Hazard – Le Chemin de l’oubli

Le Chemin de l'oubli, front cover
Le Chemin de l'oubli, back cover
Le Chemin de l'oubli, side A

Hazard was a French progressive rock band from the South of France (Avignon or Carpentras), active between 1973 and 1977. Though the band toured France extensively during their lifetime, this 7 inch single was their unique record release. It was published by Photosonor, an artist-paid imprint run by Mr Chansigaud in Romainville, near Paris. Photosonor published several singles by French bands who, like Hazard, had won the Golf Drout rock contest organized by the Parisian concert venue of the same name during the 1970s. Hazard also famously played at the Arcane rock festival organized by French progressive rock band Ange. After the demise of Hazard, guitar player Richard Seigle joined the band Friends Quartet in 1978. French sound archivist and radio producer Jeanne Robert collected many Photosonor releases on this archive page.

Joël Marchand and Richard Seigle (Hazard)
Above: singer Joël Marchand with guitarist Richard Seigle (source)

Mediocre recording quality doesn’t do justice to the band’s powerful sound and interplay, led by pounding bass lines and solid drumming, over which singer Joël Marchand delivers poetic and cryptic lyrics. What makes the band really stand out are Richard Seigle’s brillant guitar parts and Jean-Claude Jullian’s awesome keyboard playing, either on organ, mellotron or synth. A miniature concept album, Le Chemin de L’Oubli, or The Path of Oblivion, spreads over 2 sides and goes through frequent rhythm changes and several instrumental passages – the introduction alone is 2-min long – in true progressive rock fashion.

Le Chemin de L’Oubli
01 Part I (4:45)
02 Part II (5:44)

Jean-Claude Jullian, organ, synthesizer, mellotron
Richard Seigle, guitar
Jean-Marie Jouve, bass
Gilles Villot, drums
Joël Marchand, vocals

Total time 10:29
7in record, privately released by Photosonor, France, 1974


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5 Responses to “Hazard – Le Chemin de l’oubli”

  1. 1 Exeter September 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Looks interesting!
    Thanks for your “continuoing” work on this blog!

  2. 2 continuo September 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Hope you enjoy. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. 3 sljk September 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    killer. thanks

  4. 4 sljk September 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    do you think you can post more François Banholzer… are there more of his sounds ?

  5. 5 continuo September 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I posted what I had from François Banholzer, including his masterpiece.
    Thanks for your comments.

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