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HarmoniumL'heptade

Label:CBS – PGF 90348
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
Country:Canada
Released:
Genre:Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Folk Rock, Symphonic Rock, Prog Rock

Tracklist

A1Prologue
Music By [Musique]N. Chotem*
4:20
A2Comme Un Fou
Electric Piano [Piano Électrique]Serge Locat
Lyrics By [Paroles], Music By [Musique]M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*
7:50
A3Sommeil Sans Rêves
Music By [Musique]N. Chotem*
1:25
Chanson Noire8:12
A4.ai- Le Bien, Le Mal
CongasDenis Farmer
Electric Piano [Piano Électrique]Serge Locat
Flute [Flûtes En Sol, Flûte En Do (Solo)]Libert Subirana
Lyrics By [Paroles], Music By [Musique]S. Fiori*
A4.bii- Pour Une Blanche Cérémonie
Alto Saxophone [Saxophone Alto], Clarinet [Clarinette], Bass Clarinet [Clarinette Basse]Libert Subirana
Backing Vocals [Choeur (Finale)]Monique Fauteux, Pierre Bertrand, Serge Fiori
Lyrics By [Paroles]M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*
Music By [Musique]S. Fiori*, S. Locat*
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B1.aL'appel
Music By [Musique]N. Chotem*
11:21
B1.bLe Premier Ciel
Acoustic Guitar [Guitare Acoustique 6 Cordes]Michel Normandeau
Backing Vocals [Choeur (Finale)]Monique Fauteux, Pierre Bertrand, Serge Fiori
Electric Piano [Piano Fender Rhodes]Louis Valois
Lyrics By [Paroles]M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*
Music By [Musique]S. Fiori*
Percussion [Chaines]Denis Farmer
TambourineMichel Lachance
B1.cSur Une Corde Raide
Music By [Musique]N. Chotem*
B2L'exil
Lyrics By [Paroles], Music By [Musique]S. Fiori*
Organ [Orgue Yamaha]Louis Valois
12:54
C1.aLe Corridor
Electric Guitar [Guitare Électrique 6 Cordes]Robert Stanley
Lyrics By [Paroles]M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*
Mellotron [Mellotron Synthétisé]Serge Locat
Music By [Musique]S. Fiori*
Vocals [Voix]Monique Fauteux
8:10
C1.bLes Premières Lumières
Music By [Musique]N. Chotem*
Lumières De Vie14:11
C2.ai- Lumière De Nuit
Lyrics By [Paroles]M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*
Music By [Musique]S. Fiori*
C2.bii- Eclipse
Music By [Musique]N. Chotem*
C2.ciii- Lumière De Jour
Music By [Musique]S. Locat*
C2.div- Lumière De Vie
Music By [Musique]L. Valois*, S. Fiori*, S. Locat*
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D1.aPrélude D'amour
Music By [Musique]N. Chotem*
14:03
D1.bComme Un Sage
Electric Guitar [Guitare Électrique 6 Cordes]Serge Fiori
Flute [Flûte En Sol Électrique]Libert Subirana
Lyrics By [Paroles], Music By [Musique]S. Fiori*
Solo Vocal [Solo De Voix]Estelle Ste-Croix, Serge Fiori
D2Épilogue
Music By [Musique]N. Chotem*
2:52
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Notes

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

  • Other (Record 1 catalogue#): PFS 90346
  • Other (Record 2 catalogue#): PFS 90347
  • Other (Lacquer cutting location ID): 1B-2G
  • Other (Lacquer cutting location ID): 1C-2G
  • Matrix / Runout (Face A label): 90346 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Face B label): 90346 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Face C label): 90347 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Face D label): 90347 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Face A runout, variant 1): FS-90346-A-1B-2G: ➁
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  • Matrix / Runout (Face D runout, variant 2): 90347-B-1C-2G: ➁
  • Matrix / Runout (Face A runout, variant 3): 90346-A-1C-2G: 0
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  • Matrix / Runout (Face D runout, variant 3): 90347-B-1C-2G: 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Face A runout, variant 4): FS-90346-A-1B-2G: ➁
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  • Matrix / Runout (Face C runout, variant 4): FS-90347-A-1B-2G: 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Face D runout, variant 4): 90347-B-1C-2G: (2)

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L'heptade (2×LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)CBS, CBSCBS 88234, 88234Europe1976

Reviews

  • frogindeed's avatar
    frogindeed
    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's avatar
      progfan97402
      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.

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