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Artist: ART ZOYD
Title: Musique pour lOdyssee
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
"This second Art Zoyd cult album has been unavailable for many years. Originally released in 1979, it is now re-released with new artwork and additional tracks. Released almost three years after Art Zoyds first LP, Symphonie pour le Jour où Brûleront les Cités (SR 330CD/LP), Musique pour lOdyssée (trans. "Music for the Odyssey") presented a slightly different version of the band. The nucleus of Gérard Hourbette (violin), Thierry Zaboïtzeff (bass guitar, cello, vocals), and Jean-Pierre Soarez (trumpet) is joined by percussionist Daniel Denis (who would remain a core member of the band for two decades), oboeist/bassoonist Michel Berckmans (of Univers Zero and Von Zamla), saxophonist Michel Thomas, and a second violinist, Franck Cardon. This line-up recorded an album much more cinematic than the first. The band found a new dimension in their sound, one that would remain present on subsequent releases. Art Zoyds early and great works have been unavailable for such a long time that its too easy to forget what a strikingly original and amazing band they were in their prime. CD version includes 7 bonus tracks." -Sub Rosa.

Artist: ART ZOYD
Title: Musique pour lOdyssee
Format: CD
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
"This second Art Zoyd cult album has been unavailable for many years. Originally released in 1979, it is now re-released with new artwork and additional tracks. Released almost three years after Art Zoyds first LP, Symphonie pour le Jour où Brûleront les Cités (SR 330CD/LP), Musique pour lOdyssée (trans. "Music for the Odyssey") presented a slightly different version of the band. The nucleus of Gérard Hourbette (violin), Thierry Zaboïtzeff (bass guitar, cello, vocals), and Jean-Pierre Soarez (trumpet) is joined by percussionist Daniel Denis (who would remain a core member of the band for two decades), oboeist/bassoonist Michel Berckmans (of Univers Zero and Von Zamla), saxophonist Michel Thomas, and a second violinist, Franck Cardon. This line-up recorded an album much more cinematic than the first. The band found a new dimension in their sound, one that would remain present on subsequent releases. Art Zoyds early and great works have been unavailable for such a long time that its too easy to forget what a strikingly original and amazing band they were in their prime. CD version includes 7 bonus tracks." -Sub Rosa.

Artist: ART ZOYD
Title: Symphonie Pour Le Jour Où Brûleront Les Cités
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
"In 1976, a self-released LP by Art Zoyd appeared in Belgian record stores. At the time, nobody knew Symphonie Pour Le Jour Où Brûleront Les Cités (trans. Symphony For The Day Cities Will Burn) would be the first of many albums from this strange chamber progressive rock outfit. All the ingredients of Art Zoyds sound for its first decade are here: unusual acoustic instrumentation for a rock band (violin, cello, piano and trumpet, plus guitar, bass, and percussion), dark and mysterious atmospheres recalling Frances Magma and foretelling Univers Zero (formed by Art Zoyd percussionist Daniel Denis), and complex pieces owing as much to contemporary classical as to progressive rock. The line-up for this first offering included Patricia Dallio (piano), Alain Eckert (guitar, vocals), Gérard Hourbette (violin), Jean-Pierre Soarez (trumpet, percussion), and Thierry Zaboïtzeff (bass, cello, vocals). The album is split into two parts. The first is Symphonie Pour Le Jour Où Brûleront Les Cités in three parts: an apocalyptic work opening with mad laughter, a vision of the end of the world with percussion clashing, frenetic violin motifs, and the trumpet from Judgment Day. Part one, Brigades Spéciales, is the most striking moment of the album. Then comes Deux Images De La Cité Imbécile (trans. Two Pictures Of The Stupid City), two movements leaning more towards some warped chamber rock conception of the burlesque, especially on Scènes De Carnaval. For a first exposition, Symphonie Pour Le Jour Où Brûleront Les Cités was as impressive as could be and earned the band an immediate cult following." -John Bush.

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