Thursday, January 25, 2007

"Malicorne (aka Malicorne II)" 1975

One of Malicorne's peculiarities was to keep on putting out eponymous LPs; their second was also simply entitled Malicorne [Hexagone CD 193.652 (1975)]; most critics call it Malicorne II. If Malicorne revealed a great band in the making, Malicorne II realized that potential marvelously. The choral richness of the group's harmonies are fully developed here, and Gabriel allows his full, round acoustic guitar playing to emerge, on such tracks as "Le garçon jardinier." Most importantly, the band is unusually tight and inventive; their arrangement of "J'ai vu le loup, le renard et la belette," for example, uses two dulcimers, an épinette des Vosges, a bouzouki and a mandocello to produce a merry jangle of harmonies, while violin and hurdy-gurdy take the lead and electric bass and tabor the rhythm. The other set of dance tunes begins with the completely traditional sound of the fiddle, but soon adds a fully realized arrangement featuring hurdy-gurdy, mandocello and bass. As for the songs, Malicorne's best-known piece of a capella harmonizing, "Marions les roses" is here, as are some classic songs in the vein of the first album's material: historical ballads, songs about courtship, and a brief taste of potentially supernatural motifs, which would become a trademark of the band in the future.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rapidshare is bad! change!

26 January, 2007 01:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lizardson,

thanks a lot for all the MALICORNE stuff, they are brilliant !

Take care
HKR05

26 January, 2007 01:37  
Anonymous CB said...

What is all this shit about Rapidshare is bad? Ever tried downloading stuff from one of the other sloooooooooooooooow services? I'll take Rapidshare any day (unless they delete stuff, of course).

26 January, 2007 01:38  
Anonymous CB said...

By the way - thanks for this fine share!

26 January, 2007 01:38  
Blogger hideo said...

anonymous is not so great either ...

nice post, Liz

26 January, 2007 01:55  
Anonymous darksun said...

nice one

26 January, 2007 03:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All your rapidshare links have failed for the last two days. Is it me or is the rapidshare website down.
Keep up the good work!
P.A.U.

26 January, 2007 04:39  
Blogger panos1 said...

Rapidshare is great!keep going!
At least not to megaupload and their spyware toolbar!

Thanks for the music!you do so many for us all!

regards from greece!

26 January, 2007 06:29  
Anonymous arbor said...

merci beaucoup pour ca monsieur!

26 January, 2007 11:42  
Anonymous mruzi50@hotmail.com said...

Thank you for posting the first 2 Malicorne albums - I have been looking for them for quite some time now and they are even better than I expected! I have read some reviews of the band that were not that flattering but now I know the truth - this is great music, calm and down-to-earth, and it is beautiful. Thanks again!

Marian in Canada

26 January, 2007 11:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff as always. Thanks much!

26 January, 2007 12:08  
Blogger PE_35 said...

hi again from canada,

i appreciate so much that you also put the 2nd album of malicorne, my girlfriend is so excited about that.

many thanks !

26 January, 2007 22:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Marian in Canada said, Thank you for posting these Malicorne albums - I have been looking for them for quite some time now, as well (for years). I LOVE this band.
And thanks for keeping the links active. Just discovered your blog.
- LD

15 September, 2007 08:48  

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