C'Était Ici

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The double-disc set C'Était Ici presents Yann Tiersen live in concert, performing highlights from his five studio albums and his score for the French film Amélie, the work for which he may be most widely known. While "La Valse d'Amélie" and "L'Autre Valse d'Amélie" sound just as sparkling and magical here as they did in the movie and on its soundtrack, and songs such as "C'Était Ici" and "Rue des Cascades" follow suit, the album gives equal time to the other sides of Tiersen's music. The pieces with vocals are particularly striking, especially "La Rupture," a winding epic that is as eerie as it is beautiful. The mellow, romantic "La Terrasse," meanwhile, highlights the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The double-disc set C'Était Ici presents Yann Tiersen live in concert, performing highlights from his five studio albums and his score for the French film Amélie, the work for which he may be most widely known. While "La Valse d'Amélie" and "L'Autre Valse d'Amélie" sound just as sparkling and magical here as they did in the movie and on its soundtrack, and songs such as "C'Était Ici" and "Rue des Cascades" follow suit, the album gives equal time to the other sides of Tiersen's music. The pieces with vocals are particularly striking, especially "La Rupture," a winding epic that is as eerie as it is beautiful. The mellow, romantic "La Terrasse," meanwhile, highlights the undercurrents of French pop and rock that influence his work. Hints of French folk can be heard on tracks like "Déjà Loin" and the modern-day gypsy fiddling of "Sur le Fil," emphasizing the fact that while Tiersen blends elements of classical, pop, rock, and folk into his music, all of it is quintessentially French. The live format especially suits some of his more energetic songs, such as "Le Jour d'Avant" and "Le Banquet," both of which feature explosive, rock-oriented drumming. Then again, the beautifully intimate renditions of Serge Gainsbourg's "La Noyée" and Tiersen's own "Le Moulin" are just as powerful in a quiet way. The second disc digs deeper into Tiersen's discography, offering more of his longer, more involved compositions such as the swooning "Bagatelle," a collaboration with Dominique Ané, and the 12-minute "Fevrier," which conjures images of the grayest, longest-seeming month with ticking percussion and jittery, atonal pianos, guitars, and brass. Other highlights include the dreamy "Le Méridien" and "La Parade," which feature appropriately somnolent vocals from Lisa Germano, another of Tiersen's frequent collaborators, and the gorgeous "Monochrome," a paradoxically vivid description of day-to-day tedium sung by Ané. C'Était Ici functions almost like a greatest-hits collection of Tiersen's work: a welcome reminder for fans of his diverse talent, and an introduction to the rest of his work for those charmed by Amélie. While most two-hour live albums don't necessarily make a good introduction to an artist's work, C'Était Ici is a very happy exception to that rule.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Emi France
  • UPC: 724381326022
  • Catalog Number: 813260
  • Sales rank: 76,062

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:25)
  2. 2 La Valse d'Amélie (2:05)
  3. 3 C'Etait Ici (1:53)
  4. 4 Rue des Cascades (5:41)
  5. 5 La Rupture (2:43)
  6. 6 La Terrasse (3:57)
  7. 7 Deja Loin (3:02)
  8. 8 Sur le Fil (3:38)
  9. 9 Le Jour d'Avant (4:19)
  10. 10 Le Banquet (2:55)
  11. 11 Les Jours Tristes (3:41)
  12. 12 La Noyee (3:24)
  13. 13 Le Moulin (4:03)
  14. 14 Le Fromveur (2:11)
  15. 15 L' Homme aux Bras Ballants (6:04)
  16. 16 L' Autre Valse d'Amélie (2:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bagatelle (4:17)
  2. 2 Le Meridien (3:58)
  3. 3 L' Absente (3:25)
  4. 4 La Parade (3:34)
  5. 5 La Noyée II (2:39)
  6. 6 Monochrome (3:46)
  7. 7 Plus au Sud (2:53)
  8. 8 Les Bras de Mer (4:03)
  9. 9 Comptine d'un Autre Été l'Après Midi (2:24)
  10. 10 Le Quartier (1:45)
  11. 11 La Crise (3:05)
  12. 12 Février (12:57)
  13. 13 La Valse des Monstres (7:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yann Tiersen Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Accordion, Melodica, Violone, Chant, Carillon, Vibes, Toy Piano, Basse
Lisa Germano Chant, Guest Appearance
Lulu Percussion, Drums, Metallophone
Edith Trombone
I.S.O. Ocarina, Saxophone, Baryton
Quatuor à Cordes Melodica
Dominique A Guitar, Chant, Guest Appearance
Christine Ott Ondes Martenot
Marc Sens Guitar, E-bow
Christian Quermalet Drums
Jesse Hamilton Violone
Irène Nazarian Violone
Isabelle Penet Cello
Sylvie Pinsello Violone
Nicolas Stevens Violone
Olivier Tilkin Violin
Fabrice Tison Sonorisation Salle
Pascale Verne Violone
Emmanuel Villemaux Violone
Jean François Assy Cello
Emmanuel Adnert Flute
Marie Elsa Bretagne Alto
Florentino Calvo Mandolin
Valérie Cardoze Violone
Pierre Cathelain Bassoon
Daniel Chambard Tuba
Muriel Charbonnier Violone
Elisabeth Cottam Violone
Sylvie Dalmais Violone
Technical Credits
Yann Tiersen Arranger
Dominique A Arranger
Christine Ott Arranger
Marc Sens Arranger
Julian Beaufils Transportation
Mathieu Calonne Transportation
Bruno Bouloux Backline Technician
Guillaume Bourgogne Direction
David Darricarrère Contributor, Merchandising
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best!!!

    I would like to think that you have heard of this great musician, but I know that most Americans have not heard of him. I really cannot tell you how much I really like this music. Yann is able to take all of the things that you like about classical, pop, rock, and vocal music and bring it to a new level of energy and excitement. Everything about this album tells you that he is passionate about his music and I want you to give it a try. This is a great album to introduce you to his music. There are vocals in English as well as French on the CD so it is not all in French for those of you that do not speak the language. I really want you to give him a try. If you like him he has got a lot of other albums for you to try too. I cannot wait for the next album.

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