Tournée Mondiale/Été '89 (World Tour/Summer '89) is the first LP from André Duchesne's Les 4 Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso Bar (The 4 Guitarists of the Apocalypso Bar) project. Duchesne's idea was to form an electric guitar quartet to play his compositions. On this first album, simultaneously released by Ambiances Magnétiques in America (1,000 copies) and Ré Records in Europe (2,000 copies), the guitarists are Duchesne, René Lussier, Jean-Pierre Bouchard, and Roger Boudreault, with none other than ex-Henry Cow Chris Cutler on drums. Duchesne's writing blossomed in the last three years, since his 1984 solo album Le Temps des Bombes. His pieces are complex contrapuntal electric guitar quartets belonging to Fripp-ian progressive rock in structures, avant-rock, and even contemporary music in essence. This LP includes the four parts of "La Chute de la Maison Usher" (The Fall of the House of Usher), a suite in contrasting textures opening with a train whistle, an item Duchesne used extensively on his next project, Locomotive. Other highlights include "Des Murs, Des Murs et derrière...la Lumière" (Walls, Walls and Behind... Light) and the fast-paced "Apocalypso." The album, recorded live in the studio in January 1987, was released the same year but presented as a live album from a summer '89 world tour -- a funny hoax complete with crowd cheers and applauses. Tournée Mondiale/Été '89 has been reissued on CD together with Fin de Siècle by ReR Megacorp.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture