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Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums 1973-1977) (2008) 4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LPs

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Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums 1973-1977) (2008) 4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LPs

Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums 1973-1977) (2008)
4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LP sleeve
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 820 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 357 Mb | Scans ~ 170 Mb
Label: Captain Trip Records | # CTCDB-610/613 | Time: 02:35:37
Progressive Rock, Avant-Garde, Experimental, Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock

With the possible exception of Richard Pinhas' Heldon, Gilbert Artman's Lard Free was probably the premier French progressive group of the '70s. The prolific Heldon might win in terms of amount of material, but the three near-perfect albums by Lard Free (despite the truly wretched band name) probably have them beat in terms of overall quality. Although Artman, a drummer who also dabbles in synthesizers and piano, called Lard Free a group, he was the only constant member; all three albums have different lineups. 1973's Lard Free consists of relatively short pieces with prominent piano and saxophone parts, and as such is the most jazz-oriented of the three. The following year's I'm Around About Midnight consists of three long pieces with much more synthesizer; at times, it sounds almost like early (pre-ambient) Tangerine Dream, or perhaps Clear Light, the French collective Artman and the then-current lineup of Lard Free occasionally worked with around this time. 1977's Lard Free III, also known as Spirale Malax, is Artman's best work, a pair of side-long experiments that combine space music, jazz, and King Crimson-style heavy progressive rock better than many groups (including King Crimson) could ever hope to manage.