Monsieur Gainsbourg: Revisited

Monsieur Gainsbourg: Revisited

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The mystique of Serge Gainsbourg still hangs in the air, like smoke from a Gitane, and 15 years after his death, the self proclaimed "cabbage-headed sex maniac" still exerts a phenomenal amount of charisma and influence over the pop world. Prime example -- Verve Forecast's timely tribute, Monsieur Gainsbourg: Revisited. It's a tribute album with a twist, thoughSee more details below

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The mystique of Serge Gainsbourg still hangs in the air, like smoke from a Gitane, and 15 years after his death, the self proclaimed "cabbage-headed sex maniac" still exerts a phenomenal amount of charisma and influence over the pop world. Prime example -- Verve Forecast's timely tribute, Monsieur Gainsbourg: Revisited. It's a tribute album with a twist, though, as all of the songs have been meticulously translated into English, many for the first time. The sheer variety of the contributors here should give some indication of the universal influence the man still holds. From Jarvis Cocker to Marianne Faithfull, Michael Stipe to Marc Almond, Franz Ferdinand to Cat Power -- the lineup is nearly as diverse as the man's career was and, duly, the material covered here comes from nearly every corner of Gainsbourg's catalog. Unlike many collections of his work, Revisited doesn't dwell on his infamously racy selections (although there is the requisite "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus" appearance, à la Cat Power and Karen Elson, and trip-hop's own "dirty old man" Tricky lays the musk on pretty thick for his sweaty take on "Goodbye Emmanuelle." Instead, the focus is more heavily on Gainsbourg's introspective, melancholy side (Michael Stipe's refreshing and impressively sincere reading of "L'Hotel Particullier" is a standout in that arena, as is Carla Bruni's "Those Little Things"). Alongside the melancholy, there is a good amount of just plain fun to be had as well. Faultline, Brian Molko, and Françoise Hardy's "Requiem for a Jerk" and Gonzales, Feist, and Dani's "Boomerang 2005" bring self-conscious chuckles and booty-shaking, respectively, into the mix, while the Rakes and Kills selections bring on the bravado. In a situation where any number of factors could have sent this project careening down the wrong tracks, Verve Forecast managed to wrangle it all in and offer a tribute that is reverent, representational, serious, and fun, all at the same time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2006
Label:
Verve Fontana
UPC:
0602498408797
catalogNumber:
711202

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Tracks

  1. A Song for Sorry Angel (Sorry Angel)  -  Franz Ferdinand
  2. I Love You (Me Either) (Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus)
  3. I Just Came to Tell You That I'm Going
  4. Requiem for Anna (Un Jour Comme un Autre - Anna)
  5. Requiem for a Jerk (Requiem Pour un Con)  - Brian Molko
  6. L' Hôtel (L'Hôtel Particulier)  - Michael Stipe
  7. Au Revior Emmanuelle (Goodbye Emmanuelle)
  8. Lola R. For Ever (Lola Rastaquouere)
  9. Boomerang 2005 (Comme un Boomerang)  -  Gonzales
  10. Boy Toy (I'm the Boy)  - Trash Palace
  11. The Ballad of Melody Nelson (Ballade de Melody Nelson)  -  Placebo
  12. Just a Man with a Job (Le Poinçonneur des Lilas)  -  Rakes
  13. I Call It Art (Le Chanson de Slogan)  -  Kills
  14. Those Little Things (Ces Petits Riens)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Almond   Vocals
Françoise Hardy   Vocals
Jane Birkin   Vocals
Sly Dunbar   Drums
James Iha   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Guitar
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Adrian Utley   Track Performer
Gonzales   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Melodica,Bells
Geoff Barrow   Track Performer
Beth Gibbons   Track Performer
Kevin March   Drums
Stefan Olsdal   Track Performer
Steve Hewitt   Track Performer
Bob Hardy   Bass
Chan Marshall   Vocals
Brian Molko   Vocals,Track Performer
Guillaume Eyango   Vocal Harmony
Alex Kapranos   Guitar,Vocals
Nick McCarthy   Guitar,Keyboards
Alex Bonnie   Bass
Karen Elson   Vocals
Cozette   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Megalyn Echikunwoke   Vocals
Paul Thomson   Drums

Technical Credits

Marianne Faithfull   Producer
Serge Gainsbourg   Composer
Jane Birkin   Adaptation
Jarvis Cocker   Adaptation
Sly Dunbar   Producer
Flood   Producer
Paul Hussey   Producer
Matt Hyde   Engineer
James Iha   Producer
Paul Ives   Adaptation
Robbie Shakespeare   Producer
Michael Stipe   Adaptation
Adrian Utley   Engineer
Howie Weinberg   Mastering
Gonzales   Producer,Adaptation
Dominique Blanc-Francard   Producer
Kid Loco   Producer
Renaud Letang   Producer
Chan Marshall   Adaptation
Robert DelBueno   Engineer
Gary Maurer   Engineer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Boris Bergman   Adaptation
Bénédicte Schmitt   Engineer
Greg Pliska   String Coordinator
Rudyard Lee Cullers   Engineer
Tommaso Colliva   Engineer
Thomas Moulin   Engineer
Alex Kapranos   Adaptation
Stuart Matthews   Engineer
David Kosten   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Thomas Roman Dozol   Adaptation
Jean Daniel Beauvallet   Executive Producer,Concept,Artistic Director
Christian Fevret   Executive Producer,Concept,Artistic Director
James Brown   Engineer

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