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Label: Monster Melodies Records

Format: Red LP

Genre: Psych

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** 2021 Stock. A limited edition record of the unreleased recording of PLVG (pronounced “plug”) recorded in 1973. A coloured vinyl, of which only 1000 numbered copies have been made, with insert ** PLVG is formed of ex-members of the band Calcium, considered the cream of French studio musicians. In May 1971, soon after his triumphant Olympia 70, singer Julien Clerc surrounds himself with musicians Charles Benaroche and Denis Lable. They are joined in 72 by Stéphane Vilar (ex-Calcium) who had just composed the music of Circus Bonjour, Jean Claude Poligot, Richard Lable and Philippe Gall. The band thus constituted, accompanies the singer contentiously. How many musicians in France have been obliged to perform marketed music to be able to live of their trade? But this time the performers who dream of forming a rock band again, strain against the reins and form a band between two tours with a real original musical repertoire. 

Tracks are registered with the title “Les Trottoirs” (the sidewalks). Stephen Stills, who was staying at Julien Clerc's house at the time (where he meets Véronique Sanson his first wife, future mother of his son Christopher) says "it's a hit” as soon as he listens to the song. Julien Clerc, more pragmatic, thinks there is no way it can happen in France. The singer, who built his entire career in formalized music  and played in the musical Hair, knows too well that at the time there was no market in France for this kind of music. He nevertheless agrees, for the band to perform during the first part of his shows. 

It was during the summer tour in July, August and September 1973 that the band under the name of PLVG (acronym for Poligot, Lable, Vilar, Gall) made its debut in front of a dumbfounded audience. Whilst taking a break from touring the following month, the group records a dozen titles at the Ferber studio between November 73 and February 74, joined by Zouzou on a cover of a Calcium track: “Ce Matin" ("This Morning”). But the album never saw the light of day, because unluckily, Julien Clerc no longer performs on stage, other than in recitals for his Japan and Canada tour, and the band loses the opportunity to play on stage.

Cat. number: MMLP 16
Year: 2019