Recorded on a portable cassette recorder during Pascal Comelade & Bel Canto Orchestra’s concert in Allonnes, near Le Mans, France, on Sep. 2, 1990.
I can’t remember who was on stage this day. I’m just guessing, then. Comelade is on grand piano & toy piano. The 5 or 6 musicians enter one by one with each song. I’m pretty sure Pierre Bastien was there, playing one of his square, painted cellos. I remember a tall beautiful girl with red hair, maybe on accordion (so it wasn’t Cathy Claret, a longtime Comelade associate). Mandoline, melodica, assorted percussion, classical guitar & toy guitar complete the set up – Armand Niralles? Christophe Darmante? Laurent Churet? J.A. Achille?
The picture I chosed is a photo taken by Ceesepe in 1979, ‘Ouka Leele en Montjuith’ from his official website. One of Ceesepe’s paintings made it to the cover of ‘El Primitivismo’, my favorite Comelade LP. As for the photo, I love the sadness in her look, it suits the music very well. By the way: best music to cry by, ever.
One 53:21mn track, no cue. Grab it before I delete the link!