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Plat Du Jour “Same” French eclectic prog


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Plat Du Jour “Same” (Euro reissue) 2015 PLAT DU JOUR  SEALED
Mark a dot on the French eclectic Prog map, somewhere near Rouen apparently, during the year 1977. Their self-titled LP was released under the label Speedball, five compositions (or six, depending on how the first two-part epic is regarded) lasting around 35 minutes. The music can be placed either in jazz-rock, either in avant-prog, but with those two essences clustering and a bit of extra fuzzy psychedelism, cold bass Zeuhl and straight progressive rock being heard, it’s wiser to take in account all the nuances. The details about this project, the story behind it, or the musicians’ profile are scarce. The main lineup consists of Vincent Denis (guitars & vocals), Rodolphe Moulin (bass), Oliver Pedron (percussion), Alain Potier (saxophone), Jacques Staub (keyboards, percussion), Francois Ovide (percussion) and Francois Maze (vocals) – the latter two noted as guests, each on one track only. On the SP ‘Totem/Zil-bra’, printed by Speedball around that time as well, Phillipe Doray (likely the artist from PD Asociaux Associes?) is noted as composer. PLAT DU JOUR is mentioned to be one of Ovide’s early par-experimental, par-groovy projects (the radical SO & CO. and this laid-back one) – making it more surprising not only that he is a guest musician, but that he also plays drums instead of guitar -, while nothing relevant is known about the other artists. The ensemble’s short session could be due to the fact that Ovide moved on to play with Albert MARCOEUR, WEIDORJE, GWENDAL and John GREAVES. There’s an additional mention ballparking this band’s style close to ETRON FOU LELOUBLAN.! ! Heavy on the mix, slightly experimental, snappy and groovy and of an uncommon prog taste, Plat Du Jour has its interesting to hear parts. Inside their consistent instrumental universe, rhythms and improvisations kick in, the guitar dominates most of the album, but the saxophone builds one great momentum as well. Tricky music at the beginning – fuzzy, windy, jazzy, mood-mixing afterwards. Vocally, there’s both a hoarse, agitated, crazy and a looser taste. The back-cover of the vinyl includes the lyrics. Rare if not unique, as a progressive classic collection item, this is first of all for the ‘catchy/wacko/fun/funky/avant/ zeuhlish/jazz-rock’ music aficionados.! ! I have read time and again people relegating the lost and obscure records as lost causes – albums left for dead in the wake of popular hard hitting easy to grasp, and perhaps  importantly: lucky and exposed releases. Who knows what makes the world go round – except for money that is? And who knows what makes or breaks an album? The answers aren’t that clear-cut as most people will have you know. There is a reason why Magma still are going strong without a trace of commercialism in their bloodline…! !M/M limited release