THE PELLETIER RHYTHM BOYS, Surf´Inn, 1964

spk-726-frontspk-726-backspk-726-1spk-726-2One last 7″ from the Swedish Gala record club. This EP by 1964 by Jean-Claude Pelletier & les Fans was another takeover from the Gala de Variétés label, originally titled Beat Time!. The same eight songs were also released by the British Pop Parade/Concert Hall record club (as Dale Adams & the Pelletier Rhythm Boys) and the Dutch Populaire Platen Kring record club (as Pelletier Rhythm Boys). Compared to the British and Dutch issues this Swedish one, titled It´s Almost Tomorrow, has a rather plain and unimpressive sleeve.  But I´m not complaining because I´m sure that the unassuming sleeve was the reason why I only paid 1 Euro for it in Stockholm last month.  The seller must have considered it worthless. Never  judge a record by its sleeve…

Jean-Claude Pelletier, born August 11, 1928 in Joinville le Pont, France is a French jazz pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. Along Claude Luter, Pelletier was one of the big names in French jazz in the post-war era. He made a ton of records in the 50s, 60s and 70s, strangely none of which have ever been reissued or are currently available. Solely one of his more outstanding funk/jazz works, the Streaking Lp from 1975 has been reissued last year on CD and LP by Vadim Music who call it: “A somewhat perfect hybrid of American soul’s energy and the science of French pop.”

Pelletier´s early works have not earned such praise. I´ve only got one of his first French jazz EPs from the 50s in my collection and it definitely deserves a future post. To prove that JC Pelletier delved heavily in pop/jazz fusion way  before his “rare groove’s holy grail” LP in the mid-70s, here´s his  swingin´ Beat Time! EP:

THE PELLETIER RHYTHM BOYS, Surf´Inn, 1964

THE PELLETIER RHYTM BOYS, It´s Almost Tomorrow

THE PELLETIER RHYTHM BOYS, Tant d´amour pour toi

THE PELLETIER RHYTHM BOYS, Don´t Talk To Him

THE PELLETIER RHYTHM BOYS, Surf´Ace

THE PELLETIER RHYTHM BOYS, Maria Elena

THE PELLETIER RHYTHM BOYS, Polaris Tune

THE PELLETIER RHYTHM BOYS, I´ll Keep You Satisfied

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