Monday, 16 March 2020

Clartés - Moi qui n'étais rien (Rare 70's French acoustic Xian Folk on Trinité)


Before Clartés there was a spontaneous club of young people (only a few at the beginning and later, at the time of "Moi qui n'étais rien" about fifteen members) that used to play and sing the glory of God at the small church of Saint-Marcelin, in Isère. At first, they were singing hymns of praise that were given to them but soon started to write their own compositions, however, never had the intention to do a record. It was just a without pretension but devoted, ever-changing local church band. They didn't even have a band name yet. So, how all of this happened? Quite miraculously when Gil Bernard, the founder of the Trinité label saw them and pushed them forward. Then, they worked hard and even more and spent a whole week in the Drôme region to get better, have fun too and get ready for the big day in Switzerland where "Moi qui n'étais rien" was recorded.
(taken from http://www.somewherethereismusic.com/2017/03/clartes-moi-qui-n-etais-rien.html)


The result is a stunning all acoustic Christian folk album (with mostly guitars but also beautiful flutes in "J'ai voulu être libre" and "Merci Seigneur" plus some xylophones here and there) full of wonderful melodies, great almost spoken passages (not unlike "Peux-tu me dire" from the Cascade LP, also released on Trinité) and young angelic vocals, mostly females. Sort of another miracle because none of them were musicians in the conventional sense. In that way, "Moi qui n'étais rien" may recall the best school project albums. Some of the songs like the opening track are weaker than others (too close from campfire songs) but I can't think of a lot of albums as good as this in the category. All the tunes are self-penned by the young (mostly Anne-Marie Venouil, the main composer and singer), a lot of them were arranged by a ten, maybe eleven years old little girl (Ann-Lyse) and one of them was co-written with Richard Doulière, the father of Ann-Lyse and the former pastor of Saint-Marcelin. This song "Comme un lys, chant d'amour" was directly inspired by the Canticle of Canticles. The result cannot be wrong but the entire collection has splendid, subtle lyrics about the beauty of life and earth, a rather unusual thing in Christian records.
(taken from http://www.somewherethereismusic.com/2017/03/clartes-moi-qui-n-etais-rien.html)





Listen to these songs :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivG4M9Y20U0
&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSn0C0gC-lo
&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWexIw0g9Hs
&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye-obItr35Y


Record : EXC
Cover : VG++ (see pictures)
Price : Recently SOLD - I'm sorry !
Payment : PAYPAL only
Contact : etienne.reyser@gmail.com 

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Don Platt - Sunday (Very rare and excellent 1971 US Private Loner Folk LP)


Short album (less than 29 minutes for 14 tracks) with all original compositions.
A great voice for a very great LP from the beginning to the end.

"Here is a very rare LP released in New York State in 1971.
The music is downbeat, evocative and somewhat crude-sounding folk."
(eBay seller's review)

"No-label release from 1971 recorded in New York. Mostly solo acoustic guitar and vocals with an introspective, melancholy feeling in several places."
(another eBay seller's review)



Listen to these tracks available on YouTube :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEz7QWjUn7g
&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RiwuhGbW6w
&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZovY6aTjb8



Scarce and very great LP ... in a flawless condition ... don't miss this one !

Record : EXC+
Cover : EXC (just a touch of shelf wear - see pictures)
Price : 480,00 Euros (+ postage costs calculated by the Belgian Post)
Payment : PAYPAL only
Contact : etienne.reyser@gmail.com

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Stephen Raley - Won't You Hurry Us Home ... Wish We'd All Been Ready (Excellent 1971? US Xian Loner Folk LP on Angelus)


Totally obscure Californian loner folk psych issued on Angelus (same label than Fraction).
A couple of 100 made at max.
Deep introspective vocals with a Clive Palmer feeling.
Very great and rare album !


Recently discovered excellent early 1970's Xian folk private on the Angelus label.
This is (in my opinion) one of the 10 most significant Christian folk records ever released.
About half the tracks have a darker Tim Buckley-like loner folk edge, but really the whole thing is great. This would certainly be listed in Acid Archives if they ever did a 3rd edition. (reviewed by ebay seller)



Listen to these tracks from YouTube :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnWEVyD1mkY
&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJbPuQKAwow
&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_80CEfeuGc
&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CalPZ65ELM


A rare and wonderful LP in a flawless condition ! Don't miss this one !


Record : EXC+
Cover : EXC+ (still in shrink - see pictures)
Price : 400,00 Euros (+ postage costs calculated by the Belgian Post)
Payment : PAYPAL only
Contact : etienne.reyser@gmail.com

Monday, 9 March 2020

Alain Buro - Fume, c'est du belge (Excellent and rare 1975 Belgian Psych Prog LP on Fonior)


Totally unknown (to me !) Belgian LP until I bought the record from my best friend (and I'm living in Belgium) ... and it's one of my greatest discoveries of these last years !
An excellent album from the beginning to the end !!!


You can listen to the whole album on YouTube :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itdl5XDLQlw







A very great LP that I would recommend to any Psych Prog collector !


Record : EXC
Cover : VG++ (see pictures)
Price : 130,00 Euros (+ postage costs calculated by the Belgian Post)
Payment : PAYPAL only
Contact : etienne.reyser@gmail.com 

Sunday, 8 March 2020

St Rita's Folk Group, "Re-Creation" - God Will Set Us Free (Rare 1973 US Private Xian Folk LP on the RPC label)


Another Xian Folk little gem released on the RPC label.


Another very rare and interesting LP !


Listen to this track available on WFMU (thanks to Jason) :
https://wfmu.org/flashplayer.php?version=2&show=43226&archive=74484&starttime=0:28:32

and this one available on YouTube :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThTt6z00w9s

and also these two thanks to waxidermy :
http://waxidermy.com/re-creation-god-will-set-us-free/






Record : EXC+
Cover : VG+ (see pictures)
Price : 120,00 Euros (+ postage costs calculated by the Belgian Post)
Payment : PAYPAL only
Contact : etienne.reyser@gmail.com 

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Dave Keir - ST - aka Jazzland (Rare and great 1976? UK Folk LP on Folkland Records)


Another great UK Folk obscurity ... excellent from the beginning to the end !


Listen to these songs I found on YouTube :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWvxgWHGuS8
&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRSkQ2JrZVY



Another excellent album released on the Folkland Records - same label than the great 1st Crooked Oak LP.

More infos about Dave Keir and this album :
https://www.dave-keir.com/bio/


Record : VG++
Cover : VG++ (see pictures)
Price : 250,00 Euros (+ postage costs calculated by the Belgian Post)
Payment : PAYPAL only
Contact : etienne.reyser@gmail.com