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Bad Reputation: Pierre De Gaillande Sings Georges Brassens

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Georges Brassens was a French singer/songwriter, sort of Jacques Brel before there was Brel, Serge Gainsbourg before Gainsbourg existed. Anarchic, and blessed with a devastating, deflating wit, his music never traveled like the others. Pierre de Gaillande is a former American indie kid, half French, who rediscovered his passion for Brassens and has made this labor of love, with new translations and new arrangements of the material. It's delightful stuff, and de Gaillande has brought everything perfectly alive, airing Brassens' moral sketches with real joy, and exposing listeners to a remarkable composer. Mixing instruments like guitar, charango, clarinet, and lap steel is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Georges Brassens was a French singer/songwriter, sort of Jacques Brel before there was Brel, Serge Gainsbourg before Gainsbourg existed. Anarchic, and blessed with a devastating, deflating wit, his music never traveled like the others. Pierre de Gaillande is a former American indie kid, half French, who rediscovered his passion for Brassens and has made this labor of love, with new translations and new arrangements of the material. It's delightful stuff, and de Gaillande has brought everything perfectly alive, airing Brassens' moral sketches with real joy, and exposing listeners to a remarkable composer. Mixing instruments like guitar, charango, clarinet, and lap steel is inspired, since it doesn't root the music in any special tradition. There are touches of jazz, and it's undoubtedly French chanson at its root. It's all delightfully cynical and world-weary, with plenty of wit. Most of all, it makes you hope that there are more Brassens songs that de Gaillande can record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Barbes
  • UPC: 723721470258
  • Catalog Number: 27
  • Sales rank: 125,319

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pierre de Gaillande Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Tony Jarvis Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Bass Clarinet, Electric Guitar
Christian Bongers Bass
Quentin Jennings Piano, Autoharp, Vocals, Background Vocals, Xylophone, Charango, Shaker, Wurlitzer
Keren Ann Vocals
Lucas Van Lenten Background Vocals
Dan Menke Drums
Daniel Weintraub Harmonium, Background Vocals
David Spinley Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Georges Brassens Composer
Juan Antonio Illustrations
Pierre de Gaillande Liner Notes, translation
Quentin Jennings Engineer, Translation Assistant
Rachel Salomon Illustrations
Lissi Erwin Cover Design
Randy Merrill Mastering
Daniel Weintraub Engineer
Danielle Skorzanka Illustrations
Didier Agid Liner Notes
Chelsea Lewyta Illustrations
Benjamin Clarke Illustrations
Hannah Cole Illustrations
Philippe De Gailande Translation Assistant
Peter Kellers Illustrations
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