Monday, October 10, 2011

Tangerine - De L'Autre Côté De La Forêt (Fra 1975, folk)

Tangerine - De l'autre côté de la forêt... (Fra 1975, folk)

Genre: Folk Rock

Line up:
* Valéry Betsh (vocal, classical guitar, 12-string guitar,
* Marc Donahue (vocal, classical guitar, flute, keyboards, saxophone, bongost),
* Gabriel Malka (acoustic guitar, vocal, 12-string guitar),
* Charlie Sabban (acoustic guitar, vocal).

Guest musicians:
* Roger Gremillot (Drums, Percussion),
* Alain Carnel (Electric Bass).

- Artwork By – Jean-Louis Macchi
- Engineer – Jean-Claude Robert, Sidney Hermann
- Photography [Verso] – Christian Zagaria
- Producer – Jean-Claude Pognant

Recorded at Studio De La Citadelle in Besançon except "Liberté" recorded at Studio Aquarium in Paris Published by Chappell (Catalogue ANGE-MUSIC) except "De L'autre Côté De La Forêt" published by
Kinney Music & "Eveil" Editions Gavroche
Distribued by WEA Filipacchi Music
World Distribution by Eurodisc
Printed in Paris at Imprimerie Saint-Rock

1975 - SP "De l’autre côté de la forêt" (Eurodisc)
1975 - "De l’autre côté de la forêt" (Arcane)
1976 - SP "Sad and lonely" (Crypto)
1978 - "Mémoire" (Crypto)
1979 - SP "Yragael" (Crypto)
1980 - SP "L’épouvantail" (Gig)
1981 - SP "L’épouvantail" (CBS)

A1. De L'autre Côté De La Forêt
       Composed By – Bunnel, V. Btesh*  2:56  
A2. Death
       Composed By – M. Donahue*  2:45  
A3. Médidations
       Composed By – V. Btesh*  7:22  
A4. Liberté
       Composed By – C. Sabban*, V. Btesh*  3:50  
B1. It's Ending
       Composed By – V. Btesh*  4:20  
B2. Listen
       Composed By – C. Sabban*, V. Btesh*  2:32  
B3. Time
       Composed By – Malka*, Donahue*  3:30  
B4. Eveil
       Composed By – C. Sabban*  3:40  
B5. Direction Sud
       Composed By – G. Malka*, V. Btesh* 

Tangerine were a simple folk quartet based out of France, distinguished by the luminous lead presence of Valery Btesh and the ornate flute work of Marc Donahue. With the potential of four, count 'em four acoustic guitars at work and equally layered vocal harmonies, you know what you can expect, and this is where the band's undoubtedly excelled. Discounting a few instrumentals, half of the songs are sung in their native tongue, and the other half in English, with uncommonly minimal intrusion from accents.
De L'Autre Cote de la Foret is another of the great unsungs. Though the album gets off to a decent if unremarkable start, we soon hit Btesh's "Meditations," which I'll go on record saying is one of the most beautiful songs I've yet come across in my explorations over the years under the broad prog umbrella, and that's simply not an overstatement. Picture Genesis circa Trespass transplanted to the rural countryside with a French Sandy Denny singing a melody that hypnotizes all in its path. If I need to say more, then as was once said elsewhere, "you'll never know."
Though obviously less ambitious, "Direction Sud" is another tune from this band that has stuck with me through the years, an acoustic pop tune with stalwart harmonies and a beguiling chorus. Past these, there are additional songs ("Liberte," "It's Ending," "Listen") with other delicious melodies that solidify this album as a must-track-down for the latent or not-so-latent folkies of the prog community.
Granted, as can be discerned from the songs in English and the general style of the band, Tangerine drew at least some influence from the West Coast psych-folk scene that permeated the late 60s. In fact, this often seems more like an album that would have been made in 1968-69, rather than 1975. Even so, this album is a far cry from the posturing, make-love-for-Jerry narcissism that signals hippiedom at its worst. Say what you want about the lyrics, Tangerine never sounded less than sincere in their delivery, and many of the songs have that introspective touch that makes them genuine in their ability to reach and touch the listener.
 ~ review by Joe McGlinchey  2-6-04.

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