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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Les Variations: Silver Girl / Walk Right Down (1973)


 
the last variations-record for this time. again, i really dont like the a-side, i must admit. it is mainstream, teethless 70s rock already touching glam rock, which was exactly where the group would end up later. the singers rough vocals seem a bit out of place here, perhaps brian conolly or noddy holder would have fitted better here.
the b-side walk right down is better than its flipside, although it too fits into the same category. i am quite sure the reason that its not as bad as the a-side is that we have another singer here, whos voice is more compatible with clean and neat 70s rock.
to me, this is almost the end of les variations, except for the albums moroccan roll and cafe de paris that still were to come, and that are surprisingly better than this 45. you can get them on choo choo mama.

interesting links:
moroccan roll and cafe de paris (1974/75 lps) on choo choo mama
les variations on rateyourmusic
les variations on last.fm

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Les Variations: Je Suis Juste Un Rock N’ Roller / The Jam Factory (1973)


 
another single by french hard rockers les variations, this time a later release. this 45 shows how they were more and more turning to tame, clean mainstream rock, while on their albums experimenting with oriental and african tunes. the a-side, one of the few tracks the group really sang in french, sounds like a typical early 70s song, a little reminiscent of free, but over all not very exciting. the jam factory, however, is a bit tighter and i like it better than the a-side, but as it is very repetitive it can get annoying somehow, but on the other hand one might like just exactly that. over all this 45 doesnt get a very high rating from me, but just try it out yourself.

interesting links:
a charming little fansite (in french only, but with lots of pics)
les variations on rateyourmusic
les variations on last.fm

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Les Variations: What’s Happening… / Magda (1969)


 
french week at twenty-flight-rock! the first delight of excellent french quisine i want you to enjoy here is an early 45 by french rockers les variations, of whom i already posted two other singles:
What A Mess Again / Nador (1970) and
Only You Know And I Know / I Was Down (1972).
now, whats happening is a fresh and thriving number from their debut album, which has the same title as this records b-side, and it is one of my favourite songs of theirs. but as this is an early recording we have to live with the singers still very thick accent here, although it doesnt ruin the whole song altogether.
magda, the flipside, is a surprisingly good hard rock instrumental that at least i would usually not expect from these guys. mainly this is because it is rather blues orientated, which the variations in general werent. it reminds me of late john mayall or cream a little, or other groups from the late 60s electric blues revival. the guitarist definitely is trying to sound like eric clapton here, so perhaps this is a hard rock cream-spoof. nevertheless this is one of les …

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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Les Variations: Only You Know And I Know / I Was Down (1972)


 
both a and b-side of this 45 are non-album tracks, so even if you knew les variations before you probably havent heard these yet. only you know and i know is an average early 70s rock song, but the flipside, i was down, makes up its strong and heavy counterpart. laid back and rather slow, this acid rocker comes along like somewhat of a hendrix spoof – definitely worth checking out. the vocals are, honestly, fairly neglectable, but the heavy rhyhtms are catchy enough to compensate them.

interesting links:
a charming little fansite (in french only, but with lots of pics)
les variations on rateyourmusic
les variations on last.fm

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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Les Variations: What A Mess Again / Nador (1970)


 
les variations were an late 60s – early 70s french hard rock group, maybe even “the” french hard rock group as there werent many at the time. they sound somewhat like a mixture of grand funk railroad, mott the hoople and perhaps early led zeppelin in their quieter moments. especially on their early records you can hear a rather funny french accent of the singer, which diminishes more and more on later records. due to their rather exotic backgrounds their music turned to a rather oriental style on later lps, but here we have a straight rocker from their best days, also released on their first lp from 69.
the a-side of this 45 is not outstanding, but not too bad either. it has a lot of power behind it and offers some good guitar work. the b-side though is a lot calmer and a really nice piece of acoustic guitar play. this is what, as i said before, reminds me a little of early zeppelin.

interesting links:
a charming little fansite (in french only, but with lots of pics)
les variations on rateyourmusic
les variations on last.fm

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