Dionysos


Band members               Related acts

- Philippe Bech -- keyboards, flute (1969)

- Eric Clement -- lead guitar (1969-74, 75-78)

- Fernand Durand -- bass (replaced Jean Pierre Legault)

  (1975-78)

- Jean-Perre Forget -- keyboards, horn, woodwinds 

  (replaced Phillippe Bech) (1975-78)

- Jean Pierre Legault -- bass (1969-74, 75-78)

- Robert Lepage -- drums (1969-74, 75-78)

- Andre Mathieu -- keyboards (1969-74, 75-78)

- Paul Andre Thilbert -- voice, harmonica, flute 

  (1969-74, 75-78)

 

 

 

Paul Andre Thilbert (solo efforts)

 

 

 


 

Genre: progressive

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  Le Grand Jeu

Company: Jupiter

Catalog: YDS.8032
Year: 1970

Country/State: Montreal, Canada

Grade (cover/record): VG+ / VG+; includes lyric insert

Comments: gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5518

Price: $275.00

 

If you look around my small website you'll see that I'm a big fan of French Canadian garage rock.  That said, this album marked my introduction to French Canadian progressive bands.

 

Formed in 1967 in the Montreal suburb of Valleyfield (according to Greek mythology Dinoysis was the son of Zeus), the original line up consisted of 

keyboard player Philippe Bech, lead guitarist Eric Clement, bassist Jean Pierre Legault, drummer Robert Lepage, and lead singer Paul Andre Thilbert.  The group apparently attracted considerable attention as one of  the first rock bands to feature an all-French repertoire.  Playing on the Montreal club circuit with  occasional gigs as far south as New York city, their mix of garage and progressive moves captured the attention of Jupiter Records which signed them to a contract, releasing their debut single 'Suzie' b/w '' (Jupiter catalog number ???) in 1970.   More than willing to capitalize on the band's unexpected success Jupiter rushed the group back into the studio to record a supporting LP (by the time the LP was released keyboardist Bech was apparently gone, replaced by Andre Mathieu.)

 

Co-produced by Michel Belanger and Donald Lautrec, 1970's "Le Grand Jeu" was all over the musical map.  Included on the album the earlier single 'Suzie' was a straight ahead slice of blues-rock made a little unsettling by Thilbert's French lyrics.  Elsewhere exemplified by tracks like 'La Cloere' and 'Agneau de Dieu' the majority of the set showcased a mixture of guitar and keyboard propelled rock and progressive moves.  There wasn't anything particularly original or life changing to be found across the six extended tracka (one review I came across unceremoniously compared then to a French version of Uriah Heep), but the performances were all quite professional and Thilbert had a nice raspy voice that was well suited to the material, though it took a little effort to get accustomed to the French lyrics which seemed to address your usual index of early-1970s themes including drugs ('Narcotique').  The album was tapped for another single in the form of 'L'age d'or' b/w 'L'age d'or' (Jupiter catalog number 1216).

 

"Dionysos" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Narcotique   (G.P. Ouelette - Dionysos) - 12:16

2.) Suzie   (Dionysos) - 6:20

3.) La Cloere   (J. Larose - Dionysos) - 5:10

 

(side 2)
1.) L'Age du Chore   (J. Larose - Dionysos) - 8:39

2.) L'age d'or (instruemental)   (Dionysos) - 6:27

3.) Agneau de Dieu   (J. Larose - Dionysos) - 6:29

 

 

 

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