CYCLONE! GALLIC GUITARS A-GO-GO 1962-66.

Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66.

Label: Ace Records.

In the early sixties, rock ’n ’roll arrived in France, and was immediately embraced by a new generation of French musicians with an intensity. Among the first wave of French rock groups were  Les Chats Sauvages and Les Chaussettes Noires, who nowadays, are regarded as having set the scene for the yé-yé singers and bands that followed in their footsteps.

Before that, many French bands adopted the rockabilly and rock’ n’ roll sounds that led to new a generation of Gallic teens forming their own groups. Many were inspired groups by The Shadows, who nowadays many people think were merely Cliff Richard’s backing band.That is just part of the story of The Shadows.

During the early sixties, The Shadows were without doubt, the most successful British instrumental rock group. The Shadows were also a hugely influential group, who inspired a generation of musicians across Europe to form new groups.  This included in the French capital, Paris.

In France, the competition in towns and cities for the title of top instrumental band was fierce. Especially in Paris, and at one particular venue the Golf Drouot, which was variously a venue for mini golf as well as a tearoom and in the evening, a nightclub. That was where every self-respecting French band wanted to play. When they took to the stage at  Le Temple Du Rock, which was owned by Henri Leproux, they knew they had arrived. 

Le Temple Du Rock was soon playing an important part in the second wave of French rock ’n’ roll, which is documented on Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66, which was recently released by Ace Records. Many of the bands on Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66, took to the stage at Le Temple Du Rock. Some of these bands feature well known songwriters, musicians and producers. Sadly, many of these instrumental groups have been forgotten about even by French music fans, who preferred their American and British counterparts. However, the twenty-five tracks on Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66 is a reminder of this four year period the music was grimier, noisier and not as refined  as the similar types of music being released in Britain, America and Italy. There were several  reasons for this.

This included the equipment being used and the skill and experience of the recording engineer. Another thing to take into account were the effects used on recordings. These variables added to the vibe and feeling of the tracks on Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66 which features musical pleasures aplenty.

Hully Bach by Les Fantômes opens Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66 in style and sets the bar high. Rising to the challenge are Les Lionceaux’s SLC Jerk, Les Players’ Manhunt and Les Français’ Palpitations. That isn’t forgetting’ Les Aiglon’s Stalactite and Les Fantômes’ Fort Chabrol which are welcome contributions. The same can be said of Les Guitares’ Neptune and Joey amd The Showmen’s Surf Train who are riding the crest of a wave with this homage to the classic American surf sound which features a nod to The Shadows. That is just part of the story of Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66

Les Guitares Du Diable contribute Le Bastion, The Four Dreamers’ the cinematic sounding Attila and Les Sunlights’ Andalucia. Then Les Monégasques add the jaunty sounding instrumental Flirt Avec Le Vent (Countdown while The Four Dreamer closes Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66 with the hidden gem To Venus. 

After twenty-five tracks it’s apparent that Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66 is another quality compilation from Ace Records, who turn their attention to this oft-overlooked genre of music. Many of these Gallic rock ’n’ roll instrumentals are long-forgotten hidden gems that deserve to be heard buy a new audience.

Hopefully, that will be the case and a new generation of music lovers will enjoy the twenty-five instrumentals on Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66, which is a lovingly curated compilation that is a reminder of the second wave of French rock ’n’ that took Paris by storm in the early sixties and in the process, transformed French music.

Cyclone! Gallic Guitars A-Go-Go 1962-66.

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