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Post by Musicgate on Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:29 am

Atoll - Musiciens - Magiciens (1974) - NMR

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AMG wrote:
French progressive rock group Atoll fashioned their music around Yes' and Genesis' repertoire, employing lush tapestries of classically oriented string work to light melodies and intricate song structures. 1974's Musiciens-Magiciens is among the band's strongest releases, laying out breezy, energetic passages that use a moderate amount of keyboards and strong dosages of guitar to create busy semi-suites that hold together quite well. All the vocals are in French, but the instruments are what truly steal the show, especially in the 11-plus minutes of "Le Baladin du Temps," a concept piece which is broken up into three separate parts. The final track, entitled "Je Suis D'ailleurs," has the band creating some rather spirited musical drifts and variations through the use of animated rhythms and resilient textures, much like Ange does, another French progressive band. While Atoll's composition rarely strayed throughout their short lifespan, Musiciens-Magiciens remains one their best albums, mainly because the group was just starting out and their music and images sound fresh and inventive. The release of Musiciens-Magiciens that appears on Musea contains four live bonus tracks, with two of them repeats of the album's original cuts. Purists should be aware that the recording of the live tracks is very poor and of the lowest quality, but the original seven cuts sound quite good.

Track Listings
1. L'Hymne Medieval (3:14)
e Baladin du temps
2. L'arpege Philosophal (2:58)
3. L'incube (4:59)
4. L'arpege Philosophal (3:13)
5. Musiciens - Magiciens (3:43)
6. Au-dela des ecrans de Crystal (5:30)
7. Le secret du Mage (2:57)
8. Le Barger (3:48)
9. Je suis d'ailleurs (8:00)
Bonus Track:
10. Je fais un Reve
11. Musiciens-Magiciens (Live)

Total Time: 38:28

Andre Balzer / lead vocals
Luc Serra / guitars, synthesizer, percussion
Jan-Luc Thillot / bass
Michel Taillet / keyboards, percussion
Alain Gozzo / drums, percussion

Releases information
CD Crime-K32Y 2186-Jap-1989
CD Musea FGBG 4008.AR
CD Musea FGBG 2100 (2002) (Digital Remaster in Mini-LP-Sleeve)
1974 LP Eurodisc 87008

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