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This is superb compilation and the beautiful cover art alone sells it. Featuring pulsating synth grooves, robotic beats and far-out cosmic sound effects from the French avant-electronic scene of the seventies, it's a very enjoyable and rewarding 78 minute intergalactic voyage. Even now, almost everything here still sounds like music from the future and although it's regarded as experimental music, the lasting impression is that these French electro pioneers knew exactly what they were doing.

Highlights include Space's world-wide smash 'Magic Fly' - it's a space disco classic and, like a few of these songs, a not too distant relative of Daft Punk's 21st Century sound. The extraordinary 'Caramel' by Rene Rousell is proto-Chicago House & Italo-Disco and Jean-Jacques Perrey's heavily sampled 'E.V.A.' is all playful loops and sound effects that takes in some mind-blowing phased lead guitar as it progresses. Jean Michel Jarre's mid-tempo 'Blackbird' features beautiful organ progressions underpinned by some exemplary and imaginative percussion and even Serge Gainsbourg makes an appearance with the frantic 'Le Physique Et Le Figure' from the film of the same name.

The CD is housed in a gatefold cardboard sleeve and it has some well written liner notes featuring information on all the tracks and artists and also a couple of brief interview extracts including one with Jean Michel Jarre. In short, this is one of the best compilations of 2013 and connoisseurs of electronic music will find much to enjoy here. Bon voyage!
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on 16 June 2015
Purchased the vinyl included was the cd great buy and music.Great compilation and track selection happy trip
from someones choices from that era which must have been tough.
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on 11 March 2016
Well.....
Two songs on this cd that are from 1984 (not a great tune and more dated THAN 1984) and 1981( a lot of frantic fairlight and simmons racket) not good.

So its not 1970-1980 as such as those two deviate it from the decade its supposed to be about.
There are moments of great sound design that do sound truly good now and that's Bernard lefevre's 'and that is to be' from 1975, a lovely portamento bendy (imagination-esque) syncopated bassline and some nice melody pad and lead synths all economic in phrasing buy being short and yet atmospheric.
Magic fly off course sounds brill, and a few others are quite good and interesting.
The least good ones were jean michele jarres lack bird it was too procul harum and not particularly electronic also there is another awful 1970 jem that's been used on adverts here in the uk on the mid 90s I hate it lol, you though.. may not hate it.
Its an odd compilation that perhaps could have been better as a double cd and adding more depthful tracks, but some folk will enjoy some won't.

I just prefer the mid to late 70s electronic music as it think things were starting to sound more modern at because tech was moving on at that point.
I'm On the middle on this one, it has moments worth listening to and others that arnt relevent, also its worth mentioning that none of this is what one would term "avantgarde' its electro euro disco stuff mostly.

Anyhow enjoy.
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on 8 July 2015
What an album
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on 11 December 2013
I have to say that I was really looking forward to this, after having bought the two Soul Jazz compilations of German avantgarde electronica (Deutsche Elektronische Musik vols 1 and 2). Unfortunately the French artists here don't have anything like the creativity of their German counterparts - everything is plodding, dull and pedestrian. Every track sounds like poor-quality Jean Michel Jarre and I strongly suggest that you look elsewhere
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on 9 April 2015
All good, thanks!
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