Histoire de Melody Nelson

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
You don't need to speak a word of French to understand Histoire de Melody Nelson -- one needs only to look at the front cover with its nearly pornographic portrait of a half-naked nymphet clutching a rag doll or hear the lechery virtually dripping from Serge Gainsbourg's sleazily seductive voice to realize that this is the record your mother always warned you about, a masterpiece of perversion and corruption. A concept record exploring the story of -- and Gainsbourg's lust for -- the titular teen heroine, Histoire de Melody Nelson is arguably his most coherent and perfectly realized studio album, with the lush arrangements which characterize the majority of his work often ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
You don't need to speak a word of French to understand Histoire de Melody Nelson -- one needs only to look at the front cover with its nearly pornographic portrait of a half-naked nymphet clutching a rag doll or hear the lechery virtually dripping from Serge Gainsbourg's sleazily seductive voice to realize that this is the record your mother always warned you about, a masterpiece of perversion and corruption. A concept record exploring the story of -- and Gainsbourg's lust for -- the titular teen heroine, Histoire de Melody Nelson is arguably his most coherent and perfectly realized studio album, with the lush arrangements which characterize the majority of his work often mixed here with funky rhythm lines which underscore the musky allure of the music. Perhaps best described as a dirty old bastard's attempt to make his own R&B love-man's record along the lines of a Let's Get It On itself still two years away from release, it's by turns fascinating and repellent, hilarious and grim, but never dull -- which, in Gainsbourg's world, would be the ultimate and quite possibly the only sin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • UPC: 826853004022
  • Catalog Number: 40
  • Sales rank: 30,107

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Melody (7:35)
  2. 2 Ballade de Melody Nelson - Jane Birkin (2:00)
  3. 3 Valse de Melody (1:31)
  4. 4 Ah! Melody (1:49)
  5. 5 L' Hotel Particulier (4:05)
  6. 6 En Melody (3:25)
  7. 7 Cargo Culte (7:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Serge Gainsbourg Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Jean-Luc Ponty Electric Violin
Jane Birkin Vocals
Roger Coulam Keyboards
Vic Flick Guitar
Brian Odgers Bass
Dougie Wright Drums
Jean-Claude Vannier Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jean Guerin Mastering
Dave Cooley Remastering
Jean Claude Charvier Engineer
Jean-Claude Vannier Arranger, Direction, Orchestra Director
Andy Votel Producer, Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Sebastien Merlet Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Josh Wright Executive Producer
Chris Ferraro Executive Producer
Will Tyler Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Andy Beta Liner Notes
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