1755 Mark 35th Anniversary With Release of Three CD Box Set
Moncton, N.-B. - July 16, 2012 – The legendary Acadian band 1755 is celebrating its 35th anniversary. To underline this important milestone, 1755 releases Anthologie, a box-set reuniting all three of the band’s studio albums completely remastered: 1755, Vivre à la Baie, and Synergie. The box-set will be distributed in stores and on iTunes starting July 17, 2012 by Distribution Plages (www.plages.net).
Anthologie brings together all 3 of the band's studio albums including the two most popular, 1755 (1978) and Vivre à la Baie (1979), and featuring great hits such as C.B. Buddie, Rue Dufferin, U.I.C., Le jardinier du couvent, and Vivre à la Baie, among others. The band's third album Synergie, recorded in the early 80's, is also part of the package. Probably the least known of the three, this album was only released in the late 1990s under the name Yous'que t’es rendue.
Band members are proud to offer Anthologie to the public. “After all these years, says Roland Gauvin, we can finally share our music the way we want to. Our songs have gotten a little face-lift, thanks the remastering work of Mike Bourgeois, but the feeling remains the same. The sound is also more crisp, closer to today’s recordings.”
The group hopes this three CD anthology will appeal to both nostalgics as well as members of the next generations: "Re-listening to the albums brought back so many good memories, says Pierre Robichaud. It reminds us of great shows we presented, and people we met along the way. We are glad to have the opportunity to share all this again with the public.”
In addition to containing the three albums, the box-set also includes a booklet telling the story of 1755, with anecdotes of the studio recordings. The cover of Anthologie was designed by Mark Young.
Anthologie is dedicated to the memory of Gerald Leblanc, Lucien Gagnon, and Ivan Vanhecke.
1755 will present several shows this summer. On Friday, July 20, the band will be in Bathurst for the Hospitality Days. On Saturday, July 21, 1755 will officially celebrate its 35th anniversary at the Shediac arena. On Wednesday, July 25, they will take the stage in Cap D’Espoir, Gaspésie, during the Festi-Plage. 1755 will be in Caraquet on August 15, and finally, on Saturday, August 18, the band will perform at the Dieppe Kite International Festival.
Acadian group 1755 was founded in the 1970s, decade during which the Acadian society was booming culturally. Kenneth Saulnier, Pierre Robichaud, Roland Gauvin, Donald Boudreau, and Ronald Dupuis played together on stage and on records from 1977 to 1984. The group often reunite to perform shows and summer tours. A particularly notable show was at the Moncton Coliseum during the first Acadian World Congress in 1994, which was filmed and turned into a live album Les retrouvailles de la famille. They have performed all across the Maritimes, Canada, Louisiana, and France.
1755 combined folk, country and rock with traditional folk songs lyrics or original compositions from the band members or Acadian poet Gérald Leblanc. The songs are performed in French and in chiac, the French dialect of south eastern New Brunswick. The group is considered an icon of modern Acadian culture and is credited for launching the modern Acadian musical scene at the international level and for influencing several Acadian artists and bands that came after them.
1755 is signifgant for Acadians and the history of Atlantic Canada. It is the year that the Acadian Expulsion began. The English Expulsion of the French Acadians forcibly loaded many onto ships and deposited along the coast which is now the United States. Some are ancestors of the Cajuns of Louisiana,