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ETRON FOU LELOUBLAN (Buy CDs by this artist)
Batelages (Fr. Vergriffen) 1976
Les Trois Fou's (Fr. Vergriffen) 1978
Live in New York (Fr. Vergriffen) 1979
Les Poumons Gonflés (Sw. Turbo Music) 1981
Les Sillons de la Terre (Sw. Turbo Music) 1983

An eclectic French avant-garde ensemble that got underway in the early '70s, Etron Fou Leloublan juxtaposes funk bass, jazz horns, prose vocals and free rhythms to create an ever-shifting hodgepodge that's difficult to follow — given the band's commitment to unpredictability — but worth the effort to try. Despite a clear refusal to honor traditional musical criteria, there's little on Les Sillons de la Terre that's too radical for unsophisticated palates; obscurity is tempered by good humor and lightness of both sound and spirit. Challenging fun.

[Ira Robbins]