Ange Is, No Doubt About It, the Most Popular of the French Progressive Rock Bands. Its Music is Based on Christian Decampss Unmistakable and Melodramatic Voice, his Brother Franciss Powerful Organ Sounds as Well as on the Development of Energetic and Intense Medieval Lines. The Line-up Invented Its Own Style, Both Epic and Delirious, and that Blends Madness, Emotions and Exacerbated Feelings. This Poetic and Typically French Rock was Noticeable from the Bands Beginnings in 1969, and Then Got More Formal on "Caricatures", their First Album Issued Three Years Later. "le Cimetière Des Arlequins" Came Out Twelve Months Before the Three Most Appreciated Progressive Rock Albums of the Decamps Brothers. "au-delà Du Délire" was Issued in 1974, "Emile Jacotey" in 1975 and "Par Les Fils De Mandrin" in 1976. Undisputed Leaders of the French Rock Scene in the Mid-seventies, Ange Couldnt Be Satisfied with Only a National Success. Of Course, Foreign Audiences Appreciated the Band, but More for
「A colin-maillard」は大仰な冒頭部から一転、繊細な演奏を背景に切なく囁きだすボーカル。哀愁滲むギターが歌い上げた所からスリリングに駆け出す瞬間がカッコイイ。後半は雄大で力強い展開に。「Dans les poches du berger」は弾き語り風の曲を、幻想的なキーボード類が彩る。甘くロマンチックなメロディがステキ！「Un trou dans la case」は躍動感ある曲。粘着質のボーカル。鋭くも胸を打つギター。特にギターがメロディアスにハモる所が好きだ。その旋律を、独白の背後でコーラスがなぞり、そこにヘヴィな演奏が重なるラストはドラマチック！「Virgule」はアコギの美しい響きと夢見るようなボーカルが極上の小曲。「Reveille-toi!」はスピード感ある、追い立てられるような曲。ボーカルは徐々に錯乱、特に「JE T’AIME !」という絶叫を繰り返す所が強烈。最後は演奏が少し滑稽味ある表情へ急変するとともに、ついにボーカルはコワレて笑い出す。「Cap’taine coeur de miel」は14分の大作。前半は語りかけるような歌が演奏とともに興奮していく。酔いどれ船長を表現したような歌唱が素晴らしい。虚脱感漂う笑いを残して一旦静寂に沈むが、後半は再びそこから訴えかけるような表情で高揚、激情が乱れ狂う。鬼気迫る熱唱・熱演がとにかく圧巻、感動的。そして哀愁大爆発のギターソロに、涙が止まらない！
No other album from that period (70-78) had a "professionnal sound" like Guet-Apens, the studio job was well done for the first time. I was surprise to read that the bass player refuse to record his part in the studio and the guitarist had to do them, as well as recreating the bass sound with a hammond organ... because I can't hear the difference, the bass sound is powerfull on that album.
Guet-Apens was a new beginning for Ange, since 2 original members from the group leaved it the previous year (1976-77). The original LP from Phillips have a great sound, but well after 22 years the LP sound is not like a new one and I can hear a lot of cracks and noise in the sound who is very common for a old LP... and the first CD of Guet-Apens had a bad mastering sound, they probably use old generation master tapes... since you can hear a lot of tape hiss in the sound and the music output is very low.
I was thinking that the Musea edition of that album will be better but I was wrong. That edition of the CD is just a little bit better than the first pressing, even if it was remastered in 1995 (not sure but I read it on the CD sleeve) because Musea was suppose to remastering all of their albums again in 2010, so i'm confuse about that one.
They remastered the album for sure, in fact, the output of the sound is somewhat 3 or 4 times higher than on the first pressing CD, just look at the wave form of some tracks with "cool edit pro" and you will see the difference...but they do nothing for the noise reduction... they just boost and add compression to the sound without cleaning it!
The digisleeve (in cardboard) is not great also since the original LP sleeve was bigger, you put this on the CD case format and you can't see or read very well the text or the pictures. The original LP sleeve had a funny game in it with pictures and small writting instructions to be able to play the game, but with the CD sleeve, it's impossible to play the game or enjoy the picture as well...
Too bad because it's a great album...from the best prog group from the "France"...
The music is a wonderful combination of the tradional progressive music approach that Ange took at this point in their career, mixed along with the "edge" that is added by a bit more spacy rock giving the project a very enjoyable, full sound.
This is one to get if you like Le Ange!