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Harmonium was one of the most influential rock bands from Quebec. Lead vocalist and guitarist Serge Fiori met Michel Normandeau (vocals and guitar) in a theatre music meeting. Later on in 1973 they met bassist Louis Valois and became Harmonium. In November of 1973 the group performed their first air play on CHOM-FM. They played three tracks: “Pour un instant”, “Un musicien parmi tant d’autres”, and “Un refrain parmi tant d’autres”. The first two songs were demos at the time and were later recorded professionally to be put on their first album, Harmonium. The last song was a sequel to “Un musicien parmi tant d’autres”, but never made the album cut, staying as a b-side. Apart from the album, one single was recorded at the time: “Pour un instant”, featuring two tracks (one on each side), the title song and “100,000 Raisons”, only released on the CD version of the album almost 20 years later.

After many little shows and a small tour played all over Quebec, they were up for the second album. The album, sometimes known as Les Cinq Saisons, was actually named Si on avait besoin d’une cinquième saison. There were five songs on the album, one representing each season and the last song being the “new” season. For this album the band had three new members: Pierre Daigneault, playing the flutes, sax, and clarinets, Serge Locat, handling the piano and synths, and Judy Richards, who sings the melody of the fifth season in “Histoires sans Paroles”.

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  • JLucasACDC

    Just one of the most beautiful thing I've ever heard in all my life! [2]

    27 Feb 6:13am Reply
  • Overture1383

    Это бомба!!!

    30 Jan 4:07pm Reply
  • Metamarc

    Best music ever: L'Heptade! Could any kind soul point me to one of those bootlegs mentioned here? I do have the CHOM-FM radio session but was never lucky to find a live recording (unissued) from 1974-1978 when the split up. Oh, and Serge Fioris brand new album seems to be very very good...the first two tracks released are brilliant!

    18 Jan 11:36pm Reply
  • Alvarengaprog

    Just one of the most beautiful thing I've ever heard in all my life!

    18 Jan 7:01pm Reply
  • PinkFloydrulez

    yo why doesn't last.fm have a <3 button for albums tho

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SisterBlackHair

    Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison is how love sounds like [3]

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • FJRBEatles

    hahaha et «cuillères», comme dans les cinq saisons xd, belle mention

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Flemaster

    awesome band <3

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • qlacs

    Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison is how love sounds like [2]

    29 Dec 2012 Reply
  • WoodooProdTeam

    Serge, monique, et tous les autres. On vous aime! From France J

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • AbnormisSapiens

    Beautiful...

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • re41nightnow

    Merci, le Qubec...

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • Pulsars

    nope

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ProgClow

    Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison is how love sounds like

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    Harmonium - Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison (1975) - The masterpiece here is the 17-minute suite entitled "Histoires Sans Paroles". The epic starts off with one of the most beautiful flute, mellotron, acoustic guitar themes ever recorded, followed by countless beautiful themes for the remaining 15-minutes. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • JoaoPexE3

    l'heptade est génial

    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Romencer17

    soooo fucking good

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Country_Man26

    L'Heptade, un album si parfait! Surtout à écouter live

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • isaacjp

    source d'inspiration

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
  • crimsonking93

    @Dentark: Acoustic Asturias, Spirogyra, Aranis, Art Zoyd, Salle Gaveu, Univers Zero, just to name some, but the latter four are more avant-prog than symphonic prog.

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
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