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Exercices des Styles

  • 1. Whenever
    2. All of Me
    3. Vie des Anges, La
    4. Love to Be
    5. Homme Mystrieux, L'
    6. Document A
    7. Don't Waste My Love
    8. Chasin' the Double Six
    9. Afternoon at Rossi's
    10. See the Sun
    11. Samba Para Dr. B.
    12. Love Ultd.
    13. Chiffre
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 74

  • Credits
    ProducerJochen Helfert; C. Jochen Helfert; Marc Frank
    EngineerJan Krause

    Les Gammas: Marc A. Frank, Jochen Helfert (vocals, keyboards, programming, samples).
    Additional personnel: Ingrid Sertso, Sandy Schmid (vocals); Daniel Bolkenius (acoustic guitar); Roland Merz (cello); Munich Symphonic Orchestra (strings); Thomas Nieberle (bass clarinet); Karl Berger (piano, vibraphone); Ulf Gnauert (upright bass); Rudiger Maul (pandeiro); Martin Balda (conga).
    Recorded at Solinarium Studios, Germany.
    Personnel: Ingrid Sertso (vocals); Roland Merz (cello); Munich Symphony Orchestra (strings); Karl Berger (piano, synthesizer, vibraphone); Rdiger Maul (pandeiro).
    Audio Mixers: C. Jochen Helfert; Jan Krause; Marc A. Frank.
    Recording information: Solinarium Studio, Germany.
    Arrangers: C. Jochen Helfert; Marc A. Frank.
    Exercices des Styles seems a fitting name for the many musical elements blended together on this album, where these German producers/arrangers -- Marc A. Frank and C. Jochen Helfert -- bring Latin rhythms, jazz arrangements, a disco aesthetic, orchestral depth, an electronica gloss, and seemingly endless creativity to their stable of musicians. The results are dizzying as each song seems an entirely unique vision with few shared formal characteristics, making this album almost feel like a compilation. Yet no matter how many new instruments or ideas Les Gammas bring to each song, their signature eclecticism and sense of aesthetic motif remain constant. Furthermore, a few vocal tracks here and there bring an additional sense of humane melody -- particularly on "Don't Waste My Love," which could have been a seminal early '70s Philadelphia International release -- along with variety to the album, which can best be thought of as anything but generic. ~ Jason Birchmeier

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (11/00, p.109) - 4 out of 5 - "...Mellow and organic...a light, summery sound reminiscent of past classic Brazilian records, but with a modern dancefloor sensibility and electronic effects..."
    Mixmag (8/00, p.174) - 4 out of 5 - "...This is an album of classically romantic moods packaged with contemporary sass."
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