Harmonium ‎– L'Heptade

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CBS ‎– PGF 90348
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A1 Prologue
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
4:20
A2 Comme Un Fou
Electric Piano [Piano Électrique] – Serge LocatLyrics By [Paroles], Music By [Musique] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*
7:50
A3 Sommeil Sans Rêves
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
1:25
Chanson Noire 8:12
A4.a i- Le Bien, Le Mal
Congas – Denis FarmerElectric Piano [Piano Électrique] – Serge LocatFlute [Flûtes En Sol, Flûte En Do (Solo)] – Libert SubiranaLyrics By [Paroles], Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*
A4.b ii- Pour Une Blanche Cérémonie
Alto Saxophone [Saxophone Alto], Clarinet [Clarinette], Bass Clarinet [Clarinette Basse] – Libert SubiranaBacking Vocals [Choeur (Finale)] – Monique Fauteux, Pierre Bertrand, Serge FioriLyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*, S. Locat*
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B1.a L'Appel
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
11:21
B1.b Le Premier Ciel
Acoustic Guitar [Guitare Acoustique 6 Cordes] – Michel NormandeauBacking Vocals [Choeur (Finale)] – Monique Fauteux, Pierre Bertrand, Serge FioriElectric Piano [Piano Fender Rhodes] – Louis ValoisLyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*Percussion [Châines] – Denis FarmerTambourine – Michel Lachance
B1.c Sur Une Corde Raide
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
B2 L'Exil
Lyrics By [Paroles], Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*Organ [Orgue Yamaha] – Louis Valois
12:54
C1.a Le Corridor
Electric Guitar [Guitare Électrique 6 Cordes] – Robert StanleyLyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Mellotron [Mellotron Synthétisé] – Serge LocatMusic By [Musique] – S. Fiori*Vocals [Voix] – Monique Fauteux
8:10
C1.b Les Premières Lumières
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
Lumières De Vie 14:11
C2.a i- Lumière De Nuit
Lyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*
C2.b ii- Eclipse
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
C2.c iii- Lumière De Jour
Music By [Musique] – S. Locat*
C2.d iv- Lumière De Vie
Music By [Musique] – L. Valois*, S. Fiori*, S. Locat*
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D1.a Prélude D'Amour
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
14:03
D1.b Comme Un Sage
Electric Guitar [Guitare Électrique 6 Cordes] – Serge FioriFlute [Flûte En Sol Électrique] – Libert SubiranaLyrics By [Paroles], Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*Vocals [Solo De Voix] – Estelle Ste-Croix, Serge Fiori
D2 Épilogue
Music By [Musique] – N. Chotem*
2:52

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Comes with two printed inner sleeves, including credits and lyrics.

Title on back cover, spine, and labels is written as 'L'Heptade D'Harmonium'.

Sides are written as 'Face 1', 'Face 2, 'Face 3', and 'Face 4'.

Serge Locat is credited twice for piano on Track C1.a.

℗1976 — CBS Inc. Fabriqué et distribué par - CBS Disques.
Imprimé au Canada.

This record was recorded in Serge Fiori's house, in the Eastern Townships, with the collaboration of the FEDCO mobile studio, of Providence R.I., during the summer of 1976.
Other sessions took place in Montreal in September and October of 1976, at the Tempo, Son-Québec and Filtroson studios.
The orchestral recording took place at the salle Claude-Champagne at l'école Vincent d'Indy, in Montreal, the 15th, 16th, and 17th of October, under the direction of Neil Chotem, with the collaboration of the Fedco studio.
The mixing took place at the Sounds Interchange studio, in Toronto, from October 20th to 30th, 1976.

Artistic direction and management for Productions Beaubec.
Administered and published by Productions Harmonium. Published by Ls Productions Harmonium Enr.

Pierre Bertrand appears courtesy of Capitol Records.
Richard Séguin appears courtesy of CBS Records.
Estelle Ste-Croix appears courtesy of Solo Records.

Stereo. Fabrique par CBS Disques Canada Ltee.

MAPL icon indicates 100% Canadian content (Music, Artist, Performance, Lyrics).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Face 1 label): 90346 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 2 label): 90346 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 3 label): 90347 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 4 label): 90347 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 1 runouts Variant 1): FS-90346-A-1B-2G: ➁
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 1 runouts Variant 2): 90346-A-1C-2G:
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 2 runouts Variants 1&2): FS-90346-B-1B-2G:
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 3 runouts Variant 1): FS-90347-A-1B-2G: 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 3 runouts Variant 2): 90347A-1C-2G:
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 4 runouts Variant 1): FS-90347-B-1B-2G: 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 4 runouts Variant 2): ➁ 90347-B-1C-2G:
  • Other (Record 1 catalogue#): PFS 90346
  • Other (Record 2 catalogue#): PFS 90347

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PGFT 90348 Harmonium L'Heptade(2x8-Trk, Album) CBS PGFT 90348 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
CG2K 90348 Harmonium L'Heptade(2xCD, Album, Club) CBS CG2K 90348 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
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frogindeed

frogindeed

March 9, 2018
I'm just discovering this group. I listened initially to "Si on avait besoin d'une 5ème saison" and found it kind of pleasant, a bit jazzy (that's an observation, not a preference), but not all that inspiring. So I thought nope, it's one to skip.
Still, I always give a group a second change and this was it.

What can i say? It totally, totally blew me away. It's just so ... complete.
It helps that I speak near-perfect French, but that wasn't at all necessary to appreciate it.

(I'm still not keen on the other one though :p)
progfan97402

progfan97402

June 26, 2011
L'Heptade was Harmonium's final studio offering, and I really needed to make this review because it's unbelievable how much this group had progressed between their self-entitled 1974 debut to L'Heptade, released in November 1976, just a couple weeks after completion. Serge Fiori's voice is still recognizable as ever before, and though I'm from America and not familiar with French accents, it sounds to me like he sings it with a Quebec accent. While their debut was rather straight-ahead folk and folk rock, this one is a highly symphonic, orchestrated album, with orchestra, conducted by Neil Chotem. Serge Locat's Mellotron work was greatly diminished from their previous album, Les Cinq Saisons, which is understandable thanks to a real orchestra, but he does include a little. Michel Normandeu, though credited with a bulk of the songwriting, left halfway to be replaced by new guitarist Robert Stanley. I really like how the oarchestra blends well with the music. The folk elements are still there, but there's often a more electric approach, with electric guitar and synthesizers, plus full-time use of drums (their second album is their only album without any drums). Some of the songs tend to have a rather slow pace, like "L'Exile" and "Lumière du Vie" so it often requires your full attention. I really love "Le Corridor", with gentle use of electric piano and female vocals, but I really love that use of phased Mellotron near the end part.

Not knowing French, it's apparent the lyrics to the album is about the seven stages of consciousness.

This album took me perhaps one of the longest times for me to get familiar with it. But once I did, I can understand why this album is so highly praised. Also it's no surprise this was their final studio offering. Serge Fiori probably knew he probably couldn't top what he done here, and although a 1977 live recording (in Vancouver) surfaced in 1980 as En Tournée (live rendition of L'Heptade), Harmonium was pretty much history by 1978.