Opus 5 - Contre-Courant

Format: LP
Label: Quality, Celebration CEL 1929
Year: 1976
Origin: Montréal, Québec
Genre: symphonic prog
Value of Original Title: $75.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: 1970's, Francophone, Quebec, Prog Rock, MOCM Top 1000 Canadian Albums


Side 1

Track Name
Le temps des pissenlits
Il etait magicien

Side 2

Track Name
Les saigneurs
Le bal
Contre courant



Opus 5 - Contre-Courant




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The title says it all Contre Courant - against the flow (mainstream).

“Contre-Courant” is a very expressive album with all 5 members adding vocalization throughout and is delivered with great emotion. Quite different than any other Quebecois band but just as incisive in contents , here the singing is of crystal-clear French without the typically local accent and it is refreshing, but it does take some mastering of the languages to fully grasp how good this album is. Those texts on top of it are politically engaged, mind-challenging, thought-provoking, environmentally-conscious and socially oriented. The music is accompanying such superb vocals and texts is in the same vein. Food for thought: just like your cereal breakfast (and just as indispensable as that first meal) it just crackles, snaps and rocks and will nourish your body and feed your brains so well that even your asshole boss cannot screw-up your day.

Most of the numbers present long instrumental passages, only slightly interrupted by very on-the-dot lyrics (Les Saigneurs instead of Seigneurs). Absolutely 100% essential.

This album has an intricacy on par with Gentle Giant. One of the real standouts in Québec Progressive rock.

recorded at Triangle de Laval, P.Q.

Oliver Duplessis: vocals, keyboards
Luc Gauthier: vocal, guitars
Serge Nolet: vocals, flute
Christian Leon Racine: bass, vocals
Jean Pierre Racicot: percussion, vocal


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