Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bipsautru Chu Content (Canada, Private 1978)

This album is not the rarest album that doesn't exist I mentioned earlier, but almost so. Chu Content = Je suis content (I am happy) in joual (= cheval or horse), the french-canadian dialect or pronunciation of french. This is a private pressing from Hull, Quebec, across from the nation's capital of Ottawa. Hull is famous in the outaouais region for strip clubs in which touching is not just permitted but encouraged, and huge government (of Canada) offices. Coincidence? Of course. It's a very long record, clocking in at under 50 minutes, surprisingly. The closest comparison would be to the earlier Beausoleil records I posted, with a bit of a rougher edge, or perhaps fellow kebekers Le Temps. Some really nice acoustic guitar work appears near the end of side 1 and it's unfortunate the band couldn't link these together into a suite of sorts. There is a kind of d-i-y quality here with the guitars at times being not just not tight, but downright amateurish. Probably I'm not the only one to find this more than a bit charming. I also really like the use of recorders and harmonicas for that real teen-band sound.

Coverart: a drawing of musical instruments as spaceships--? I can't help but quote from Spinal Tap: "there's a fine line between clever and stupid". The back cover is really hilarious too for its DIY quality. Check out those doodley drawings under the tracklist.

On track 12 if you notice some loud bumps in the background that sound like the steps of bigfoot himself, it's my three-year old Julian arranging his Thomas wooden railroad track from his bedroom to my feet at the record player and I apologize for this, what you won't hear luckily is me gradually losing my voice telling him to stop stomping over and over. Hey c'mon-- it's not that loud, he's only three.



I've included two samples, an acoustic guitar instrumental and the third track with its crystalline guitarwork recalling CANO, it sounds almost like it could've been a hit.




17 comments:

Tristan Stefan said...

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Pollux said...

Merci Tristan Stefan for this rarity. It is a fine album and quite rare indeed! ;)

apps79 said...

excellent find,another one off my wishlist,many thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

merci beaucoup, vraiment content de voir des albums de ma région et de mon pays le québec
chu content !!!

Maitre D. Morgan said...

Pretty neat and nice album, could imagine to upload this to my iPod as well.
But little critic: You need to study a bit of photographing, album covers pics are getting better but there still is a long way to go. =)

With all respect

Harri

marc said...

that blog was a good one
but now 85% of the links are dead ones

what a pitty

move to another of thousands music blogs

have a nice day

Marc, Elsass

Tristan Stefan said...

estide disque tabarouette! chu content aussi

uros said...

Hello Tristan Stefan, thanks a lot! This filejumbo works just perfect. And you know,you have a lovely son. When my two sons were such youngsters they have been making big noise too, when I have been recording cassettes for my friends. But years go by and nowadays they are making much bigger noises. You know little children, little problems, big children big problems, he,he and that's why we are never boring in our lives.

Tristan Stefan said...

thanks for kind comments, uros, very much appreciated!
"this filejumbo works just perfect"-- for now! ;-)
It's funny to me we have the same experience, as my father probably yelled at us for running while he listened to his records...

isabelbc said...

hi marc, a pity that you have arrived late ...

Tristan Stefan said...

what is he talking about? links are all ok, there's a hundred more downloads since Friday

Anonymous said...

What a handsome young boy ! So Adorable !
The music is as fluent as the leave on floating water. Elegant and unsophisticated !
Coverart reflects so well the purity embedded in this wonderful album.
Thanks as always !
duran

Tristan Stefan said...

Filejumbo links working again

Rabizo said...

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please reup :)

Tristan Stefan said...

http://netkups.com/?d=4b4af8e68312e

Rabizo said...

thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Links are dead.. :(

Could someone repost.. Thank you!

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