Founder Georges Batard and his pressing plant
French label BORN BAD RECORDS is reknowned for their stellar and wide-ranging compilations. This 3-LP dig into Le Kiosque d'Orphée may well be their crowning achievement. For those of you who don't know the story behind Le Kiosque, let me just say that they were not a label per se, but rather a private press, pay-for-your-own-record company. In the labyrinthine landscape of '70s music, Le Kiosque produced a selection of records that were notably avant-garde, deeply eccentric, and delightfully obscure. Despite their unconventional approach, their creations lay dormant until the diligent excavations of music enthusiasts in the 1990s, long after the label ceased operations in 1991. The allure of Le Kiosque's offerings lies in their enigmatic nature, providing a window into a bygone era of musical experimentation and artistic exploration.