Harmonium – Si On Avait Besoin D’une Cinquième Sainson

Folk prog masters from Canada HARMONIUM released several brilliant albums in the 70’s with “Si on avait…” representing perhaps my favourite of all of thier releases. HARMONIUM’s music tends to resonate on the light side of things with its brilliant and crisp piano accents and happy like guitar passages. Songs are highly acoustic in nature and at times take on a folk-jazz attitiude only to be enriched by the flute, harpsichord and mellotron throughout. Vocals are well done and suit the music quite well (they are in French). the masterpiece here is the 17-minute suite entitled “Histoire Sans Parole”. The epic starts off with one of the most beautiful flute, mellotron, acoustic guitar themes ever recorded, followed by countless beautiful themes for the remaining 15-minutes. The other songs on the album don’t really match the quality of the epic, but they are nothing to complain about. I really like “Dixie”, a fun song drenched with early American-jazz influences. The one thing that most listeners will catch is that HARMONIUM didn’t have a drummer, yet the lack of drums doesn’t take away too much from the music due to the increased interaction between flutes, saxes, acoustic guitars, piano, and mellotron. I would say that HARMONIUM were inspired by early GENESIS, and the calmer moments from early KING CRIMSON. Overall, what a perfect album to start your French Canadian prog collection with!

– Pierre Daigneault / flute, piccolo, Soprano saxophone, clarinet
– Serge Fiori / guitar, flute, zither harp, bass drum, vocals
– Serge Locat / piano, mellotron, synthesizer
– Michel Normandeau / guitar, accordion, vocals
– Louis Valois / bass guitar, electric piano, vocals
– Judy Richard / vocalisations

 

Harmonium – Si On Avait Besoin D’une Cinquième Sainson Tracklist

01. Vert
02. Dixie 5:41
03. Depuis L’automne 9:08
04. En Pleine Face 19:28
05. Histoire Sans Paroles 24:19

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