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15 May 2017

Les Karrik"Au Chant De L'Alouette” 1971 Canada Prog Folk Rock







Les Karrik ‎ “Au Chant De L'Alouette” 1971 Canada Prog Folk Rock...recommended...!
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Guitar players, Claude Lafrance (Arvida 1948) and Michel McLean (Alma 1949), made themselves known at Lac St-Jean before disembarking in Quebec City and Montreal. 
They accompany Robert Charlebois before experiencing success with their covers of folk songs.
In a folk-rock style that will make a school, they offer us “Au Chant de l'Alouette”, their greatest success, but also “Yes A Pichou”, “Mon Vieux François” and a few others.
After the dissolution of the group in 1972, Claude Lafrance pursued his career writing for Louise Forestier, whom he accompanied on tour, then undertakes a career solo.

Michel McLean, for his part, will form the group L'Engoulevent, the time to create the magnificent album “L'Island where Live the Wolves” in 1977. He can then be found in the Parisian band of Starmania in 1980, which Will open several doors in Europe where he will set himself up to pursue his career.

On the evening of November 15, 2002, Michel McLean and Claude Lafrance played together for the first time in 30 years in Val David.
For the forty guests at the restaurant “The New Continent”, it was a memorable evening full of memories and beautiful songs.

Michel McLean told me that if the demand is there, the duo could take the road to the Festivals in the summer of 2003…………………
Also known as Les Karrick, this Lac St-Jean, Quebec folk duo formed in 1968 This brought them to the attention of Robert Charlebois who took them on tour in and around Montreal and Quebec City. Their debut album ‘Au chant de l'alouette’, featuring Pagliaro playing guitar on several tracks, was released on Zodiaque Records in November 1971 which gave them a sizable hit single in Quebec with the French nursery rhyme title track.

They would also get distribution in English Canada through Trans-World and in Europe via Vogue Records. It was Trans-World that helped them to skim the RPM Magazine French-Canadian Top10 with 1972’s “La fin du reve n'est pas pour demain” which reached #6 over a three week run.

Following a tour as part of 'Musicorama’, the duo split in 1972.

LaFrance would tour with and write material for Louise Forrester and released one solo album in 1977 called 'Une belle soirée’.

McLean had intended to go solo but, instead, formed the short-lived Quebec prog act band L'engoulevent [The Nighthawk] with Pierre Moreau, Françoise Turcotte, and Russell Gagnon. They released one album in 1977 entitled 'L'Île où vivent les loups’. A children’s album was also issued called 'Étoifilan’.

McLean became part of the 'Starmania’ musical in the 1980s and in the 2000s moved to France to further his career as a solo artist.

On November 15, 2002, McLean and Lafrance played together for the first time in 30 years in Val David at an intimate 40-seater restaurant called “The New World”….Canoe Jam..Canadian Pop Engyclopedia………..

Michael McLean (vocals, guitar)
Claude LaFrance (vocals, guitar)

Singles
1972 Au chant de l’alouette/Quelle est la couleur de ma prison? (Zodiaque) ZO4-304
1971 Yes a pichou (version originale)/La chanson de l’Acadien (Zodiaque) ZO4-311
1971 La légende indienne/La première (Zodiaque) ZO4-315
1972 Mary Queen/Des mots pour ma musique (Vogue - EU) 27020
1972 La fin du reve n'est pas pour demain/Capitaine Capitaine (Zodiaque) ZO4-321

Albums
1971 Au chant de l’alouette (Zodiaque) ZO-6904
1972 Karrik II (Zodiaque) ZOX-6006
1973 Collection les Karrik (Trans-World) 65-1920
1993 Retrospective (Merite) 22-1014

Tracklist
A1 Des Mots Pour La Musique
Composed By – Lafrance*, McLean*
2:53
A2 Au Chant De L'Alouette
Composed By – Lafrance*, McLean*
3:06
A3 Yes À Pichou
Adapted By – Lafrance*, McLean*
2:28
A4 La Chanson De L'Acadien
Composed By – B. Leclerc, Claude Lafrance, J. Pantis*, McLean*
3:00
A5 La Sans Nom Du Temps
Composed By – Lafrance*, McLean*
5:00
B1 De Quelle Couleur Est Ma Prison
Composed By – Lafrance*, McLean*
2:42
B2 Hostie Qu'C'Est Dur
Composed By – Lafrance*, McLean*
2:10
B3 La Complainte De Mon Frère
Composed By – Lafrance*, McLean*
3:23
B4 Je N'ai Pas De Roses Pour Ta Fete
Composed By – Lafrance*, McLean*
2:58
B5 Mary Queen
Composed By – Lafrance*, McLean*
4:35 

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