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4.0 out of 5 stars French Avant-Psych-Prog-Folk, 24 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: 4 Albums Originaux (Audio CD)
This box set consists of four albums recorded by Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes between 1970 and 1974. The overall sound across all four albums is a heady mix of avant-psych-prog-folk with elements of jazz and even medieval music. There's plenty of note repetition and some subtle synthesizer vibes, with solid percussion and good use of the organ and guitar. Much of the music sounds improvised but, nonetheless, it's never less than interesting.

Ribero's voice, which is sometimes absent for extended periods, is a thing of wonder - at times it's similar to Nico (singing in French) but Ribero's voice covers the whole vocal spectrum, and she uses is it to perfectly express her emotions - screaming, shrieking, shouting, laughing, orgasmic moans, hushed singing, etc. During 'Poeme Non Epique' she doesn't just sound like a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, but appears to have a full-blown one. Listening to these albums back to back is the closest you'll get to experiencing an exorcism. Not recommended for listeners of a nervous disposition, although there are moments of out-and-out beauty. Anyone with an interest in music that will challenge, astonish, confound, terrify and delight in equal measure will find much to enjoy here.

Each CD is housed in a replica vinyl cardboard sleeve and they are presented in a sturdy flip-top cardboard case. There are no additional notes and no evidence that the music has been re-mastered. However, the sound is perfect. The combined running time of all four albums is 2 hours and 50 minutes. The track list:

N° 2 (1970)

1. Prelude
2. Sirba
3. 15 aout 1970
4. Silen voy Kathy
5. Prelude
6. Poeme non epique
7. Ballada das aguas

Ame debout (1971)

1. Ame debout
2. Diborowska
3. Alpes 1
4. Alpes 2
5. Alpilles
6. Aria populaire
7. Le Kleenex, le drap de lit et l'etendard
8. Dingue

Paix (1972)

1. Roc alpin
2. Jusqu'a ce que la force de t'aimer me manque
3. Paix
4. Un jour... la mort

Le rat debile et l'homme des champs (1974)

1. La petite fille aux fraises
2. L'ere de la putrefaction
3. Un regard clair (Obscur)
4. Poeme non epique (Suite)
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