Morse Code

Grands Succès de Morse Code

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This collection of material from Morse Code's three French prog rock LPs La Marche des Hommes (1975), Procréation (1976), and Je Suis le Temps (1977) was released by Capitol in the early '90s as a way to bypass demands of reissuing the group's catalog. The record label worked from a similarly titled best-of LP they released in 1978. The background color of the cover was changed from red to blue and the track list was modified and augmented. All the essential songs from the 1975 LP are there, from the Ange-esque "Le Pays d'Or" to the impressively complex "La Marche des Hommes." Some of the best tracks from Je Suis le Temps have been chosen ("Je Suis le Temps," "Magie de Musique"), along with the minor hit single "Chevaliers d'un Règne." But the group's masterpiece, Procréation, was incomprehensibly ignored. None of the title track's three movements or its prologue, "Précréation," Quebec prog rock's finest moments, are included. Nonetheless, Les Grands Succès de Morse Code makes a comprehensive collection of the group's best material. Sadly, Capitol packaged it quickly and cheaply, without any historical notes or detailed information. It remains the only CD reissue of any Morse Code material pre-1995 and thus comes highly recommended to prog rock fans -- by default.

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