This is one of my favourite albums of this category. l'Infonie were an Avant-garde collective who fomed in Montréal, Québec in 1967, under the direction of Walter Boudreau and featuring Raoûl Duguay. They released a total of 4 albums over a 5 year period. This one was their first, entitled Vol. 3, released in 1969 on Polydor 542.507.
It was followed by Vol. 33 Mantra in 1970 on Polydor 2424 018; Vol 333, 2LP's in 1972 on Kot'ai KOT 501/502; and Vol. 3333 in 1974 on Kot'ai KOT 3310.
Other members of l'Infonie were Jack Rider; Gaby Johnston; Jean-louis Nadeau, Jean "Iziz" Deheuscs; Jean "Pepe" Grimard; Roger Pellerin; Mich Thouin; Marcel Delambre; Jocelyn Leblanc; Druognesy Rhonk; Andree Paul; Nicole Corps; Yves Charbonneau; Yvon "Lobsang" Trudeau; Alain Epaule; Guy Thouin; Jacques "Piela" Valois; Jean "DOC" Prefontaine; Jacques Chapdeleine; Druognesy Rhonk; Guy Richer; Jean-Pierre Carpentier; and Claude St-Germain.
There is no better example of this style of music in existence, except perhaps other l'Infonie albums.
"L'Infonie is part of a historical movement that tried to shake the foundations of our culture..Shock, surprise instead of just trying to please. Going against the grain. In those days the group members weren't drop-outs, but were out of the usual standard of clean and too polite. We had seen enough, we went out of our way to be extreme, wearing toilet seats or hangers on our head for example. It might not have been totally articulated. The affinity between Raoül and myself and the other members of l’Infonie, wasn’t much in what we had to say, but more in the food, sex, philosophy, music. All was subject for change.”
-Walter Boudreau (in Raoûl Duguay ou: Ie poète a la Voix d'O (1979)