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Ophiucus Import

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Ophiucus may be the name of an obscure constellation, but it's also the name of a French band that recorded an exceptional album in 1972 for the Barclay label. All the members of the band had already enjoyed ample success in music before musician/actor Emmanuel Booz brought them together in 1971: Jean-Pierre Pouret was a well-known session-man for Sylvie Vartan; brothers Alain and Bernard Labacci released albums as Tom & Jerry, and supported Jimi Hendrix for a TV appearance; Michel Bonnecarrere had founded the band Zoo (one of Andy Votel from the B-Music label s favorites), and was one of the composers, arrangers and musicians for that group s first two albums. Apropos of the period, the band members decided to live together as a small family in Flagy, a small town in France, where they lived a happy life, and wrote the tracks which adorn this reissue. This ambitious album somehow manages to blend grungy psychedelic rock, acoustic blues, and densely orchestrated French pop/psych (in an Ilous & Decuyper vein) into an impressive and cohesive whole. Sandy Spencer, cellist and member of Mormos contributed wonderful playing on Ne cherche plus and Inachevée. This reissue includes the original album plus eight bonus tracks in English meant to be the basis of an international album that was never issued. A fulsome 28-page booklet includes band history and commentaries on the songs written by Ophiucus, photos, lyrics (French and English), and a contemporary review. Not to be missed!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Lion Productions
  • ASIN: B0016XR5P8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 10, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1972, as this was the obscure French psych / progressive band's first out of two lp's. It's follow-up is 'Salade Chinoise' ('73) but I couldn't find it anywhere. Another must-hear CD reissue on the UK label - Lion Productions. Here, you get the album's initial twelve songs + eight added bonus cuts. Tunes here I liked best were "Patiemment", the beautifully-played "Ne Cherche Plus", the somewhat enchanting "C'Est Pour Toi", the rocking "Darbouka" and the pop-like (almost mesmerizing) "Univers". Oh, and I thought that some old school prog fans might dig "Gipsy / Dog Djuleka". Personnel: Alain Labacci - guitar & vocals, Michel Bonnecarrere - bass, flute, percussion & vocals, Jean-Pierre Pouret - bass, guitar & vocals and Bernard Labacci - drums & vocals. I didn't expect this - a thick 28-page CD booklet with band history, info on each song, other vital info (written both in English and French).
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