Last one. There were two studio albums between 1976 and this one and maybe I'll post them but they were much weaker. This one, recorded live, shows this special something he had that made him such a precious national treasure (for happy few since we were not very much to attend his concerts). Catch it here.
Since 1975 and his first real solo album, Jean-Claude Vannier is with Alain Kan and Christophe in the trio of my fave French singer-songwriters . His name is more popularily linked to Serge Gainsbourg's Melody Nelson album cos he did the so fantastic arrangements and orchestration, of the cult LP, and also to L'Enfant Assassin des Mouches, an album he issued at the end of the sixties, a kind of milestone for experimental music. But for me, the more "mainstream" songs of Jean-Claude Vannier have been undefectible companions of my ups (rares) and downs (unfortunately numerous). I've bought all his solo albums, not many actually (let's say 6 before he disappeared from view), went to see him 3 times in concert (one time in a Veronique Sanson concert, when she played with a Symphonic orchestra he was in charge of the arrangements, but he was booed by the stupid audience and it made me mad), and never omit to cite him when I talked or wrote about French music. What's so particular about him is something so unique in his way to create intimacy without being exhibitionist, as he makes of his own personal wreck something universal similar to a Pessoa or a Cioran. Few have written better lyrics that him and when he's inspired, he reached some unaccessible highs. His music is something a crossover between the Kinks when they're playing caroussel songs and Procol Harum when they're the most ironic but with something purely French in his approach of songs (a kind of talking quality). His singing anticipated the way most new French singers sing for the last 20 years (like Murat or Benabar, not to cite the worst) but I would not compare since he's never anecdotic and he always has a poetic dimension that is lacking today. The most scandalous is that several of his albums (in particular the 3 first ones) have never been reissued on CD. For a beginning I chose to post his only live album, recorded in 1985 with a little string orchestra. I was there and it was magical and full of emotion. If I opted for this live testimony it's because you can hear a selection of songs he composed during the previous 10 years and you will be able at the end to state if you like this man or not. Hope you will. Trust me.
In streaming, I post 2 songs: "Juste une petite fille" and "La chanson de la pluie". Both are high in my hierarchy of my preferences, in particular the second one, to my eyes the most heartbreaking love song of the XXth century.