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Clearlight - Best Of Clearlight (CD)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Release Date: 14th December 2013

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST204CD
Price: $10.49
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Clearlight - Best Of Clearlight
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CYRILLE VERDEAUX, native of France, was born July 31st 1949 in Paris. In 1963, at the age of 14, he entered the prestigious French National Conservatory of Music in Paris studying composition, harmony and piano. From 1966 to 1968 he won first place in student composition three successive times. During the student uprisings of 1968 he was dismissed from the Conservatory for his revolutionary activities. He then attended the Nice Conservatory earning a Masters diploma, returning to Paris to form the band Babylone with guitarist Christian Boule.

In 1975 Virgin Records released the first album of Cyrille Verdeaux compositions, titled CLEARLIGHT SYMPHONY. Clearlight became the first French progressive rock band signed to a major British record label. 

To celebrate the recent release of The Best of Clearlight, Cyrille has been kind enough to go through it for us track by track:

1. Clearlight Symphony part 1 (1974)
In the original vinyl, Virgin decided to put on side A the original side B, for marketing reasons (original side B was the side where Hillage, Blake and Malherbe were playing). 
Now, the order is right and part 1 is the real beginning of the Symphony.
 2. Clearlight Symphony part 2  
Recorded at the cult White Noise studios under Tim Blake's supervision, it was my first experience of recording in a real multi-track studio and I appreciated it so much that I knew I would do that for the rest of my life.... A recording studio (even home numeric recording studio such as the one I used for my latest work on impressionism) is a fantastic space for creativity and I will never be tired of it. 
3. Chanson (from forever blowing Bubbles, 1975)
This song is a music composed by both Joel Dugrenot (ex-bassist of Zao) and myself. Violinist David Cross (King Crimson) plays a great part on this tune and the Northettes (from Hatflied and the North) are doing back ground choirs. Guitarist Jean Claude d'Agostini (RIP) set the song in fire with his chorus and the greek citizen Chris Stapinopoulos plays drums...A great example of European cooperation....
 4. Without Words (from forever blowing Bubbles)
no need for words, as says the title...just for listening....
 5. The Key (Les contes du singe fou, 1976)
 6. Soliloque (Les contes du singe fou)
Originally, this album was the #3 scheduled to be released by Virgin by contract and I wanted this time to do a cosmic opera with a singwe, to alternate styles. The problem is that Richard Branson decided to prematurely end my contract because of my impossibility to live permanently in London as he was requesting. My wife was 6 months pregnant at this time and didn't want to go to live in London, and that caused the end of my English adventure! Richard doesn't like it when people don't obey his wishes, obviously....
But I managed to find a small French label, Isadora, willing to pay for for the recording and Joel Dugrenot helped me to record it in a little parisian Studio. 
I wrote spiritual lyrics in order to try to be useful also on a philosophical level. 
 7. Novanna (Delired Camaleon Family, 1976)
This album is not specifically a Clearlight album but mostly 3 days of improvisations on a recording studio with the pretect to make a soundtrack for Pierre Clementi's movie very "psychedelic" with guitarist Yvan Coiquette. I invited some friends to play on it, he also invited some friends and we ended with a packed recording studio, each recording a track on the spot...Totally "here and now". 
Unfortunately, we had only one day to mix all these tracks together so it has a special charm, different from my other prods....
 8. Spirale D'amour (from Clearlight Visions, 1977)
This album is the first that I have produced from A to Z, including the choice of the studio, the musicians, the musical compositions, etc. Didier Lockwood had just quit with Magma and I could hire him to play his violin. I asked to Didier to come to play flute and sax, and I am proud to say that this album has been selected among the all time 100 best prog albums according to the billboard guide for progressive music.
 9. Trance Pire (Tribal Hybrid Concept, 1994)
During the 15 years between 1980 to 1994 I went in India, studied yoga and made mostly new age music under my name. During these years the music evolved tremendously, came the computers, internet, the samples, etc, giving oppotunity to poor musicians to continue to work at home even without a producer or a label. I had a friend, Pascal Menetrey (RIP) who had everything I needed in his house to make a new album based on samples of natural sounds, ethnic chants or instruments and this is how THC is born...Probably a Guiness book record for the number of samples used in a single album...Several hundreds...
So I call it a tribal progressive album, because this is exactly what it is.
10. Elf Dance, Solar Transfusion, 1998
At this time, I had the luck to have a friend, Patrick Meynier, loan me a 24-tracks that could fit in my bedroom and I could take all the time I needed to record all the keyboards and sample drums tracks of this Solar Transfusion album. When they have been recorded, Patrick booked a studio and we recorded his wife, Genevieve (violin) and some other live instruments on my tracks. I call it a House progressive album.
11. Renoir. Impressionist symphony, 2013)
Originally, this album comes from the idea to make a new album to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the Clearlight Symphony and I asked Steve Hillage, Didier Mallherbe and Tim Blake to redo the winning team of 1974.  This track is just a preview of the future album and will be improved in its final version. For instance, other instrumentists have been recorded since. This album will be released beginning of next year, 2014.

1. Clearlight Symphony
2. Clearlight Symphony pt 2
3. Chanson
4. Without Words
5. The Key
6. Soliloque
7. Novanna
8. Spirale D'amour
9. Trance Pire
10.Elf Dance
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