Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison

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Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison
Harmonium - Si On Avait Besoin D'Une Cinquième Saison.jpg
Studio album by
Released1975
Recorded1975
Genre
Length41:32
LabelPolyGram
ProducerHarmonium, Peter Burns, Robert A. Morten
Harmonium chronology
Harmonium
(1974)
Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison
(1975)
L'Heptade
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison (If We Needed a Fifth Season), also known as Les Cinq Saisons (The Five Seasons), is the second album by Quebec band Harmonium, released in 1975. The album marked a departure from the folk rock sound of the band's self-titled debut album towards a unique progressive rock sound, and also marked the growth of the band, as members Serge Fiori, Michel Normandeau and Louis Valois were joined by Pierre Daigneault and Serge Locat.

Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison is regarded as "one of the best transitional albums ever recorded and an essential item in Québec's music history".[1] It was nominated for the Juno Award for Best Selling Album in 1976[2] and was ranked at 56 in music journalist Bob Mersereau's The Top 100 Canadian Albums.[3] In 2015, Rolling Stone placed it 36th in its list of the 50 best progressive rock albums of all time.[4]

The album revolves around a seasonal concept; the first four songs each represent one of the traditional four seasons, respectively spring, summer, autumn, and winter, while the final track, "Histoires sans paroles", represents the imaginary fifth season. Some lyrics on this album, like on Depuis l'automne, show the separatist ideology shared by the band at that time.

The band was supported by Marie Bernard playing the Ondes Martenot, as well as the voice of Judi Richards in "Histoires sans paroles".

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Vert" (Michel Normandeau, Serge Fiori) – 5:35
  2. "Dixie" (Serge Fiori) – 3:26
  3. "Depuis l'automne" (Serge Fiori, Michel Normandeau) – 10:28

Side two[edit]

  1. "En pleine face" (Serge Fiori) – 4:50
  2. "Histoires sans paroles" (Serge Fiori) – 17:12
    • "L'isolement"
    • "L'appel"
    • "La rencontre"
    • "L'union"
    • "Le grand bal"

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Couture, François. Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison at AllMusic. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Yearly summary: 1976". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Mersereau, Bob (2007). The Top 100 Canadian Albums. Goose Lane Editions. ISBN 9780864925008.
  4. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-greatest-prog-rock-albums-of-all-time-20150617/harmonium-si-on-avait-besoin-dune-cinquieme-1975-20150617