Under the alias of Zanov we find the works of French electronic pioneer Pierre Salkazanov, who had started playing guitar in the '60s in the Shadows styled band, Les Ambassadors. Instrumental rock was not enough for Salkazanov, he was always looking for evolution, so when a meeting with French synth player Serge Ramses (of Secret fame) got him into the world of synthesizers he just dived deep into the burgeoning world of electronic music. He got himself his first synths and started producing works with a 4-track Teac tape machine. French music was at its pinnacle, it was the era of Jean Michel Jarre, Didier Bocquet, Richard Pinhas and Heldon, Alain Meunier and even Gong's Tim Blake was living in France at that time.
And so Zanov soon caught the attention of Polydor, who released Green Ray in 1976. It is a work made with minimal equipment if compared to other French artists, not to mention their German peers. He worked on the EMS VCS3 synth and used a 4-track Teac and a Revox A77 Mk IV reel to reel tape recorders obtaining huge sound results. You can appreciate an influence from the Berlin school here and Green Ray walks the same path of what artists like Tangerine Dream and the likes were producing at the time. Zanov had also fell under the spell of Ricochet, but his head was boiling with ideas which gave the recordings a very personal, unique touch.
Zanov's three albums were met with unanimous critical acclaim for their sound quality as well as for the originality of their very personal universe.
• First ever vinyl reissue of Zanov's Green Ray under license
• Remastered sound
• Includes a bonus 7" with previously unreleased material
• Features original artwork and an 8-page insert with liner notes & photos