Harmonium ‎– Les Cinq Saisons

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Celebration ‎– CEL 1900, Celebration ‎– CEL-1900
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A1 Vert
Lyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – M. Normandeau*
5:34
A2 Dixie
Lyrics By [Paroles] – S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*
3:26
A3 Depuis L'Automne
Lyrics By [Paroles] – M. Normandeau*, S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*
10:25
B1 En Pleine Face
Lyrics By [Paroles] – S. Fiori*Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*Ondes Martenot – Marie Bernard
4:51
B2 Histoires Sans Paroles
Music By [Musique] – S. Fiori*Vocals [Voix] – Judy Richard*
17:12

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Comes in a gatefold sleeve, with a printed insert containing the credits and some lyrics.

On bottom of back cover: Manufactured and distributed in Canada by: — Fabrique et distribue au Canada par: Quality Records Limited.

On sleeve: ©1975 Canada — Disques Quality Limitée
Fabriqué et distribué au Canada par Disques Quality Limitée.

Cat# on labels: CEL 1900
Cat# on sleeve: CEL-1900

Side 1 is written as 'Face 1' and Side 2 is written as 'Face 2'.

Enregistré au Studio Six pendant que Montréal divaguait (1975).
Directeur artistique pour Concept Québec.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Face 1 runouts): CEL-1900 A SnB
  • Matrix / Runout (Face 2 runouts): CEL-1900 B SnB

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
833 990-2 Harmonium Les Cinq Saisons(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 833 990-2 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CRLP 002, none Harmonium Les Cinq Saisons(LP, Album, RE, 180) Classic Reissues, Polygram CRLP 002, none Canada 2010 Sell This Version
833 990-2, 8339902 Harmonium Les Cinq Saisons(CD, Album, RE) Polydor, Polydor 833 990-2, 8339902 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
P2 33990 Harmonium Les Cinq Saisons(CD, Album, Club) Polydor P2 33990 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
CEL 1900, CEL-1900 Harmonium Les Cinq Saisons(LP, Album, Gat) Celebration, Celebration CEL 1900, CEL-1900 Canada 1975 Sell This Version

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Expansive09

Expansive09

November 3, 2016
One my favorite French pseudo prog/folk bands. Very nicely composed music with vocal harmonies, lush keyboard arrangements, a hint of romanticism and melancholia. Who cares if you dont understand the dialect the instrumental passages speak an amazing aural poetry! This I think was the highlight of their very short catalog.
Chemguy

Chemguy

May 25, 2015
I bought this album in Montreal when on a grade twelve student exchange in 1979. I have treasured it ever since. Attention prog fans and audiophiles!...This album is a sonic delight; the guitars shimmer, the vocals are crisp without sibilance, and the bass is accurate and big! Great band, great recording.

A hearty recommendation from a smitten Anglophone Canadian...

progfan97402

progfan97402

July 18, 2013
Second album by this group from Quebec. Harmonium was hugely popular in Quebec, but if you mention an Anglophone Canadian about them, you're more liable to get a blank expression. Thanks to the cultural divide in Canada (French speaking Quebec, rest of Canada English speaking), it's little surprise French singing artists have a difficult time outside the borders of Quebec (Celine Dion realized if she was to be heard outside of Quebec, and perhaps outside Canada, she had to record in English, which she did after 1990, and of course she succeeded big time). Plus my personal experience of running into Anglophone Canadians who never heard of Harmonium. But I'm not surprised. It also demonstrates very well with Harmonium's 1977 live album En Tournée (released in 1980). That album was recorded live in Vancouver, BC, and Serge Fiori chose to greet the Anglophone audience with a "Bon jour" which did not get an enthusiastic response. Luckily the audience was much more responsive towards the music.

Serge Fiori certainly had greater ambitions, he obviously didn't want to think of Harmonium as just a folk group. Along with Michel Normandeau and Louis Valois, he now included keyboardist Serge Locat and Pierre Daigneault making it a five piece. He also included Marie Bernard Pagé (of Et Cetera, who themselves would see an album out the following year, in 1976) guesting on "En Pleine Face" playing an old electronic prototype called the Ondes Martenot (you can hear that on a handful of episodes of the first season of Star Trek during the closing credits, it's the version of the theme song where the female chorus sounds more electronic than usual). Plus Judy Richards providing backing vocals. This album finds the band between the folk music of their first album, and a much more progressive leaning ambitions on the other hand. "Vert" and "En Pleine Face" is more in folk territory. The later even featuring accordion showing the French-influence of their music and Quebecois culture in general. For progheads, "Depuis L'Automne" and "Histoire sans Parole" are totally essential. While still retaining an acoustic feel, these are extended numbers where Serge Locat just loads it with the Mellotron. This is the reason you need this album if you love the sound of the Mellotron! Les Cinq Saisons translates as "The Five Seasons", so one might think of Vivaldi as an inspiration (although you'll hear no Vivaldi on this album, be it excerpt, his music, or in the style of), but then there's that mythical fifth season. "Dixie" has more of a Dixieland influence, particularly with the use of clarinet. "Vert" shows a bit of a progressive influence, particularly the part with the electric piano solo, but apparently this group had stretched this piece to around 20 minutes long live by including extended jams. The original had such a short jam it's little wonder why they stretched it out live.

There is no doubt this is one of the highlights of the prog scene in Quebec, and this is a great album to try if you want to be familiar with that scene!