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Review Text The discography of Robert Charlebois is littered with badly produced and incomplete so-called greatest-hits albums. This situation can be explained in part by the fact that his catalog used to be split between three record labels, each one aggressively trying to establish its period as the Charlebois. Through the years the artist bought back the rights to his albums, but the pre-1972 material remained the property of Gamma. In 1987, still unable to release his early hits, he decided to re-record some of them using drum machines and the Synclavier (a keyboard computer also used by Frank Zappa at the time). While he was at it he also reworked some of his mid-'70s material. The LP and CD Charlebois, Vol. 1 (later integrated into the box set Première Période) would have been the perfect collection of essential Charlebois tracks if it had contained the original versions. These synthetic re-recordings had a reason to exist in 1987 when the singer's catalog was not available on CD -- it was the next best thing and fans just had to be happy about it. Now that his late-'60s LPs have been reissued, this collection sounds horribly dated. "Lindberg" was the first psychedelic rock hit from Quebec in 1968. The singer brought in Louise Forestier to re-create the atmosphere of the original, but you cannot emulate the warmth and spaced-out atmosphere of the original with machines. This poor-man's collection deserves to be forgotten. ~ François Couture

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