Jacques

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Recorded on and off over three years, through all sorts of record company and band changes, and ultimately released independently when no major label would take a chance on it, perhaps the most striking thing about this labor of love is its general consistency. Much more than that, though, Jacques turns out to be one of the best single-artist tribute records yet recorded; certainly it was anything but a commercial cash-in, given how its subject, French singer/songwriter Jacques Brel, had little more than a cult following in the English-speaking world, most notably through Scott Walker's various cover versions. Remaking two songs done earlier in his solo career, concert ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Recorded on and off over three years, through all sorts of record company and band changes, and ultimately released independently when no major label would take a chance on it, perhaps the most striking thing about this labor of love is its general consistency. Much more than that, though, Jacques turns out to be one of the best single-artist tribute records yet recorded; certainly it was anything but a commercial cash-in, given how its subject, French singer/songwriter Jacques Brel, had little more than a cult following in the English-speaking world, most notably through Scott Walker's various cover versions. Remaking two songs done earlier in his solo career, concert standby "If You Go Away" and "The Bulls," Almond adds on ten other songs, whose subject matter alone is testimony to Brel's abilities with lyrics both personal and political. The classic Willing Sinners lineup is mostly present throughout Martin McCarrick's abilities with the accordion especially come to the fore here, with plenty of orchestral players as well, serving the Gallic cabaret/pop tunes well. The most striking performances include the worker's lament "The Lockman" and the astoundingly beautiful and lush "The Town Fell Asleep," certainly one his best-ever recordings. In the end, though, singling out songs from this remarkable album is nearly impossible; without any question, it's an out and out triumph.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Some Bizzare
  • UPC: 803341232907
  • Catalog Number: 114

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Devil (Okay) (3:01)
  2. 2 If You Need (1:59)
  3. 3 The Lockman (4:06)
  4. 4 We Must Look (1:48)
  5. 5 Alone (3:25)
  6. 6 I'm Coming (6:15)
  7. 7 Litany for a Return (2:02)
  8. 8 If You Go Away (4:16)
  9. 9 The Town Fell Asleep (5:35)
  10. 10 The Bulls (2:39)
  11. 11 Never to Be Next (3:17)
  12. 12 My Death (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marc Almond Primary Artist, Vocals
Julia Girdwood Oboe
Charles Gray Keyboards
Annie Hogan Piano
Martin McCarrick Accordion, Cello
Billy McGee Strings, Oboe, Double Bass
Richard Riley Guitar, Vocals
Steven Humphreys Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Marc Almond Producer
Jacques Brel Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Gini Ball Contributor
Charles Gray Producer
Jim Toler Engineer
Paul Buck Liner Notes
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