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French composer and vocalist CHRISTIAN DÉCAMPS is first and foremost known for his long tenures with legendary French outfit Ange, starting in 1970. From the release of their debut album "Caricatures" in 1972 until they disbanded in 1995 they established themselves as a household name in French rock, selling several million albums and performing an untold number if live concerts.

Décamps managed to find the time to issue a one solo album during the years when Ange were at their most active though, a production he made with his son Tristan issued under the moniker Christian Décamps et Fils in 1979 named "Le mal d'Adam". When Ange for one reason or another started winding down their band activities towards the late 1980's Christian would revive this moniker for the albums "Juste une ligne bleue" in 1990 and "Nu" in 1994, and when Ange officially folded in 1995 it became more and more clear that Christian Décamps et Fils first and foremost was a direct continuation of Ange. Three more albums would see the light of day in the second half of the 90's: "V'soul Vesoul V'soul" in 1995, "Troisième étoile à gauche" in 1997 and "Poèmes de la Noiseraie" in 1998. When Décamps aquired the official rights for the name Ange in 1999 this solo project ceased to exist though, reviving his old band with the band members he had steadily used throughout his solo career for the past decade.

An epilogue would appear in 2004 though, with the album "Murmures...". This production was distinctly different in sound from anything Ange had made, and represents a purebred solo effort.

Besides these more or less true solo albums mention above, Décamps have two additional solo albums to his name. The first of these, "Merlin et les Dragons", was a joint effort with Michel Rubini issued in 1992. Then in 2008 Décamps released what was his first solo effort credited solely to himself with the ambient, new age tinged CD "Psychedelice".

While Décamps has an extensive range of solo ventures behind him, it will be a matter of discussion as to how many of them that should be regarded as true solo albums and how many that are Ange productions issued under an alias. What is certain is that many of these efforts will be of interest to the dedicated Ange fanbase.

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3.13 | 5 ratings
Le Mal d'Adam
1979
3.67 | 3 ratings
Juste Une Ligne Bleue
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
Merlin Et Les Dragons (with Michel Rubini)
1992
3.80 | 5 ratings
Nu
1994
3.96 | 6 ratings
Troisieme Etoile A Gauche
1997
2.50 | 2 ratings
Poemes de la Noiseraie
1998
3.50 | 2 ratings
Murmures...
2004
3.91 | 4 ratings
Psychedelice
2008

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4.00 | 3 ratings
V'soul Vesoul V'soul
1995

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Mes Vers Solitaires
2005

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 Le Mal d'Adam by DÉCAMPS, CHRISTIAN album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.13 | 5 ratings

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Christian Décamps Prog Related

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The name of Christian Decamps shouldn't need any further introductions.Born in August 1946 in Hericourt, he became one of the milestone figures of French Prog over the years, forming Ange at the end of 1969 along with his brother Francis.With the band he released no less than six albums before the end of the 70's, more or less defining the French Symphonic Rock scene and influencing numerous groups.In 1979 he found his own solo combo, Christian Decamps et Fils (Christian Decamps and Sons) with Claude Demet on guitar and Gerald Renard on bass, who were both members of Ange at the time.Rest of the band were Mauro Serri on guitar, J Frieden and J. Migaud on piano and Jean-Marie Schreiner on drums.First album ''Le mal d'Adam'' was released in 1979 on Phillips.

''Le mal d'Adam'' sounds as a good transitional work of the Ange style, which was leaving the symphonic, progressive hints behind for a straight and sometimes poppy Rock sound entering the 80's.The album contains 10 compact songs with Decamps voice in evidence in one of his familiar, ultra-expressive performances and it is led by a good dose of rockin' grooves and solos with some proggy vibes around.Additionally you should forget about Ange's rough and dark productions, the sound here is clean and the production is top notch.Some keyboard parts are very interesting, despite the limited space for instrumental moves, part of them are still grounded in the dreamy atmosphere of ANGE with light symphonic underlines and a few grandiose orchestral textures, other exercises appear to be closer to acts like GENTLE GIANT (there are even some funky runs to be found) and ATOLL with a more tricky way of performing.As a whole ''Le mal d'Adam'' remains an accesible Rock album with an intense lyricism, evolving from theatrical singing to poetic vocal arrangements, it contains a good bunch of quirky executions on instruments, but it much more optimistic and less atmospheric than any of Ange's previous albums.At any rate, this was a different Decamps' project and apparently the man was flirting with the rising era of more upbeat and less complicated music, while he still respected his past as a monumental musician of French Prog.

Lyrical Art Rock with ANGE references.Likely to please all fans of French Prog and tight, well-composed Rock music.Recommended.

 Troisieme Etoile A Gauche by DÉCAMPS, CHRISTIAN album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.96 | 6 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Christian Decamps is one of the leading figures in prog rock history not only in France but I like to think that in Europe in general. He is the founding member of legendary Ange in 1970 and since then the band was a houshold in prog rock realm, specially in the glorious '70. In 1979 he got first album under Cristian Decamps et fils moniker working together with his son Tristan on next releases, a duo that in the end was very valueble keeping in mind that under this name he realse some respected albums over the years. One of the better albums if not the best release under this name is for sure Troisieme etoile a gaughe, issued in 1997 at Musea records. I must confess I was very very pleasent surprised about the music offered, unexpected great, fresh and full of great ideas. Besides Christian on vocals, his son Tristan on keyboards, the guitarist Hassan Hajdi done a fantastic job here, really great chops , solos and guitar noodlings like on Quasimodo, Op'ra Cosmique clocking around 12 min a pure pleasure, like all pieces. Similarities with Ange only here and there, even in vocal department there is not so present that theatrical atmosphere, this time the arrangements are precise, inventive and catchy. I really like this album, in places the music can rival easely with best of Ange. Recommended, for fans who like eclectic prog with symphonic touches. Underated release in my opinion. 4 stars for sure.

 Psychedelice by DÉCAMPS, CHRISTIAN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.91 | 4 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Interesting production from this veteran of French rock.

In this case, we're dealing with a mostly instrumental release, literally heavily dominated by keyboards and with some atmospheric guitar-work thrown in.

Many of the compositions have a new age tinge to them, most often at the start of any given excursion, but as the track unfurls it will in most cases stray well away from this specific stylitic expression. Typically layers of synths and sounds are added, some existing ons will grow in stature and darker - often brooding - elements are added in the back of the mix; and by the time the composition is revealed in it's final form it's as a symphonic, majestic piece of electronic music; quite often with a certain sense of drama and theatrical flair to it.

There's not a lot of rock to this venture however; and although synths and keyboards dominate it's not fair to call it electronic either. It's symphonic though, without any shadow of a doubt, and a pretty good release too. Well worth checking out.

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