Voyage (band)

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Voyage
OriginParis, France
GenresDisco, Euro disco, pop
Years active1977–1982
LabelsSirocco Records, Marlin Records, Atlantic Records
Associated actsArpadys, Big Jullien and His All Star, CCPP, The Peppers, Disco and Co., Spatial and Co., Sylvia Mason-James, Chantereau, Dahan & Pezin, Chantereau & Dahan, French Funk Specialist
Past membersMarc Chantereau
Pierre-Alain Dahan
Sauveur Mallia
André "Slim" Pezin
Sylvia Mason

Voyage was a French disco and pop/funk group, consisting of André "Slim" Pezin (guitar/vocals), Marc Chantereau (keyboards/vocals), Pierre-Alain Dahan (drums/vocals) and Sauveur Mallia (bass), together with British lead vocalist Sylvia Mason-James, who sang on the group's first two albums, Voyage (1977) and Let's Fly Away (1978).

For their next two albums, Pierre-Alain Dahan became the lead vocalist on Voyage 3 (1980) and on One Step Higher (1982), and the group's sound changed from disco to pop.

Before Voyage, Pezin, Chantereau, Dahan and Mallia worked together in a band called V.I.P. Connection in 1975 with two disco songs: "Please Love Me Again" and "West Coast Drive", songs known by fans and collectors of early disco music.

They also worked as session musicians or in live performance in France, with artists such as: Manu Dibango, Cerrone, Alec R. Costandinos & the Synchophonic Orchestra, Michel Sardou for Slim Pezin; Michel Legrand, Jean Musy, Cerrone, Bernard Lavilliers for Sauveur Mallia; Léo Ferré, Michel Delpech, Guy Béart or Johnny Hallyday for Marc Chantereau; Nino Ferrer, Jean-Claude Petit and Stéphane Grappelli.

From the late 1960s until the mid 1970s, they were in demand in France, Europe and worldwide, in all styles of music: jazz with Grappelli, French chanson with Ferré, world music and jazz with Dibango, rock with Hallyday, and French pop with Sardou and Delpech.

Their lone Billboard Hot 100 entry was "Souvenirs," which hit No. 41 in 1979.[1] They had more success on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, where two of their albums, Voyage (1978) and Fly Away (1979), hit number one.

In the UK, the group had three chart singles. A double A-side, "From East To West"/"Scotch Machine" (the latter song retitled "Scots Machine" because the term "Scotch" is no longer used in Scotland) reached No. 13 in 1978, while later that year "Souvenirs" made No. 56. Also popular was the song "Lady America".[2] Their last impact on the charts came in 1979 when "Let's Fly Away" peaked at number thirty-eight.[2]

In their home country, France, they were successful in the nightclubs of Paris, and featured on radio and television promoting their songs, but they ranked only three singles, "From East To West" peaked at #20 on May 26, 1978, then "Souvenirs" peaked at No. 53 on January 12, 1979 and "Tahiti - Tahiti" peaked at No. 43 on May 5, 1979.[3] However, the four musicians couldn't replicate their successful French record sales in the United States. In spite of the quality of their albums, their songs, "I Don't Want To Fall In Love Again" in 1980 and "Let's Get Started" in 1982 failed to chart. As disco went on the wane, they turned to making albums with a more funky sound.

After Voyage, the group members worked separately with a number of singers, including Françoise Hardy, Alain Chamfort, Mylène Farmer, Guesch Patti, Jean-Louis Murat. Slim worked on the French movie soundtrack Betty Blue in 1986 and produced a French hit "Caressé Mwen" sung by Marijosé Alie in 1987. Sauveur Mallia worked on several movies soundtracks like Moonstruck with Cher in 1987, Breakfast of Champions with Bruce Willis in 1999, and was involved in other projects with Chantereau and Dahan.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Record label
AUS
[4]
UK
[5]
US
[6]
US
R&B

[7]
1977 Voyage 95 59 40 57 Sirocco
1978 Fly Away 47
1980 Voyage 3
1982 One Step Higher
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of Voyage (1989, Unidisc Music)
  • The Best of Voyage: "Souvenirs" (1991, Sirocco/Hot Productions)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[5]
US
[8]
US
R&B

[9]
US
Dan

[10]
1978 "Lady America" 1 Voyage
"From East to West" 13 85
"Scots Machine"
"Point Zero"
"Souvenirs" 56 41 73 1 Fly Away
1979 "Let's Fly Away" 38 105
"Tahiti, Tahiti"
1980 "I Don't Want to Fall in Love Again" Voyage 3
"I Love You Dancer" 17
"Do It Again"
1981 "Nowhere to Hide" One Step Higher
1982 "I Surrender"
"Let's Get Started"
"Follow the Brightest Star"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic - Charts & Awards
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 207/8. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Infodisc - Artistes français (French Artists)". Infodisc. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  4. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ a b "UK Charts > Voyage". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Voyage: Billboard 200". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Voyage: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Voyage: Hot 100". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Voyage: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Voyage: Dance Club Play Songs". Billboard.