Founded in 1973, in Orleans, this is a symphonic band in the style of Genesis, but with a distinctively French flair (Because of it’s peculiar stage show they are labeled as French Theatric Symphonic in some sources).
Another close comparison is Atoll, with some references to Osanna and Premiata Forneria Marconi.
The first album was recorded with Christian Gallas on electric guitar and violin, Jean-Luc Martin on bass, Jean-Paul Pierson on keyboards, guitar and backing vocals, Francis Poulet on drums, percussion and backnig vocals, Gilles Solves on additional guitars, and , ?Dominique LeGuennec on lead vocals, sax, flute, and percussion. Solves would not remain for the next album, and Gallas would be replaced by Pascal Jordan for the third release. This lineup stayed intact for two albums.
Disillusioned by lack of success, singer Dominique LeGuennec left the band. He was soon followed by Jordan. This led to a major reshuffling of personnel, and assignments. Drummer Francis Poulet pulled a Phil Collins, and became the lead singer for 1979's "Vers Demain." This would be the last of any semblance of the original Mona Lisa.
In 1998 Le Geuennec reformed the band with most of the members of Versailles.
A younger band, who were influenced by Mona Lisa and Ainge. This Lineup recorded "De l'ombre à la Lumière," and "Progfest 2000" (with only one change in personnel).
The band is described as being highly orchestral, and very theatrical. Dominique
LeGuennec receives constant comparisons to Peter Gabriel. They may not have
had the notoriety of their contemporaries, but they are strongly recommended.
Mona Lisa - Avant Qu'il Ne Soit Trop Tard (1978)
- Jean-Luc Martin / bass
- Pascal Jordan / electric & acoustic guitar, synthesizer
- Francis Poulet / drums, percussions
- Jean-Paul Pierson / piano, organ, synthesizer, polyphonic orchestra, Mellotron
- Dominique Le Guennec / lead vocals, flutes, percussion
1. Avant Qu´Il Ne Soit Trop Tard (3:30)
2. La Peste (6:00)
3. Souvenirs De Naufrageuer (7:00)
4. Tripot (4:00)
5. Lena (5:00)
6. Créature Sur La Steppe (9:30)
Comme Dans Un Rêve
Avec Le Vent
7. Souvenirs De Naufrageurs (live Version) (8:00)
8. Creáture Sur La Steppe (live version) (6:35)
9. Léna (live version) (6:12)
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