Heldon - II: Allez-Teia. 1975 France


Continuing our trek through the Heldon catalog, we enter the famed number II. Of all the Heldon albums, this is by far the most mellow, with a proliferation of acoustic guitar calming down the proceedings just a little. The subversive feel of the debut is maintained throughout however, and anarchy seems just around the corner. Deep, heavy, thoughtful music. While heavily influenced by Robert Fripp, Professor Pinhas was trekking down an individual path, and is now considered a legend in his own right. A lot of name dropping in the track titles, something that became vogue in the 2000s, but wasn't as common in the 70s. Amongst the more obscure, 'Fluence' references Pascale Comelade, where Pinhas was featured heavily on the self-named album for the Pole label. While 'Michel Ettori' refers to the sometimes Heldon guitarist. A highly regarded album and rightly so. The real underground of the 70s is featured here.

Personal collection
LP: 1975 Urus
CD: 2005 Captain Trip (Japan)

I bought the original LP (on Urus) in the mid 1980s, and I still own that copy.

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