Sunday, 15 July 2018

Richard Lable ‎" Richard Lable" 1977 France Pop Rock


Richard Lable ‎" Richard Lable" 1977 France Pop Rock
This 1977 self-titled album from Richard Lable meets none of the above criteria – and yet, this is release is perhaps the most ‘lost classic’ record I’ve come across. On the major label Warner Bros. as it is, it’s mind boggling how this French AOR jazz-rock fusion release wasn’t a commercial and critical success. Upon first listen, from the wistful nostalgia of 'Sur Un Grand Divan’, it feels like you’ve heard this music before – in some light hearted dramatic soundtrack, a tender uplifting commercial or perhaps some classic rock radio station that never existed. I can’t think of a better time this could have been released: 1977, the year of Steely Dan’s most famous classic Aja. Lable’s band vibes with some shades of Steely Dan, though much more subdued, stripped down and stoned, fuzing melancholic reverb chanson vocals and mellow electric piano with his brother Denys’ southern rock tinged guitar, plus a nice dose of synth and percussion additions from French library veteran Teddy Lasry. 

Perhaps had the vocals been in English, Richard Lable would’ve been saved from being tucked away in obscurity in the back stock bins for years – something unfortunately likely true for all to many albums over the last decades. Denys Lable looks to have had a bit more success in the music business throughout the years, not so much from his own releases (though Crystal Hotel is perfect for those looking for late night city cruising Toshiki Kadomatsu-esque fusion, which also features Richard on some tracks), but as a session musician on a number of French releases. In any case, I look forward to hearing Richard in some Sofia Coppola soundtrack or some sort in the future – or, for now, just accompany me through the car speakers on drives through the woods in morning light….Jeff…paradise is a frequency….~
  
Credits 
Bass – Philippe B. Gall* 
Congas [Tumba] – Alain Sirguy* 
Drums, Percussion – Jean-Claude Poligot 
Guitar, Mandolin, Backing Vocals – Denys Lable 
Keyboards, Flute, Alto Saxophone – Richard Lable 
Synthesizer, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone – Teddy Lasry


Tracklist 
A1 Sur Un Grand Divan 3:20 
A2 A Pas Démesurément Lents 2:48 
A3 Belle Ma Belle 3:42 
A4 Mon Beau Nuage (“Instrumental”) 1:25 
A5 Dans L'ombre De Tes Yeux 3:54 
A6 Le Long Sommeil 2:26 
B1 Comme Les Saisons 3:15 
B2 Dans Le Noir Encore 3:36 
B3 D'un Jour A L'autre 2:45 
B4 Je Tourne En Rond 3:10 
B5 Tout A Changé 3:23 

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