Robert Cohen-Solal

Les Shadoks (50th Anniversary Edition)

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WRWTFWW Records is delighted to announce the release of the complete soundtrack of cult French animated TV series Les Shadoks (1968-1974) by Robert Cohen-Solal, available for the first time ever in its entirety. Right in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jacques Rouxel and René Borg’s legendary television cartoon, this collector’s item comes in two versions: a limited edition 12" + 7" vinyl album housed in a high glossy gatefold and with an exclusive Shadok drawing by Robert Cohen-Solal, and a digipack CD. Both versions are cut and mastered from the original reels under the supervision of the artist, and contain liner notes in French and English.

Electro-acoustic pioneer and eminent member of the illustrious GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales, the French equivalent of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), Robert Cohen-Solal has explored music and sound alongside luminaries such as Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry, Luc Ferrari, and Iannis Xenakis, and is responsible for numerous projects in the field of applied music, soundtracks (documentaries, shorts etc.), and experimental recordings. His work on Les Shadoks is simply extraordinary - a fascinating and bizarre collage of wacky electro pop (à la Jean-Jacques Perrey), drones, musique concrète, classical, and dadaist sound experiments seamlessly mixing into a cohesive and cinematic listening experience. The ideal soundtrack for what will remain one of the weirdest animated TV series ever created!

A true literary, cultural and philosophical phenomenon in France, Les Shadoks caused a sensation while airing between 1968 and 1974. Its unique combination of Alfred Jarry-style surrealism, off-centered British humor, and US comic strip inspiration, all brought to life by illustrated bird-like creatures (reminiscent of Paul Klee’s La machine à gazouiller), left a lasting mark, making the term Shadok an often-used satirical expression to describe policies and attitudes considered to be absurd.


Patrick says: Les Shadocks are a new one to me, but a cursory listen and glance over the sales notes suggests a definite Clangers vibe, mais en Francais. That's right, an interplanetary animation soundtrack from the home of musique concrete - totally bonkers in the most charming way.


A1 Introduction
A2 C’était Il Y A Très Très Très Longtemps
A3 Cosmogol 999 Carburant De La Fusée Gibi
A4 Au Fond Du Cosmos
A5 Le Lancinant Voyage Dans L’espace
A6 Les Humeurs Géophysiques De La Planète Shadok
A7 Le Devin Plombier Soigne Un Shadok Malade
A8 La Machine à Pomper Dite Cosmopompe
A9 Le Professeur Shadoko Parle De Son Invention
A10 Shadok à Bicyclette Dans Une Route Et Sur Et Sous Et Dans Des Escaliers
B1 Thème Gibi Classique
B2 Air Gibi Hot
B3 Air Gibi Sériel
B4 Menuet Variation
B5 Départ Solennel De La Shadokaravelle
B6 Sérénade à Gégène
B7 Faux Départ
B8 Fête Gibi Et Errance Des Shadoks Dans L’espace
B9 Fuite Dans L’espace
B10 La Planète à Poissons
B11 Guerre Musicale
B12 Ambiance Nouilles
B13 Difficile De Cuisiner Dans L’espace !

Bonus 7"
A1 Arrivée Des Shadoks Sur Terre
B1 Fuite Des Shadoks

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