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 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   Music Box Records   (Member)

L'ÉTAT SAUVAGE (1978) • LE GRAND FRÈRE (1982)
Music Composed by Pierre Jansen


Limited Edition of 500 copies.
First time on CD. More than 65 minutes of music.
8-page CD booklet with French and English liner notes by Laurent Perret.

Ref: MBR-045
Release Date: March 18, 2014

After releasing on CD René la Canne, Le Bon Plaisir and Descente aux Enfers, Music Box Records explores a new chapter in the career of Francis Girod, releasing the two original motion picture soundtracks composed by Pierre Jansen for this director. L’État Sauvage / The Savage State (1978), adapted from the novel of the same name by Georges Conchon (winner of the 1964 Prix Goncourt) deals with the initial period after decolonization of a fictional African state, centring on the tormented and chaotic destinies of five main characters. Le Grand Frère / The Big Brother (1982), a revamp set in Africa and Marseille of Sam Ross’s novel Ready for the Tiger (translated as part of the Série Noire collection), allows, through the conduit of a seedy story of revenge, for the head on tackling of a number of social problems, not least among which features the integration of the first generation of French of North African descent.

Pierre Jansen recalls his two exigent collaborations with Francis Girod:
“L’État Sauvage deliberately avoided any musical reference to Africa as it was my intent to avoid at all costs producing an illustrated postcard in sound. To resurrect the harsh savagery of racism – and even of the types of racism denounced in the film to the point where the viewer is led to wonder who it is exactly who is the savage! – I opted for a Westernized, jerkily rhythmic and dissonant score, which can be heard right from the main title, which is particularly jarring.”
“For Le Grand Frère, I let myself be inspired by the general climate of the film and I also wrote in a highly rigorous manner, image by image, out of which came a result approaching a more traditional type of film music. One can distinguish two principal streams running through what I contributed: on the one hand the symphonic tracks intended to enhance the dramatics of the screenplay and the psychology of the protagonists with impressionistic touches in places and on the other hand I created the majority of the source music myself.”

Music Box Records, in collaboration with Gruppo Sugar and EMI Music Publishing, presents both scores for the first time on CD and transferred from the original stereo master tapes. The limited edition of 500 copies comes with an 8-page booklet with French and English commentary by Laurent Perret and an interview with Pierre Jansen.



TRACKLISTING:

L'État sauvage / The Savage State (29:41)
1. L'État sauvage : suite I (16:41)
2. L'État sauvage : suite II (12:53)

Le Grand Frère / The Big Brother (36:43)
3. Le Grand Frère (Générique) (03:45)
4. Thème Gérard (02:33)
5. La fin du voyage (03:46)
6. La maison de Zina (03:17)
7. L'oncle Bernard (04:57)
8. Thème Abdel (03:31)
9. La sonate interrompue (01:24)
10. L'Aquarium (01:50)
11. Télé Patinage (Valse) (03:06)
12. La vengeance de Gérard (03:57)
13. Générique de fin (04:10)

Total Time • 66:26

For sound clips and available for order, please visit: http://www.musicbox-records.com/en/62-l-etat-sauvage-le-grand-frere.html

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

I was surprised the other day when the hint for this release was posted here. I am also not surprised that no one guessed these from the hint. I have never heard of the films or the composer.

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   The Cat   (Member)

I was surprised the other day when the hint for this release was posted here. I am also not surprised that no one guessed these from the hint. I have never heard of the films or the composer.

Oh, but somebody actually did. The other release went unguessed though. smile

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Very nice, Music Box!

I'm grateful indeed for more music by Pierre Jansen to arrive onto digital media.

Never owned either of these 2 LP soundtracks before, but I've been aware of their existence.

L'État Sauvage & Le Grand Frère now reside on my wish list! smile

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Completely unexpected and delightful release. Bien joué les gars!

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Fantastic!

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Fantastic!

Yes it is!

I received a copy of this Music Box album - hope you are getting it, too (or have already gotten it).

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

L'ÉTAT SAUVAGE (1978) • LE GRAND FRÈRE (1982)
Music Composed by Pierre Jansen



After listening about 3 times, this Jansen combo does not sound much like his works for Claude Chabrol.

They are ideally suited together, though. Not only do these 2 titles share the same director and story settings, they were both recorded in Italy.

For me, L'ÉTAT SAUVAGE is the highlight of the disc.

Within the 2 suites, one can detect a few similarities with the orchestral music of Maurice Jarre and Gerald Fried in some passages.

Highly recommended by me! smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2014 - 3:35 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

It's on high priority. 500 copies ... not much. Thanks for the recommendation.

 
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