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Histoire De Melody Nelson (1971)
Serge Gainsbourg - 1971 - France - music
Histoire De Melody Nelson (1971) - Serge Gainsbourg
Histoire De Melody Nelson - Serge Gainsbourg [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Track Listings 1. Melody 2. Ballade De Melody Nelson 3. Valse De Melody 4. Ah! Melody 5. L'Hotel Particulier 6. En Melody 7. Cargo Culte
1998 reissue on Mercury of his 1971 album for the label that has a strong Velvet Underground feel to it throughout. A 20 bit digital remaster, it features the original cover art & all seven of the original tracks. Digipak. 1998 Mercury release. amazon editorial
I'd heard his name a million times before over the years, but was unfamiliar with his work. I happened upon this album and thinking it would be a quirky 70's novelty item, I purchased it. I was transfixed! I don't speak a word of French, so I have only the slightest clue whats going on here, but this music and his delivery transcends language. I find it ultimately pointless to try and describe music, but think of the coolest 70's porn music imaginable, add strings and in some parts a choir, and then add a lecherous and deep narration over the top and you start to get an idea. And along the way you'll hear some of the most beautiful "melodies" that you've ever thought possible. If you've ever swooned to Scott Walker, or been hypnotized by a particularly lush film soundtrack, then you will ADORE this. If you've never purchased Serge before, START HERE. You'll fall for Melody Nelson, too. -- James Baker for amazon.com
L' Enfant Assassin des Mouches (1972) - Jean-Claude Vannier
L' Enfant Assasin des Mouches (1972) - Jean-Claude Vannier [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
The Debut Release from Finders Keepers Records, We Present the Seminal 1972 Album from Serge Gainsbourg's Right-hand Man Jean-claude Vannier. Recorded During the Same Sessions as Gainsbourg's Highly Acclaimed Masterpiece "Melody Nelson" it Follows in a Similar Avant-garde Rock-opera Vein. "l'enfant Assasin Des Mouches" (The Child Fly-killer) is a Supernatural Tale Written by Gainsbourg Depicting the Journey of the Young Child Travelling Through a Nightmarish "Fly Kingdom". Vannier Narrates the Story with Sparse Music Concrete Sounds Coupled with Choirs, Funky Beats, Cowbells, Wah-wah Guitars and Ethnic Strings. Comparisons Could Be Made with Some of Frank Zappa's "Hot Rats" Material and Alain Goraguer's Creepy "La Planéte Sauvage".
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Melody Nelson lyrics published by Eric LosfeldMELODY NELSON De Serge Gainsbourg (Ed. Eric Losfeld, Paris 1971).
Eric Losfeld est un éditeur spécialisé dans l´érotisme et le surréalisme, et il ne pouvait rester indifférent aux provocations de Gainsbourg. Reprenant les textes de l´album “histoire de mélody nelson” parue au printemps 71, sera l´unique collaboration entre les deux hommes. Avortée à cause d´une faillite financière due à la censure et aux procès à répétition. L´album quand à lui sera adapté à la télé par J.-Ch. Averty en décembre 71.
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