Christian BouléPhoto Musik

Label:Polydor – 2473 086
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock, Prog Rock, Experimental


A1Elastic Minute4:07
A2Photo Musik2:40
A3Cristal Palace
VoiceIan David Jelf*
A422 Broad Street4:22
B1Radio Arc-En-Ciel2:34
B25º Ocean2:40
B3Aqua Deva
Tenor SaxophoneGéraldine André
B4Inter Galactic Cosmic Triolet3:30
B5Orange Climax
Written-By [First 40'' Quote Of "Burning Of The Midnight Lamp"]Jimi Hendrix

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Recorded and mixed at Studio Ramses-Paris January, February 1978.

Includes insert with full credits and lyrics sheet.

Lyrics credits don't match between the insert and the vinyl labels:
- in the insert, all lyrics are by Yvonne Garnier & Christian Boulé, except B1 by Yvonne Garnier.
- on the vinyl labels, all lyrics are by Yvonne Garnier, except A4 by Garnier & Boulé.

Imp. C.I.D.I.S. Louviers
"Fabriqué en France"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side 1, stamped): POL 2303 203 1 DA 380 CIDIS 2473086
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side 2, stamped): POL 23 3 2 3 2 380 CIDIS 2473086
  • Price Code (Circled): SE

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Photo Musik (LP, Album)Polydor2473 086Canada1978
New Submission
Photo Musik (LP, Album, White Label)Polydor2473 086France1978
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Photo Musik (CD, Album, Reissue)MuseaFGBG 4296.ARFrance1999
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Photo Musik (LP, Album, Repress, Stereo)Polydor2473 086FranceUnknown


  • progfan97402's avatar
    Edited 6 years ago
    Like many of you I was first made aware of Christian Boulé through his works with Clearlight as well as Steve Hillage. It took me many years to realize he released two solo albums with Photo Musik and Non-Fiction. Photo Musik being the first, and it really didn't surprise me in the least that the music is space rock in the Hillage vein. I also get reminded of Clearlight, which is also no surprise given Cyrille Verdeaux plays on the album, and Here & Now, due to similar peculiar female vocals. Although Géraldine André is credited to some of the vocal tracks, It appears that Andy Flaten was responsible for the majority of female vocals (including "Crystal Palace"), but because of her name, I got confused since I associate the name Andy for male. Her peculiar voice reminds me of Miquette Giraudy. There is more than a passing resemblance to HIllage's Green, especially with that same delayed guitar effect you hear on "Ether Ships" (same effect heard on Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Part 1" and "Run Like Hell" and on many Ozric Tentacles releases). I really dig those female vocals, particularly on "Cristal Palace", although I feel the album's only mistake was "22 Broad Street" where it's pretty much generic new wave without the great space rock/prog vibe I love of the rest of the album. That song was simply trying too hard to be trendy for 1978 (sounds more like it belongs in 1979 or '80). "Orange Climax" is closest to Clearlight territory, which makes sense as it's a more jazzy piece with Cyrille Verdeaux providing piano. I'm glad to say, with the exception of one cut, "22 Broad Street", this is just as great as the best stuff from Hillage, Gong, Clearlight or Here & Now, which fans of said acts I would very much recommend this album to.
    • exploresweaters's avatar
      Edited 7 years ago
      I was nervous about pulling the trigger on this record because the only jams I could find on youtube were awesome instrumentals, but the images/notes warned of vocals across much of the record. I couldn't resist as the instrumentals were hot as HELL... like Magnum P.I. sacrificing a cat in a black mass on acid. The vocals are some cool young woman, they're icey and freaky, along the lines of something you might hear on a J. P. Massiera project (altho we're not talking about Jessy Joyce level pipes). I gotta say this record is really exciting, it's hard to find an LP featuring so many things that shouldn't work together in such perfect harmony.

      5 out of 5 - like a helicopter with genitals



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