70's/80's: 2 Décennies de Concerts

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This DVD culls all the official video footage of Ange from the '70s up to 1985, amounting to over two hours of material split between three recordings. First up is a television special shot for the release of the 1976 LP Par les Fils de Mandrin. Ange play the whole album live in the studio, after singer Christian Decamps gives an interview in French to the host (no subtitles). Theater being a strong feature of the band's stage presence, some extra scenes have been inserted featuring group members acting out the characters in Decamps' songs. The singer wears a different costume, a different persona in each piece. The sound quality is pretty good for the mid-'70s. It takes a serious dive on the live document from Lunéville in 1977. This outdoor concert captures 30 minutes of the band's set. All the exuberance and craziness contained in the group's near-legendary status are to be understood here. Decamps, wide-eyed and frantic, leads his group like an illuminated madman. Bandmembers crawl on all fours during "Au-Delà du Délire." The 1985 Zénith show is a very different story. First it captures the group after its peak, when Decamps had left prog rock behind to turn to a more standardized form of French FM rock. The material comes mostly from the poor album Fou! and the set has been filmed rather amateurishly, with lots of very wide-angle shots that give you a look at the whole stage but deliver few details. A 60-minute television special, the document shuffles between excerpts from the show and interview footage, so many songs are incomplete. But the glimpse at "Les Longues Nuits d'Isaac" and the encore cover of Jacques Brel's "Ces Gens-Là" provide moments fans of the old Ange will still enjoy.

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