Minimum Vital – La Source (1993) (@320)
26 Mar 2008
Thanks to tonyd.
(Review from expose.org)
On this, their fourth album in nine years, the band continue moving boldly into new territory, while retaining the essence of the sound that makes them unique among modern French bands – offering some oblique references to the neo-canterbury styles of Camel, Happy the Man and Sky, yet sounding like none of the aforementioned, developing those elements and attributes that set them apart from their contemporaries.
The subtitle “Huit Chants De Lumiere” should offer a clue: in addition to further refinements in their basic sound, they have given it new life with the inclusion of vocals on every track, although they remain primarily an instrumentally-oriented band.
As always, the sound is dominated by Jean-Luc’s ripping guitars and the colorful keyboard pyrotechnics of brother Thierry. Bassist Eric Rebeyrol and Drummer Christophe Godet seem a bit more animated this time out and are offering more punch to the arrangements, as evidenced in the highly charged “Tabou”, nine minutes of pure brilliance. Another track of special note is the acoustic guitar-driven “Les Mondes De Miranda”, with it’s strong folk spirit, jazz and classical influences, energized guitar and accordion solos – this is quite possibly the album’s strongest cut.
- Thierry Payssan / keyboards, accordion
- Jean Luc Payssan / guitars
- Eric Rebeyrol / bass
- Christophe Godet / drums
- Antoine Guerber / vocals
01. Danse des voeux (7:00)
02. La Villa Emo (5:26)
03. Les Mondes de Miranda (7:48)
04. Ann dey flon (6:57)
05. Tabou (9:10)
06. Ce qui soustient (2:27)
07. Mystical west (7:03)
08. La source – Final (1:35)
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about 2 years ago - 3 comments
(Review from progressor.net) While still continuing to develop or rather modify the style they had for the first time revealed on their “La Source” album, on “Capitaines”, the legendary Frenchmen appear as a very lighthearted folk rock ensemble. The music, upbeat and sweetly melodic throughout, bears an almost danceable character, from which it logically follows…
about 4 years ago - 9 comments
Thanks to Crimson King for the contribution. (Review from progarchives.com) A side project of the French progressive band Minimum Vital, Vital Duo consists of the Payssan twin brothers Jean-Luc and Thierry. The band intend to work with various elements of classical progressive rock: baroque and ancient music, folk influences from various countries led by acoustic…
about 6 years ago - 5 comments
(Review from progressor.net) Vital Duo is the Payssan brothers: Thierry and Jean-Luc. These two amazing composers and multi-instrumentalists formed the project in 1999 after they for some reason disbanded their brainchild and one of the best French bands ever existed in the history of progressive rock, Minimum Vital. Back in 2001, Vital Duo presented their…
about 6 years ago - 7 comments
(Review from progressor.net, musearecords.com) At the end of 1993, Thierry and Jean-Luc Payssan were very unsatisfied and nearly thought about quitting the band. But they had composed new music, and they were sure they could go one step further on the La Source direction. So they had no other choice but to form a fresh,…
about 6 years ago - 6 comments
Better quality rips are welcome. (Info from progressiveworld.net, mindawn.com) Minimum Vital is certainly amongst the most original bands from the Eighties Progressive rock scene: twin brothers Thierry & Jean-Luc Payssan mix art-rock influences from Yes, guitar parts as fluid as Mike Oldfield’s, an amazing virtuosity coming from jazz-rock fusion, many innovations and a deep mark…
about 6 years ago - 2 comments
(Review from progreviews.com) Envol Triangles, the first recording by French group Minimum Vital, was originally released on cassette. Seven years years after its original release, it was paired up with their second recording, Les Saisons Marines and released as a two-on-one CD by Musea, which is pretty much the only way you can buy it…
about 6 years ago - 4 comments
(Review from progarchives.com) This is Minimum Vital’s first official CD recording (their two previous efforts had originally been released on cassette format), and, together with their following one “La Source”, it perfectly epitomizes what the Minimum Vital prog style is all about at its finest hour: melodic symphonic prog with lots of Renaissance and late…