FRENCH TV After a lengthy silence

by Mellow Records MMP307

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about

this title is OUT OF STOCK !!!

1987 - Mellow Records reissue: 1996

Steven Roberts quit after the debut of French TV,
focusing on his family, his newly established
ZNR Records label and his daytime job.
As Mike Sarry found hard to explore possibilities
of a proper replacement with people not quite
interested in playing the band's highly eclectic music,
he was briefly involved in other projects,
like The Friendly Enzymes, a strongly improvised
group in the vein of The Muffins, and Power Bungle,
a 7-piece big band.
In The Friendly Enzymes he met sax/clarinet player
Clancy Dixon and with Tom Browning on guitar
he managed to record French TV's second album
in two different studios, released in 1987
on his own Y-Records.
The album features some guests on bass clarinet,
flute and keyboards.

With this sophomore effort French TV would make
an obvious turn towards more jazzy realms,
they still held some of the sophisticated
fundamentals of the debut, but overall these
instrumental executions sound more loose.
Fortunately the occasional keyboard and piano
splashes would add some lighter innovations
in an otherwise pretty complex approach.
Guitars are only sporadic and the emphasis
here is on a very jazzy and technical rhythm section,
the big time Fusion-esque keyboards and
the dominant use of saxes and clarinet.
And speaking of sax and clarinet, their quirky solos
would push the band a step closer to the R.I.O. principles.
They sound now as a cross between HAPPY THE MAN,
HOWEVER and MIRIODOR, delivering impressive
moments with powerful jazzy components,
Fusion exercises, orchestral moves and a certain
note to Classic Progressive Rock.

Take notice of the CD reissues, which contain an
impressive cover on Nektar's classic epic ''A tab in the ocean''.

credits

released October 18, 1996

line-up

Artie Bratton
acoustic & electric guitars

Clancy Dixon
saxophones, clarinet

Fenner Castner
drums

Mike Sary
basses

Bill Fowler
keyboards (3-5-6)

Bob Ramsey
keyboards (5)

Bruce Krohmer
1st sax solo, bass clarinet (5)

Mark Miceli
little bent harmonized notes (2)

Rick DeBow
flute (5)

Tom Browning
guitar solo (2 to 5)

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