Robert Charlebois

Cauchemar

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By the late '70s, when Robert Charlebois created his own imprint Solution, the repacking activity around his old catalog became almost ludicrous. Presented as a collection of "greatest hits," Cauchemar actually consists of Robert Charlebois [Aka Fu Man Chu] (1972) and Solidaritude (1973) put together as a two-LP set. Solidaritude makes up for all of the first LP, the oldest one is reproduced in whole on the second disc. In both cases, the label kept the same track order, the same master, etc. Only the cover and title changed, the latter coming from one of Charlebois' most popular songs from 1973. What is worse: Solution also released the same year Disque d'Or, Vol. 1, a single LP of cuts from the same two original albums! Both LPs are among the singer's best efforts, but this repackage can't help but feel like a rip-off.

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