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Dominique Blanc-Francard

Ailleurs (LP)

Label: Lion Production

Format: LP

Genre: Psych

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Dominique Blanc-Francard’s “Ailleurs” is trippy and weird… and yet… the songs are catchy and the album rocks out. Fuzzy guitar, chunky drums, weird effects, a thick mix of layers of sound — all tasty ingredients. Pink Floyd meets T-Rex? It’s a terrific recipe, which surely must describe other albums? Even so, we can’t think of another album that sounds quite like “Ailleurs.”

Without realizing it, you’ve probably already listened to Dominique Blanc-Francard’s work — as a sound engineer. DBF (as his intimate friends call him), worked from 1970 to 1973 at the mythical Chateau d’Hérouville studio under the leadership of Michel Magne, the legendary composer of soundtracks such as Les Tontons Flingueurs, Fantômas, and Angélique. The studio was the famous “Honky Château’’ of Elton John, a place where Dominique Blanc-Francard participated in recordings by Pink Floyd, David Bowie, T. Rex, Elton John, and Cat Stevens. You can also find DBF’s involvement on records by Magma, Cœur Magique, Gong, Catharsis, Ergo Sum, Zoo, Markusfeld, Axis and the compilation “Puissance 13+2” (Power 13 + 2), recently reissued in all its glory by one of your favorite labels (we hope), Lion Productions. Here, DBF was able to collaborate with famous producers such as Paul Samwell-Smith, Gus Dudgeo, and Tony Visconti.
Since then, DBF has worked with all the French artistic upper-crust: Jacques Dutronc, Françoise Hardy, Jane Birkin and others. But in 1972, it was Pink Floyd and King Crimson and Led Zeppelin who were on DBF’s mind. DBF: “In April 1972, at the time we recorded this album, French pop was stuck between Claude François, Joe Dassin, Sheila and Mike Bran — in other words, music with very little creativity. I was 28 already and wanted to show what I could do.” Pink Floyd was a big influence on this LP… as well as King Crimson and Led Zeppelin. "I remember the tremendous shock I had when I first heard King Crimson’s ‘20th Century Schizoid Man,’ with its distorted voices. When I listened to the Crimson album, I saw on its cover that it was recorded in four days. I thought, ’there’s no reason not to be able to do the same.’”

With “Ailleurs” released in 1972 on Riviera, a subdivision of Barclay, DBF offered to a world that quite frankly wasn’t looking for or expecting it, a wonderful LP — an album as unclassifiable as it is enjoyable (it is both). The Barclay promotions department was thrilled and asked DBF to perform on television. He had no wish to sing in front of people. He called it a day as a performer, just like that.

File under: Progressive
Cat. number: LION LP-161
Year: 2021

Includes eight-page color booklet.

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