Thursday, September 10, 2009

Les Rallizes Dénudés - '67-'69 Studio et Live (1991)

| Avant-Garde | Psychedelic Rock | Noise Rock |
| Experimental Rock | Folk-Rock |

Here it goes another great record from LRD, that perhaps is the most amazing band from Japan (for the other albums, check out here). This early record from Les Rallizes Dénudés isn't as experimental and noisy as their later work, but it hold still as one of their most important. It's their "Velvet Underground and Nico" (the one with the banana lol). Though focused more on straight compositions, short songs and psychedelic rock, it already have their free-form rock style and noise collages. This may not be their best, but it's a good start-point for those who are not into Psychedelic-Noise Rock.

The album starts with its most experimental song, "Smokin' Cigarette Blues", a 19min giant wave of psychedelic percussion mixed along with Mizutani's loud guitar. "Otherwise my Conviction" is my favorite from this record, and is presented here as two versions. The second has a extended solo and is a little more loud and raw, but both versions are great. "Cry of Bird" and "Les Bulles de Savon" are nice folkier song and "A Memory Is Far" is a bit of a mixture of mizutani's experimental and folk side. "La Mal Rouge" is a more experimental song, and could be a lot better if wasn't unfortunately too short. "The Last One" is one of LRD finest tracks, and the early version here is amazing. Noisy and raging, the song grows from the calm beginning into a fast tide of screaming guitar and vocals, experimental percussion, and a repetitive and hypnotic bass line. It's amazing the fury they blow on this one, and if it wasn't for "Otherwise my Conviction", this would be the best on this album. The album then closes with a 11sec untitled noise barriage that is used on the end of "La Mal Rouge" and "The Last One".

Catalog: SIXE-0101 (Rivista Inc.)

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