unfortunately, Heldon I/III does not suffer only from poor recording quality. True, they lay down the groundwork for the large catalog of albums Heldon and their lead composer/guitar player, Richard Pinhas, would release over the following two decades but they also contain much that is unpolished, unprofessional and downright cheesy.
Heavily influenced by the contemporary works of Robert Fripp (King Crimson), and especially Fripp's collaborations with Brian Eno, Richard Pinhas went on to become one of France's most influential electronic and Progressive Rock musicians. Pinhas's own impressive style of distorted guitar improvisation definitely grew up on a diet of Fripp but he rapidly applied this talent to musical directions all his own. Heldon fanatics will here find the early beginnings of what became the band's musical archetypes but, with a few exceptions, those archetypes are not stated cohesively enough to be very interesting from anything other than a historic point of view.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By daniel dust on February 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Heldon must be one of the most underrated bands in the field of progressive rock. This is perplexing given the quality of the
group's music, especially on this set. Electronique Guerilla/It's Always Rock `n' Roll is nothing short of amazing. This
two-CD set compiles Heldon's first and third albums. They compliment each other well, so the continuity from one to the next
is nearly seamless. The music on these two albums is groundbreaking even by today's standards. In the early `70s, it must have
sounded as if it came from outer space. In fact, it is tempting to lump these albums in with the "kosmiche" or space music
genre of progressive rock typified by German bands and artists like Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel or Klaus Schulze. It
seems likely that these exerted at least some influence on Heldon's main man Richard Pinhas, but there are other forces at work
here which make Heldon unique.
Pinhas was also under the sway of English bands like King Crimson, Soft Machine and
Matching Mole. The most obvious influence from England is undoubtedly the guitar playing of Robert Fripp. (On the second
Heldon album there is even a piece titled "In the Wake of King Fripp"!) Pinhas seems not the least bit ashamed to mimic
Fripp's distinctive "laser beam" sound and technique, but set against the backdrop of droning and gurgling synthesizers it creates
a completely different atmosphere from just about anything Crimson ever did. However, there is one track on this set, that
sounds as if it was created in an attempt to see how close Pinhas could come to recreating Fripp and Eno's "Swastika Girls"
from the legendary No Pussyfooting album. It's another slice of loveliness for those who wish there was more recorded
Frippertronics available.
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It's pretty well known to every Heldon fan out there that Richard Pinhas is a big Fripp/King Crimson fan. That pretty much gives it away on their second album, Allez Teia where the opening cut was "In the Wake of King Fripp". Robert Fripp liked what he was doing, probably due to the fact he wasn't a Crimson ripoff, but has enough of his own style. After all, King Crimson rarely used synths (the best-known example going to the VCS-3 on Lizard) and Pinhas himself happily used them extensively (starting off with a VCS-3 and later expanding to include Mellotron, ARP 2600, Moog System 55, etc.).

It's really nice to see Cubeiform reissue the Heldon back catalog, and you really get you money's worth when you buy this two CD set, combining their 1974 debut, Electronique Guerilla with their third album It's Always Rock 'n' Roll (1975). Heldon is one of those "like it or you don't act". Sometime the harsh and abrasive style, not to mention the often minimalist approach can drive a few people crazy. Electronique Guerilla is mainly Pinhas on his guitar and an AKS synthi (basically a Synthi A with membrane keyboard and sequencer, the AKS was responsible for Pink Floyd's "On the Run"), with the occasional outside help, including future Happy the Man drummer Coco Roussel. Heldon wasn't quite a proper band at this point, more of a Richard Pinhas project. "Zind" features some strange electronically modified guitar, while "Back to Heldon" features the use of sequencer (from the AKS), before going on to some more trippy synth sound. There is no mistaking the raw and in-your-face analog synth sound you get treated here. "Onais Marchais, Mieux Qu'en 68" is an odd one, almost more psychedelic than anything, with spoken dialog in French.
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