VARIOUS ARTISTS : "FREAKOUT TOTAL, VOLUME 3".....
The collection brings together French underground pop/psych music that was ascendent as the Gallic sun was setting on the more brassy go-go sounds of the mid-60s. That ye-ye girl pop music is among my favorite genres
of rock music of any era; this post-ye ye music (1968-73) is almost as interesting, if less fun. There's another similar collection sitting on a shelf at my house called "Wizz!"
, and obviously a couple more volumes in this series as well. "FREAKOUT TOTAL, VOL. 3"
is compiled by a Montreal-based record fiend named Satan Belanger
, and he focuses on the Francophone world both outside his door in Quebec, and over the Atlantic in France and Belgium. His best finds are two versions of a "Sing This All Together"-meets-Indian War Dance number by MADELEINE CHARTRAND
called "Ani-Kuni", so good they put it on this comp twice. If you can keep this ultra-rhythmic psychedelic singalong out of your head the better part of a day, more power to you. STELLA
, who winningly pops up on a couple of the Ultra Chicks/Swingin' Mademoiselle compilations, contributes a duff power track called "L'idole des jounes", whatever that means. Even the guys (CHRIS GALIBERT
, JACQUES DENJEAN
, more) sound good on this, and not an ADAMO
track in the bunch. A recommended peek into a slice of pop music that evaporated for good by the mid 1970s.