Various Artists - The BYG Deal
As usual Finders Keepers digs the most essential nuggets from far flung corners of the psych/funk/prog universe and sheds highly detailed light on them. This time they uncover the story of French art-prog label BYG which was born out of
the '68 student riots and went on to encompass side projects and alternate identities of members of Gong, Magma, Vangelis, Procul Harem and a wealth of other musicians buried in time and largely forgotten until now. The compilation flows easily despite the disparate nature of some of the included artists, moving from terse hard rock driven funk to airy space prog and back through the rising waves experimental jazz. As stated in the liner notes, it's not a formula that seems like it should work but The BYG Deal begs for repeated listens to get a sense of its wonderfully eccentric tangents. It's definitely a piece of history worth looking into.

[MP3] Fran├žois Wertheimer - L'automne
[MP3] Coeur Magique - Mademoiselle Marie

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