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GAROLOU was a pan-Eastern Canadian group with members from Ontario thru to the Maritimes. Its origins could be traced to Franco Ontarian brothers Marc and Michel Lalonde who were living in Prince Edward Island in 1974 and part of a theatre troupe. Their musical career began humbly as a folk duo, but their interests and their popularity resulted in expansion to a full rock ensemble including keyboards, bass and drums, performing revved up and re-interpreted folk songs with plenty of progressive flourishes, Canada's answer to STEELEYE SPAN if you will.


The group was ultimately based in Quebec, partly because a studio in the Laurentian Mountains was kind enough to provide free time to produce their first recording, even without any label signing, which eventually came. Their history is a turbulent one. While personnel changes were frequent and almost de rigueur for the communal lifestyles of the period, Garolou survived the indignity of a name change from their original LOUGAROU moniker, the result of a threatened lawsuit from a folk dance troupe with a very similar name. The original name is a contraction of the French word for werewolf, while Garolou is a play on words at several levels, perhaps at least one being a slight at the dance troupe. One interpretation is "Beware the wolf", while another is "Boy of the Wolf".


Their first two albums, Lougarou (1976) and Garolou (1978), are widely regarded as their best and sold well. The 80s brought forth Romanceros (1980), which received critical acclaim, and Centre-ville (1982), but by then the golden era of Quebecois folk had withered, and the group called it a day in 1983.


In 1993 the band re-united and has performed on and off since then. Rekindled interest resulted in re-releases of the four albums packaged as 2 two-fers, a live album, and a 1999 studio recording, all testament to the band's enduring appeal.

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3.33 | 10 ratings
Lougarou
1976
3.67 | 13 ratings
Garolou
1978
3.06 | 8 ratings
Romancero
1980
2.03 | 8 ratings
Centre-Ville
1982
3.00 | 6 ratings
Memoire Vive
1999

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3.29 | 5 ratings
Reunion
1995

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Profil
1981
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tableaux d'hier vol 1
1991
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tableaux d'hier vol 2
1991

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 Reunion by GAROLOU album cover Live, 1995
3.29 | 5 ratings

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Reunion
Garolou Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

3 stars "Reunion" is the only album that documents Garolou live in concert. Recorded in Longueuil in 1994, it also represents the reunion of the band after so many years inactive (their last album before then was "Centre-Ville" in 1982). They do a very good job recreating their most popular songs in concert, and the sound quality is excellent. The song list represents what most consider to be their best pieces, and for the most part I do not disagree (I would have also liked to see "Nicholas" or "Le Condamne" from the third album, but one can't have everything) . It is telling that there are no songs here from their fourth album "Centre-Ville", clearly their weakest album and no one in the audience is requesting those numbers. For the rating, I had to think about this one. As a live greatest hits album, it covers the bases, and with their best songs, excellent sound quality and strong performances, one might rightly expect a 4-star rating. However, my complaint is that they are too faithful to the studio recordings. Some (although not all) of the guitar solos are in fact note-for-note. Yet, I would not say that any of the versions on this live album are better than their studio counterparts, and in fact in every case the studio versions are better (even if just so slightly). So if you like the songs you should pick up the studio albums first. On balance, I give it 7.6 out of 10 on my 10-point scale (which translates to 3 PA stars).
 Memoire Vive by GAROLOU album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.00 | 6 ratings

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Memoire Vive
Garolou Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

3 stars This album is the first studio album by Garolou since 1982. For the most part, this is a fine return to form. While the songs remain normal-length and pretty safe, most of the songs are really good, very musical, and the sound quality is excellent. Of the 11 songs on this album, there are only 3 I find weak, although not too weak as I can still listen to them (tracks 4, 8, and 9). The album opens with the excellent "Quand l'amour n'y est pas", and continues through two more excellent songs ("La fille du roi d'Espagne" and "Le saoleil s'en va se coucher"), each of which would fit very well on their first three albums, with classic 70s-sounding organs and guitars (and if these had been on the third album they would be among its strongest tracks). Two other highly enjoyable tracks are the more Acadian-tinged pieces, "Le Cheval en peinture" and "Mes souliers sont ronds" - fun tunes with highly memorable melodies that stick in your head. This album is admittedly on the tame side, with only hints of progressivity on a couple of tracks, but most of this music is of very high quality and the sound is classic Garolou. So if you like their first two albums and do not require complex progressive arrangements, you will like this one. I give this album 7.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, so, at the top end of 3 PA stars.
 Centre-Ville by GAROLOU album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.03 | 8 ratings

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Centre-Ville
Garolou Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

2 stars It took Canadian record companies a bit longer than their US and UK counterparts to start putting the squeeze on their artists to get them producing more radio-friendly commercial music. However, by the early 1980s this had become the norm, and one can clearly hear the influence on this album. This album is more highly produced, with shorter songs and more of an 80s sound, with perhaps the best example (ie worst song, for me intolerable) the track which closes the album - "Suel au Centre-Ville". However, even the better songs on this album have just enough of this slicker sound to make me not want to listen to it very often. There are some decent songs on this though. I actually like the opener with the reggae-related beat ("Tu Ouvres La Porte"), and even though more AOR in style, the second and third songs ("Je Deviens Fou" and "Aller-Retour") are still fairly musical. The best song is the second-last track, "Je Savais Pas", which would fit in on their earlier albums, although it does not come close to the best songs on those albums. So, there are four decent songs here, making the album worth picking up by (true) fans for these tracks. But the rest are just OK, and I can no longer sit through the whole album. On balance, I give this 4.6 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 2 PA stars.

 Romancero by GAROLOU album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.06 | 8 ratings

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Romancero
Garolou Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

3 stars This album continues with the classic Garolou sound, although with less of the traditional folk and multi-part vocals that worked so well on their previous self-titled album. This album contains two of their concert favourites "Sur Le Bout Du Pont" and "Quand J'Etais Garcon", which are among their more rocking tunes, although they are not my own favourites. The most musical tunes on the album, and the ones closest to their sound on their first two albums, are "Nicholas" and the closer "Le Condamne". There is also the Acadian- and zydeco- influenced "Danse de La Limonade", which was recorded live, and is a lot of fun. There is only one song I don't like on this album - "Dans Paris" - it is the only one that might be considered AOR, with slick sounding synths and saxophone solos. If you like their first two albums, you will like this one too, as it really (mostly) keeps to the same sound. I don't think it is quite as good as those though, so only pick this one up after you get the earlier ones. I give this 7.2 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.
 Garolou by GAROLOU album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.67 | 13 ratings

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Garolou
Garolou Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

4 stars This is Garolou's best album, and the one that best describes (and thus would be the best introduction to) their sound. Some of the members are new since the debut, and they changed their name (from Lougarou to Garolou), and in doing so became more firmly re-oriented in the Quebec progressive rock scene. The change in line up is particularly felt on the vocal front, as a number of these songs feature multi-part harmonies that are really quite beautiful (e.g. 'Wing-tra-La'). Garolou largely got their inspiration from historic folk tunes (and indeed, re-made a number of them into art-rock songs) and the history of French settlement in North America. While some of the tunes remain folk songs (again, 'Wing-tra-la' and the (already noted very fast) 'Alouette', others become rock songs ('Aux Illinois', 'Victoria' etc). The longer 'Germaine' is a show-stopper, a classic 1970s progressive-tinged rock song. On the whole, this is a very musical album, and like their first album (Lougarou) stands the test of time and multiple listens. There is not a bad song on the album (some don't like 'Victoria', perhaps the most 'normal' rock-radio song on the album, but I find it quite listenable, easy to sing along to). It is a classic Canadian album. It receives an 8.7 on my 10-point scale, and thus just a tinge short of receiving a 5-star rating. So, PA 4 stars.
 Lougarou by GAROLOU album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.33 | 10 ratings

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Lougarou
Garolou Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

4 stars This is an important band in the history of Canadian music. With Franco-Ontarian roots, the band combined an appreciation for French Canadian folk music with (then-) contemporary art-rock forms of composition. It took a little while longer for the disco and punk scenes transform the record industry in Canada, thankfully, allowing bands like Garolou and Rush (and the record companies there were signed to) to put out high-quality music for a couple of years longer in the late 1970s than in the US or UK where from 1976 onwards bands were being pressured to change their style. This band released their debut album under the name Lougarou, and only subsequently changed it to Garolou on their second album. While not quite as developed as their second album (Garolou), this is high quality music, and an excellent debut album. While some of the tracks remain pretty folky (including the opening track, Dis-Moi Charles, which is not to say they are in any way inferior), other tracks became staples of French-Canadian progressive rock (La Belle Francoise, A la Claire Fontaine, etc). The music is highly memorable after a couple of plays (a number of the songs stick in your head), and although firmly rooted in the 1970s has aged gracefully and so does not sound (too) dated these days. The soloists are not virtuosos by any means, but the playing is highly evocative and musical (more like Gilmour's guitar solos). This album remains on our family playlist (it still gets requests when we drive up to camping in the summer!), which (anecdotally I realize) speaks to its longevity. Although not essential, this is lasting quality music. I give it 8.1 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which puts it at 4 PA stars.
 Lougarou by GAROLOU album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.33 | 10 ratings

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Lougarou
Garolou Prog Folk

Review by apps79
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3 stars The Quebec Folk Rock scene seems endless and Lougarou were another band in the list, found in 1974 by brothers Marc Lalonde (bass, vocals) and Michel Lalonde (acoustic guitar, vocals) and featuring also drummer Michel "Stan" Deguire, guitarist George Antoniak and keyboardist Steven Naylor.Lougarou were lucky enough to use Le Studio in Morin Heighs during its off-hours and the band finally signed a contract with Canadian label London Records, releasing the self-titled debut in 1976.

Unlike the mass of Quebec Folk groups using traditional instruments, Lougarou were standing on the opposite side, having a rather rockier but still very delicate and warm sound, mainly to the nice use of synths and piano by Steven Naylor.Their style contained inspirations from Heavy Rock, Classical Music and Progressive Rock, all mixed with some good folky tunes coming out of the band's musical influences and listened both on the instrumental parts and the multi-vocal arrangements.The album certainly lacks some killer tracks or even trully adventurous arrangements with the band focusing more on producing elegant sounds and folky memorable choruses, but there are also some great guitar leads, beautiful piano lines as well as some light and interesting interplays to be found.Especially the keyboard/piano work by Naylor is excellent with a bit virtuosic solos and somewhat intricate passages.

This is certainly the definition of Folk Rock.Catchy folky vibes blended with the rock dynamics next to some evident prog stylings.Nice album indeed and warmly recommended.

 Centre-Ville by GAROLOU album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.03 | 8 ratings

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Centre-Ville
Garolou Prog Folk

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

2 stars Although Garolou hasn't had anymore line-up change, the least we cab say is that Centre-Ville definitely not made of the same wood than its three predecessors, but somehow it continues the modernization process that Romancero started. "Graced" with a rather ugly and on-the-run window-shopping photo, the album has few folk influences and gives a very soft AOR feel that most 70's band were

Opening on a reggaeish Ouvres la Porte, the album doesn't star well, and even after a long intro the follow-up Je Deviens Fou sounds like Steely Dan meeting 10 CC. Ditto for Aller- Retour (return trip) and Terre with its 6 minutes but hardly a space for instruments, except in the repetitive finale where they barely dare in the fade-out. The flipside does not offer much more with radio-friendly Parles-Moi or the upbeat but uninteresting Je Savais Pas, the album closing on the would-be title track, a soppy jazz ballad of no interest whatsoever.

Best avoided really, this fourth album will be Garolou's last oeuvre, which by 82 standard was a mainstream product of its time, trying to break out the airwaves to their material, but let's face it, if it didn't with the more original early stuff, it wasn't going to do it with the sunk-in-the- mass AOR

 Romancero by GAROLOU album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.06 | 8 ratings

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Romancero
Garolou Prog Folk

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars Garolou's third album sees another personnel change, ex-newcoming second guitarist Baudouin did not hang around and he was replaced by Gaston Gagnon. Romancero is the logical continuity of the group's electric folk rock adaptation, but there is a modern twist to it. Even if the artwork doesn't imply it with its XIXth Century-type photo, the group does modernize their sounds, as if Tull had moved from SFTW to TB&TB

Opening on the Tull-sounding (HH-era) Mariage Anglais, the following Sur Le Bout Du Pont presents some disputable synths sounds, with an almost new-wave rhythm, sign of the times (we are now in late 79- early 80). The almost 6-mins Nicholas is probably the most Tull- sounding track, yet sports a medieval fell conveyed through the opening riff. Unfortunately Dans Paris is a bit like MOR Chanson Française with a sax intervention courtesy of guest Wiseman, and Limonade is one of those cliché jigs with guest violinist brother Robert Lalonde. Not a very good opening and unfocused side

The flipside returns to Tull realm with Garçon, but it's really up to D'Où Reviens-Tu Mon Fils with its six minutes of quiet ambiances and slow build-up leading to finally some real interplay between the members. This track is easily the highlight of the album with Nicholas a distant second, just before the excellent follow-up dramatic Le Condamné, which stops with the firing squad doing its deed. The album finishes with two average tracks, but it's clear that the flipside does save Romancero from sinking.

Not exactly living up to its two older siblings, Romancero still has enough arguments to be presented as a Garolou classic album, something that will not be possible to its successor Centre Ville. Not essential, but if you liked the first two?..

 Garolou by GAROLOU album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.67 | 13 ratings

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Garolou
Garolou Prog Folk

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

With the name change Lougarou to Garolou, the group also changed of personnel as Antoniak and Naylor got replaced by more French-sounding Guay and Beaudouin. With a very Republican artwork, something tells me that Garolou now that it was adopted as a Quebecois band, they tried for the French market, and let's face it this album was good enough to crack the market if it had its chance. Musically the album takes over from the progressive folk rock that mixed so well acoustic and electric folk of the debut album and develops it to a mainly progressive rock where folk influences still dominates.

Opening on the electric piano introduction of Aux Illinois, Garolou almost sounds like Focus with added vocals until the Tull-guitar enters and gives it a vigorous shake. Complainte is one of those pure prog rock tracks, where the heavy synth layers give the track a very modern flavour, although the texts are about the French revolution. The following Depart returns to trad folk, depicting southbound immigration from the great whit north. This track featu-ures some violin from another Lalonde, Robert, this time. Interesting but predictable. Habillé En Plumes (dressed in feathers) is really in the realm of Tull's Songs From The Wood, except that it lets its middle section to keyboards, before letting the guitars a short escape, before returning to the verse and chorus. Then comes the ultra-standard Alouette to close up.

The flipside is a bit of a surprise at first, returning with the ultra-cliché Victoria, so unarranged that it ruins the album's cohesiveness, but since the following Bonaparte jig, where the Quebecois settle their count for abandoning them (by selling Louisiana to the Americans for his European campaigns)??Wing-Tra-La is more trad folk, this time close to Malicorne or la Bamboche. But clearly the album was waiting for the closing Germaine and its 10-mins, which starts as a merry song slowly building up to a furious Tull track in its middle section. The track resumes la bit then seems to die, before a series of dramatic bursts bring on a repetitive bur crescedoing synth finale

This second album is probably the one progheads will prefer, and it's easy to see why, despite the middle of the album's folk's folk heart. While I don't consider any of Garolou's album essential, the first three all have arguments and picking this album up, you shouldn't have any trouble enjoying an album like this..

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