Couleur Café

Couleur Café

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by Serge Gainsbourg
     
 
A French craze for exotic rhythms and dances like the cha-cha and the mambo inspired Serge Gainsbourg to explore Latin and Caribbean rhythms at the outset of his career; Couleur Cafe collects 20 of these beat-driven recordings, which span from 1959 to work from as late as 1974. More than his jazz performances of the same period

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A French craze for exotic rhythms and dances like the cha-cha and the mambo inspired Serge Gainsbourg to explore Latin and Caribbean rhythms at the outset of his career; Couleur Cafe collects 20 of these beat-driven recordings, which span from 1959 to work from as late as 1974. More than his jazz performances of the same period, the earliest songs on the set presage the direction taken on his pop records; in addition to the distinctly snotty attitude which pervades cuts like "Laissez-Moi Tranquille" and "L'Anthracite," the nine tracks taken from the 1964 recording Gainsbourg Percussions innovatively embrace African rhythms while focusing on the thematic concerns (specifically cigarettes, American culture and young girls) of his seminal later work.

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Release Date:
02/25/1997
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0731452894922
catalogNumber:
528949

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Couleur Café 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mooky88 More than 1 year ago
If you want to be a cool cat, a beatnik, a 60's bohemian french poet, hear some giggling gainsbourg girls, or just love a latin jazz party feel this album delivers. The rhythms played are very sweet and infectious, everyone I have played it too instantly goes for it. His singing/talking voice is deep in a cabaret/cafe style. In Belgium they have named a music festival after this album which speaks to it's influence. This album because it is not as cheesey as some of his over the top stuff, his poetry/wit was still more subtextual than the later in your face stuff. This album makes it fun to be french!