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Released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of his death in 1991, Best of Gainsbourg: Comme un Boomerang is a two-CD retrospective featuring 47 tracks plucked from the extensive back catalog of France's most notorious musical enfant terrible, Serge Gainsbourg. One of hundreds of compilations that have attempted to summarize the unashamed provocateur's 40-year recording career, this Wrasse Records release is perhaps the most comprehensive since 2006's Anthologie, taking in material from his 1958 debut album, Du Chant a la Une!... ("Le Poinconneur des Lilas") right up to his 1987 swan song, You're Under Arrest (his cover version of Edith Piaf's "Mon Legionnaire"). With a track list helpfully compiled in chronological order, Comme un Boomerang showcases his ability to effortlessly shift musical direction, from the Boris Vian-inspired traditional French chanson "La Recette de l'Amour Fou," to the bohemian jazz of "Black Trombone," to the psychedelic guitar pop of "L'Hotel Particulier," to the Sly & Robbie-produced reggae of "Aux Armes et Cetera" (his controversial interpretation of the French national anthem), and to the sultry electronica of "Sorry Angel." Alongside his signature tune, the sensual and scandalous U.K. chart-topping duet with Jane Birkin, "Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus," there are also his famous collaborations with actresses Brigitte Bardot ("Bonnie and Clyde," "Comic Strip") and Catherine Deneuve ("Dieu Fumeur de Havanes"), contributions from his series of controversial '70s concept albums, the Lolita-influenced Histoire de Melody Nelson ("Ballade de Melody Nelson") and the Nazism-based Rock Around the Bunker (the title track), and his own recording of the innuendo-laden hit he penned for Parisian yé-yé singer France Gall ("Les Sucettes"). Casual fans who might be overwhelmed by its generous track list would be better off with the more streamlined Initials S.G. (2003) or The Originals (2006), but if you want to further investigate one of pop music's most eccentric figures, Comme un Boomerang is perhaps all you'll ever need.
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1
Le poinçonneur des Lilas
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:42

Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alain Goraguer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Denis Bourgeois, Producer

℗ 1958 Mercury Music Group

2
Du jazz dans le ravin
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:10

Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alain Goraguer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Denis Bourgeois, Producer

℗ 1958 Mercury Music Group

3
La recette de l'amour fou
Serge Gainsbourg
00:01:55

Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alain Goraguer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Denis Bourgeois, Producer

℗ 1958 Mercury Music Group

4
L'eau à la bouche BOF "L'eau à la bouche"
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:29

Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alain Goraguer, Composer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1960 Warner Chappell Music France

5
La chanson de Prévert
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:00

Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alain Goraguer, Producer, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1961 Mercury Music Group

6
Black Trombone
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:36

Jacques Plait, Producer - Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Alain Goraguer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 Mercury Music Group

7
Baudelaire
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:26

Jacques Plait, Producer - Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, MainArtist - Alain Goraguer, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Pierre Baudelaire, Author

℗ 1962 Mercury Music Group

8
Intoxicated Man
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:36

Jacques Plait, Producer - Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alain Goraguer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 Mercury Music Group

9
La javanaise
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:28

Jacques Plait, Producer - Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Harry Robinson, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 Mercury Music Group

10
Chez les yé-yé Complete Take
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:17

Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - M Gaudry, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - Elek Bacsika, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 Mercury Music Group

11
Elaeudanla téitéia
Serge Gainsbourg
00:01:37

Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - Elek Bacsik, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - M Gaudry, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 Mercury Music Group

12
New York USA
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:15

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - Alain Goraguer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 Mercury Music Group

13
Couleur café
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:12

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - Alain Goraguer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 Mercury Music Group

14
Ces petits riens
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:00

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - Alain Goraguer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 Mercury Music Group

15
Qui est "In", qui est "Out"
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:17

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - Art Greenslade, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Mercury Music Group

16
Docteur Jekyll et monsieur Hyde
Serge Gainsbourg
00:01:54

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - Arthur Greenslade, Musical Director - Art Greenslade, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Mercury Music Group

17
Comic Strip
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:09

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - David Whitaker, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Mercury Music Group

18
Hold Up
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:18

Serge Gainsbourg, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - David Whitaker, Musical Director, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Mercury Music Group

19
Chatterton
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:05

Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - David Whitaker, Arranger, Work Arranger - Giorgio Gomelsky, Producer

℗ 1967 Mercury Music Group

20
Bonnie And Clyde
Brigitte Bardot
00:04:15

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michel Colombier, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - Brigitte Bardot, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Mercury Music Group

21
Initials B.B.
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:32

Serge Gainsbourg, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - Art Greenslade, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Mercury Music Group

22
Ford Mustang
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:37

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - CLAUDE DEJACQUES, Producer - Art Greenslade, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Mercury Music Group

23
Requiem pour un c... BOF "Le pacha"
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:51

Serge Gainsbourg, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Michel Colombier, Composer, Producer, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Editions Musicales Hortensia

24
Je t'aime moi non plus
Serge Gainsbourg
00:04:19

Serge Gainsbourg, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jane Birkin, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Art Greenslade, Musical Director, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jean-Claude Desmarty, Producer

℗ 1969 Mercury Music Group

25
Comic Strip Version anglaise
Brigitte Bardot
00:02:11

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Brigitte Bardot, MainArtist - David Whitaker, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Mercury Music Group

26
Bonnie And Clyde Version anglaise
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:44

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Michel Colombier, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1968 Mercury Music Group

DISC 2

1
L'anamour
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:15

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Art Greenslade, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Jean-Claude Desmarty, Producer

℗ 1969 Mercury Music Group

2
69 année érotique
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:17

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Birkin, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Art Greenslade, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Jean-Claude Desmarty, Producer

℗ 1969 Mercury Music Group

3
Sous le soleil exactement
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:50

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Greenslade, Musical Director - Art Greenslade, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jean-Claude Desmarty, Producer

℗ 1969 Mercury Music Group

4
Les sucettes
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:35

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Art Greenslade, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Jean-Claude Desmarty, Producer

℗ 1969 Mercury Music Group

5
Elisa BOF "L'horizon"
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:26

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Michel Colombier, Composer - Art Greenslade, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jean-Claude Desmarty, Producer

℗ 1969 Mercury Music Group

6
Ballade de Melody Nelson
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:01

Serge Gainsbourg, Author, MainArtist - Jean-Claude Vannier, Composer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Birkin, MainArtist - Jean-Claude Desmarty, Producer

℗ 1971 Mercury Music Group

7
L'hôtel particulier BOF "Melody Nelson"
Serge Gainsbourg
00:04:06

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Jean-Claude Vannier, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Jean-Claude Desmarty, Producer

℗ 1971 Mercury Music Group

8
La décadance
Jane Birkin
00:05:12

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Jean-Claude Vannier, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Birkin, MainArtist - Philippe Lerichomme, Producer

℗ 1971 Mercury Music Group

9
Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:19

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alain Hortu, Producer

℗ 1973 Mercury Music Group

10
Comme un boomerang
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:39

Serge Gainsbourg, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 Mercury Music Group

11
Rock Around The Bunker
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:20

Alan Hawkshaw, Keyboards, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - ALAN PARKER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dougie Wright, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Judd Proctor, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Olliff, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alain Hortu, Producer - Jim Lawless, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Brain Odgers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 Mercury Music Group

12
L'ami Caouette
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:07

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Jean-Pierre Sabar, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 Mercury Music Group

13
Ma Lou Marilou
Serge Gainsbourg
00:02:40

Alan Hawkshaw, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Philippe Lerichomme, Producer

℗ 1976 Mercury Music Group

14
My Lady Héroïne
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:10

Alan Hawkshaw, Producer - Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ketelbey, Author - ALAN PARKER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Odgers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dougie Wright, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Lawless, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Mercury Music Group

15
Sea, Sex And Sun
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:39

Alan Hawkshaw, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Philippe Lerichomme, Producer

℗ 1978 Mercury Music Group

16
Aux armes et caetera
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:05

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, MainArtist - Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, Author - Bruno Blum, Producer - Philippe Lerichomme, Producer

℗ 1979 Mercury Music Group

17
Lola rastaquouère
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:41

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Bruno Blum, Producer - Philippe Lerichomme, Producer

℗ 1979 Mercury Music Group

18
Dieu fumeur de havanes BOF "Je vous aime"
Catherine Deneuve
00:03:50

Serge Gainsbourg, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jean-Pierre Sabar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Catherine Deneuve, MainArtist - Don Ray, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 Pathé Renn

19
La nostalgie camarade
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:21

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philippe Lerichomme, Producer

℗ 1981 Mercury Music Group

20
Love On The Beat
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:58

Larry Fast, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Alexander, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Serge Gainsbourg, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stan Harrison, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Simms, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Rush, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Steve simms, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Philippe Lerichomme, Producer

℗ 1984 Mercury Music Group

21
Sorry Angel
Serge Gainsbourg
00:03:57

Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Author, MainArtist - Billy Rush, Producer - Philippe Lerichomme, Producer

℗ 1984 Mercury Music Group

22
You're Under Arrest
Serge Gainsbourg
00:04:12

Serge Gainsbourg, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Billy Rush, Producer - Philippe Lerichomme, Producer

℗ 1987 Mercury Music Group

23
Mon légionnaire
Serge Gainsbourg
00:05:35

Serge Gainsbourg, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Asso, Author - Billy Rush, Producer - Marguerite Angèle Monnot, Composer - Philippe Lerichomme, Producer

℗ 1987 Mercury Music Group

Album Description

Released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of his death in 1991, Best of Gainsbourg: Comme un Boomerang is a two-CD retrospective featuring 47 tracks plucked from the extensive back catalog of France's most notorious musical enfant terrible, Serge Gainsbourg. One of hundreds of compilations that have attempted to summarize the unashamed provocateur's 40-year recording career, this Wrasse Records release is perhaps the most comprehensive since 2006's Anthologie, taking in material from his 1958 debut album, Du Chant a la Une!... ("Le Poinconneur des Lilas") right up to his 1987 swan song, You're Under Arrest (his cover version of Edith Piaf's "Mon Legionnaire"). With a track list helpfully compiled in chronological order, Comme un Boomerang showcases his ability to effortlessly shift musical direction, from the Boris Vian-inspired traditional French chanson "La Recette de l'Amour Fou," to the bohemian jazz of "Black Trombone," to the psychedelic guitar pop of "L'Hotel Particulier," to the Sly & Robbie-produced reggae of "Aux Armes et Cetera" (his controversial interpretation of the French national anthem), and to the sultry electronica of "Sorry Angel." Alongside his signature tune, the sensual and scandalous U.K. chart-topping duet with Jane Birkin, "Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus," there are also his famous collaborations with actresses Brigitte Bardot ("Bonnie and Clyde," "Comic Strip") and Catherine Deneuve ("Dieu Fumeur de Havanes"), contributions from his series of controversial '70s concept albums, the Lolita-influenced Histoire de Melody Nelson ("Ballade de Melody Nelson") and the Nazism-based Rock Around the Bunker (the title track), and his own recording of the innuendo-laden hit he penned for Parisian yé-yé singer France Gall ("Les Sucettes"). Casual fans who might be overwhelmed by its generous track list would be better off with the more streamlined Initials S.G. (2003) or The Originals (2006), but if you want to further investigate one of pop music's most eccentric figures, Comme un Boomerang is perhaps all you'll ever need.
© Jon O'Brien /TiVo

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