Rocanrolorama (1974-2016)



Since the release of his 1st album in 1975, Pascal Comelade has worked profusely and participated in numerous collaborations with Richard Pinhas, P.J. Harvey and Robert Wyatt. His compositions, depending on the period and their singular mixes, bring back MC5, Erik Satie, Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Suicide… Pascal Comelade has created a language dancing on an indefinitely moving musical skeleton, from stripped-down sexiness to overly dressed orchestral sounds, by successive combinations, mixing both folklore, underground, repetitive and variety music, pataphysical riffs and toy-like instruments. He is a renowned artist, extensively supported by the general and musical press. “Rocanrolorama (1974-2016)” is the result of a process Pascal Comelade started 5 years ago, re-reading his repertoire which includes albums, cassettes, unreleased and exclusive material, live, alternative, re-recorded and re-worked versions… This self-revisited anthology is a 6-CD boxset including an exclusive hand-numbered lithograph (1000 copies) and a 72-page booklet (notes, credits, drawings). Disc 1 “My Generation” 1974-2986 Electronic period (synthetizer EMS/AKS, electric organs, various instruments) Self-produced on his label ‘Parasite’ Recorded in a home studio on Revox A77 and tapes Location: Montpellier, Paris, Barcelona Extracts from album and EPs (“Fluence”, “Séquences Paiennes”, “Ready-Made” “Paralelo”, “Sentimientos”) with extracts from cassettes, exclusives, sequenced tracks… Entirety of “Musiques Par Correspondance” with David Cunningham (from “Flying Lizards”) With the involvement of: Richard Pinhas (“Heldon”), Armand Miralles (“Heriatus”), Victor Nubla (“Macromassa”)… Disc 2 “Slow Music” 1980-1997 Debuts of the orchestra (The “Bel Cantro Orquestra”), created in Montpellier in 1983 and split up in Lyon in 2015) Labels: G3G (Barcelona), Les Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier (Nancy) Location : Montpellier, Barcelona, Paris, Nancy Extracts from albums (“Détail Monochrome”, “Bel Canto”, “El Primitivismo”, “33 Bars”…), exclusive materials, cassettes, live and alternative versions… With the involvement of: Laurent Sinclair (“Taxi Girl”), Mark Cunningham (“Mars”), members of the punk band from Montpellier “OTH”, General Alcazar… Disc 3 “Patafisiskal Polska” 1992-1996 Labels: Delabel (Virgin France), G3G, DSA, Wave (Japan) Location: Barcelona, Vernet-les-Bains, Nancy Extracts from albums (“Traffic d’Abstraction”, “El Cabaret Galàctic”…), exclusives, alternative and live versions, ‘completed’ tracks (no remixes, only additional takes mixed with the original album) With the involvement of: Toti Soler, Pierre Bastien, Jac Berrocal, Bel Canto Orquestra… Disc 4 “Musique de Genre” 1996-2000 Labels: Delabel, G3G, Wave, and others Location: Barcelona, Vernet-les-Bains Extracts from albums (“L’Argot du Bruit…”…) exclusives, alternative, live, rerecorded, increased and reformatted versions… With the involvement of: PJ Harvey, Jean-Hervé Peron (“Faust”), Robert Wyatt, Miossec, Jac Berrocal, Jaki Liebezeit (“Can”), Bel Quanto Orquestra… Disc 5 “Espontex Sinfonia” 2000-2008 Labels: Discmedi (Barcelona), G3G, Delabel, and others Location: Barcelona, Ceret Extracts from albums (“Psicotic Music’hall”, “Mètode Rocanrol”…) exclusives, alternative, live, re- versions and ‘completed’ tracks… With the involvement of: Sergi Lopez, Bel Canto Orquestra, Cabo San Roque, The Liminanas, la Cobla Sant Jordi (Barcelona)… Disc 6 “Friki Serenata” 2008-2016 Labels: Discmedi (Barcelona), Because Music Location: Barcelona, Ceret Extracts from albums (“A Freak Serenade”, “El Pianista del Antifaz”…), exclusives and live tracks and chansons (with Albert Pla, Pau Riba, Alex Barbier…)