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Pulsar is a French progressive rock band formed in the early 70’ in Lyon, France.

The name Pulsar was derived from the dark sun in outer space which can be found only by the sound waves it emits.

"They were as when dear Syd was with Floyd;
very enjoyable."
- Melody Maker

Early Pulsar musicians were Jacques Roman (organ, piano, synth), Victor Bosch (drums, percussion), Gilbert Gandil (guitar, vocals) and Philippe Roman (bass).

In the summer of ’74, they were joined by sound-man Gérard Trouve and lightshow operator Armand Fines and a fifth member of the group named Roland Richard on flute and keyboards. The band also needed a manager, and found it with a friend called Xavier Dubuc.

"A highlight in French Rock History." - Melody Maker

Though Pulsar music is moody, mostly instrumental and very atmospheric at times, they add a symphonic edge to it. Many little musical twists give them an original style in space progressive. Dashes of Kraut & Psych meet in a Symphonic mix...
Pulsar’s music was generally characterized by extended suites with a weighing atmosphere and a Pink Floyd-ish sense of grandeur and mood.
They heavily utilized moog and mellotron to great effect, painting grandiose and often horrific backdrops to the mournful and sedate vocals.
Pulsar sits squarely within the symphonic progressive rock movement, and their fascination with dark atmospheres mixed with symphonic tendencies makes for a sound which is actually quite unique.

Pulsar Albums are milestones of Seventies Progressive rock.

Pulsar met his audience with its first album : Pollen.

Pollen was released at the start of 1975. Pulsar reveal themeselves to be the forerunners of the music being tuned by Sphynx, Camel and others.
Facing zero promotion from Kingdom Records, their label, Pulsar toured in France and England to promote Pollen.
The group was able to sell 5000 copies of their first LP, which landed them on the French charts and attracted the interest of concert and festival promoters. Pulsar became gradually wellknown, among bands like Magma or Ange for instance.
At one point, the band even considered collaborating with Van der Graaf Generator’s Peter Hammill as lyricist and singer for their second album (The Strands of the Future), as he apparently adored Pollen, but the labels unfortunately nixed the idea.

In February 1976 Philippe Roman left the band for health reasons and was replaced by Michel Masson.
In April ’76, Pulsar began recording their second album.

The Strands of the Future was released in September 1976.

This album is a French progressive rock classic that was loyal to the style displayed on Pollen, but perhaps even stronger overall.
The French press was unanimous in it’s praise; even the British critics took notice. If they had critisised Pulsar for mimicing Floyd’s ideas, Pulsar were now playing original music, built upon expercience and composition. The title track with it’s fine sense of dynamics and group interplay remains one of the classic space rock tracks ever recorded.
The album vaulted Pulsar into the big leagues of French rock : selling 40,000 copies within its first six months, behind only Ange at the time. Having wrapped up their deal with Kingdom Records, Pulsar jumped to the bigs and signed a three album contract with CBS in December of ’76.

Halloween, their third album was released in december 1977.

Sealed in a farm, under the influences of composer Gustav Mahler and director Luche Vicsonti, the group set out to create a concept work rife with a similar thread of anguished romance and fantastic imagery.
Halloween is considered the group’s masterpiece ; dreamy pastoral pieces dripping with mellotron and spiced with acoustic guitars and flute, heavy, complex prog rockers bristling with intensity, and moody impressionistic soundscapes using electronic keyboards alongside classical instrumentation (cellos, clarinets).
Pulsar toured throughout Europe until 1978 in Portugal; the band plays two nights in Lisboa, 15000 people assist to a show that will last for ever in their memory.


    
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