TGIF! Another week bites the dust, and here we are again with the first Free Basin’ Friday offering of 2013, and let me tell ya, it’s a doozy! This week we are pleased to shell out a copy of Rictus’ long lost prog masterpiece, Christelle Ou La Decouverte Du Mal.
This conceptual album centers around Christelle, a happy six year old girl who one day meets an Evil Genius who gives her bad hallucinations. Each song is inspired by one of these fictional hallucinations.
Christelle Ou La Decouverte Du Mal (translated to “Christelle Or The Discovery Of Evil”) was a rare, 250 copy private press progressive rock album from France, rated 5 stars in the Pokora Books. Recorded on a 4 track Akai in the small town of Luxueil-les-Bains, this album was only sold at a few shows and in one local shop. Pressed at the small Le Kiosque D’Orphee pressing plant, this was truly a private offering with the band having made and glued the covers themselves. A long album, including the 14+ minute progressive gem ‘Theme Guerre’, the music spans from lo-fi fuzz laden numbers to strong progressive songs with numerous bridges and changes. Conceptually a Rock Opera, but plays like a full length progressive album that could rival anything from France at the time.
Remastered with wonderful sound quality, this is sure to open the ears of many who’ve overlooked the band until now.
- Limited edition one time pressing (550 copies)
- High quality paste-on LP covers, LP style mini-jackets for CD
- CD features 4 bonus tracks not available on LP
- Both CD & LP include insert full of photos and band notes
- CD features bonus tracks not available on LP
- Fully licensed
Leave a comment below with your name and email address in the proper field (kept private) to enter! Winner will be chosen at random and announced next Friday! Have a killer weekend and beware of Evil Geniuses!!!!!!!