Second re-up. Still better than the previous one, less Barbara and more Gainsbourg, it's in this one that you'll find the songs we were all waiting for in concert. Also a little bit heartshaking for nostalgia. Catch it here.
Promised this one long ago. Never had the real motivation to do it prior to yesterday. So here it is. The third album from Jean Claude Vannier, better known for his work as arranger for artists such as Serge Gainsbourg (he is responsible for the special sound of the Melody Nelson album) or Veronique Sanson (her symphonic work) but so much more. However, it's his solo career I have a deep affection for. From 1975 to 1990, the time period he released 5 studio LP and 1 live he would be my song companion, the only one in France with Christophe and Elli Medeiros to be honest. As most of his albums (except the first, L'assassin des mouches released in 1972 and much more experimental than his later work), this one has never been released in CD (and some would like that I share a tear for these fucking bastards of the record industry). It's my fave of his whole discography. Less influenced by Barbara than the previous one and more by Serge Gainsbourg and Procol Harum, it's the last before he would become more tied to a strict song format. There are some of the best songs ever written in French here such as "Des coups de poing dans la gueule", "La chanson de la pluie" (but the live version is much more moving), "Browning" and "Bécon-les-Bruyères". It was unfortunately not a good time to release such an album in 1976, a year people had their ears elsewhere and on more artificial sounds and I'm sure he was quite desillusioned (but it's not a man to have much illusion on anything, even on him, when you listen to his lyrics). One of these records explaining why I created this blog.
Des coups de poing dans la gueule
Habitants de Bécon-Les-Bruyères