Friday, March 19, 2010

Le 25 Regiment pt III

I have done some previous posts on 25e Regiment, and I have had a request for a reposting of one of their LP's. Rather than a a simple repost with no new material, I thought I would also post another IMAGINARY EP, this one consisting of Le 25e Regiment's material on Tony Roman's Revolution label. They produced 3 singles for Revolution, which came out around 1969-70 (if my hunches are correct...).

These are some of my favorite singles from the late 60's/early 70's era. Taken as a whole, the 6 songs are a great representation of Le 25e Regiment. There is a nice mix of covers and original material. The covers are of "Venus" by the Shocking Blue and "Evil Ways" by Santana (credited here as "Ballade" by J.Zack and G.Thurston). I have already done one post on the Georges Thurston original "Toute All-Dress", but the other originals are solid as well, with "L'Ange De Los Angeles" being a particular favorite of mine. This stuff has elements of garage, psych, pop (and even funk), yet it's somehow none of the above.

Georges Thurston went on to greater fame as Boule Noir, but this is my favorite material by him. He never seemed this raw again. Which is not to denigrate his later material in any way, but hearing an r&b artist do rock material in this manner is interesting to me.

The other LP I am posting is a repost of Le 25e Regiment's earlier LP. To me, this stuff is OK, just a little uptight and unfunky compared to the stuff on Revolution.

Le 25e Regiment- The Revolution Singles

Le 25e Regiment- Ecology


Blogger mandustrian said...

HOORAY! you've made me happy finally, - especially as I got more than I expected!
also, it was a pleasure to read your old post on Tony Roman. I have some of his/related projects recorded from different sources (L'Experience 9, Ouba, 1st volume of Reels...) - although I haven't still been able to track Les Enfantes Terribles albums released on Revolution. info on these is very very very scarce - maybe you know more?

anyway, THANX again & very best regards -
mandustrian, right from the heart of Russia

April 11, 2010 at 2:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger petergunn said...

Enfants Terribles are sorta weird comedy records... like party records... info on these sort of records is usually quite scarce!

April 11, 2010 at 5:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mandustrian said...

oh yeah.
but is there something/anything you CAN'T meet on the net at all?

I'd give a part of my ...well..something... for a translation of the track posted there..)

April 11, 2010 at 8:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger petergunn said...

honestly i know nothing about who made the record...

i have needle dropped the entire thing in record stores before and i just didn't hear anything of interest... of course, the fact that i couldn't understand anything didn't help...

i am sure there is SOME story there, just not sure who you could ask!

April 13, 2010 at 12:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Stephane said...

Hello Peter Gunn
Thanks for sharing these 6 gems. I have the 2 regiment lps but none of those rare 45s. Do you also happen to have the others 45s they made ? (petit toutou/guitare d'amour, on apex) or more interesting: le temps de l'amour/super man (canusa) and cresent street/au ciel (on elite). Thanks for your time. I always have a look at your blog. stephane

April 20, 2010 at 4:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger petergunn said...

thx for reading! don't have my records near me, but yes, i think i have all of the 25 regiment's 45's, except for "Superman"... have to say, wasn't too impressed w/ 'em, but haven't listened to them for a while... i just wish Thurston had done more funky/rock stuff in the early 70's (besides his production and songwriting for other artists)


April 23, 2010 at 12:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Stephane said...

Hello again Peter. May i ask you to post all of those other 25e regiment 45s ? I would be thankful. stephane

April 23, 2010 at 7:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Vente de garage said...

Hey Peter!
Have you heard Thurston version of James Brown's Out of sight (Hors de moi in french)... pretty good!

You should also check out is tune Valentine on Visa records (yet another Tony Roman connection here, if I remember well).

But way more weird is his version of T. Rex's Metal Guru (Madame Garou in french) on the Action label. Sounds almost exactly like Bolan! Not quite what you'd expect to hear from Thurston. May he rest in peace!

April 26, 2010 at 10:35:00 AM PDT  
Blogger petergunn said...

yo felix,

did not know about the James Brown cover, sounds very very interesting! the t.rex one i have heard about, but never actually heard... looks like i have some homework to do!

stephane- i'll try and post those other 45's at some point...


April 30, 2010 at 11:34:00 AM PDT  
Blogger S.ébastien said...

Sweet post!

Crescent Street 45 is on Patrimoine PQ.

May 17, 2010 at 9:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger S.ébastien said...

I've found yet another single release on Canusa titled "Super Man". Real nice vibes.. I'll post it soon.

May 21, 2010 at 10:19:00 AM PDT  
Blogger petergunn said...

please do!

like i told Stephane, i think "superman" is the only 25 regiment 45 i know i don't have and have always been curious to hear...

i gotta get that james brown cover felix is talking about tho!

May 21, 2010 at 11:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger S.ébastien said...


The thing with the Super Man single is that it's on Canusa, it's produced by Thurston and it definetly sound like the band was about to record their "Ecology" LP. It also recalls the "Bande a Benny" sound, kinda pop-rock glam... Nice!

May 21, 2010 at 11:10:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Stephane said...

Hello again Peter. I still am asking for the other regiment 45s (i only miss le petit toutou with ma guitare d'amour, cupidon, le temps de l,amour with superman. Did i also mentionned that i have a list of all i own that was made in quebec (lps only). I'd be glad to share anything you'd like. Thanks for your time. stephane

January 10, 2011 at 5:16:00 PM PST  
Blogger S.ébastien said...

Visit the Miserablement Votre newsgroop. Superman was recently uploaded.

January 16, 2011 at 9:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger Le rapailleur musical said...

Hello !

Great post... thanks ! These songs are very rough to find !

Do you have the credits of the songs you've posted ? For "L'ange de Los Angeles" and the album "Ecology"? Who wrote de lyrics and the music ?

THanks !

January 3, 2012 at 11:16:00 AM PST  
Blogger petergunn said...

hey, give me a day to dig the records out, but i believe Thurston wrote "los angeles"...

January 21, 2012 at 7:24:00 PM PST  
Blogger S.ébastien said...

He co-wrote it with Eric Charden. Can you beleive it?! ; )

January 21, 2012 at 11:27:00 PM PST  
Blogger petergunn said...

@ seb, sure enough "e.charden"... and you know that is eric charden? if so, very interesting!

February 13, 2012 at 12:55:00 AM PST  
Blogger S.ébastien said...

There no one else that goes by these initials plus.... he was visiting Quebec at the end of the 60's. He wrote a song about it "Perdu dans Montréal". ; )

So yes, it must be the same Charden.

February 13, 2012 at 5:06:00 AM PST  
Blogger petergunn said...

i just find these examples of crossovers between french and quebecois artists to be so cool... that's actually a good topic of conversation somewhere... ;)

February 18, 2012 at 2:24:00 AM PST  

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