D.D.A.A. ‘La Famille des Saltimbanques’

01 Le Cratère Central (04:30)
02 The R. Standards + Les 25 pièces (10:46)
03 Psychédélic Song (03:17)
04 Courir Vers Le Bois (02:06)
05 Les Yeux Fermés (04:30)
06 Ne Plus Rien Voir (04:52
07 Le Cargo Du Soir (01:11)
08 Loin Dans Le Froid (08:50)
09 Baltique (19:00)
10 La Ferovia (02:47)

Total time: 61:45
Cassette released 1984 on ADN Tapes (ADN 06)

1984 was a time when bass guitar was a prominent feature in D.D.A.A. (for Déficit Des Années Antérieures), and their TV Personnalities/Young Marble Giants influences showed the most. This tape was released the same year as their classic ‘Les Ambulants’ LP, and indeed, tracks like ‘The Riddle’s Standards’ and the monumental ‘Baltique’ are included here as well, the latter in a different, yet still relentlessly shamanistic version. The similarities are obvious: Les Ambulants (The Wanderers) took its name from 19th century russian itinerant painters setting up exhibitions all around the country, while Saltimbanques is based on a Picasso painting [+], the portrait of a group of fairground or circus performers. As if, during the eighties, DDAA view themselves as outsiders, migrant, independent artists. Jean-Phiippe Fee’s guitar is used to good effect on most songs, this definitely being a rock album. Trains and electricity have always been 2 of lead singer Jean-Luc André’s obsessions, and Les Saltimbanques is no exception (eg The R. Standards, La Ferovia). Really great cassette, not to be missed.


2 Responses to “D.D.A.A. ‘La Famille des Saltimbanques’”

  1. 1 Rudy Carrera March 2, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Wow, I haven’t heard this cassette in at least 15 years. I think I have in my archive somewhere. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

  2. 2 jkarl January 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    can u re-up please? thank you!!

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