Harmonium: Si On Avait Besoin D'Une Cinquiéme Saison (1975) {1991 Reissue} [FLAC]

Artist: Harmonium

Album: Si On Avait Besoin D'Une Cinquiéme Saison

Genre: Symphonic Progressive Rock, Soft Rock
Year: 1975
Country: Canada
Label/Catalog: Polydor/833 990-2 (1991 Reissue)
Format: FLAC (image+cue+log)

Si On Avait Besoin D'Une Cinquième Saison (If We Needed a Fifth Season), also known as Les Cinq Saisons (The Five Seasons), is the second album from Quebec band Harmonium, released in 1975.

The album marks a departure from the folk rock sound of Harmonium towards a unique progressive rock sound. Serge Fiori, Michel Normandeau and Louis Valois are joined this time by Pierre Daigneault and Serge Locat. Marie Bernard also provides her expertise for the Ondes Martenot, while Judi Richards sings in "Histoires sans paroles".

The album revolves around a seasonal concept; the first four songs each covers one of the traditional four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn/Fall, and Winter), whilst the final track, the 17-minute long "Histoires Sans Paroles", represents the imaginary fifth season. "Dixie" is also a notable track because of Locat's unforgettable piano solo. Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison, while a transitional album, became an influential album in Quebec's music history.

Some lyrics on this album, like on Depuis l'Automne can show the separatist ideology shared by the band at that time. (from Wikipedia)

01 Vert (5:34)
02 Dixie (3:26)
03 Depuis L'Automne (10:25)
04 En Pleine Face (4:51)
05 Histoires Sans Paroles (17:12)

Pierre Daigneault - flute, piccolo, Soprano saxophone, clarinet
Serge Fiori - guitar, flute, zither harp, bass drum, vocals
Serge Locat - piano, mellotron, synthesizer
Michel Normandeau - guitar, accordion, vocals
Louis Valois - bass guitar, electric piano, vocals
Judy Richard - vocalisations (track 05)

Originally released as Célébration CEL 1900 in 1975.






  1. Sweet album! I have it on CD. Lotsa lotsa mellotron!

  2. It could be argued that Quebec's heritage of progressive folk, ranging from prog-tinged folk to folk-tinged prog, is second only to England's. Standing at the centre of this tradition is Harmonium, whose three studio albums and one live album are all rated in one corner or another as genuine classics.
    Harmonium's second album is the album that is most highly rated by many progressive rock fans. Using the folk sensibilities and chord structures as a starting point, Harmonium craft songs with the peaks-and-valleys structure characteristic of progressive rock. Having said that, the music builds up so gradually that ebb-and-flow is probably more evocative of the songs' development.
    Lots of beautiful and delicate sounds, the frequent changes of climate. Besides, even the cover is the pastel-fairy. Let's take a moment different compositions. Vert begin flute sounds. Then comes a guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals i. .. with cramps, no drums! It will not be with the rest at all on this album. And this treatment causes the Harmonium music has a very delicate structure. So we already know ... acoustically, without drums and fairy The second piece is the cabaret. Well, it sounds like the band was actually from France and not in Canada in all music is such a nice joke. And in this puzzle completely on the spot. Apparently the story changed:) But that is a short tale so rapidly changing climate. In autumn, the more nostalgic. The first of two long tracks. When in the second minute of the keys are at the same moment it seems like we hear at least Chopin. But after a while it gets more 'Springowo'. All the time, however, we are dealing with a very original phenomenon. And so the story over into more and more ... sometimes as long as we can snatch from her singer But this is also what his role would not allow the listener to drift too far And that has a nice voice and can sing it no doubt. Even gentlemen serving us a little bit of anxiety in the last 25 seconds, but after a while, it strikes us with a song number 4 Scheme on the same course. . In Poland, this music would certainly not won the title of progressive, like Skaldowie and Grechuta. Well, nothing ... Last 17 minute track is a masterpiece. Summary of the entire board and all the great ideas contained therein. So here tones and background than previous compositions. A lot of beautiful music and great themes. So to change the flute-guitar-keyboards-guitar-flute ... You can listen to endlessly. Singer falls only a minor role here. Beautiful culmination of a beautiful album. For someone who sometimes has enough noise rock, and for someone who likes to read fairy tales.
    I'll go into in this record, again after a long time
    I suggest everyone do the same.

  3. Eu confesso que eu baixo alguns albums apenas pelo potencial da capa (e gerealmente eles nao desapontam), esse album e' um exemplo disso.

  4. I confess that I download some of these records just the potential shown in the cover-art (usually they don't disappoint). This album is an example of this.

  5. É por isso que o Yes vendia bem naquela época. lol

  6. Rogerio M. Schirach31 de dezembro de 2011 18:47

    Outro que ja tenho em MP3, mas ja que gosto muito desta banda, vamo que vamo regravar em FLAC/WAV. (converto p/WAV).

  7. sorry, same problems with minhateca


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