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French TV - THE VIOLENCE OF AMATEURS (1999)



Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator
— First review of this album —
A recent discovery of mine, French TV is a band that I have learned to love quite quickly. Their eclectic approach to progressive rock music is signaled by an experimental concern to mix RIO, jazz and Canterbury-influenced rock in such a way that humor and melodic sense happen to be well amalgamated within the overall sonic frame. Their third release is entitled "Virtue in Futility" (1994), and it happens to be their first grand opus, their first expression of genuine musical maturity - I strongly recommend it as the uninitiated's entry, although generally speaking, you can never go wrong with a French TV album. Of course, I'm aware that not all prog fans and collectors are particularly keen on the avant-garde side of the genre, but the specific case of French TV reveals a reconstruction of the experimental stuff under a less inscrutable guise. 'Hey! Real Executives Jump From the 50th Floor!' gets the game started in a very rocking manner: the powerful guitar riffs, the dynamic drumming and the energetic organ interventions make it sound like a mixture of Deep Purple and ELP focusing on a long lost Happy the Man track. The soft interlude featuring a piano solo (a-la Rachmaninov) and a symphonic-oriented escalade manage to state a proper amount of variety before the main rocking passage is retaken for the conclusion. This is a solid opener guaranteed to catch the listener's attention, so 'Clanghonktweet' should be really interesting to keep the listening experience refreshing. And so it does!... It is a very playful track that incluyes Renaissance and Celtic flavors in a sort of "Jean-Luc Ponty plus special guest Kerry Minnear" sort of way. This track also contains a divergent interlude, consisting on ethereal moods (very much a-la "First Seven Days"-era Jan Hammer). Sweeter than the opener, track no. 2 is no less extravagant, with some sections that find the violin getting really loud and the synth providing some noisy psychedelic ornaments. 'The Family that Oonts Together, Groonts Together' bears a pleasant compositional development, sounding like a jazz-fusion journey that merges into the combined traditions of Shadowfax and Happy the Man, with augmented elements from Maneige and "Jazz FromHell"-era Zappa. The passages in which the trumpet solos go on shining are absolutely majestic. Generally speaking, this piece gives ample room to the delivery of agile orchestral developments, despite the fact that it is not a symphonic progressive track in itself. 'I'm Whining For That Funky Baby Of Mine' starts quite confident in its abandonment of the soft side in favor of a frantic aspect of French TV's music: the opening section is very mad, dissonant and tense in a challenging manner that anticipates the sort of work we've come to expect from the likes of Frogg Café nowadays. The free-jazz and avant elements are undeniably dominant in this track, with the musicians exchanging dialogues in a common labor against the conventional conceptions of structure. 'Empaté' retakes the kind of sophisticated magnificence we had already found in track 3: this one expands on the jazz- oriented colors and gives them a near-symphonic twist, while incorporating some airs of Crimsonian neurosis as well. This track's energetic musicality makes it a special climatic momentum in the album. 'Friends In High Places' is a bit rougher regarding its sonic framework, and it is also more Spartan: mostly based on the drum kit's cadences intertwined with recorded presidential speeches, it displays a genuine sense of menace without getting explicitly creepy. The simplicity is obviously hiding something underneath its deceitful surface. The album's last 12+ minutes are occupied by the monster track 'Slowly I Turn. Step By Step. Inch By Inch'. It starts warm and smooth, featuring a slow tempo and a gentle guitar, but there is another reality to this track. It is dark and gloomy, as is revealed by the gradual crescendo elaborated by the dense instrumentation. From the fifth minute onward, hell has already broken loose: guitar and sax assume a shared protagonist role in the sonic delivery that mixes jazz's sensual vigor and avant-prog's neurotic vibe in a very muscular way. Think of a hybrid of Frogg Café and Thinking Plague with some touches of Present and you will nail most of the track's spirit. The closing climax feels peculiarly robust, ending with some caustic drum beats before getting at the 10 minute mark. After a few seconds of silence (not a lengthy silence, according the title of the band's sophomore album), the band returns with a funk-oriented jam drowned in humor. "Virtue in Futility" is an excellent example of the sort of experimental prog rock that has been practiced and recorded in the USA from the 90s to this day - French TV is an important name in the current avant-prog scene, and definitely their discography should be more widely appreciated. 4.30 stars for this one!

Year: 1999
Origin: USA
Genre: RIO/Avant-Prog
Quality: (Flac,cue,Log,cover,3% Recovery record)
Size: 432mb

Track List:

1. The Kokonino Stomp (4:42)
2. The Secret Life Of Walter Riddle (8:14)
3. The Odessa Steps Sequence (8:42)
4. Mail Order Quarks (10:27)
5. Tiger Tea (12:13)
6. Joosan Lost / The Fate (21:40)

Total Time: 65:18

Line-up / Musicians:

- Mike Sary / bass, percussion
- Dean Zigoris / guitar, keyboards, vocal, percussion, synth guitar, noise, and "yé, old analogue synthesizer"
- Bob Douglas / drums (1,5)
- Greg Acker / flute, sax, Hawaiian nose flute, percussion (1,3-5)
- John Encifer / keyboards
- Eugene Chadbourne / banjo
- John Robinson / keyboards, '1/4" jack noise' (1,3,5,6)
- Brian Donohue / drums (2,3,6)
- Steve Good / saxes, clarinets (2)
- Chris Vincent / drums, vocal, percussion & "Popsicles" (4)
- Cathy Moeller / violin (4)
- Kirk Davis / vocal, percussion, "unbridled enthusiasm" (4)



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Сообщение автор kelia99 в Чт Июн 25, 2009 3:24 pm

French TV - THE CASE AGAINST ART (2002)



Year: 2002
Origin: USA
Genre: RIO/Avant-Prog
Quality: (Flac,cue,Log,cover,3% Recovery record)
Size: 311mb

Track List:

1. That Thing on the Wall (8:53)
2. Viable Tissue Matter (11:45)
3. Partly the State (10:30)
4. One Humiliating Incident After Another (9:18)
5. Under the Big 'W' (14:18)

Total Time: 54:44

Line-up / Musicians:

- Mike Sary / bass
- Warren Dale / keyboards, sax, recorder, clarinets
- Chris Vincent / drums
- Chris Smith / guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin

With:
- Dean Zigoris / guitar (2,5)
- Greg Acker / sax, flute (2,4,5)
- Cathy Moller / violin (2,5)
- Cliff Fortney / vocals, flute, recorder (3)
- Shawn Persinger / acoustic guitar (3)
- Kirk Davis / percussion (3)
- Karen Hyer / soprano (3)
- Stephen Dale / trumpet, euphonium (4)
- Pam Thompson / tuba (5)



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French TV - PARDON OUR FRENCH (2004)



Pardon Our French
French TV RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by maribor1
Pardon Our French is the title of French TV's eight album. After a long time, they decided to do covers again (they already had a cover of a Van Der Graaf Generator song before) and show that the name French TV is well deserved. Namely, they chose to do covers of only French artists - Ange, Pulsar, Shylock, Carpe Diem, Atoll and Etron Fou Lelouban. So, basically a wet dream for any fan of French progressive rock and a nightmare for normal people.

The line-up is again based around the bass player, Mike Sary, who is again surrounded by the right people to share his extraordinary vision. Again, they managed to create that perfect French TV organised confusion, chaos that makes sense. They must have made their fans and female fan very happy.

The first two pieces are typical of French TV. It's a typical mixture of avant-garde and the occasional symphonic rock. Once more, we see some "unusual" influence, like Mexican and oriental music. They manage to create pieces that are fluid and unforced. They decided to cover their favourite French artists on the third piece (they are French TV after all). We can hear artists like Ange, Pulsar and Rock in Opposition legends Etron Fou Lelouban. The covers are great, the female vocal replaces the male excellently, only the French accent perhaps isn't the most convincing (but it adds a certain charm, a certain je ne sais quoi) - the lack of nasals is especially noticeable. For the end, we have two more French TV classics, which again show how unpredictable the men can be with their mixture of tragic and comic, dark and humorous.

French TV are exceptional musicians with a very specific style, but they still manage to surprise with an unexpected ingredient on every album. Pardon Our French is also full of such elements. Besides that, the album is also masterfully played and produced. This effort might suit people who are more into classic prog (if for nothing else than the covers) and can serve as a good introduction for all people who aren't that into the more experimental styles. Anyway, French TV cook up a feast again and you don't feel deprived of anything at any moment.

Year: 2004
Origin: USA
Genre: RIO/Avant-Prog
Quality: (Flac,cue,Log,cover,3% Recovery record)
Size: 363mb

Track List:

1. Everything Works in Mexico (11:56)
2. Sekala Dan Niskala (6:20)
3. Pardon Our French (Medley) (16:59)
... 1. La Bataille Du Sucre (ANGE) / 2. Tired Answers (PULSAR) / 3. Laocksetal (SHYLOCK) / 4. Publiphobie (CARPE DIEM) / 5. Laocksetal (SHYLOCK) / 6. Tunnel Pt. 2 (ATOLL) / 7. Publiphobie (CARPE DIEM) / 8. Yvett's Blouse (ETRON FOU LELOUBAN)
4. Tears of a Velvet Clown (13:17)
5. When the Ruff Tuff Creampufss Take Over (11:41)

Total Time: 60:12

Line-up / Musicians:

- Chris Smith / electric, banjo, acoustic and classical guitars, viola, cello, mandolin & electric violin
- Mike Sary / bass
- Warren Dale / keyboards, accordian, piano, marimba, samples, flutes, recorders, harmonica, tuba, saxes, bass clarinet & melodica
- Jeff Gard / drums & percussion

Guest musicians:
- Richard Adrian Steiger / tabla, percussion, dumbek, riq [2]
- Will Stewart / trumpet [4]
- Pam Thompson / tuba, euphonium & trombone [4]
- Howie Gano / piano, string synths [3]
- Stephanie Dale / piccolo [4]
- Natalie Nichole Gilbert / lead vocals [3]
- Steven Dale / trumpet, piccolo & flugelhorn [1, 4]
- Denise Gilbert / spoken vocals [3]



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French TV - AFTER A LENGTHLY SILENCE (1987)



Year: 1987
Origin: USA
Genre: RIO/Avant-Prog
Quality: (Flac,cue,Log,cover,3% Recovery record)
Size: 382 mb

Track List:

1. One of the Jones boys (3:12)
2. You fool! You broke the yolks! (4:23)
3. Friendly enzymes (6:10)
4. ...and the dead dog lept up and flew around the room! (6:50)
5. Go like this (13:02)
6. Vacilando (9:10)

Total Time: 42:47

Line-up / Musicians:

- Artie Bratton / acoustic & electric guitars
- Tom Browning / guitar solo (2 to 5)
- Fenner Castner / drums
- Rick DeBow / flute (5)
- Clancy Dixon / saxophones, clarinet
- Bill Fowler / keyboards (3-5-6)
- Bruce Krohmer / 1st sax solo, bass clarinet (5)
- Mark Miceli / little bent harmonized notes (2)
- Bob Ramsey / keyboards (5)
- Mike Sary / basses



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French TV - French TV(1984)



Year: 1984
Origin: USA
Genre: RIO/Avant-Prog
Quality: (Flac,cue,Log,cover,3% Recovery record)
Size: 229 mb

Track List:

1. The visit revisited (0:59)
2. Happy armies fight in their sleep (3:48)
3. Under Heaven there is great disorder (and the situation is excellent) (3:31)
4. The artist's house (3:21)
5. Spill (10:44)
6. Dream of peace (4:13)
7. No charge (a free improvisation) (5:12)
8. Earth, I wait (7:47)
9. The visit (5:52)

Total Time: 45:27

Line-up Musicians:

- Mike Sary / bass
- Stephen Roberts / Roland juno 60, Roland jx3p, Fender Rhodes, piano, trumpet, vibes, drums (9)
- Artie Bratton / acoustic & electric guitars
- Fenner Castner / drums & percussion
- Jeff Jones / sax (3)
- Jon Weiner / cello (8)

Releases information
Cd. Pretentious Dinosaur CD 005



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French TV - This Is What We Do(2006)



Origin: USA
Genre: RIO/Avant-Prog
Quality: (Flac,cue,Log,Front cover,3% Recovery record)
Size: 333 mb

Track List:

1. Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously (10:19)
2. Ska Face (8:24)
3. My Little Cicada (11:48)
4. Look at the Bears (8:10)
5. Theme from ESPN X-treme (13:01)

Totail Time: 51:42

Line-up Musicians:

- Mike Sary / bass, voice
- Warren Dale / keyboards, winds, reeds, mallets
- Chris Smith / guitars, violins, exotic strings
- Jeff Gard / drums

With:
- Steven Dale / trumpet (1 & 2)
- Pam Thompson / trombone (2)
- Paolo Botta / keyboards (3)



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Сообщение автор ????? в Сб Май 22, 2010 6:08 pm

Отличная группа! Smile
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да уж Rolling Eyes Laughing
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Отлично! Седьмого не было... Спасибо!!!
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