genre: avant, sympho prog
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Formed in Montreal in the late 1960s as Les Gants blancs, the band went through a variety of names (including "7e Invention", "Grandpa & Company", "Offenbach Pop Opera" and "Offenbach Soap Opéra") before settling on Offenbach. The band initially consisted of vocalist Gerry Boulet, guitarist Johnny Gravel, organist Pierre Harel, bassist Michel Lamothe (son of country singer Willie Lamothe) and drummer Denis Boulet (Gerry's brother).
Offenbach released their debut album, Offenbach Soap Opéra, in 1971. Although the band's material was primarily in French, that album also included two English songs.
Denis Boulet left the band in 1972, and was replaced by Roger (Wezo) Belval. In November of that year, the band performed a "Mass for the Dead" at St. Joseph's Oratory, which was released on album as Saint-Chrone de néant.
In 1973, the band toured France, and were based there for the next two years as they toured Europe extensively. Several performances from this era were documented in the concert film Tabarnac. Harel left the band in 1974, but was not replaced; his keyboard duties were taken over by Gerry Boulet. In 1975, the band returned to Montreal.
Lamothe and Belval left in 1977 to join Harel in Corbeau, and were replaced by Norman Kerr on bass and Pierre Lavoie on drums; Jean Millaire also joined the band that year as a second guitarist, but left within the year and was replaced by John McGale. Kerr and Lavoie departed in 1978, and were replaced by Breen Leboeuf on bass and Robert Harrison on drums.
In 1976, the band recorded its first of two English albums, Never Too Tender, and toured across Canada to promote it. They subsequently released two more French albums, Offenbach and Traversion, before their second English language album, Rock Bottom, was released in 1980. Traversion won the band its first Félix Award for rock album of the year in 1979.
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Osage Tribe were formed in 1971 by Franco Battiato, then working as pop singer, with his loyal drummer Cucciolo, guitarist Marco Zoccheddu who had just left Nuova Idea and bass guitarist Bob Callero. Battiato found a recording deal with the newly born Bla Bla label, but soon left the band, just singing on their first single Un falco nel cielo, before starting his solo career; the single is rather commercial and was also used for a popular TV quiz show at the time.
The remaining trio, based in Genova, a prolific city for many great bands, veered towards a more aggressive sound and released their masterpiece, Arrow head, in 1972, a five tracks album that's still regarded as one of the finest in its genre. Mainly hard rock based, but with strong progressive influences rather than dull solo parts, the album has in the long Soffici bianchi veli and the softer Cerchio di luce with some jazzy influences are the best cuts.
The band had a good live activity but a short life, and Zoccheddu and Callero formed Duello Madre at the end of 1972, leaving Cucciolo with the name Osage Tribe and a new line-up with ex-Capsicum Red singer/guitarist Red Canzian and bassist Piero Marchiani coming from Forlì. The shortlived line-up split when Canzian was recruited by Pooh.
The drummer then joined The Trip after their fourth album (but this line up never recorded) and then Dik Dik.
Bob Callero has had a very active career, with Il Volo and many collaborations as sessionman.
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misc.: english language lp
01. Wake Up 3:24
02. MammaSaid 2:52
03. If I Were The Wind 2:47
04. Rose Trees 2:37
05. Tomorrow 5:01
06. There Is Nothing I Can Do 5:29
07. Once I Knew A Girl 2:51
08. Clown 4:11
09. Hungarian Folk Song 2:08
10. Trumpeter Charlie 2:22
11. Dead Are The Flowers 3:06
Gábor Presser - composer, organ, flute, vocals
József Laux - drums
Tamás Mihály - bass, vocals
György Molnár - lead guitar
László Benkő - piano, trumpet, flute, citero
János Kóbor - rhytm guitar, vocals
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