November 29, 2004

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Artist: Offenbach




Gerald 'Gerry' Boulet (vocals, keyboards)
Michel 'Willie' Lamothe Jr. (bass; 1969-1977)
Roger "Wezo" Belval (drums; 1972-1977)
Jean 'Johnny' Gravel (guitar)
Jean Millaire (guitar; 1977)
Norman Kerr (bass; replaced Lamonthe Jr. 1977)
Pierre Lavoie (drums; replaced Belval 1977)
Robert Harrison (drums; replaced Lavoie)
Paul Martel (drums; replaced Harrison 1982)
Denis Boulet (drums; 1969-1972)
John McGale (guitar)
Breen LeBoeuf (bass)
Pierre Harel (vocals, keyboards 1969-1973)

Offenbach was originally called Les Gants Blancs and was formed by Boulet, Lamothe Jr. and Belval in 1969. After "Sainte-Chrone de Neant" during its 'Mass For The Dead' was recorded November 30, 1972 at St. Joseph's Oratory, Montreal, Barclay Records showed interest and released an album in 1972 called 'Offenbach Soap Opera' followed by the Mass recording a year later.

Lamothe and Belval quit in 1977 and Kerr and Millaire left in 1978. The 1979 line-up consisted of Boulet, Gravel, McGale, LeBoeuf, and Harrison. 1980 saw a break from touring as the band spent time recording two albums for Spectra-Scene.

By 1982 they returned to touring their hard rocking progressive rock in Quebec. At this time Harrison left and was replaced by Martel

Offenbach disbanded in 1985 which was followed by Kebec-Disc's release of their live album 'Le Dernier Show' recorded at the Montreal Forum. Boulet went solo and his material was more introspective than the hard driving rock of Offenbach.

After a 4-year battle with cancer, Gerry Boulet died July 16, 1990; McGale formed McGale's Navy and along with bassist Breen Lebeouf and April Wine drummer Jerry Mercer also played in a group called The Buzz Band.


with notes from Pascal Vallieres, Serge Bellerose and Mike Turner.




Singles
1972 Québec Rock b/w Ma patrie est à terre (Deram) DF-571
1973 Caline de doux blues/Faut que j'me pousse (Barclay - France) 61821
1976 Never Too Tender/Running Away (A & M) AM-434
1976 High Down/Running Away (A & M) AM-438
1977 Chu un Rocker/La Jeune Lune (A & M) AM-444
1977 Sad Song/Running Away (A & M) AM-449
1977 La Voix que J'ai/La Jeune Lune (A & M) AM-451
1979 Ayoye/Bye Bye (Kebec-Disc)
1979 Je Chante Comme Un Coyote/Mes Blues Passent Pu Dans' Porte (Kebec-Disc)
1980 Ride Ride Ride/Someone On The Line (Spectra-Scene - France)
1980 Le Blues Me Guette/Caline De Blues (Spectra-Scene - France)
1980 Strange Time/Georgia On My Mind (Spectra-Scene - France) AZ-1-802
1981 Le Bar Salon Des Deux Toxons/Palace Des Glaces (Spectra-Scene)
1984 Pourquoi Mourir D'amour/Rock De V'lours (CBS) SS-6005
1985 Coeur En Frimas/Seulement Qu'une Aventure (CBS) C5-7078
1985 La Louve/Diable Vert (CBS) C5-7107
Albums
1972 Offenbach Soap Opera (Barclay) 80137
1973 Saint-Chrone de Neant (Barclay) 80153
1973 Bulldozer [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Barclay - France) 80182
1974 Les grands succès Barclay - Volume 20: Offenbach (Barclay - France) 75020
1975 Tabarnac [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Deram) ADEF-1178
1976 Never Too Tender (A & M) SP-9025
1977 Offenbach (A & M) SP-9027
1979 Traversion (Kebec-Disc) KD-L963
1979 Offenbach En Fusion avec le Vic Vogel Big Band (Spectra-Scene) SS-1701
1980 Rock Bottom (Spectra-Scene) SS-1702
1981 Coup De Foudre (Spectra-Scene) SS-1704
1983 Tonnedebrick (Kebec-Disc/CBS) PFC-80077
1984 Offenbach et Plume: Live A Fond d'Train (Kebec-Disc/CBS) GFC-80086
1985 Rockorama (Kebec-Disc/CBS) PFC-80103
1986 Le Dernier Show (Kebec-Disc/CBS) GFC-80109
1989 C'était plus qu'une aventure, 1972 - 1985
1990 Offenbach [re-issue] (A & M)
1992 1-3-5 [Box Set] (BMG Québec) 74321-10293-2
1992 2-4-6 [Box Set] (BMG Québec) 74321-10247-2
1995 Les incontournables: Rock de v'lours (BMG Québec) 74321-32565-2
1996 Les incontournables: Blues (BMG Québec) 74321-38040-2
1997 Les incontournables: Rock (BMG Québec) 74321-45380-2
1998 Les incontournables: En fusion avec Vic Vogel (BMG Québec) 74321-56569-2
1999 Les 20 Plus Grands Succes
2002 Les Grandes Succes, Volume 2
2005 Nature
2007 L'ultime Offenbach
Video


Compilation Tracks
1980 cut on 'Les Felix' (ADISQ)





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