Saturday, March 10, 2007

The New (Old) Exciting Sounds of Les Fleurs de Pavot

Les Fleurs de Pavot is a band from 1968, formed in France by two hippies Groovy Pat from London and Jesus from San Francisco. But no, actually they were an early 60’s French cover band “Bourgeois De Calais” and who their manager JP Rawson suggested that they try Psychedelic pop. The results are the band and album “Les Fleurs de Pavot.” “Les Fleurs de Pavot” is a very good album. It sort of a cross between early Pink Floyd and French Ye-Ye music.

Jean-Pierre Castelain (Zorba) maybe the only well-known member of this band. I don’t know his music or recordings, but he looks interesting.

The album is co-produced by Bernard Estardy and the incredible Jean Claude Vannier. Vannier did the beautiful arrangements for Serge Gainsbourg’s “Histoire de Melody Nelson” and also released a quite remarkable solo record “L’enfant assassin des mouches.”

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