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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Zoo - Zoo (1969 france, fascinating jazzy blues psych with prog elements, 2012 Flawed Gems issue)

This great debut album was originally released in 1969 by Riviera label and at the time was one of the earliest French rock records!! LP consisted a powerful collection of largely instrumental jazz blues-rock tracks with strong psychedelic and fiink influences with electric guitars, Hammond organ, electric violin and saxophone parts being backed by very busy rhythm section and strong, vocal of Joel Dayde. 

This twisted musical mixture is pretty hard to describe, but it should appeal to the fans of Electric Flag, early Funkadelic, Chicago Transit Authority, early Family and Larry Coryell. It's worth noting that popular US vinyl version released by Mercury Records in 1970 (with the same cover design) was a compilation of tracks from first two albums.

1. If You Lose Your Woman - 4:10
2. Ramses - 4:41
3. Bluezoo – 5:42
4. Rhythm And Boss - 4:44
5. Memphis Train - 3:24
6. Samedi Soir A Carnouet – 5:56
7. You Sure Drive A Hard Bargain – 3:28
8. Mammouth - 7:31

*Joël Daydé - Vocals
*Pierre Fanen - Guitar
*Michel Bonnecarrère - Guitar
*André Hervé - Keyboards
*Michel Hervé - Bass
*Daniel Carlet - Saxophone, Violin
*Michel Ripoche - Saxophone, Violin, Trombone
*Tony Canal - Trumpet
*Christian Devaux - Drums

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