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Mona Lisa - L'Escapade (1974) [2009, Belle Antique, BELLE 091640]

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Mona Lisa - L'Escapade (1974) [2009, Belle Antique, BELLE 091640]

Mona Lisa - L'Escapade (1974)
EAC Rip | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & iPod M4A(Tracks) & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Progressive / Art Rock | ~ 314 or 318 or 135 Mb | Covers Included
2009 | Belle Antique, BELLE 091640 | SHM-CD

Formed in 1970, it was only in 1974 that French band Mona Lisa could perpetrate their debut album and start to bring their contribution to their country's progressive rock arena and deliver one of the most accomplished expressions of theater rock. This band pursued a development through the paths of art-rock opened years earlier by Ange and was more than willing to leave a solid trademark on this specific road. In fact, this album received a noticeable heritage from the dark playfulness that inundated Ange's first two studio efforts, and what's more, Ange's guitarist Mr. Brezovar was himself in charge of the production duties for "L'Escapade", although the result of this first attempt of his turned out to be only partially credible. Anyway, through the limited range of sonic sources, the incomplete elaboration of the interplaying arrangements and the not-so-perfect sound production, you can tell that Mona Lisa had a voice of its own in terms of composition and musical expression right from the beginning. The album kicks off with a pastoral prelude entitled 'Prelude A L'Escapade', a lovely sketch of early Baroque moods dominated by classical guitar and flute and ended with a cymbal beat. Then, the sound of a cold wind and the distant melody of a bagpipe playing 'Amazing Grace' sets the opening stages of 'Le Fantome de Galashiels', a song signaled by somber moods and solemn dramatics, which makes it a perfect manifesto of what the whole album is all about. There is much intensity in this performance, but there is also a sense of constrain that properly highlights the mysterious aura that the track is intended to portray. The intensity level goes up quite a bit with the next two pieces, con 'Voyage per l'Infini' and 'Les Vielles Pierres' ? the former is a catchy mid-tempo prog rocker that raises the Ange reference quite vividly, while the latter explores an artsy dynamics with more power and fruition, abundantly bringing images of spacey Pink Floyd-meets-creepy Procol Harum-meets "Trespass" Genesis. A special mention goes to the lovely intro of a musical box playing 'Pour Elise': this melody can never seem to be a failure. IMHO, the last two songs capture the best part of "L'Escapade", since they develop and schematize the most ambitious levels of expression and musicality that the band was capable of at the time. 'Le Colporteur' and 'Petit Homme de la Terre' are just great, clear signs that this band had enough artistic and intellectual sources to rival (or even surpass) any other compatriot band of the rock theater area. The Musea edition adds two bonus tracks: a demo version of 'Les Vielles Pierres' and a previously unreleased song, 'Diableries', which delivers a similar aura to that of 'Le Colporteur' only with a bit less of muscle. This is a great opening for a rock career destined to generate artistic glory for French progressive rock in the 70s, all specific faults aside: I grant a 3.60 star grade for Mona Lisa's debut album since it is excellent in eclusively artistic terms.

by Cesar Inca, progarchives
Mona Lisa - L'Escapade (1974) [2009, Belle Antique, BELLE 091640]

Mona Lisa Biography

Founded in 1973, in Orleans, this is a symphonic band in the style of Genesis, but with a distinctively French flair (Because of it's peculiar stage show they are labeled as French Theatric Symphonic in some sources).

Another close comparison is Atoll, with some references to Osanna and Premiata Forneria Marconi.

The first album was recorded with Christian Gallas on electric guitar and violin, Jean-Luc Martin on bass, Jean-Paul Pierson on keyboards, guitar and backing vocals, Francis Poulet on drums, percussion and backnig vocals, Gilles Solves on additional guitars, and , ?Dominique LeGuennec on lead vocals, sax, flute, and percussion. Solves would not remain for the next album, and Gallas would be replaced by Pascal Jordan for the third release. This lineup stayed intact for two albums.

Disillusioned by lack of success, singer Dominique LeGuennec left the band. He was soon followed by Jordan. This led to a major reshuffling of personnel, and assignments. Drummer Francis Poulet pulled a Phil Collins, and became the lead singer for 1979's "Vers Demain." This would be the last of any semblance of the original Mona Lisa.

In 1998 Le Geuennec reformed the band with most of the members of Versailles. A younger band, who were influenced by Mona Lisa and Ainge. This Lineup recorded "De l'ombre a la Lumiere," and "Progfest 2000" (with only one change in personnel).

The band is described as being highly orchestral, and very theatrical. Dominique LeGuennec receives constant comparisons to Peter Gabriel. They may not have had the notoriety of their contemporaries, but they are strongly recommended.

~ H.T. Riekels, progarchives


Группа Mona Lisa (из Орлеана) - интереснейшая представительница арт-рока во Франции. Начавшая свой путь немного позднее Ange, эта команда также пошла сначала в симфо-проговом русле Genesis. Первый альбом «L’Escapade» (1974 г.) был выполнен достаточно просто с точки зрения техники, хотя буквально кипел эмоциями. Надо сказать, что Mona Lisa также (наравне с Ange) может похвастаться одним из лучших вокалистов в арт-роке. Доминик Ле Жуэннэ (Dominique Le Guennec) исполнял вокальные партии в драматически-театральной манере Питера Гэбриела, причем владел своим голосом безупречно. Так что некоторая простота первых двух альбомов группы вполне окупается его прекрасным голосом. Поют по-французски.

~ lastfm
Mona Lisa - L'Escapade (1974):

Mona Lisa - L'Escapade (1974) [2009, Belle Antique, BELLE 091640]

Tracklist:

1. Prelude A L'Escapade 2:10
2. Le Fantome De Galashiels 6:39
3. Voyage Vers L'Infini 3:45
4. Les Vielles Pierres 8:16
5. Le Colporteur 8:15
6. Petit Homme De La Terre 12:07
Bonus tracks:
7. Diableries 8:52
8. Les Vielles Pierres 5:36

Musicians:

Jean-Luc Martin — basse
Christian Gallas — guitare, effets, violin
Francis Poulet — batterie, percussion, chant
Jean-Paul Pierson — guitare, orgue, chant
Gilles Solves — guitare, guitare acoustique
Dominique LeGuennec — chant, flute traversiere, flute douce, saxo alto, tambourine

Exact Audio Copy V1.0 beta 1 from 15. November 2010

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Mona Lisa / L'Escapade

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Codec: FLAC

Mona Lisa - L'Escapade (1974) [2009, Belle Antique, BELLE 091640]

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