CD reissue: 1999 Musea
Packaging details: Like most albums released in France, the LP cover is a single sleeve and fairly nondescript. The Musea CD adds a full history, with photos and two bonus tracks. The CD is the clear way to go here.
Notes: Christian Boulé had previously played guitar on albums and in concert
with French underground rock royalty such as Clearlight, Dashiell
Hedayat, Gong, Lard Free, and Delired Chameleon Family, so it was only
natural he'd get his chance at a solo career. At the height of the
French progressive rock movement in 1978, Boulé released his debut
"Photo Musik" on Polydor - the current label of Clearlight at the time
(and no coincidence as Cyrille Verdeaux personally made the
arrangements). Adding female vocals in English, the album mixes the
psychedelic space rock and electronic music of Clearlight with the
oncoming New Wave styles that were just approaching on the musical
landscape. At once "Photo Musik" recalls Ash Ra's "New Age of Earth"
combined with more obscure French bands such as Superfreego and even
Eskaton (stripping away the Zeuhl of course). All throughout, Boulé's
fuzz guitar is sublime. Those familiar with Phillippe Besombes and
Hydravion will find much to enjoy here. A hidden treasure of 1978
Only misstep is '22 Broad Street' while all of Side 2 is great, especially 'Orange Climax'.
CD adds two newly recorded (1999) short tracks from Boulé, Verdeaux,
Tim Blake and others. Both are surprisingly relevant and very good.
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