Monsieur Gainsbourg: Revisited

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All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
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: 8/1/2006
  • Label: Verve Fontana
  • UPC: 602498408797
  • Catalog Number: 711202
  • Sales rank: 114,316

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
Paul Thomson Drums
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
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
James Brown 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
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