L' Autoroute des Rêves

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For L'Autoroute des Rêves, Octobre's fourth LP, the group had access to a much bigger budget, thanks to their signing with CBS. Pierre Flynn worked with orchestral arranger Richard Grégoire to devise a new sound for the band. This ambitious project yielded impressive results only comparable (in Quebec terms) to Harmonium's symphonic extravaganza L'Heptade. The album contains six pieces: four five-minute songs and two lengthier, more developed numbers. Flynn's idealistic cries are embedded in "Insurrection" and "La Prochaine Décennie" (The Next Decade). "Le Vent Se Lève" (The Wind Rises), heavily orchestrated, brings a note of optimism rarely heard in the group's music. This irresistibly uplifting song became an obligatory live moment as it often turned into the singer's finest hour. But the two surprises on this LP were "L'Autoroute des Rêves" (Highway of Dreams) and "Le Grand Départ" (The Great Departure). The first one is an untypical -- and not completely convincing -- jazz-rock instrumental. The second can be considered Flynn's peak as a composer, a magnificent piece of symphonic progressive rock. With L'Autoroute des Rêves, Octobre took the path to intellectual music, leaving behind the gutsy organ riffs in the process, as the leader now focused entirely on the piano. Better recorded and performed than Les Nouvelles Terres, it nevertheless lacks the sense of urgency of the group's first albums. This is the only Octobre LP to have been reissued on CD.

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