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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Zoo - Hard Times Good Times (1972 france, superb jazz psych brass prog rock, 2014 remaster)

The French band Zoo was formed in 1968. They took part in the festival in Amougies, Belgium, along with Pink Floyd, The Nice, East Of Eden, Frank Zappa, etc. The band had a strong jazz-blues-rock influenced sound with traces of psychedelia and funk. Featuring electric guitars, Hammond organ, electric violon and saxophone..

In 1972 Zoo released their 3rd album "Hard times, good times", Strong jazzy psych brass sounds, like Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, etc. Even though τhey participated in many big festivals  they failed to make an international career and due the lack of commercial success they disbanded in late 1972. 

1. What Am I To Be (Ian Bellamy) - 3:54
2. Down In Memphis (Philipe Rault, Daniel Carlet) - 4:41
3. Captain (Ian Bellamy, Andre Herve) - 3:10
4. Faces (B. Bergmann, E. Baaz) - 3:58 
5. Delusions And Dreams (Philipe Rault, Michel Herve) - 3:57
6. Four Strings (Michel Ripoche) - 3:26 
7. Second Class Games (Ian Bellamy) - 3:24  
8. Hard Times, Good Times (Ian Bellamy, Andre Herve) - 2:16
9. Queen Of The Green Eyes (Ian Bellamy, Christian Devaux) - 5:58
10.La Feuille (Andre Herve, Daniel Carlet, Michel Ripoche, Ian Bellamy, Michel Herve, Philipe Rault) - 3:48 

The Zoo
*Ian Douglas Bellamy - Vocals, Percussion
*Andre Herve - Acoustic, Lead Guitar, Organ, Piano, Percussions, Vocals
*Michel Herve - Bass, Percussion
*Christian Devaux - Drums
*Michel Ripoche - Electric Violin, Tenor Saxophone, Trombone
*Daniel Carlet - Soprano, Tenor, Baryton Saxophone, Flute, Violin

1969  Zoo - Zoo (2012 Remaster)
1970  Zoo - I Shall Be Free (2011 Issue)

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