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Ambiances Magnétiques, Vol. 2: Hourra Pour la Bastringue!

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Hourra Pour la Bastringue is the second sampler from the Montreal label Ambiances Magnétiques. While La Bastringue Migratoire covered 12 years of existence and had over 30 albums to select material from, this second installment covered only the 1995-1997 production. And since the booklet from volume one already contained historical and contextual overviews along with presentations on every artist, volume two was packaged with only a catalog (no booklet). As with volume one, all tracks were previously released (except for three of them taken from albums that would be on record store shelves later in 1997) and, therefore, interest for the connoisseur is very limited. The neophyte will find a truncated overview of the label's production: 1995-1997 marked the release of many albums by Jean Derome (four), Robert Marcel Lepage (four including one reissue), and René Lussier (four including two reissues). For a brief moment, Ambiances Magnétiques started to reissue its first LP-only releases from the mid-'80s and these are also represented here. At the time of its release, Hourra Pour la Bastringue! was recommendable only to those who felt a little lost in the sudden burst of releases coming from Ambiances Magnétiques and needed a map.

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