Ange (4) ‎– Guet-Apens

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
9101 184 Ange (4) Guet-Apens(LP, Album) Philips 9101 184 France 1978 Sell This Version
7102 703 Ange (4) Guet-Apens(Cass, Album) Philips 7102 703 France 1978 Sell This Version
9101 184 Ange (4) Guet-Apens(LP, Album) Philips 9101 184 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
9101 184 Ange (4) Guet-Apens(LP, Album) Philips 9101 184 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
BT-8118 Ange (4) Guet-Apens(LP, Album) Philips BT-8118 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
81701-2 Ange (4) Guet-Apens(CD, Album, RE) Disques Marianne 81701-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
81701-4 Ange (4) Guet-Apens(Cass, Album, RE) Mélodie Distribution 81701-4 France 1989 Sell This Version
FGBG 4202.AR Ange (4) Guet-Apens(CD, Album, RE) Disques Concord FGBG 4202.AR France 1997 Sell This Version
FGBG 2111 Ange (4) Guet-Apens(CD, Album, RE, RM, Car) Musea FGBG 2111 France 2009 Sell This Version
UICY-75471 Ange (4) Guet-Apens(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Mercury UICY-75471 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
FGBG 4202 Ange (4) Guet-Apens(CD, Album, RE, RM) Musea FGBG 4202 France 2017 Sell This Version
FGBG 4202.AR Ange (4) Guet-Apens(CD, Album, RE) Musea FGBG 4202.AR France Unknown Sell This Version

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progfan97402

progfan97402

June 21, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Guet-Apens, LP, Album, 9101 184
I am left in disbelief! I expect a band's earlier albums to be their best, but in the case of Ange, this is that rare exception. Guet-Apens was released in 1978, while regarded as their last worthy album by most progheads, it's also perhaps their very best album. How did they pull that off in 1978, given their debut Caricatures came out in 1972? While there was a two year wait since their last studio album, Par Les Fils de Mandrin, there was also a change in the lineup, yet it didn't hurt the band any! The Ange sound is still unchanged, with the unmistakable voice of Christian Decamps and his brother Francis giving his unmistakable organ sound, but this time around he decides to go hog wild on the Mellotron and don't even bother hiding it with his VIscount organ most of the time. How did this later album became Ange's most Mellotron-dominated album? This coming at an era that others have given up their Mellotron, and what little Mellotron heard on previous Ange albums are so hard to spot thanks to that Viscount organ.

All Guet-Apens does is confirm Ange as one of the best prog rock bands to come out of France in the 1970s. I am under a serious impression the band could not care less about appealing to the non-Francophone world, and admittedly their style won't appeal to everyone. Many will have trouble with Christian Decamp's voice, which is harsh, but I have no problem with it. Then of course, the French language, which what the band is getting at would be lost to those not familiar with the French language. But no doubt, the band also has their share of non-Francophone admirers, like myself. But after that even Ange succumbed to the changes and their following album are apparently of little interest to progheads. If you're an Ange fan, you need Guet-Apens, and if you're not familiar with the band, this is a great place to get started!