We'd like to thank everyone for preventing us of dead links. For the moment, we are note able to re-up them.

Feel free to keep on preventing us of those dead links. We will update them when we (I and Jeb-E-Diah) have more time to (understand : from september). Some of them will be partially or completely repacked considering albums which would have been issued thereafter and surely with new and improved artworks.

Stay tuned !

Wednesday, December 31, 2008



Led by the raffish and slightly scuzzy romance-obsessed Peter Perrett, the Only Ones were one of the punk era's most underrated bands. Not as confrontational as the Sex Pistols, as politically indulgent as the Clash, or as stripped-down as the Ramones, the Only Ones played not-so-fast guitar rock that sounded deeply indebted to the New York Dolls and other mid-'70s proto-punks. Singing his intelligently crafted pop songs in a semi-tuneful whine of a voice and backed by a band that effectively combined youthful exuberance with gracefully aging veterans (non-punk drummer Mike Kellie had done time with early-'70s clod-rockers Spooky Tooth, bassist Alan Mair was nearly 40), Perrett was an astute chronicler of the vagaries of modern, dysfunctional love. Despite a career that lasted from 1978-1981 and one certifiable "hit" song to their credit (the brilliant "Another Girl, Another Planet"), the Only Ones became the archetypal contenders that never broke big, despite assurances from fans and critics that they couldn't miss.
Although they split up in 1981 after only three records, the Only Ones, due in large part to "Another Girl, Another Planet," became more influential than one would have guessed. Listen to Paul Westerberg and you'll hear more than a little Peter Perrett (in fact, the Replacements covered "Another Girl"); look at the number of Only Ones releases over the past decade (a half-dozen at least) and you soon realize that a significant cult surrounding the band grew after their breakup. Ironically, it was the posthumous release of the sessions for John Peel's BBC show that, more than any of the proper studio releases, accurately displayed the muscle and smarts of this fine band. There have been many rumors surrounding Perrett's life after the Only Ones, many of them involving an alleged heroin addiction. Perrett did continue to record and release solo projects during the '80s, including a project known as the One in the mid-'90s.
The band reformed in 2007 following the band's biggest hit "Another Girl, Another Planet" being used in a Vodafone ad campaign in 2006. They completed a small UK tour in June 2007, more dates in 2008 and they're scheduled to release a brand new album in 2009. It is, thus, more than time to catch on this semi-obscure and underrated band with this introducive compilation "à la Baistophe".

Another Girl, Another Planet

Tuesday, December 30, 2008



Peter Gabriel... Well... Let me start by telling you this has been a hard one to make. I love Peter Gabriel and feel all his albums have much to offer. For example, listening to his first album (aka Car) made me want to pick almost every song on it which would have been silly, let's admit it. Therefore, tough choices had to be made and... God! Was it a hard!
What I wanted was to offer a rich panorama of the man's art using only his studio recordings (a trick I used so to limit the choice for this very compilation) and include a few rarities so to spice up the selection a bit. I hope I managed that and that you will enjoy the wide variety of emotions and sounds Mr. Gabriel has been able to create throughout his long (but not so) productive career. Anyway, here it is, give it a try and don't forget to tell me what you thought of it.

Here Comes The Flood

1. 1 (Car)
2. So

3. 3 (Melt)
4. Up
5. 4 (Security)
6. Us
7. 2 (Scratch)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008



Guns n' Roses are one of the last great (or the great last) old school hard rock bands (alongside with Great White and the Darkness). Surfing over the 70s revival wave in the early nineties to reach upon a huge success with their bilogy Use Your Illusion. Those who discovered them at that time must have been further in the past with their great first LP : Apetite For Destruction. After such a big success in 1991, Gn'R began to travel a long period of musical hesitation and too often line-up changes. Although a 'not so bad' album (The Spaghetty Incident) nothing ever helped lead singer Axl to pursue alone the adventure, while his old friend managed a great effort with the Velvet Revolver (even the name is a good wink to the former band).
At last, at the end of 2008, Axl made it : Chinese Democracy issued after a long work ...
This last album is the first to come out after 14 years of silence (if we don't count the singles in between).

Extracts :
Welcome To The Jungle

Get In The Ring

My Gn'R TOP:
1. Appetite For Destruction (1986)
2. Use Your Illusion II (1991)
3. Use Your Illusion I (1991)
4. The Spaghetti Incident (1993)
5. Gn'R Lies (1987)
6. Chinese Democracy (2008)

Sunday, December 21, 2008



Arthur H is truly a one-of-a-kind artist. Son of poet/singer/troubadour Jacques Higelin he's been able to create a world of his own mixing jazz and chanson in a way no one has done before. The easier way to describe his style would be to label him "the French Tom Waits" which, in a sense, he is: his deep/broken voice, use of jazz instrumentations and peculiar lyrics certainly tend to remember good ole Tom though it has to be said he relies less on country and blues than Mr. Waits does. Whatsmore, there's also some Serge Gainsbourg and Randy Newman in the man's art which slowly evolved from an all-jazz background to more diverse and groovy territories while still remaining faithful to his roots.
All his 7 albums (released from 1990 to 2008 with "L'homme du Monde") are very consistent which made the choice of the tracklist to this compilation a quite hard one... I thus deliberately choose to pick tracks both from his more arty works and easier ones to display a good panorama of what the man's capable of. And if it sure helps to speak french to fully appreciate his art, I'm certain the music holds well enough on its own so that non-French speakers will be delighted too.
I hope you'll enjoy this selection and will want to explore Arthur H's catalogue further on, it sure deserves your attention. In the meantime, let your ears feast on Simpl'Humain and make sure to tell me what you thought of it!

La Chanson de Satie

1. Adieu Tristesse (2005)
2. Negresse Blanche (2003)

3. Trouble-Fête (1996)
4. Arthur H (1990)

5. Bachibouzouk (1992)
6. Pour Madame X (2000)
7. L'Homme du Monde (2008)

Sunday, December 7, 2008



Now as an habit (bad habit ?), I'm purposing to you a cover version of a Pink Floyd album. This one could be the best of a long serie as AHM is my fav' PF album, but also because some tracks are simply amazing of interpretation... to begin with the eponymous track by the Paris Conservatory of Music which brings in this 30+ minutes version an incursion into Time (a song from Dark Side Of The Moon ... wouldn't yoy have guessed ? ;-) )
The other songs don't have to be ashamed because the versions are also nice. Even the Trance Remix version of Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast has an interest !

Extract (with the video !):

envoyé par allainraphael

Thursday, December 4, 2008



King Crimson is considered as the creator of progressive rock. Even if some other great so-called progressive albums were issued before KC's first issue in 1969, no one can object upon the fact that King Crimson has been the most creative, dignified and sacred band progressive music has ever generated. Even Pink Floyd nor Yes haven't much aura within music lovers community.
This baistophe was hard to set, first because so many best ofs have been made, second because of the 3 different eras that don't have much common points with each other. I finally decided just to keep the most pop/polished songs to establish what could be called a "beginner's guide"... but the beginner's guide had already been chosen for a KC best-of...
For those who will cry not to find their favourite song or more experimental ones, I (or another contributor) will be looking after a more technical King Crimson best of, comprising of only live material, be they official or not.

Extracts :

Three Of A Perfect Pair

One Time

My King Crimson TOP3:
1. Red (1974)
2. In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969)
3. Lark's Tongues In Aspic (1972)

My King Crimson BOTTOM3:
1. Beat (1982)
2. Three Of A Perfect Pair (1984)
3. In The Wake Of Poseidon (1970)

Friday, November 21, 2008



Behind the name of that band hides an old Quebec folk song's name which they made theirs. In their short lived discography, Mes Soulier Sont Rouges managed to unite both old France and Nouvelle France culture. Being celtic, acadian or only simple songs, Mes Souliers Sont Rouges had great success in the very early 2000 and could have become one of the hugest french folk bands ... if they had not decided to progressively drop their musical trademark to become much more Pop than before, so that they lost their recognisable sound !

Extracts :
Le Bout Du Banc

L'Arbre Est Dans Ses Feuilles

1. Proches (2000)
2. Tape La Galoche (1995)
3. En Dehors Des Clous (1998)
4. Gaillardises (1997)
5. Une Heure Déjà (2003)
6. 5 (2002)

Sunday, November 16, 2008



Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963.

Cohen's earliest songs were rooted in European folk music. In the 1970s his music encompassed pop, cabaret and world music. Since the 1980s his high baritone voice has evolved into lower registers (bass baritone and bass), with accompaniment from electronic synthesizers and female back up singers.

His work often deals with the exploration of religion, isolation, sexuality, and complex interpersonal relationships.

Cohen's songs and poetry have influenced many other singer-songwriters, and more than a thousand renditions of his work have been recorded. He has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. Cohen was inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a speech by Lou Reed on 10 March 2008 for his status among the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters" [source : wikipedia]

Extracts :
The Partisan


In a way, you'll have the choice between a handful of covers including the one I chose. The reason is that we couldn't have dropped under an agreement on it, so you'll have to choose !

My Leonard Cohen TOP3 :
1. Songs Of Leonard Cohen (1968)
2. New Skin Of The Old Ceremony (1974)
3. Songs From A Room (1971)

My Leonard Cohen BOTTOM3 :
1. Death Of A Lady's Man (1977)
2. The Future (1992)
3. Dear Heather (2004)




I don't think Genesis needs an introduction, they pioneered the 70s progressive rock wave and became the quintessential expression of what progressive quality means. Unlike their peers of King Crimson or Yes, the band's line-up saw very few changes which created a feeling of unity and a slow evolution throughout their career. Even turning pop in the 80s didn't make them lose the Genesis sound altogether.
I've been waiting for the ultimate remasters final box (1970-1975, the Peter Gabriel era) to be released to finally complete this selection so that the sound would do justice to the quality of both songwriting and musicianship and, trust me, it does.
A little word of advice though: I deliberately chose to focus on songs that didn't become planetary hits. Therefore, you will not find the songs that have been overplayed on various radio stations and music tv channels throughout the years. It helped me cook a selection that does not suffer the lack of ambition some of those tracks display. However; if it's the hits you're looking for, you can find it here... (pwd = MOODSWINGS)
I hope you'll enjoy this selection though I'm sure some will think essential classics had been left aside, the hard task of compiling something coherent yet fitting the 3 cds selection lead me to hard choices and I won't deny that all the albums from the 1970-1977 are essential in their entirety but, that, you can find in stores now in terrificly remastered versions!
This is an introduction to the world of Genesis, I hope you'll like it!

Can-Utility and the Coastliners

Blood on the Rooftops

Uncertain Weather

My GENESIS Top Three
1. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
2. Selling England By The Pound
3. Foxtrot

My GENESIS Bottom Three
1. Invisible Touch
2. Mama
3. Calling All Stations

Tuesday, November 11, 2008



Upon their 1998 formation, 20 Minute Loop have maintained their gender-mixed trademark of uppity hooks and new wave beats to their native of San Francisco. Resulting in their self-proclaimed sound of "freak-pop," the quintet brought on an added inspiration of X, the Pixies, Pavement, and PJ Harvey.
Belonging to the post-Pixies generation of alternative bands, 20 Minute Loop brings on the guitars and male/female vocal interplay that was at the core of that influential group's sound, while putting its own futuristic and gentle spin on the blueprint for modern alternative music. Vocalist and keyboardist Kelly Atkins and guitarist and vocalist Greg Giles share the bulk of the songwriting, and together they've created their own world of song — simultaneously bleak and melancholic but nonetheless hopeful. The sadness comes in the form of spooky and downbeat melodies, but there's a lighter take on their music too. There's an undaunted quality to the strength and determination of 20 Minute Loop's sound and a soulfulness all too rare during the icy age of early-21st century rock.
(allmusic guide)

Everybody Out

Miriam Hopkins

Monday, November 10, 2008



Third part of a long serie of Pink Floyd tributes, this one had to be that way. My very first aim was to make each Floyd album covered but I already knew that it would be really uneasy for many of them such as Ummagumma (too underground), More and Obscured By Clouds (not enough acclaimed) or even The Wall (how will I find a different version of each track ?). So, I had to think about a different point of view : This Ummagumore brings together what I found and really liked, putting apart songs that were never covered (so sad for Grandchester Meadows or The Narrow Way pt3) or cover versions that weren't good enough to feature on those compilations. So this is an incomplete More and an incomplete Ummagumma you'll find in that Ummagumore, but I'm quite proud of the result. So enjoy, and don't hesitate to tell me about versions I would have missed in the past or would miss in the future. Thanks for all.

Extracts :
Human Instinct : The Nile Song (Pins In It)

Rosebud : Main Theme From More

Friday, November 7, 2008



Seu Jorge (born June 8, 1970) is a Brazilian musician, singer/songwriter and actor. Born Jorge Mário da Silva, he was raised in a favela in the city of Belford Roxo in the Baixada Fluminense region of Rio de Janeiro state. He is considered by his fans a renewer of Brazilian pop samba. Seu Jorge cites samba school Estação Primeira de Mangueira, composers Nelson Cavaquinho, Zeca Pagodinho, and American soul singer Stevie Wonder as major musical influences, he is also a fan of footballer Romário .As a singer, Seu Jorge was part of the band Farofa Carioca, writing most of the songs of their 1998 debut album Moro no Brasil. In 2001 he released Samba Esporte Fino, a pop album influenced by musicians Jorge Ben Jor, Gilberto Gil, and Milton Nascimento. It was released outside Brazil under the name Carolina in 2003. His second album, the critically acclaimed Cru ("Raw"), was released in 2005. Seu Jorge also recorded the live duo album "Ana & Jorge" with Brazilian singer Ana Carolina, released in Brazil in 2005.Seu Jorge has gained exposure through his work as an actor and soundtrack composer. He appeared in the critically acclaimed film City of God as Mané Galinha, and then played Pelé Dos Santos in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, for which he provided much of the soundtrack in the form of Portuguese language cover versions of David Bowie classics.In June 2006, he performed at Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee and at the Festival Sudoeste TMN in Portugal. He has also performed in 2006 at the Bluesfest in Ottawa and performed at the Harbourfront in Toronto. Jorge's performances are known for their excitement and getting the crowd moving.Jorge has three young daughters, Flor de Maria, Maria Aimee, and Luz Bella. Flor and Luz live in São Paulo, Brazil with Jorge and his wife Mariana. Maria Aimee lives in California, USA with ex-wife Fernanda and her new husband. He also made incursions into political movements, especially when he took part of the Cansei movement, a 2007 manifestation critical of the Brazilian government. (wikipedia)

Rebel Rebel

Tive Razao

Monday, November 3, 2008



Just to prove that I don't really drop my beloved project for good, just that I just slow dow a bit, I post one of my very last Baistophes I've made for you. That band I deeply like really had to feature on that blog for many reasons. The very first being that as popular as The Move had been, that starship has completely vanished behind Electric Light Orchestra's one.
The ones who don't know The Move but do for ELO must say "why the hell does he talk about ELO in that Move post ?" The reason is very simple : The Move are ELO. Bev Bevan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood are the common people in each line-up. The Music ? Much more like Electric Light Orchestra than any else bands, but in a heavier way. Just think that The Move were the Rock side, thanks to Roy Wood presence, while ELO is the Pop side as, after Wood's departure, Lynne was the thinking power of the band.
ELO is to be made on baistophe, maybe soon. Who knows ?

I Can Hear The Grass Grow

Feel Too Good

My Move TOP :
1. Shazam (1970)
2. Looking In (1971)
3. Message To The Country (1971)
4. The Move (1968)

Any link to unreleased songs or a live form the 1970-1971 era would be appreciated

Friday, October 31, 2008



For personal reasons, Ayah Gagöhn, who cooked all these compilations with me, has decided to considerably slow down his activity on BAISTOPHE.
I'm now looking for new collaborators which have what it takes to take on his spot as regular poster here.
Leave a comment to tell me that you are interested. Thanks to Ayah for the great work and thanks to all for supporting us!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008



French singer/songwriter Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine is an artist whose work one may find very difficult to file in any genre. Influenced by Bob Dylan and Lou Reed as well as Léo Ferré, Jacques Brel, and French writers, his music first took shape as a form of folk-rock, turning darker and more synthetic in the '80s and constantly evolving with time into a quite personal style of pop featuring poetic, daring, and sometimes difficult lyrics. Never submitting to musical fashion or ideology, Thiéfaine's work might be considered just as original as that of Jacques Higelin or Gérard Manset, expressing a conflicted and sometimes odd personality. Although Thiéfaine has opted out of the mass-media music business since the beginning of his career in 1978, he has managed to attract a large and faithful audience, selling more records and concert tickets than one might imagine given the level of his exposure, and gaining cult status along the way.
Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine was born in Dole, Jura, in 1948. Having had a quite unhappy childhood, he quickly encountered issues at school. Developing a great deal of imagination at that time and already with a rebellious streak, he started writing songs with a couple of friends at the early age of 12. He later managed to make it through university, where a friendly collaboration with the folk-influenced Tony Carbonare began.
In 1976, he was signed to record his first LP, Tout Corps Vivant Branché Sur le Secteur Étant Appelé à S'Émouvoir...; released in 1978 and selling few copies, the album nevertheless included his first semi-hit, "La Fille du Coupeur de Joint" (which was to become a cult classic). The Thiéfaine-Carbonare collaboration continued with the release of two further studio records, 1979's Autorisation de Délirer and 1980's De l'Amour, de l'Art et du Cochon. His 1981 record, Dernieres Balises: Avant Mutation, made with the help of longtime friend Claude Mairet, exposed Thiéfaine's darker side, while his live sets were increasingly warmly welcomed by his growing audience.
The Thiéfaine-Mairet collaboration continued with 1982's Soleil Cherche Futur, an album that gained Thiéfaine his second gold record after Dernieres Balises: Avant Mutation, along with some radio airplay. From 1984 to 1995, Thiéfaine alternated studio recordings (Alambic/Sortie-Sud, Météo Für Nada, Eros Über Alles, Chroniques Bluesymentales, Fragments d'Hébétude) with tours and numerous live albums (1986, 1988, 1995), then sticking to his newfound style, more devoted to synth pop and rock.
In 1996 and 1998, he released two new sets of material like two parts of a diptych, La Tentation du Bonheur and Le Bonheur de la Tentation. After 2001's Defloration 13, 2005's Scandale Mélancolique saw Thiéfaine collaborate with famous young artists like Cali and J.P. Nataf, stepping out somewhat uncharacteristically with his most visible comeback to date.
(allmusic guide)

22 mai


Amants destroy

La philosophie du chaos

Sunday, October 26, 2008



I already hear some people say "hey another guitarist, I hate guitar songs, always boring and without the technical talent, they are nothing". This sentence may often be true for many guitar player, but not for Steve Vai. Although he has been a Satriani pupil, he really started with (no one less than) Frank Zappa. This apprentice took everything he learned and that is recognisable in is work. Imagine Frank Zappa playing hard/metal stuff. This is it. But the real talent of Vai is that his hard/metal is not violent nor uninovative, and his compositions are not too difficult to listen to even if they are very technical. Well, you might have guessed, Steve has got a place of choice in my heart because he is unique and gathers many styles of music that were hardly fuse. And he did it !

Extracts :

Iberian Jewels

My Steve Vai TOP3:
1. Alive In A Ultra World (2001)
2. Flexable Leftovers (1984/1998)
3. Real Illusion : Reflections (2005)

My Steve Vai BOTTOM3 :
1. Sex And Religion (1993)
2. Fire Garden (1996)
3. Alien Love Secrets (1995)