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  • Audio CD (March 29, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cuneiform
  • ASIN: B000008T0F
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Micah R. Sisk on April 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you've looked at my other reviews of Heldon's CDs, you'll notice that it's too easy to point out the musical references contained in their work. That's certainly the case here, however, it is with Stand By that I realized why Heldon truly stands out as a stalwart of musical experimentalism in the 1970s. Heldon so successfully blends and incorporates the influential, innovative and original music of its time that it single-handedly expresses the musical freedom and boundary-pushing that thrived during this much maligned time. You'll hear elements of "Berlin school" electronics (ala Michael Hoenig and Tangerine Dream), jazz fusion (ala Patrick Moraz during his Yes period), hard rock chord changes straight out of Atomic Rooster and blistering guitar solos that reference everything from Jimi Hendrix to Robert Fripp in his King Crimson days. But you'll also hear something no one else ever gave you; and that is Heldon's own sound. No matter how much, "this part sounds like you-know-who" is going on in your mind, there is also always a part of you saying, "yeah, but it sounds like no one else" at the same time.
And so, Stand By (recorded in 1978) has to be hailed as Heldon's signature work. It contains everything that is good about Heldon, all of its musical references and all of its originality. It is Heldon in its mature glory and no other band I can think of so convincingly toed the line between electronic and progressive rock.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 15, 2003
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This album is entirely without peer. "Bolero" is hands-down one of the two or three best pieces of electronic music ever released. Heldon is the most underrated pioneer band of all time; it's a travesty that tinky-tinky noodlers like Kraftwerk are universally known while Heldon languishes in obscurity. "Interface" and "Stand By," the last two releases under the name Heldon (Richard Pinhas' solo releases are only non-Heldon in name) are stunningly, boldly, unapologetically and aggressively *electronic music*; not ordinary music with obtrusively analog waveforms, but genuine explorations of a new and powerful medium. "Stand By" sounds no more dated than Bach. While other synth acts were doing gee-whiz material and even ELP would use sounds that sounded merely weird, Heldon was composing within the new potentials.
Play this! Listen! If you're not moved and stunned you should stick to mainstream music, which this emphatically is not.
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What an album. Yes, it was Heldon's final album as a "band", but Richard Pinhas took the same energy and muscianship onto his solo career. This album has everything a classic electronic fan would want. But also anyone who loves a mean sounding guitar. And some of the best percussion ever put on tape by Francois Auger.
The song "Standy By?" starts like a great heavy rocker from the early progressive bands. Then the guitar takes over and we get a great jam. Then a little Yes-like interlude, great drumming Francois, then last part goes off into outer space. Excellent song. The next song "Une Drole de Journee" is the shortest but still complex. Sometimes if I don't pay attention, I actually think this is something from Vangels during his "Heaven and Hell" album. The song "Bolero" (nothing to do with Ravel) is in a league of it's own. One of the best songs to come out of the 70's and Richard/Heldon's finest moment. Just purchase this and listen for yourself.
If you are a Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, King Crimson fan, what's taking you so long? Don't just stand by, get "Stand By".
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