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Rivest, Tom Jacques: Tom Jacques Rivest

Jacques Rivest had the distinction of being one of the main founding members of one of Quebec's most critically acclaimed progressive rock bands from the 70's, Pollen. While Pollen would only issue one album ( also re-issued by the way courtesy of ProgQuébec), the group carved out quite a loyal local following in a relatively short period of time; having the honor of touring the province with British proggers Gentle Giant 2 years before releasing their debut and co-headlining with Caravan once the album was out. However by the end of 1976 the band was no more and it would be 3 years before Rivest would be heard from again when he released his self titled solo album. This album re-unites Rivest with his Pollen band mates, even original drummer Serge Courchesne who quit on the eve of the Gentle Giant tour back in '74. While the music on this CD has flashes of instrumental fireworks don't expect it to sound like Pollen. The sound leans more towards folk but plenty of prog influences remain; the songs are also generally more commercial as well. Rivest's soothing and tender voice guides the listener through this fine collection of material and I'd have to say the highlight for me was the Eastern flavored "Voyage au Tibet" with its full and rich sound, clocking in at over 7 minutes. However there are grand orchestral moments a plenty on this disc. Over all this is yet another solid re-issue from the ProgQuébec people and one worthy of adding to your collection if you are wondering why the 70's was a magical time for this kind of music in Québec.

Track Listing
1) Dimanche
2) La langue de son pays
3) Voyage au Tibet
4) Clown d'un soir
5) Messager du temps
6) Toujours plus haut
7) La nuit
8) Trouver ma liberté
9) Laisse toé donc aller
10)Prendre son temps (bonus track)

Added: January 18th 2007
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: ProgQuébec
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