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Dominique GuiotL'Univers De La Mer

Tracklist

Wind Surf Ballad2:20
La Danse Des Méduses2:40
Une Ballade Pour Une Goélette1:30
Les Deux Poissons3:00
Ballet Amoureux Des Dauphins2:20
Les Pingouins S'Amusent2:40
Destination Inconnue3:25
Iceberg En Voyage3:30
L'Univers De La Mer3:20
Alerte En Mer2:50
Les Émigrants De La Mer3:35
À La Découverte D'Une Amphore2:30

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    Cover of L'Univers De La Mer, 1978, VinylL'Univers De La Mer
    LP
    Chicago 2000 – 900 154France1978France1978
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    Cover of L'Univers De La Mer, 1979, VinylL'Univers De La Mer
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    Auvidis – AV 4160France1979France1979
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    Cover of L'Univers De La Mer, 2018-10-09, VinylL'Univers De La Mer
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    We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records – WRWTFWW038Switzerland2018Switzerland2018
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    Cover of L'Univers De La Mer, 2019-01-25, VinylL'Univers De La Mer
    LP, Album, Reissue
    We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records – WRWTFWW038Switzerland2019Switzerland2019
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    Cover of L'Univers De La Mer, 2019-01-25, CDL'Univers De La Mer
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    We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records – WRWTFWW038CDSwitzerland2019Switzerland2019
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    Cover of L'Univers De La Mer, 2019-01-25, FileL'Univers De La Mer
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    We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records – WRWTFWW038Switzerland2019Switzerland2019
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    Cover of L'Univers De La Mer, 2019-01-25, VinylL'Univers De La Mer
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    We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records – WRWTFWW038Switzerland2019Switzerland2019
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    Cover of L'Univers De La Mer, 2019-01-25, FileL'Univers De La Mer
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    WRWTFWW Records Switzerland – noneWorldwide2019Worldwide2019
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    • mellow_yellow's avatar
      mellow_yellow
      You'd never know that this reissue, coming 41 years after its debut, wasn't just recorded. The clarity and dynamics are great. This is masterpiece of 70's electro-_____ (fill in the blank). The styles cover a wide range, which I suppose "leftfield" is supposed to cover.
      • pinel777's avatar
        pinel777
        looking for the sleeve, please contact me if you have the sleeve for sale. cheers!
        • Benjamima08's avatar
          Benjamima08
          The sound quality on this is very good-- unfortunately, I got a very, very dirty copy. Very noisy with a lot of pops and crackles despite it looking great visually. Perhaps a VPI clean would work well with this, I'm not sure. I hope so though.
          • lemon67's avatar
            lemon67
            Basically one of my favourite albums of all time, extremely high in my personal collection. Just a very strange and lovely masterpiece. What it would be like to live deep underwater.
            • jara.ignacio87's avatar
              I need to know the sound quality of this pressing, because og is too hard to find and expensive, specially in my Country (Chile), where vinyl records are sold ridiculously overpriced 😥
              • Jarren's avatar
                Jarren
                Edited 5 years ago
                Seriously cool library, velvet smooth & pretty damn groovy too. You really get that "underwater" feeling on a lot of the tracks, kinda like being immersed.

                It's definitely going to appeal to fans of contemporaries (such as Jean-Pierre Decerf & François De Roubaix) as well as more recent acts (there's plenty here for AIR fans to enjoy). The highlight for me is A2 ("La danse des Méduses").

                I'm so glad that this LP got a reissue, as you can expect to pay hundreds for a half-decent original press.

                How does this reissue sound? Fantastic. Obviously I haven't heard the original vinyl (only a really crackly rip from an old blog), but this pressing delivers.

                With regards to the surface noise mentioned below (pops, ticks etc), mine is pretty clean. After a VPI it plays around 98% perfect. Sure, there's a few small pops but most of this material is light so you'll pick up a lot more than, say, a Metallica LP.

                It'd be cool if this label reissued some more ultra rare Library. May I suggest something a bit more modern & electronic, but equally awesome?

                Accélération (check out "South Of The Border").
                • spacecolonies's avatar
                  Killer record, shame that it comes with a non-padded paper sleeve (specially for a record the label sell at 25 euros)
                  • anthro2500's avatar
                    anthro2500
                    this album is bleeding for a reprint. one of the best library listens ever!
                    • progfan97402's avatar
                      progfan97402
                      Edited 8 years ago
                      I keep discovering obscurities that just simply blow me away, and L'univers de la Mer from Dominique Guiot is a great example. This album first appeared in 1978 on the Chicago 2000 label, with artwork from Jacques Wyrs, same artist who brought us Eloy's Floating, Ange's Le Cimetière des Arlequins, and Klaus Schulze's Picture Music, the 1974 reissue of Larry Coryell's Spaces, amongst others. In 1979 it was reissued on the Auvidis label with a new cover (that includes a small excerpt in a small circle on the lower right hand of the original Jacques Wyrs artwork). It appears that Auvidis is simply the successor of Chicago 2000 (the Auvidis releases still bear the "Chicago 2000" name on the back cover even well into the 1980s), but when you deal with obscure library music album labels like this (Chicago 2000 and Auvidis doesn't have the recognition amongst library music enthusiasts as say, KPM Music), I am only second-guessing.

                      I don't know much about Dominique Guiot, other than he's French, and he continued recording library music albums through the 1980s, but one opinion started his 1980s albums were disappointing compared to L'Univers de la Mer (probably because they were too '80s for that person's taste).

                      What you get is great instrumental electronic/prog rock full of Mini-Moog, guitar, clavinet, and Mellotron, a little organ. I can't believe I found such an obscurities full of Mellotron like this. I also don't blame Andy Thompson if this album escaped the radar scope of his Planet Mellotron website. I've heard descriptions of everything from a more electronic Mike Oldfield right down to Goblin. I should also add on it reminds me of SFF (Schicke, Führs, Fröhling), as there's that symphonic feel that goes with it, but Dominque Guiot managed 98% of this album all by himself, except for the sax on one cut, and one synth solo. "La Danse des Meduses" has that synth bass rhythm that gets me thinking of Jean Michel Jarre's "Equinoxe V", but then it ends with some King Crimson-like Mellotron, one of my favorite Mellotron moments on this album. "Les Pingouins S'Amusent" features some really nice clavinet and Moog. The rest of the album is also great electronic/prog. It's too bad it was released as a library music album and not sold to the general public, this album really deserves to be in your collection. How did such an album escape my radar scope? It's easy! Because, aside from the 1979 Auvidis reissue, this was never reissued (no CD reissue, since the only reissue came during the vinyl-era). Plus library music albums do provide lots of hidden gems if you look far enough, and for all progheads into electronic and symphonic prog need this album. If you can find a copy, that is.

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