POLLEN was a Canadian four-some that released only one album of symphonic progressive in the seventies. They were from the Quebecois progressive scene and were perhaps the most-known Canadian symphonic group with HARMONIUM but their music is much purely rooted in the symphonic genre than their countrymen, whose music is more folk-oriented. The group consisted of Jacques Tom Rivest (vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, keyboards), Richard Lemoyne (electric & acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards), Claude Lemay (keyboards, flute, bass, vibraphone, vocals) and Sylvain Coutu (drums, vibraphone).
The only album was released in 1976. It is a very good keyboard dominated symphonic album. They remind me mostly of the English groups like YES, GENTLE GIANT and ELP but not really distinctly any of these groups. In addition, they also have some of that typical French sound and similarity to the seventies French symphonic groups such as CARPE DIEM. The vocals are in French, which is common for the French Canadian groups. This album is nicely varied albeit not very original.
POLLEN is essential Quebecois symphonic progressive. Recommended! ~ Markus Mattsson, FINLAND
01. Vieux corps de vie d'ange 7:15
02. L'etoile 6:29
03. L'indien 4:55
04. Tout'l temps 3:32
05. Vivre la mort 5:34
06. La femme ailee 10:26
Jacques Tom Rivest / vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Sylvain Coutu / drums, vibraphone, percussion
Claude Lemay / keyboards, flute, vibraphone, bass, vocals
Richard Lemoyne / electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass
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