Robert Cohen-Solal: Les Shadoks (50th Anniversary Edition)

Les Shadoks (50th Anniversary Edition)

Robert Cohen-Solal

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  • Release Date 26 January 2018
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Vinyl LP + 7"

Collector’s VINYL Edition ( LP+ 7"): High glossy gatefold sleeve, French + English liner notes / poster inlay with Shadok drawing by Robert Cohen-Solal, hype sticker.

WRWTFWW Records is delighted to announce the release of the complete soundtrack of cult French animated TV series Les Shadoks (1968-1974) by Robert Cohen-Solal, available for the first time ever in its entirety. Right in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jacques Rouxel and René Borg’s legendary television cartoon, this collector’s item comes in two versions: a limited edition 12" + 7" vinyl album housed in a high glossy gatefold and with an exclusive Shadok drawing by Robert Cohen-Solal, and a digipack CD. Both versions are cut and mastered from the original reels under the supervision of the artist, and contain liner notes in French and English.

Electro-acoustic pioneer and eminent member of the illustrious GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales, the French equivalent of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), Robert Cohen-Solal has explored music and sound alongside luminaries such as Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry, Luc Ferrari, and Iannis Xenakis, and is responsible for numerous projects in the field of applied music, soundtracks (documentaries, shorts etc.), and experimental recordings. His work on Les Shadoks is simply extraordinary - a fascinating and bizarre collage of wacky electro pop (à la Jean-Jacques Perrey), drones, musique concrète, classical, and dadaist sound experiments seamlessly mixing into a cohesive and cinematic listening experience. The ideal soundtrack for what will remain one of the weirdest animated TV series ever created!

A true literary, cultural and philosophical phenomenon in France, Les Shadoks caused a sensation while airing between 1968 and 1974. Its unique combination of Alfred Jarry-style surrealism, off-centered British humor, and US comic strip inspiration, all brought to life by illustrated bird-like creatures (reminiscent of Paul Klee’s La machine à gazouiller), left a lasting mark, making the term Shadok an often-used satirical expression to describe policies and attitudes considered to be absurd.

Bonus 7"
1 Arrivée des Shadoks sur terre  
2 Fuite des Shadoks  
Tracklisting Vinyl LP
1 Introduction  
2 C’était il y a très très très longtemps  
3 Cosmogol 999 carburant de la fusée Gibi  
4 Au fond du cosmos  
5 Le lancinant voyage dans l’espace  
6 Les humeurs géophysiques de la planète Shadok  
7 Le devin plombier soigne un Shadok malade  
8 La machine à pomper dite Cosmopompe  
9 Le professeur Shadoko parle de son invention  
10 Shadok à bicyclette dans une route et sur et sous et dans des escaliers  
11 Thème Gibi classique  
12 Air Gibi hot  
13 Air Gibi sériel  
14 Menuet variation  
15 Départ solennel de la Shadokaravelle  
16 Sérénade à Gégène  
17 Faux départ  
18 Fête Gibi et errance des Shadoks dans l’espace  
19 Fuite dans l’espace  
20 La planète à poissons  
21 Guerre musicale  
22 Ambiance nouilles  
23 Difficile de cuisiner dans l’espace !