Franck Dervieux – Dimension M. 1972 Canada

Franck Dervieux – Dimension M. 1972 Columbia

CD reissue: 2012 ProgQuébec

Packaging details. The original (which I've owned for over 20 years) features a wonderful textured gatefold cover, and comes with a full 4 page insert. The CD features unique liner notes, photos and an English translation of the original insert. It is transferred from vinyl, but they did their best to maintain the integrity of the original sound. This has been a much anticipated reissue, and many are glad to see it's finally surfaced.

Notes: Dervieux's album is the root system for later bands such as Contraction and Ville Emard Blues Band. Keyboard heavy progressive rock, with a looser structure, making it highly appealing on repeated listens. A very important album, and one of Quebec's finest. My old friend Eric over at Mutant Sounds has this to say: "Prog with a quivering acid edge is always such a sexy thing. From Kingdom Come to Aphrodite's Child to Second Hand, it's a rich and varied seam of wonderment and Quebec had a strong tradition of it all it's own. Dervieux (who was to pass away shortly after this recording) and his crew of musicians (including the incredible guitarist Yves Laferriere, who's own eponymous album is quietly devastating) are however operating at a slightly different angle from fellow Quebecois acidheads Dionne/Bregent, L'Infonie or Peloqiuinsauvageau and one that finds some parallel in Van Der Graaf Generator during their most pensive and/or atmospheric moments. Christiane Robichaud's feverish and utterly distinct erotically moaning vocals (a style she would gloriously run for the hills with in Contraction) complete the picture in a way that pushes everything to a profound emotional peak in the same way as, say, Sonja Kristina does for Curved Air. A holy grail."

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