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Les Roche Martin: If ‘Pet Sounds’ Were French

Les Roche Martin appears to have released one single and two EPs – all in 1967 – before the group’s creative director, Vèronique Sanson, struck off on her own, beginning in 1969.

Roche Martin EP“Tu As Peur de Bruit” embodies 1967’s adventurous musical spirit, while it also brilliantly evokes the baroque pop melancholy of Pet Sounds, albeit with a distinct French sensibility:

“Tu As Peur du Bruit”     Les Roche Martin     1967

In 2008 Warner Music France would release a 22-CD/4-DVD (!) box set that would include (as one might expect) all of Sanson’s work, from the earliest Les Roche Martin recordings, all the way up to 2004’s Longue Distance album.

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