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9 Aug 2017

Alain Goraguer "La Planete Sauvage"1973 France. Electronic, Prog, Psychedelic, Space-funk, Soundtrack


Alain Goraguer  "La Planete Sauvage"1973  France. Electronic, Prog, Psychedelic, Space-funk, Soundtrack
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La Planète Sauvage was the original French title for the 1973 movie Fantastic Planet (although the actual translation of "La Planète Sauvage" is "The Wild Planet"). The great news was there was a soundtrack album to the movie that also came out, originally on the EMI/Pathé Marconi label. The original LP has became quite a rare and sought after item, only now it's been reissued. Anyway, the music is by Alain Goraguer, same guy who did music for other French films, including two other animateds that I'm aware of, The Dead Times (Les Temps Morts) (1964) and The Snails (Les Escargots) (1965), both by the same makers of Fantastic Planet (René Laloux, Roland Topor). While both of these films tended to have a more avant-garde jazzy score, the music to Fantastic Planet has a more progressive funky score. If you can imagine Pink Floyd meets Shaft, you get sort of an idea. The music consists of synthesizers, flute, Hohner clavinet, guitar (with lots of wah-wah effects), bass, and drums. Variatio...


In 2000, the European label DC Recordings reissued on CD the soundtrack from the cult sci-fi animated film La Planète Sauvage (released in English as The Fantastic Planet). The René Laloux film, which won a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973, was supported by a soundtrack by Alain Goraguer, mostly known for his work as Serge Gainsbourg's arranger. Goraguer's music consists of 25 short vignettes. Each is a contextualized adaptation of one of three main musical themes. The main theme is very reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother Suite" (same half-time tempo, mellotron, harpsichord, and wah-wah guitar), and the other two are a ballad and a circus-like waltz. The music is very '70s-clichéd and will appeal to fans of French and Italian '70s soundtrack stylings. Although repetitive, the album itself creates an interesting marijuana-induced sci-fi floating mood, blending psychedelia, jazz, and funk (the album has been sampled by a few hip-hop artists). The 16-page booklet includes stills from the film, a description of the plot, and biographical notes on the composer, the director, and the illustrator, all in English -- but, alas, no musicians' credits. DC Recordings reissued the album on both CD and LP, the latter version also including a poster.... by François Couture ..


About the film

La Planete Sauvage is an animated film by René Laloux (1929-2004), based on a strange novel by Stefan Wul, Oms in series, which describes a country populated by Gullivers named Draags and Lilliputian man named Om , Grouped on the planet Ygam. All this beautiful people (even if the Draaguards and their red-blooded eyes are not the most obvious beauty) will fight, some for emancipation, others to retain their intellectual and spiritual domination. The 72-minute feature (one of the first made by a Frenchman), based on sketches by Roland Topor, a co-writer, was made in Prague. This film won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1973 and for many, became cult, due to its satirical dimension. It is the jazz pianist Alain Goraguer (born in 1931), accompanist of Boris Vian and one of the arrangers, among others, Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Jean Ferrat, as well as many film Partition that I present to you now.
The soundtrack of La Planète Sauvage is composed of 25 short pieces, a number of them based on a common melody, as is the custom. Together with Jean Guérin with the synthesizer EMS VCS-3, Goraguer will create a soundtrack of a total singularity for this time, incorporating many electronic effects to his compositions very "psyche". The wah-wah guitar is omnipresent in the cosmic trip of this wild planet. As for the electric guitar, it bursts into strident laments in the credits. Some climates are very distressing (listen to L'Oiseau), and there, the Pink Floyd way Syd Barrett is not very far from the complex and energetic arrangements of Goraguer. The female choirs burst into suave explosions at the Bardot-Gainsbourg.

Obsessive music
Among the very rich palette of this fantastic disc (in both senses of the term) are the disembodied romantic stroll (Mira and Ten), the waltz removed (Les Fusées), and the shameless funk at the Shaft.
In order to live up to his initial jazz training, Goraguer manipulates the swing by varying the speed of his playing. He grants flutes, sax (Strip Tease), electric organ Hammond, marimba, Theremin, Harpischord and Clavinet ) To a ternary bass riff that forms the main theme of the soundtrack. This music is probably inspired by the ballad of Melody Nelson of Gainsbourg, composed by Jean-Claude Vannier, the successor of Goraguer to the service From the music of man to the head of cabbage. In any case, there is a common affirmation of a perfectly successful mixture between rock and orchestra, which inspired Air, but also to the American hip-hop artists who massively samplé it.,.


I'm thrilled that the good people at Superior Viaduct records are reissuing Alain Goraguer's beautiful and strange score to the beautiful and strange French science fiction animated film, La Planète Sauvage (1973). Goraguer is a composer and pianist who emerged from the Parisian jazz scene in the early 1960s writing and playing with Boris Vian and later Serge Gainsbourg in the early 1960s. This glorious soundtrack has inspired (and been sampled by) myriad electronic and hip-hop artists, from Air to Madlib to J Dilla. You can pre-order the special edition translucent blue vinyl, that includes a poster, directly from Superior Viaduct:....by.......David Pescovitz


An incredible experience on its own. Extremely dreamy and atmospheric, and really to be treated as one long winding road, taking you on an up and down journey while you see the various colors there are to see on the way. Also sounds like a most brilliant album to listen to under the influence of the sweet leaf. I also dont think I've ever quite heard anything like this album, and it was an absolute pleasure to do so.....by......Yousha


Hip-hop heads should seek this out asap, if for some reason they haven't already. It's a highly 'sampleable' record, you'll instantly recognize where Big Pun's "Boomerang" beat came from (Spoiler alert: it's from "Le Bracelet" and producer V.I.C. pretty much copped the track straight-up). Both Madlib and J Dilla have sampled from this as well. It's easy to see why - it's got such a unique sound featuring lots of hard space-funk with emphasis on flute and Hohner clavinet and some tasteful lush orchestration occasionally fleshing things out. Goraguer was an arranger for Serge Gainsbourg, if that gives you any indication for how the strings are utilized. This being a soundtrack and all, it starts to all sound the same pretty quick and the sequencing certainly doesn't help - "Generique" is placed right after "Deshominsation II", the former is nearly identical to the latter only without background strings. Then "Le Bracelet" and "Ten et Tiwa" are back to back, both have the exact same melody, one has slightly different instrumentation. "Maquillage de Tiwa" follows and it's the same melody YET AGAIN but with more funky guitar wah-wahs. You get the idea. The completely-out-of-place "Conseil des Draags" belongs at a Renaissance fair and "Attaque Des Robots" is creepy atmosphere without any melody but everything else works like a charm. One of my favorite soundtracks, and an easy one to get into without having seen the movie.....by......coolidge


A fantastic planet indeed. Alain Goraguer's soundtrack to it is awesome. Jazzy, more progressive and rocking, and experimental in places, La Planète Sauvage makes me want to check out the film badly now. Every composition sets its own mood diligently and uses variation to great potential. Definitely a long-lost 70's album that sounds fresh as can be even by today's standards....by......... Selfmonarch .


Here's a soundtrack to a film I am fully familiar with: La Planète Sauvage. OK, so here in America it's known as Fantastic Planet. In the 1980's you'd frequently see this on the USA Network's long defunct Night Flight. I remember that's where I first saw it, as a teenager. It's one really tripped out science fiction animated that's so different from the usual stuff you expect you won't believe it! The film was first made in Czechoslovakia, but because the communist government deemed it anti-communist, they stopped funding, and it was completed in France and was released in 1973 and the winner of the 1973 Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival. Well the good news is you can get this film in America, it's been on VHS several times, the most recent being on Anchor Bay (unfortunately the English language version still has the subtitles), and it was also on DVD (where you have the option of French or English, plus three shorts from 1960-1965 that Rene Laloux did prior to Fantastic Planet).

OK, the focus is on the music, since this is a sountrack album, well, imagine what would happen if Pink Floyd teamed up with Isaac Hayes while he recorded "Shaft" and this is what you get: trippy funk-influenced music loaded with lots of clavinet, electric piano and wah-wah guitars effects, with prog rock overtones and this is what you get! Some songs more proggy, some more funky. Many of cuts are variants of the same themes, which makes sense if you got to watch the film. But the music on the album is a bit different from the film, so you also want to get this album. What's surprising was the soundtrack did get released, on the EMI/Pathé Marconi label. Watch the movie first, if you like the music, you'll like the album. But then if you like music funky with prog rock tendencies, you'll like the music just the same. ...by......Proghead72 ..........
I'm only going by the movie, in which the music is supposed to be a bit different on the album from the movie. La Planète Sauvage is better known in these neck of the woods as Fantastic Planet, a totally bizarre and unusual sci-fi animated from 1973 first made in still-communist Czechoslovakia, then completed in France (once the Czech government figured out the theme of the movie, which they felt was anti-communist). The original LP to the soundtrack was released on EMI/Pathé Marconi in France and has since quickly became a collector's item. In more recent times, the album had received a couple of reissues (with different covers - but the covers were simply different scenes from the movie), sometimes bearing the English title (Fantastic Planet) and sometimes bearing the original French title (La Planète Sauvage). The music, to me, sounds like something like Isaac Hayes' "Shaft" meets "Pink Floyd". The music is often funky, depending heavily on wah-wah guitars, electric pianos, and Hohner clavinet (flute and synthesizers are also used as well). Other times, there's a more dreamy quality, moving more in the world of prog rock. Themes and variants of themes do recur, which should come as no surprise. Alain Goraguer was the guy responsible for the soundtrack, and he has done soundtracks for other films, such as three shorts I'm aware of, Les Dents du Singe (The Monkey's Teeth, 1960), Les Temps Mort (Dead Times, 1964), and Les Escargots (Snails, 1965), all of these made by René Laloux, same guy who made Fantastic Planet possible. The music there tended to have a much more jazzy/avant garde feel to them than the funk/prog rock of Fantastic Planet. If you want to see Fantastic Planet, no problem, Anchor Bay made this movie available on DVD and VHS (there are earlier versions, such as United American Video Corps. which is to be avoided), for VHS collectors, get the French language with subtitles edition (Collector's Edition), as the voices are better than the American voices for the dubbed-in-English version, and it also has the three animated shorts (Les Dents du Singe, etc.). As for those wishing to seek out the soundtrack album, you're better off getting the reissue like that on DC Records, as the original French EMI/Pathé Marconi release is very rare and is quite expensive............Proghead72 


Alain Goraguer first made a name for himself as a sideman and arranger for Serge Gainsbourg, including the arrangement for Gainsbourg’s 1966 Eurovision grand prize winning song “Poupée de cire, poupée de son”. In 1972 he scored the bizarre and moving French language animated feature “Le Planet Sauvage,” released in the States as “Fantastic Planet.” The soundtrack blends funky psyched out jazz with gorgeous woodwind, choral, and string arrangements. There’s also a few subtle appearances by the theremin. 

The main descending theme appears many times, mostly on the flute or sung by an ominous choir. The standout example of the theme is “Le Bracelet,” layering clavinet and vibes under a breathy flute, with spooky pauses thrown in. If you brave the chaotic opening of “L’oiseau”, you’ll hear some beautifully dissonant glissando strings which break into an incredible version of the main theme, this time over a major key. Tenor sax solos make brief appearances here and there and there are some songs that could be outtakes from Obscured By Clouds or Dark Side of the Moon. The solo on “Générique” would be a dead ringer for Gilmore if not for the sighing strings beneath it. 

The songs which deviate from variations on the main theme are the most interesting, with “Conseil de Draags” and the breathtaking psyched out waltz “Le Fusées” definitely some of the best of the 25 songs here. The jazzy “Strip Tease” comes to life in a brilliant mix of flute and sax in the middle section, married beautifully to the animation in the third act of the film. 

Perhaps because of it’s function as a film score it may come across more progressive than intended, but I think it’s that twist that allows the music to stand on it’s own. It’s masterfully written and has not one boring moment. I highly recommend watching the film at least once. And see how long it takes before you start whistling the main theme....Rising Storm....review...


Goraguer, especially celebrated so far for his arrangements at Gainsbourg, composed this astonishingly grandiose music for René Laloux's futuristic-ecological cartoon in 1973. 
It was the British label Intoxica which had the rich idea to put back this year's epic score back into circulation when we enjoyed experimenting with synthesizers, vocals of lascivious females and funky orchestrations spectacularly staged. This music already contains all the matrix of the future French-touch and constitutes an absolute reference in terms of avant-garde pop climates.....by.....Christophe Conte..



Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence. (The Criterion Collection)..............

Tracklist
A1 Deshominisation (II) 0:51
A2 Deshominisation (I) 0:35
A3 Générique 0:40
A4 Le Bracelet 1:22
A5 Ten Et Tiwa 1:43
A6 Maquillage De Tiwa 1:12
A7 Course De Ten 0:48
A8 Ten Et Medor 1:43
A9 Ten Et Tiwa Dorment 0:42
A10 Ten Est Assomme 0:40
A11 Abite 0:47
A12 Conseil Des Draags 0:49
A13 Les Hommes - La Grande Co-Existence 4:22
B1 La Femme 2:06
B2 Mira Et Ten 0:39
B3 Mort De Draag 0:46
B4 L'Oiseau 2:21
B5 La Cite Des Hommes Libres 0:44
B6 Attaque Des Robots 2:00
B7 La Longue Marche - Valse Des Statues 2:09
B8 Les Fusées 2:05
B9 Générique 1:09
B10 Strip Tease 2:19
B11 Méditation Des Enfants 1:28
B12 La Vieille Meurt 0:43 

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