Clearlight - Visions + Bonus (CD)
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Studio Album, released in 1978
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Spirale d'amour (7:00)
2. Messe caline (6:23)
3. Au royaume des mutants (5:48)
4. Fullmoon raga (10:42)
5. Songe de cristal (3:45)
6. Paix profonde (2:53)
Bonus track on cd release:
7. Guitar elevation (4:52)
8. Cristal city (5:27)
9. Shanti lotus (7:45)
10. Heymae (5:07)
11. Vision nocturne (3:32)
12. O rage O espoir (5:43)
13. Songe de cristal (Remix) (4:06)
Total Time: 73:03
Line-up / Musicians
- Gérard Aumont / vocals
- Jacky Bouladoux / drums, percussion
- Christian Boulé / cosmic guitars
- Patrick Depaumanou / sitar
- Gérard Gustin / vocals
- Didier Lockwood / violins
- Didier Malherbe / flute, soprano & tenor saxes
- Francis Mandin / programming, lyrics
- Philippe Melkonian / bass
- Luc Plouton / Mini-Moog
- Mohamed Taha / tablas
- Cyrille Verdeaux / grand piano, Arp Odyssey, gong
CLEARLIGHT is a project of French song-writer and composer Cyrille CLEARLIGHT Verdeaux, with a blend of classical romanticism and prog-rock experimentation. CLEARLIGHT was the name of Verdeaux's first 1975 released album, which was the first French progressive rock album signed under a major British label.
During the 1970's, the death of Verdeaux's 4-year-old son forced the composer to travel to India where he studied yoga and meditation which he has acknowledged profoundly influenced his later music. In 1980, CLEARLIGHT SYMPHONY was reborn when Verdeaux released the album NOCTURNE DIGITALIS and later OFFRANDES.
In the mid-80's Cyrille Verdeaux released a succession of similar albums, as well as a cassette-only compilation release known as the KUNDALINI OPERA in 1984.
Cyrille Verdeaux's work is similar to ARJEN LUCASSEN'S AYREON albums because he has incorporated the talents of several other singers, songwriters, and composers such as David Cross of KING CRIMSON, Tim Blake and Steve Hillage of GONG, and jazz violinist Didier Malherbe.
Cyrille Verdeaux's CLEARLIGHT should be considered progressive rock because he conceptualizes meditation and incorporates complex musical ideas with his experiences with meditation and Indian music.
Joey Moore (CalamityDaemon)