Heldon

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Heldon - Stand By Stand By
Electronic Used - LP 900 578 Egg
1979 French Laminated Jacket Original With Insert. Unplayed Condition. “Stand By Features The Classic Trio Lineup Of The Brilliant Francois Auger On Percussion, Patrick Gauthier On Keyboards And Pinhas On Guitars, Keyboards And Electronics, With Some Additional Assistance From Didier Batard On Bass, Didier Badez On Sequencers And Klaus Blasquiz Doing Voices. The Two Long Pieces On The Album Are An Interesting Contrast. The Title Piece Starts With Some Nasty Distorted Fuzz Guitar From Pinhas Over Ponderous, Menacing Bass And Drums. King Crimson At Its Most Aggressive Could Be Considered A Model, But This Track Is Also Very Close To The So-Called "Zheul" Sound Of Magma, Another French Prog-Rock Band Of The Period, Which Shared Pinhas' Interest In Science Fiction Motifs, Among Other Things. After A Short And Much Jauntier Electronic Interlude Comes The Second Long Piece, "Bolero," Which Uses The Well-Known Spanish Rhythm In An Opening Section, But Then Moves Into A Long Space Jam Which Is Anchored By A Strong Sequencer Pulse. The Result Is Some Very Effective "Kosmiche" Space Music, Much In The Vein Of Early Klaus Schulze. From A Later Vantage Point, The Musical Style Here Is Quite Familiar, But What Makes Heldon's Piece A Superior Thing Of Its Kind Is Auger's Imaginative Percussion, Pinhas' Loose, Soaring Guitar Improvisation On Top Of The Precise Electronics, And The General Interplay Among Musicians And Between Acoustic, Electric And Electronic Instruments.” Bill Tilland, AMG.... more details
 
Heldon - Allez Teia Allez Teia
Prog Used - LP 000 002 Urus
Almost Impossible To Find 1975 French Gatefold Original. The French Band's 2nd LP And Their First Great Work. Pinhas And Grunblatt Fill This Album With References To Their Musical Heroes, Fripp And Eno. Titles Like "In The Wake Of King Fripp" And "Omar Diop Blondin" (Which Is Dedicated In The Liner Notes To Fripp And Eno) Make It Clear That Pinhas At Least Was A Huge Admirer Of Fripp's Work. There Are Also Tips Of The Hat To Moebius And Cluster. "Aphanisis," Which Has A Lot In Common With The Solo Works Of Ex-Genesis Guitarist Anthony Phillips. LP Appears Viurtually Unplayed, Gatefold Jacket Is Near Mint.... more details
 
Heldon - Third Third
Prog New - LP 0000006/7 Urus
Sealed 1975 2LP Gatefold Original. An Essential Album From The Underground/Psych Prog 70's French Scene, With Guitars And Electronics, Strongly Influenced By Robert Fripp And The Krautrock Mouvement. A Kind Of Mix Of King Crimson, Early Kraftwerk And Tangerine Dream. Special Guest : Gilbert Artman (Lard Free). Album Is Sealed In A Loose Bag From Tower Records.... more details
 
Heldon - Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale
Prog Used - LP COB 37002 Cobra
Stunning 1976 French Original. Appears Unplayed.... more details
 
Heldon - Interface Interface
Prog Used - LP COB. 37013 Cobra
Rare 1977 French Laminated Gatefold Original.... more details
 
Heldon - Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale / A Dream Without Reason Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale / A Dream Without Reason
Prog New - LP IC 1021 Inner City
Sealed 1976 Original. Small Cut Corner. “This Is One Of Heldon's Most Impressive Recordings. It Offers The Continuity Of A Group Sound Throughout, With Pinhas' Keyboards And Guitars Supported By Francois Auger Playing Drums And Percussion On Most Tracks, And Additional Assistance From Patrick Gauthier On Moog Synthesizers And Either Didier Batard Or Janick Top On Bass. Stylistically, It's A Great Leap Forward From Previous Heldon Releases, And Much Closer To The Fusion Jazz Of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Than To Conventional Psychedelic Or Prog-Rock. The Five Pieces (One In Both A Live And A Studio Version) Have No Real Melodies Or Themes; Rather, They Use Simple Patterns And Chord Sequences As Guidelines, And Let The Musicians Improvise Around Them. The Opening "Marie Virginie C." Almost Sounds Like Late Coltrane Free Jazz, Or Perhaps Like Hendrix At His Most Frenzied, With Guitars And Synthesizers Howling, And Auger Thrashing Wildly In The Background. Speaking Of Auger, He Has To Be One Of The Great Rock Drummers Of The Era. He's Fast, Ferocious And Very Funky. The Second Piece On The CD, The Very African-Sounding "Elephanta," Is A Showcase For His Percussive Talents, And Through The Miracle Of Overdubbing, He Sounds Like An Entire Ethnic Percussion Orchestra. Another Long Piece, "Toward The Red Line," Has A Hard-Edged Techno Quality (In 1976!), Thanks To Auger's Motoric Drumming And The Swirling Rhythmic Pulse Of Electronic Sequencers. Gauthier Is Also A Key Member Of This Group, Laying Down Ostinato Patterns On Mini-Moog And Moog Bass Which Substantially Thicken The Group Sound And Allow Pinhas To Soar Over The Top With Electric Guitar And His Own Keyboards. This Is A Very Powerful And Confident Recording, And Many Years Later It Remains One Of The Most Successful Examples Ever Of Electronic Instruments Used In An Experimental Rock Context.” - Bill Tilland, All Music Guide... more details
 
Heldon - Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale / A Dream Without Reason Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale / A Dream Without Reason
Prog New - LP IC 1021 Inner City
Sealed 1976 Original. “This Is One Of Heldon's Most Impressive Recordings. It Offers The Continuity Of A Group Sound Throughout, With Pinhas' Keyboards And Guitars Supported By Francois Auger Playing Drums And Percussion On Most Tracks, And Additional Assistance From Patrick Gauthier On Moog Synthesizers And Either Didier Batard Or Janick Top On Bass. Stylistically, It's A Great Leap Forward From Previous Heldon Releases, And Much Closer To The Fusion Jazz Of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Than To Conventional Psychedelic Or Prog-Rock. The Five Pieces (One In Both A Live And A Studio Version) Have No Real Melodies Or Themes; Rather, They Use Simple Patterns And Chord Sequences As Guidelines, And Let The Musicians Improvise Around Them. The Opening "Marie Virginie C." Almost Sounds Like Late Coltrane Free Jazz, Or Perhaps Like Hendrix At His Most Frenzied, With Guitars And Synthesizers Howling, And Auger Thrashing Wildly In The Background. Speaking Of Auger, He Has To Be One Of The Great Rock Drummers Of The Era. He's Fast, Ferocious And Very Funky. The Second Piece On The CD, The Very African-Sounding "Elephanta," Is A Showcase For His Percussive Talents, And Through The Miracle Of Overdubbing, He Sounds Like An Entire Ethnic Percussion Orchestra. Another Long Piece, "Toward The Red Line," Has A Hard-Edged Techno Quality (In 1976!), Thanks To Auger's Motoric Drumming And The Swirling Rhythmic Pulse Of Electronic Sequencers. Gauthier Is Also A Key Member Of This Group, Laying Down Ostinato Patterns On Mini-Moog And Moog Bass Which Substantially Thicken The Group Sound And Allow Pinhas To Soar Over The Top With Electric Guitar And His Own Keyboards. This Is A Very Powerful And Confident Recording, And Many Years Later It Remains One Of The Most Successful Examples Ever Of Electronic Instruments Used In An Experimental Rock Context.” - Bill Tilland, All Music Guide... more details
 
Heldon - Stand By Stand By
Prog Used - LP 900578 Egg
1979 French Original Housed In A Laminated Cover. LP Appears Glossy, Unplayed. Jacket Has Crisp Corners. "This Was Heldon's Last Studio Release.. Stand By Features The Classic Trio Lineup Of The Brilliant Francois Auger On Percussion, Patrick Gauthier On Keyboards And Pinhas On Guitars, Keyboards And Electronics, With Some Additional Assistance From Didier Batard On Bass, Didier Badez On Sequencers And Klaus Blasquiz Doing Voices. The Two Long Pieces On The Lp Are An Interesting Contrast. The Title Piece Starts With Some Nasty Distorted Fuzz Guitar From Pinhas Over Ponderous, Menacing Bass And Drums. King Crimson At Its Most Aggressive Could Be Considered A Model, But This Track Is Also Very Close To The So-Called "Zheul" Sound Of Magma, Another French Prog-Rock Band Of The Period, Which Shared Pinhas' Interest In Science Fiction Motifs, Among Other Things. Later In The Piece, The Band Switches Gears Somewhat With A Slightly Quicker Tempo, But Then After A Minutes Settles Back Into A Grinding, Heavy Metal Sound. After A Short And Much Jauntier Electronic Interlude Comes The Second Long Piece, "Bolero," Which Uses The Well-Known Spanish Rhythm In An Opening Section, But Then Moves Into A Long Space Jam Which Is Anchored By A Strong Sequencer Pulse. The Result Is Some Very Effective "Kosmiche" Space Music, Much In The Vein Of Early Klaus Schulze. From A Later Vantage Point, The Musical Style Here Is Quite Familiar, But What Makes Heldon's Piece A Superior Thing Of Its Kind Is Auger's Imaginative Percussion, Pinhas' Loose, Soaring Guitar Improvisation On Top Of The Precise Electronics, And The General Interplay Among Musicians And Between Acoustic, Electric And Electronic Instruments. Not Cookie-Cutter Stuff By Any Means, This Piece Gives The German Audionauts Such Asschulze And Tangerine Dream Some Worthy Competition." William Tilland, AMG... more details
 

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