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Conventum: À L'Affût D'un Complot

Conventum was a large collective of Québec musicians whose original seeds were sown as far back as 1972 and À L'Affût D'un Complot was the group's first release in 1977 now issued by the folks at ProgQuébec. The bands sound was quite unique for the time as the musicians sought to fuse their love of film and the arts in general within their music. This explains why many of the songs on À L'Affût D'un Complot not only have a very cinematic feel to them; some of them are actual themes from various movies as much of their material was born out of the musical work shops during which the soundtracks for these films were written. Conventum's music was a distinctive blend of folk and progressive rock with an emphasis on acoustic instrumentation( such as violins, performed by Bernard Cormier and Charles Kaczynski respectively) and surprisingly no drums. The band also featured guitarist René Lussier who would go on to further his own career performing his own brand of "musique actuelle" after Conventum disbanded in 1980. The music on this CD might not exactly be up the alley of every progressive rock fan and I found it took a few listens for it to really make any kind of impact. However we don't always recognize a classic the first time round, but trust me this one grows on you. Note: The final 7 tracks are live recordings from earlier in 1977 prior to the bands recording of À L'Affût D'un Complot.

Track Listing
1) La Valse des Fous
2) Les Criticotteuses
3) À L'Affût D'un Complot
4) La Bataille
5) Le Piège
6) Le Sablier et Les Petits Travaux
7) Les Reels du Conventum
8) La Première Pièce (21 Juillet)
9) La Ronde
10) 21 Jours d'un hotel à l'autre
11) Frappe-à-bord
12) Ricanage
13) Les Huissiers
14) Totem
15) Y'a mon père
16) Rappel de la foule

Added: January 17th 2007
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: ProgQuébec
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Language: english

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