7/31/15

Alain Z Kan - Inédits & Versions Alternatives (1979-86)



I realize that I didn't re-up this Alain Kan's one, although it consists in real rarities. It's the opportunity to do it for those that discovered this gigantic artist throughout the world via this blog (I know there are many). More time flies away, more it appears that he was one of the most important French singer and composer of the second part of the XXth century. Catch it here.

This fake LP compiles 6 tracks consisting of pre-official versions of songs later released in Whatever Happened To... ("Clichés") or Parfums de Nuit ("BB For Brigitte" and "the absolutely mad and gigantic "Schwartz Market"), an alternate version of "City Palace" (a single released in 1974 but here in a version that surely was recorded after 1979) and 2 songs that were never released (to my knowledge) and that I don't ever know the name, but i called the first "Allons Enfants" and the second one "Je t'attendrai". If I ignore the name of these songs, it's because these unreleased tracks were given to me on a CD-R by pdumber, a friend (and a Alain Kan's fan) that had ripped all his vinyls on CD. That was before the release of a 3 CD box (by Dreyfus Eds) that gathered the 3 first Alain Kan's LPs (and omitted Parfums de Nuit that you can find here but the number of dl shows me that many of you have found the way of this LP). On the CD-R containing these bonus tracks (and there are extraordinary live songs that I'll post later on a fake Live EP), there was no title so I have to imagine ones from the lyrics. I ignore when these songs were recorded but I think they were in different periods. "Allons Enfants", that could have been a massive scandalous single (and maybe a Hit that would have changed the face of French music as had done Serge Gainsbourg 10 years before) because of its crude and explicit lyrics mixing politics and sex, sureley dates from the 1978-1980 period, with a punk smell in its arrangements. "Je t'attendrai" (unfortunately a rather weak and too long song), is maybe an attempt of Alain Kan to release what we would call in France "une chanson de variété punk". It seems that nobody felt it would work. "BB For Brigitte"is played and sang in a much lighter south american vein than on the LP and does not succeed, Alain Kan being right in reworking it profoundy, the Parfums de Nuit version veing much more satisfying. It is not possible to give an appreciation on "Schwartz Market" since this piece of madness takes you by the bollocks (or the ovaries) and doesn't let you any critical sense to develop. This is unbelievable. Honestly, real borderline approach of music is here, not in the experimental world in which cognitive processes and conceptual shit command. "Clichés" is a reggaeing version and although interesting has not the strongness of the LP version.


Here's below a stage picture of Alain Kan. There's not a lot taken in this period to post unfortunately.


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4 comments:

Jean Rhume said...

Uè ?
Ca marche pas le dl mister dk, ça me dit "error"... mais c'est peut-être de la faute à mon ordi, vu que j'ai dl un autre machin-chouette hier mais bon, c'était hier...

dk said...

Cher Monsieur Rhume. Je viens d'essayer, et ça marche. Alors donc bien sûr, je suis fort marri pour arranger le biniou !!! Que fais-je-re ? Je ne sais. Mes désolations. Traille a-gaine (playtex de préférence).

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kingpossum said...

Blessings! I did not know Mr. Kan, and this is great. He comes across to me as sort of a French Herman Brood, edgy rock with R&B roots. Wonderful.