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Les Champions - French 60s EP Collection Vol 1dot
artworkFive of the more decent tracks from Les Champions on this ep. Mostly, the music here is pretty awful French pretend rock. plenty of Elvis covers, etc.
Picks: Rupture A Conq Temps, Les Cavaliers Du Ciel

Track by Track Review


Loin dotdotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

Perhaps titled after pork, "Loin" is actually a decent cover of King Henry VIII's "Greensleeves." It's very light, but is nonetheless attractive in its own way. The over compression in the middle is downright annoying. The cymbals rise, but the level doesn't, causing bass and band to retreat as if it's defective. The mastering engineer should have compressed frequency ranges separately and remixed them. It kills the track.

Barcarolle dotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

Yeah... if Buddy Merrill was French, he would have done things like this. "Barcarolle" quite well done, but it sure isn't very rock'n'roll! Only the loudness of the lead amp hints at the genre.

Rupture A Conq Temps dotdotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

Played against the beat and rhythm of Paul Desmond's "Take Five," this is oddly compelling. Lead guitar is heavily echoed, and the melody seems to work against the backtrack quite well.

L'Idole Des Jeunes dotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very easy going version of Rick Nelson's "Teenage Idol." image what it takes to be less genuine than the original. It's not that it's without any edge, but i feels very fabricated.

Les Cavaliers Du Ciel dotdotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

Stan Jones' classic cowboy tale is done in a pedestrian fashion, though pleasantly so. Great rolling drums and bass keep it from being just another version. "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" is hard to trash, and indeed Les Champions have resurrected it yet again, and in a very satisfactory manner.