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There are at least three groups with the name “Le Mans”…

1. Le Mans from Spain formed in the Basque city of San Sebastian. The group was previously known as Aventuras De Kirlian but changed their name after being dropped by the Dro label due to poor sales.

Throughout the 90’s Le Mans released a string of EP’s and albums on Spain’s Elefant label. Taking influence from nascent jangle-pop (particularly Felt), Young Marble Giants, Curtis Mayfield and Tamla Motown, their sound was avowedly anti-rock. Guitars were recorded “clean” and writers such as the fanzine editor Gayle Boa commented upon the “gentle continental lilt” of their music.

Since the break-up of the group, guitarist Ibon Errazkin has released two LP’s under his own name, both on Elefant. Bass player Teresa Iturrioz has released an LP as Single, also on Elefant.

2. One of ‘Bay Area Bangers’ that were an active part of the hard rock scene in San Francisco during the early and mid-’80s. Guitarist Derek Frigo started the band and put out their first album ‘On The Streets’ in 1983 on the Shrapnel label. A second album followed in 1986 on Columbia. This is the reissue of that classic second record. The second record was a radical departure in sound from the first album. The heavy metal undertones of the first record were replaced by a more rounded and mature, sharp AOR/Melodic Rock sound. LeMans was the right band in the right place at the wrong time. However, this re-release of their 1986 classic melodic rock work still stands up to modern scrutiny and will leave many a listener wondering what might have been.

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