Catharsis

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French largely instrumental psychedelic rock band who existed circa 1969 to 1977 issuing 6 LPs and several singles. Catharsis also made two LPs with poet/actor Bernard Verley. Band leader Roland Bocquet continued as a soloist, library music and soundtrack composer and Charles Eddi as technician.
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Albums

Catharsis - Catharsis album art Catharsis Catharsis (Album) Saravah France 1971 Sell This Version
Catharsis - Catharsis album art Catharsis Catharsis (Album) Saravah France 1972 Sell This Version
Catharsis - 32 Mars album art Catharsis 32 Mars (Album) Galloway Records France 1972 Sell This Version
Catharsis - Rimbaud C'est Toi - Le Bateau Ivre album art Bernard Verley Accompagné Par Catharsis Bernard Verley Accompagné Par Catharsis - Rimbaud C'est Toi - Le Bateau Ivre (Album) Pathé France 1972 Sell This Version
Catharsis - Catharsis album art Catharsis Catharsis (Album) Explosive (2) France 1972 Sell This Version
Catharsis - Le Boléro Du Veau Des Dames album art Catharsis Le Boléro Du Veau Des Dames (Album) Sonopresse France 1974 Sell This Version
Catharsis - Et S'Aimer... Et Mourir... album art Catharsis Et S'Aimer... Et Mourir... (Album) Sonopresse, Sonopresse France 1976 Sell This Version
STE 26546-2 Catharsis - Oxo album art Catharsis Oxo(CD, Album) Sterne STE 26546-2 France 2004 Sell This Version
Catharsis - Rimbaud C'est Toi - Délires album art Bernard Verley Accompagné Par Catharsis Bernard Verley Accompagné Par Catharsis - Rimbaud C'est Toi - Délires (Album) Pathé France Unknown Sell This Version
528.002 Catharsis - Album Pop Poèmes album art Elisabeth Meaulne / Guy Shelley / Bernard Verley Accompagnés Par Catharsis Elisabeth Meaulne / Guy Shelley / Bernard Verley Accompagnés Par Catharsis - Album Pop Poèmes(LP, Album) PES 528.002 France Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Catharsis - Masq / 4 Art 6 album art Catharsis Masq / 4 Art 6 (Single) Saravah, Saravah France 1971 Sell This Version
SH 40 028 Catharsis - Masq album art Catharsis Masq(7", Single) Saravah SH 40 028 France 1971 Sell This Version
Catharsis - Les Chevrons / Solstice album art Catharsis Les Chevrons / Solstice (Single) Saravah Italy 1972 Sell This Version
SH 40030 Catharsis - 32 Mars album art Catharsis 32 Mars(7", Single) Saravah SH 40030 France 1972 Sell This Version
SH 40 053 Catharsis - Rien / Sirius album art Catharsis Rien / Sirius(7", Single) Saravah SH 40 053 France 1972 Sell This Version
20 515 Catharsis - Styx / Tango album art Catharsis Styx / Tango(7", Single) Sonopresse 20 515 France 1974 Sell This Version
46.610 Catharsis - Cachemire album art Catharsis Cachemire(7", Single) Sonopresse 46.610 France 1975 Sell This Version
10.010 Catharsis - Dis Oui album art Catharsis Dis Oui(7", Single, Promo) Sonopresse 10.010 France 1976 Sell This Version
46.611 Catharsis - Dis Oui / Dza album art Catharsis Dis Oui / Dza(7", Single) Sonopresse 46.611 France 1976 Sell This Version
CED 126 069 Catharsis - En Revenant Des Noces / Démocratie album art Elisabeth Meaulne Et Bernard Verley Accompagnés Par Catharsis Elisabeth Meaulne Et Bernard Verley Accompagnés Par Catharsis - En Revenant Des Noces / Démocratie(7", Single) PES CED 126 069 France Unknown Sell This Version
PES 451 086 Catharsis - Rimbaud C'est Toi album art Bernard Verley Accompagné Par Catharsis Bernard Verley Accompagné Par Catharsis - Rimbaud C'est Toi(7", Promo) Pathé PES 451 086 France Unknown Sell This Version
CED 126 071 Catharsis - Le Canard Blanc / Aube album art Elisabeth Meaulne Et Bernard Verley Accompagnés Par Catharsis Elisabeth Meaulne Et Bernard Verley Accompagnés Par Catharsis - Le Canard Blanc / Aube(7", Single) PES CED 126 071 France Unknown Sell This Version
CED 126 068 Catharsis - Mignonne Allons-Voir... Poèmes Du XVIIe album art Guy Shelley Et Elisabeth Meaulne Accompagnés Par Catharsis Guy Shelley Et Elisabeth Meaulne Accompagnés Par Catharsis - Mignonne Allons-Voir... Poèmes Du XVIIe(7", Single) PES CED 126 068 France Unknown Sell This Version
CED 126 067 Catharsis - Illuminations / Le Temps Des Cerises album art Guy Ronsin Accompagné Par Catharsis Guy Ronsin Accompagné Par Catharsis - Illuminations / Le Temps Des Cerises(7", Single) PES CED 126 067 France Unknown Sell This Version
CED 126.066 Catharsis - La Ballade Des Pendus / La Mort Des Amants album art Guy Shelley Accompagné Par Catharsis Guy Shelley Accompagné Par Catharsis - La Ballade Des Pendus / La Mort Des Amants(7", Single) PES CED 126.066 France Unknown Sell This Version

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ultimathulerecords

March 26, 2015
Apparently the roots of Catharsis go back to 1968 when Roland Bocquet and Yves de Roubaix met whilst working with Vladimir Cosma on a film soundtrack score. Of all the early bands in French rock, Catharsis were one of the most unique, and arguably the most wonderful of French hippy psychedelic bands. They truly lived up to their name. A unique factor of Catharsis was that although they had singers - they never (or, extremely rarely) did "songs" - sometimes they used words, but no verse/chorus formats - instead the music ran along regardless and they chanted, wailed, or screamed! Think: a hazy tripped-out Pink Floyd meets Quintessence, blended with French culture, and all sorts of other things.
Catharsis kind of existed in four phases. On the debut they were a 7-piece band, with lots of exotic instruments. The female singer: Charlotte left shortly after that, but she also features on the 4th LP "Illuminations" which was old archives. After that thing got a bit more sprightly and nimble as a quartet by Rolan Bocquet's keyboards more to fore, and getting well experimental on the LP side-long opus 32 Mars. A couple of years on they made much more proggy album "Le Bolero De Veau Des Dames", Extremely progressive and creative, with 5 classic LP's, the only drawback is their shortness. But what quality! Catharsis also had hit singles that became the 1st & 2nd eponymous album's names upon reissue.
Catharsis also made 2 remarkable LP's with poet Bernard Verley based on the works of Rimbaud. All very esoteric and experimental. For this sort of thing some people compare Catharsis to Ummagumma era Pink Floyd.
They also reformed for a further LP in 1976, and then again 30 years later! leader Roland Bocquet continued as a soloist (issuing the excellent "Paradia") and continued as library music and soundtrack composer.

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