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Ganafoul - 1979 Side 3

ARTIST: Ganafoul
ALBUM: Side 3
LABEL: Crypto
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Jack Bon - vocals, guitars * Jean Yves Astier - bass * Bernard Antoine - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bad Street Boy * 02 Low Down Inside * 03 Don't Come In * 04 After All Those Days * 05 Sometimes * 06 Push And Pull * 07 Door 105 * 08 I've Got It Bad * 09 I Never Get Enough

French bands are a rare commodity here at Glory Daze, Trust featured some years back now followed in the footsteps by Ganafoul, one of France's most loved rock bands of the seventies but one who found little recognition outside their homeland. Ganafoul dated back to 1974, founded by 'Good' Jack Bon, and were initially a five piece, with Astier on lead vocals, but upon dwindling to a three piece Bon took over the frontman position. Original drummer Yves Rotacher had been replaced by Antoine following 1977's 'Saturday Night' debut, which was followed up a year later by 'Full Speed Ahead'. Ganafoul's reputation as premier French rockers was well earned, 'Side 3' owing much to Status Quo as has been mentioned in the past but also an engaging mixture of many classic rock acts, always with a sense of individuality and some exceptional boogie workouts.

The Songs
Straight away 'Bad Street Boy' tears into some decisive twelve bar rock and roll, definitely not metal, straight ahead hard rock plain and simple. The key boogie track is easily 'Low Down Inside' which owes a nod to AC/DC, with whom Ganafoul gigged with. This is driving enough to rank alongside AC/DC themselves and any American exponent of the genre, and it's possible to discern Krokus also with shades of The Who live as if that isn't enough. There are many reserved moments that pay tribute to the Rolling Stones at their bluesiest, 'Don't Come In' a glaring example. If any comparison could be made to Status Quo it's the basic three chord riffing of 'After All Those Days' that never fails to satisfy. Simple is best! 'Sometimes' is perplexing, half Joe Jackson and reggae induced funk, but delving into some faster and heavier sections halfway in before resuming the jangly guitar tone that might make you think 'I Shot The Sheriff'. 'Door 105' combines the best of Geordie and Status Quo to staggering effect and the Stones are again hinted at on 'I've Got It Bad', but better than Mick and co were doing in 1979 if 'Emotional Rescue' is anything to go by.

In Summary
This has been available on CD for a while and apparently the band is still in demand in France, where Bon continues to record as a solo artist. Ganafoul managed one more album in 1981 as a four piece but split due to internal trouble and a changing musical climate where punk and new wave took over. The band reformed for a live album in 1998 at last note and from what info is out there are somewhat legends in their native country where classic rock bands haven't taken the world by storm. For something unexpected and proof that France did produce some worthy boogie merchants 'Side 3' should convince with little trouble.

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#1 | gdazegod on September 11 2006 20:29:09
Thanks for the heads up Alun. I actually have a few French albums in my collection that could do with a bit of a write-up here at GDAZE. Bands such as Ocean, Warning, Stocks, Attentat Rock, Speed Queen, Voie Du Fait, Satans Jokers.. may all find reviews at some stage..
#2 | bibi64 on June 20 2008 17:05:05
lien de téléchargement de l'album ganafoul ( Side 3 )

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