Philippe Grancher ‘3000 Miles away’

Philippe Grancher '3000 Miles away' front coverSide APhilippe GrancherPhilippe Grancher '3000 Miles away' back cover

01 3000 Miles Away (9:07)
02 Naïvetés (2:40)
03 Réflexions à propos d’un miroir (2:59)
04 Flip-Flop (10:00)
05 Birds, Birds (6:14)

Philippe Grancher: piano and electric keyboards
Jean-Louis Rizet: synthesizers
Gerard Bouquin: bass
Arnaud Chevalier: electric guitar
Marc Abela: acoustic guitar
Pascal X: drums

Total time 31:00
LP released on Pôle Records, ref#0014, France, 1976

Thanks to Julian Cope’s articles on prog rock, the world is familiar with Parisian anarchists Pôle Records, created by Paul and Evelyne Putti. The label was active for 3 years only (1975-1977) but managed to release essential albums of radical synth music and free rock by French musicians. Their catalogue was taken-up and reissued by Tapioca label from 1977 on (see discog here and photo gallery here). This album by Philippe Grancher (b1956) includes Jean-Louis Rizet, a member of the legendary radical synth duo Pôle and is produced by Philippe Besombes, a Pôle Records stalwart. The music on ‘3000 Miles Away’ is based on piano compositions with Moog, Mellotron or other vintage keyboards accompanyment. The composing method is close to that of Roedelius or Heldon. The B side includes guest musicians, adding an almost prog-rock touch to well-crafted, naive melodies. The title track’s piano sonata displays Grancher’s piano skills and classical influences. Obviously, the album sounds less freak than other Pôle Records releases, which is all the more welcome.


4 Responses to “Philippe Grancher ‘3000 Miles away’”

  1. 1 Maxim April 20, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Thank you for this rarity! All Pôle/Tapioca releases are wonderful, and “Miles Away” is not an exception.

  2. 2 continuo April 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Do you include the Trance Europe Express’ blues-rock LP? This one is awfull, in my opinion. Thanks for dropping by, Maxim.

  3. 3 twinkle April 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I detect the quiet influence of François-Bernard Mâche here.

  4. 4 Alexandre Goulart January 23, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks for this incredible album, already a top master piece in my prog music collection. Obrigado por esta magnífico album, sensacional, verdadeira raridade.

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