Acanthus – Le Frisson Des Vampires
Label: Finders Keepers Records – FKR038LP
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Stage & Screen
The entire unreleased soundtrack for Jean Rollins 1971 ultimate French vampire hippy flick Le Frisson Des Vampires. Embryonic psych funk recordings from Parisian teenage psych combo (including members of French No-No mod rockers Unity.
Imagine an early Gong/Ame Son/Soft Machine session fuelled by a 1000 year old acid infused blood transfusion.
With origins in the Parisian underground, the Free Press revolution, New Wave cinema, The Letterist movement, French Surrealism, sexual liberation and the European progressive rock explosion Jean Rollin’s 1972 film ‘Le Frisson De Vampires’ still stands up as one of the most original European poetic erotic horror films after almost 40 since it’s cosmic inauguration. This summer Finders Keepers Records finally release the complete freak-rock soundtrack to the most phantasmagoric celluloid moment from “The First French Vampire Director” which has been shrouded in mystery, secrecy and red wine addled memories for four decades.
Originally rumoured to be played by a disbanded group of teenagers and lost in the edit suite the unabridged soundtrack of improvised freak-funk, commune rock and acidik folk could have easily been recorded by an early line-up of Gong or Ame Son and released on a label like BYG or ESP. The true origins of this rare psychedelic score and it’s unspoken legacy via private pressed free jazz albums and collectible mod rock 45s adds to the twisted tails that unfolds via our extensive liner notes making this release yet another counter-cultural pop milestone courtesy of Finders Keepers Records.
Made on a shoestring in rural Northern France with a cast and crew that draws a blood red line between the avant-garde and The pre-cert video cassette the behind the scenes story of Les Frisson De Vampires engulfs a rampant river of cultural phenomenon such as Japanese Pinky films, X-rated comic books, The Mai 68 riots and the forward thinking No-No generation. Complete with classic and highly collectible artwork by French illustrator Phillipe Druliet and music that will appeal to fans of J.P.Massiera, Amon Duul 1, Jean-Claude Vannier, Igor Whakevitch, Fifty Foot Hose, early Pink Floyd and Acid Mothers Temple.
Originally released in 2010 as the inaugeral release in our dedicated Rollinade series, documenting some of the finest musical moments of the director’s career as an avant-gardener, counter-culture vulture and Gallic vamp-tramp, Finders Keepers once again presents the entire unreleased soundtrack from the ultimate French vampire hippy flick Le Frisson Des Vampires on vinyl. Also available in the series is Jeunes Filles Impudiques’ a veritable limited edition 5 track EP of drum heavy Gallic hard-bop and risque acidic folk.
A1 Funérailles Des Vampires
A2 Le Frisson Des Vampires
A3 La Chateau
A4 Wedding Party (Angoisse Temporelle)
A5 Ominous Tower
A6 Occupied Clock
A7 "Who Are You?"
A9 Curious Antoine
A10 Sleeping Beauty (Samba Des Vampires)
A11 "I Thought I Had A Hallucination"
A12 Violent Library
A13 Night Excursion
A14 The Memory Of Eternal Darkness
A15 Isolde Rising
B1 "Drunk With Carnage"
B2 Isabelles Demise
B4 Isa's Ceremony
B6 Flightless Bird
B7 La Cite Rouge
B9 Isa's Ceremony 2 / Runaway Train
B10 Free From The Curse
B11 The Shiver Of The Vampires.
B12 Envol Vers La Folie