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Symphonic Prog • France


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Founded in Belfort, France, in 1969 - Still active as of 2017

Formed by brothers Christian Décamps (vocals) and Francis Décamps (keyboards) and later joined by guitarist Jean-Michel Brézovar, bassist Daniel Haas and Gérard Jelsh on drums, this French symphonic progressive rock band, similar to contemporaries such as Genesis and King Crimson, is undoubtedly France's most important prog band. Marrying prog rock influences with French folk and theatrical vocals à la Jacques Brel (Ange covered Ces Gens-là from Brel, and it turned out to be their first hit in 1970), Ange's music, but mostly their lyrics, are second to none. Thirty years later, after multiple lineup changes, charismatic and theatrical frontman Christian Descamps leads the new Ange generation alongside his son Tristan on keyboards, Hassan Hajdi on guitars, Thierry Sidhoun on bass, Caroline Crozat on vocals and Benoît Cazzulini on drums.

The classic line up (except for the drummer which changed often) recorded many cult classics, such as « Caricatures », « Le Cimetière des Arlequins », and a series of masterpieces like « Au-delà du Délire », « Émile Jacotey », « Par les Fils de Mandrin » and « Guet-Apens ». 10 years after « Guet-Apens », the same lineup would reunite and release two albums, « Sève qui Peut » in 1989 and « Les larmes du Dalaï-Lama » in 1992. While being modern, these albums nevertheless captured the main ingredients unique to Ange. Their latest albums, « Culinaire Lingus » and « ? » see the band as inspired and pertinent as ever, as if Descamps had found the secret of eternal youth.

This band is more than highly recommended, it is mandatory listening for fans of theatrical symphonic progressive rock, especially the period between « Caricatures » and « Guet-Apens ».

Eric Beaudin 2006

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ANGE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.81 | 119 ratings
Caricatures
1972
3.50 | 163 ratings
Le Cimetière Des Arlequins
1973
3.96 | 277 ratings
Au-Delà Du Délire
1974
3.70 | 151 ratings
Emile Jacotey
1975
3.44 | 126 ratings
Par Les Fils De Mandrin
1976
4.02 | 131 ratings
Guet-Apens
1978
2.61 | 43 ratings
Vu D'Un Chien
1980
1.81 | 30 ratings
Moteur!
1981
1.87 | 32 ratings
À Propos De...
1982
2.51 | 38 ratings
La Gare De Troyes
1983
2.12 | 30 ratings
Fou !
1984
1.83 | 27 ratings
Egna
1986
2.32 | 22 ratings
Tout Feu Tout Flamme
1987
3.56 | 32 ratings
Sève Qui Peut
1989
2.68 | 39 ratings
Les Larmes Du Dalaï Lama
1992
2.38 | 20 ratings
La Voiture À Eau
1999
3.67 | 41 ratings
Culinaire Lingus
2001
3.11 | 22 ratings
By The Sons Of Mandrin
2003
3.02 | 21 ratings
?
2005
2.81 | 20 ratings
Souffleurs De Vers
2007
3.83 | 49 ratings
Le Bois Travaille, Même Le Dimanche
2009
3.50 | 48 ratings
Moyen-Âge
2012
4.02 | 36 ratings
Emile Jacotey Résurrection
2014
3.75 | 42 ratings
Heureux !
2018

ANGE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.97 | 40 ratings
Live 1977 - Tome VI
1977
2.56 | 12 ratings
Ange En Concert 1970-71
1978
4.59 | 8 ratings
Un P'tit Tour Et Puis S'En Vont
1995
3.35 | 12 ratings
Rideau !
1995
4.00 | 8 ratings
A ... Dieu
1996
2.47 | 6 ratings
Rêves Parties
2000
3.78 | 16 ratings
Tome 87
2002
3.39 | 12 ratings
En Concert - Par les Fils de Mandrin Millésimé 77
2003
4.57 | 11 ratings
Le Tour De La Question
2007
4.81 | 8 ratings
Zènith an II
2007
3.83 | 6 ratings
Souffleurs De Vers Tour
2009
4.57 | 7 ratings
Escale à Ch'tiland (2CD+DVD)
2011

ANGE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Concert Volume Un - Sève Qui Peut
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
En Concert 1990
1990
5.00 | 1 ratings
Zénith 1985
1993
4.50 | 2 ratings
Concerts 1976/1977
1994
4.50 | 4 ratings
Anthologie - Sève Qui Peut Tour
2003
3.17 | 4 ratings
70's / 80's - Deux Décennies De Concert
2003
4.05 | 2 ratings
Live Tour 2003-2004 Par Les Fils De Mandrin
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Un Ange Passe ...
2007

ANGE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.30 | 8 ratings
Réimpression 72-76
1977
3.50 | 7 ratings
Vagabondages
1989
3.13 | 5 ratings
Mémo
1994
3.38 | 5 ratings
Master Serie Vol. 1
1998
3.09 | 4 ratings
Master Serie Vol. 2
1998
3.00 | 2 ratings
Master Serie Vol.1 & 2
1998
4.00 | 3 ratings
Ad Libitum
1999
4.00 | 2 ratings
Les Talents Du Siècle - Best Of
1999
4.00 | 4 ratings
Au-delà du délire / Émile Jacotey
2009
5.00 | 2 ratings
Les 50 plus belles chansons
2011

ANGE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Israel
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tout Feu Tout Flamme
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Caricatures
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Le Soleil Est Trop Vert
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ode A Emile
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
La Suisse
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
10 Ans Déjà
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Le Moribond
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Fou! (Promo Single)
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moi Le Maudit
2009

ANGE Reviews


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 Heureux ! by ANGE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.75 | 42 ratings

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Heureux !
Ange Symphonic Prog

Review by mitarai_panda

4 stars Ange is a historical French rock band from France. It was founded in Belfort, France in 1969 and has been very active. With this new "Heureux!", Ange has released eight Album Their music I personally think that in addition to the symphony, the most special is the drama tension and the dark atmosphere like KC, and my favorite album is "Guet-Apens" released in 1978, not so much like Genesis Say they are like KC, in creating a dark and desperate but beautiful atmosphere. Of course, French is indeed very suitable for singing drama, it sounds weird and full of turning point. It can be said that although in the beginning they were dedicated to the symphonic avant-garde, but then gradually opened up many areas, the band is full of extraordinary creativity and exploration. The new album is a grand musical adventure, opening the theatrical style and symphony integration, and they can clearly feel more "rock" (strong bass), it is not surprising that they had a very Psychedelic and hard rock. Maybe because Zeuhl is played a lot by the French front rock band, I can feel some of Zeuhl's flavors, weird, exaggerated, humorous, repetitive bass and piano marches in the music, but it's clear that Ange is a bit more polished thanks to them There is a very small fresh melody, yes, their ballad orientation is also obvious. Therefore, I think they are essentially a symphonic orchestral eclectic band. The 17-minute epic "Nancy-Jupiter À La Nage (Odyssée 14'00)" was a mysterious narration at the beginning, but it suddenly caught off a cheerful orgasm and ended up in their old line - field. The last one called their style of fusion, it is no wonder made a long one short two versions. The new artillery is still good old, you can play a solid four-star recommendation!
 Heureux ! by ANGE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.75 | 42 ratings

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Ange Symphonic Prog

Review by proghaven

5 stars Year after year, decade after decade Ange remains Ange. Times change, but the protagonists of French prog scene are still on the road - and still unique. Their new studio album seems to have been conceived and done under the tag 'no more time to waste'. Indeed, they wasted a lot of time during their 50-year history. Their milestones are the early glorious 'theatric progressive' era from Caricatures to Guet-Apens, then Seve Qui Peut, then Le Bois Travaille, Meme Le Dimanche. This is the classics of French prog, a bunch of masterpieces. But what was between? The fruitless rocky/poppy 1980s period from Vu D'Un Chien to Tout Feu Tout Flamme, then 1990s-2000s albums, all of interest but... of moderate interest, let's say. And finally, the current era started with brilliant Le Bois Travaille, Meme Le Dimanche, continued with less impressive but still excellent Moyen-Age - and now, with Heureux!, their brand new studio release. It was evidently made 1970s-like on purpose, it's clearly seen... sorry, clearly heard in the music. But the album is not similar to the band's 1970s releases. It's as excellent (if not better) as, for example, Au-Dela Du Delire or Par Les Fils De Mandrin, but musically far from both. It develops the tendencies started with Le Bois Travaille, Meme Le Dimanche, but also brings new ideas, so in total Heureux! is rather revelation than reminiscence. Almost every track is a highlight. (I'd say especially Nancy- Jupiter..., but maybe it's just due to my personal addiction to epic suites?) Echo from 1970s - and new musical horizons for the band at the same time. Everything sounds classic - and everything is new, fresh, innovative, inventive, explorative... and substantial. Even a risky musical experiment from Ange quickly becomes a model to follow, Christian Decamps and his colleagues know very well how to do this. Looks like the period started in 2010 in the band's life is even more interesting than expected.
 Le Cimetière Des Arlequins by ANGE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.50 | 163 ratings

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Ange Symphonic Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Do consider one of French leaders in symphonic progressive rock world ANGE would have established their musical originality with bizarre psychedelic wall of sound. I've listened to all of ANGE's albums in Phillips era, and clearly noticed their second studio creation was kinda development and simultaneously another portfolio (amazingly this was my first ANGE's album oh great). This sound approach that would never be listened to since then reminds me of Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound" and The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds related to the method. And the soundscape can be understood as a mixture of such a psychedelic drone, bizarre artistry, and sorta French narcissism ... the eerie, exaggerated sleeve art (by Jacques WYRS) would mention all of this album.

Just from the beginning of the first shot "Ces Gens-L'" we can get impressed with heavy percussion, deep mellotron, and theatrical voices. Their play in this album is not so skillful nor technical as upon their following creations, let me say, but unique sound innovation should be considered as a fantasy. It's quite amazing and interesting for us to imagine that such a fanatic fantasy be generated mainly by D'camps brothers (especially Christian's voices and Francis mellotron). And above mentioned, G'rard's percussion or drumming reminds us of massively echoic Hal Blaine's world. Apparently his drumming in one of ANGE's early pop masterpieces "De Temps En Temps" must be inspired by Hal and Phil. The last titled track is exactly a rock kaleidoscope, with mysterious phrases, weird keys, and mischievous moments.

From the beginning to the end, we cannot escape out the dreamy, and a tad sarcastic space. Have not experienced (and will not experience) this identified, innovative creativity.

 Au-Delà Du Délire by ANGE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.96 | 277 ratings

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Ange Symphonic Prog

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

5 stars One kick in the crotch!

Ouch and ouch again. What a blast! In terms of theatrics we all know Peter Gabriel, Ian Anderson, Fish, Matthew Parmenter or recently Gerrit Welmers of Future Islands. But the real McCoy, the supreme mogul of intensity is Christian Décamps. He is, period. The guy is simply a volcano, a massive erupting volcano of entertainment. Even pushing 60 years old, go see him on YouTube; it's uncanny.

That band is to me, the scariest I've listened of my whole life. The lyrics are out of this world, flirting with madness. And when I say madness, I'm evoking creepy imagery . Such a clever and graphic poetry has to be the work of a genius\ madman. And that atmosphere! It's like walking in a Lucio Fulci colorful fog, but scared out of your mind. Tough to find words, but the organ effects they use is chilling to the bone.

Incredible band to say the least: fantastic lyrical imagery, intense\ gripping atmosphere and the best frontman this side of the Universe. I'm simply baffled by their level of intensity and dramatics. They are clearly influenced by Genesis, but they appropriated themselves the formula and refined it a la Française giving themselves a true calling card.

When we think of France, we think more of fine foods than rock n' roll legends, but these guys are simply exceptional. The real deal.

 Le Cimetière Des Arlequins by ANGE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.50 | 163 ratings

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Le Cimetière Des Arlequins
Ange Symphonic Prog

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Tales of poetic dreams and strange nightmares

3.5 stars

Second studio album by the French proggers, "Le Cimetière Des Arlequins" was the first ANGE album I listened to and still remains my favorite today. Why? Maybe because of its overall particular hazy and mystical atmosphere the music delivers through fantasy, haunting and mysterious ambiances. This impression is mainly due to the predominance of the band's unique spacey mellotron-like sonority, created by Francis Décamps by reverberating a Viscount organ through a Hammond organ. More modern than its predecessor, the disc was very innovative and exciting for 1973 - especially considering the French rather radio-friendly musical landscape at the time - but sounds quite dated nowadays.

ANGE is often referred as the French GENESIS, but is this really the case? I can understand this comparison, as there were not many known symphonic prog bands in France in the 70's, however I do not find it entirely right. If you're a newcomer, a better description of the Décamps brothers and co.'s compositions would be something like 'chanson française-meets-medieval-meets-space-and-symphonic-rock', with more emphasis on eerie keyboards and theatricality than on virtuoso guitars and breathtaking passages. Furthermore, the tracks are shorter, with more conventional durations. The important word is: atmosphere.

The record opens with the surprising spacey cover of the famous Jacques Brel's song "Ces gens-là". Nice and original, ANGE chose not to include the "Frida" section, whose glorious and positive tone and lyrics contrast with the rest of the track. Once again, the band prefers to focus on satire. "Ces gens-là" will be released as a single and will be their first success, making them famous in France. Supported by the flute and somber organs, the medieval "Aujourd'hui c'est la fête chez l'apprenti sorcier" possesses an unusual progression. Alternating calm and even heavy guitar riffing passages, this composition is really good. Despite its repetitive and irritative beginning, the mysterious and haunting "Bivouac Première Partie" is quite pleasant, with a unexpected acceleration. On the contrary, "L'espionne lesbienne" is easily the weakest song of the disc. A boring sexual delirium.

As its title suggests, "Bivouac Final" begins where "Bivouac Première Partie" ended. A powerful and somber kind of space rock. Then comes one of the few moments with a hopeful tone in this album, "De temps en temps". This lighter composition is pretty, but its ending is completely out of place. Inspired by Van Gogh's painting "Road with Cypress and Star", "La route aux cyprès" is an acoustic pause, where Christian Decamps and Daniel Haas plays a relaxing peaceful tune. Longest song of the record, the 9 minutes title track is also the darkest and features various ambiances: a little eccentric, gloomy and even scary as hell! Enjoyable although a bit uneven.

With "Le Cimetière Des Arlequins", ANGE defines its own style and identity: a magical elixir of medieval, spacey, spooky and symphonic progressive poetry, with slight heavy touches. Fairytale organs and some guitar riffs create a somber and mysterious atmosphere serving a theatrical singing. This second opus from the Frenchs may well be their most sinister and spaciest offering, and therefore possesses its own particular charm.

For all these reasons, "Le Cimetière Des Arlequins" is my personal favorite from the Décamps brothers and co., as well as the only ANGE studio album I really appreciate. Check it out if enjoy symphonic prog, space rock and haunting hazy musical tales...

 Guet-Apens by ANGE album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.02 | 131 ratings

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Guet-Apens
Ange Symphonic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars I can believe that perhaps the best album Ange had ever did was released in 1978, but Guet-Apens is by far the best album I have ever heard from them. When other prog rock bands were falling by the wayside, Ange produced one last great album, much better than most albums I've heard from that year. They had a lineup change, but it didn't affect the music any. In fact it blows their previous album Par les Fins de Mandrin right out of the water. Everything you like about Ange is fully intact with no sign of them selling out! Those same dramatic and harsh vocals from Christian Decamps, and his brother Francis giving plenty of that trademark odd sounding Viscount organ, but surprisingly he lets his Mellotron loose this time, rather than burying it. This is without a doubt easily the most tron heavy Ange album, more tron on one cut along than all the other Ange albums put together. Tons of tron strings, and even some really cool use of tron choir. But all the dramatic elements of Ange are here. All this album does is solidify Ange's reputation as one of the French prog greats. Sadly it's also their last album worth getting, the 1980s were not exactly friendly times for them. I have to say all Ange fans need this album. If you don't know Ange, this is a great place to start, it's totally essential!
 Emile Jacotey Résurrection by ANGE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.02 | 36 ratings

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Emile Jacotey Résurrection
Ange Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgLine

5 stars It's quite surprising that nobody has reviewied that album yet.

Emile Jacotey Résurrection is not a remix of the 1975 album. As the title suggests, it's a rebirth with the actual line-up.

IT's the link between the old generation (Brezovar, Haas, Francis Décamps) and the new one (Hajdi, Sidhoum, Tristan D.) around the "Godfather" Christian Décamps...

The original version is one of my favorite album from Ange. So I was a little bit mindful when I put it into my player specially with four new songs. The result is great more than expected. Old songs are reworked in a good way (sometimes a little rocker) and the new ones fit well with the concept (with additional talking from Emile, very interestin when, you understand French).

Musicians show also all their skills with a good production...

If you don't know the Orgiginal album, this one will be the right one to listen first. If you already know the original, you will enjoy this one...

 Emile Jacotey by ANGE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.70 | 151 ratings

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Emile Jacotey
Ange Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars As with the vast amount of 70's bands, Ange had to face a major departure by the middle of the 70's, when drummer Gerard Jelsch left the band and was replaced by the unknown Guenole Biger.The Studio Des Dames in Paris welcomes the French legends for the sessions of their fourth studio album, a concept work around an old man called ''Emil Jacotey'', released in 1975.

Being a concept work, the album is dominated by the voice of Christian Decamps and for the non-French speakers this would be a hard listening, not understanding with what this work deals.Propably a good reason the band never became really succesful in non-French speaking countries.Soundwise it follows the lines the band itself established a few years back, it sounds a bit more aggressive and energetic with even some harder guitar runs at moments, but the overall atmosphere flirts with a fairy-tale, theatrical approach.The limited instrumental parts are pretty great with organ, Mellotron, synthesizers and piano in evidence, retaining Ange's symphonic overtones, with Brezovar's well-adjusted guitar work offering some nice solos and lead parts as well.The grandiose outros and interludes remain a highlight of their sound, such beautiful orchestrations and emotional lines.The acoustic intros and textures are still in the menu, but it appears that the concept had somehow affected the balance of the vocal and instrumental separation.Apart from Decamps' always expressive chords, the voice of an old man, the hero of the story, appears every now and then.Despite the short length of the tracks, Ange manage to offer endless different moods with their music: from melancholic themes to joyful echoes and almost every emotional state inbetween.

No contradiction about the depth of the concept, but this goes more for the French-speaking audience.It just seems that the lyricism had a questionable effect to the album's result.Still, this is pretty nice French Prog from the 70's with some impressive keyboard parts and mellow moods.Recommended.

 Au-Delà Du Délire by ANGE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.96 | 277 ratings

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Au-Delà Du Délire
Ange Symphonic Prog

Review by MJAben

4 stars A very intelligent album, well crafted and interesting. Evocative vocals and strong songwriting permeate here and although instrumentally the album isn't overly proficient it is certainly sufficient.

Perhaps I am aided by the fact that I don't speak French because I know many have said that the vocals aren't as intelligent as the vocals may suggest, which is a shame but yet my opinion of the album is unaffected by this. Another common complaint is of the vocals, that they are grating and annoying but I don't see this at all, the vocals are theatrical sure but it fits the music and doesn't feel overblown or out of place.

And talk about ingenuity, there is a strong Crimson influence no doubt, but nevertheless nothing quite sounds like this album, even Ange on other albums doesn't sound like they do here and, in that sense, Ange feels wholly unique.

I won't say that the album is perfect, the longer spoken word fragments do little for me but the music is interesting, evocative and despite what some reviewers would have you believe, beautiful.

4/5 stars, a strong addition to any music library.

 Egna by ANGE album cover Studio Album, 1986
1.83 | 27 ratings

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Egna
Ange Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars Egna from 1984 is perhaps a little bit better than Fou! It is Ange's twelfth record and made in the same year as Tou! The cover picture is mostly blue and shows the name of the band as a reflection, which throws around the letters to "Egna". We can se two legs in the air and a woman in the top. Christian Descamps, Francis Descamps, Serge Cuenot, Laurent Sigrist, Francis Meyer and Martine Kesselburg made this record which is far from fantastic.

The sound of these songs is not special at all. The spirit is plastic and uninspired. I miss something unique or more honest. This music is just too bland. Some songs are nice. My favourite is the soft typical eighties song "Coeur de paille coeur de pierre" with great melody, vocals and for sure saxophone(6/10). Also "Tout comme dans un livre" is a nice and melodic track(6/10). I also find something of spirit in "Fais pas la Guele"(5/10) and the vocal work must be acknowledged in "Le cul qui Jazze"(4/10). But otherwise is the record very boring and have not anything particularly of interest. There's no prog to find here and perhaps you will find something else. The music doesn't sound very bad but for existing here at Prog Archives it is quite bad. I recommend the tracks five and eight and give the record two stars.

Listen to: "Coeur de paille coeur de pierre" and "Tout comme dans un livre".

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