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Absinthe: The French Album
     

Absinthe: The French Album

by Marc Almond
 
Initially recorded with some of the Jacques sessions but then completed in 1990 after the final break with longtime collaborator Annie Hogan, Absinthe can't quite equal the brilliance of Marc Almond's Brel tribute; as a loving overview and celebration of many other French songs that provided him

Overview

Initially recorded with some of the Jacques sessions but then completed in 1990 after the final break with longtime collaborator Annie Hogan, Absinthe can't quite equal the brilliance of Marc Almond's Brel tribute; as a loving overview and celebration of many other French songs that provided him inspiration, though it's a more than fine release. Featuring pianist/arranger Martin Watkins, Almond's partner during his early-'90s acoustic tours, on most of the tracks, the covers of such artists as Juliette Gréco, Leo Ferre, Barbara, and Charles Aznavour (plus new musical interpretations of poems by Sartre and Rimbaud) run from swinging nightclub fare, such as the wickedly enticing opener, "Undress Me," to emotional drama sessions of the most theatrical degree -- and why not? It is Marc Almond. The sexual extremism of "The Slave" inevitably calls to mind the sensual darkness of the Violent Silence EP, as does "Incestuous Love." "A Man" grooves suavely and powerfully, while the spotlight-on-the-singer version of "Yesterday When I Was Young" closes out the collection well. In the end, more of a curiosity than Jacques, but an enjoyable one.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/1996
Label:
Thirsty Ear
UPC:
0700435702622
catalogNumber:
57026

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Performance Credits

Marc Almond   Primary Artist
Gini Ball   Violin
Charles Gray   Guitar
Annie Hogan   Piano
Martin McCarrick   Piano,Accordion,Cello
Billy McGee   Double Bass
Bill McGhee   Double Bass
Audrey Riley   Cello
Nigel Thomas   Trombone
Enrico Tomasso   Trumpet
Jacques Quezin   Guitar,Violin
Jean de Aguiar   Guitar,Drums
Guy Carpentier   Accordion
Michel Grunberger   Brass
Joel Mahaut   Brass
Hirt Rust   Drums
Martin Watkins   Piano
Steve Humphries   Percussion,Drums
Audrey Ailey   Cello

Technical Credits

Marc Almond   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation,Concept
Charles Gray   Producer,Engineer
Annie Hogan   Arranger
Billy McGee   Arranger
Bill McGhee   Arranger
Jean de Aguiar   Programming,drum programming
Steve Pyke   Cover Photo
Martin Watkins   Arranger,Producer
Bernard Natier   Engineer
Steve Humphries   Arranger
Paul Buck   Liner Notes,translation,English Translations
Robert Nyel   Composer

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