Cult French Prog Rock band's 1970 debut album still sounds as fresh now as it did in the days of 'Baba Cool'

Alice was part of the experimental and unpredictable energy that pervaded pop in the late ‘60s. Its members had previously worked with the well-regarded French blues rock bands Alan Jack Civilization and We Free, both of which performed at watershed events in Francophone musical history: the former appeared at the Actuel Festival at Amougies, Belgium and the latter at the Premier Festival De Pop Music at Blois, France. These gatherings offered large, mostly young audiences the shock of the new. Alice found itself swept along by such tides of cultural change.

Although the personnel would alter during the first stage of the band’s history the line-up that released an album and several singles in 1970 comprised Jean-Pierre Auffredo [woodwinds, strings], Sylvain Duplant [bass], Alain Weiss [drums] Bruno Besse [guitar, percussion, vibraphone] and Alain Suzan [guitar, keys, bass, guitar, vocals]. The fact that there were several multi-instrumentalists in the group enhanced the overall textural richness of its material, and, perhaps more importantly, facilitated the real possibility of spontaneity when the players either rehearsed or played live. 

Playing a gaggle of instruments, including woodwinds and vibes, the combo had a sound that often departed from guitar-led grooves to incorporate European classical music and South American folk.

With their off the shoulder hair and thrown together threads, Alice was the epitome of what the Gallic chattering classes dubbed ‘baba cool’, a version of American hippies, making them the perfect fit for an unorthodox imprint such as BYG.

“This re-mastered version of Alice’s auspicious BYG debut provides an opportunity to reassess a band that deserves wider recognition ...” Kevin Le Gendre, 2022.

Side 1

  1. Axis
  2. Onurb
  3. Le Nouveau Monde
  4. L’Arbre
  5. Valse
  6. L’Enfant

Side 2

  1. Extraits Du "Cercle" Final / Thème
  2. Venez Jouer I
  3. Mexican Song
  4. Venez Jouer II
  5. Tournez La Page...
  6. Fumée Grise Et Marrons Chauds

Bonus Tracks (exclusive to CD)

  1. De L'Autre Côté Du Miroir
  2. Viens
  3. Le Nouveau Monde (single-version)
  4. Que Pouvons-Nous Faire Ensemble ?
  5. Je Voudrais Habiter Le Soleil

  6. Il Viendra

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LP Information

- Limited edition
- Original 1970 BYG Records album
- 180-gram black vinyl LP
- Deluxe gatefold sleeve with matte laminate varnish
- Insert featuring liner notes by Kevin Le Gendre
- Mastered to vinyl by Nick Robbins, lacquers cut by Cicely Balston at Air Studios

CD Information

- Original 1970 album
- Expanded with the 3 Alice singles originally released by BYG in 1970 & 1971
- 16-page booklet featuring sleeve notes by Kevin Le Gendre
- Digitally mastered by Nick Robbins
- Deluxe gatefold digi-sleeve with matte laminate varnish

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  1. Axis
  2. Onurb
  3. Le Nouveau Monde
  4. L'Arbre
  5. Valse
  6. L'Enfant
  7. Extraits Du Cercle Final Theme
  8. Venez Jouer
  9. Mexican Song
  10. Venez Jouer II
  11. Tournez La Page
  12. Fumee Grise Et Marrons Chauds
  13. De L'Autre Cote Du Miroir
  14. Viens
  15. Le Nouveau Monde [single version]
  16. Que Pouvons Nous Faire Ensemble
  17. Je Voudrais Habiter Le Soleil
  18. Il Viendra

Cult French Prog Rock band's 1970 debut album still sounds as fresh now as it did in the days of 'Baba Cool'

Alice was part of the experimental and unpredictable energy that pervaded pop in the late ‘60s. Its members had previously worked with the well-regarded French blues rock bands Alan Jack Civilization and We Free, both of which performed at watershed events in Francophone musical history: the former appeared at the Actuel Festival at Amougies, Belgium and the latter at the Premier Festival De Pop Music at Blois, France. These gatherings offered large, mostly young audiences the shock of the new. Alice found itself swept along by such tides of cultural change.

Although the personnel would alter during the first stage of the band’s history the line-up that released an album and several singles in 1970 comprised Jean-Pierre Auffredo [woodwinds, strings], Sylvain Duplant [bass], Alain Weiss [drums] Bruno Besse [guitar, percussion, vibraphone] and Alain Suzan [guitar, keys, bass, guitar, vocals]. The fact that there were several multi-instrumentalists in the group enhanced the overall textural richness of its material, and, perhaps more importantly, facilitated the real possibility of spontaneity when the players either rehearsed or played live. 

Playing a gaggle of instruments, including woodwinds and vibes, the combo had a sound that often departed from guitar-led grooves to incorporate European classical music and South American folk.

With their off the shoulder hair and thrown together threads, Alice was the epitome of what the Gallic chattering classes dubbed ‘baba cool’, a version of American hippies, making them the perfect fit for an unorthodox imprint such as BYG.

“This re-mastered version of Alice’s auspicious BYG debut provides an opportunity to reassess a band that deserves wider recognition ...” Kevin Le Gendre, 2022.

Side 1

  1. Axis
  2. Onurb
  3. Le Nouveau Monde
  4. L’Arbre
  5. Valse
  6. L’Enfant

Side 2

  1. Extraits Du "Cercle" Final / Thème
  2. Venez Jouer I
  3. Mexican Song
  4. Venez Jouer II
  5. Tournez La Page...
  6. Fumée Grise Et Marrons Chauds

Bonus Tracks (exclusive to CD)

  1. De L'Autre Côté Du Miroir
  2. Viens
  3. Le Nouveau Monde (single-version)
  4. Que Pouvons-Nous Faire Ensemble ?
  5. Je Voudrais Habiter Le Soleil

  6. Il Viendra

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