Acanthus ‘Le Frisson Des Vampires’ LP
Pre-order. Due 29th January.
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. 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 its unspoken legacy via private pressed free jazz albums and collectible mod rock 45s adds to the twisted tails that unfolds via 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 inaugural entry in Finders Keepers’ 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, the label present here this long out of print soundtrack from the ultimate French vampire hippy flick on transparent blood red vinyl, just in time for Halloween.
Catalogue number: FKR038LPX
Label: Finders Keepers