En Concert/Par Les Fils E Mandrin Millésimé 77

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Released by Musea at the same time as the English version of Ange's 1976 album Par les Fils de Mandrin, this live recording comes from the same concerts as the 1977 live set Tome VI. The CD is mostly given to a complete rendition of the 1976 opus. Considering that it was still Ange's current album at the time, there are little significant differences betwene studio and live performances, but Christian Décamps' extended presentations clarify many aspects of the narrative holding this concept album together (if you can understand French, of course). That is not to say that this live CD has nothing new to offer: "Autour du Feu" is given a feverish rendition that transcends the sweet innocence of the studio version and "Des Yeux Couleur d'Enfant" also sounds larger than life, Décamps drawing on every ounce of pathos he can spare. The set is rounded up by two bonus tracks. "Exode," first released on Au-Delà du Délire, is taken at a significantly faster tempo and encapsulates Ange as a stage band: powerful and frantic (sometimes at the cost of musical accuracy). The second extra is candy for the fan: a 11-minute rendition of "Le Vieux de la Montagne," a song released as a single B-side before Ange's first album, Caricatures, and here given a complete rehaul. Millésimé 77 captures the band in top performing shape and still riding the crest of its creativity. Of course, if you already own the studio Par les Fils de Mandrin, redundancy is inevitable.

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