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French Music - Released January 1, 2011 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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You don't need to speak a word of French to understand Histoire de Melody Nelson -- one needs only to look at the front cover (with its nearly pornographic portrait of a half-naked nymphet clutching a rag doll) or hear the lechery virtually dripping from Serge Gainsbourg's sleazily seductive voice to realize that this is the record your mother always warned you about, a masterpiece of perversion and corruption. A concept record exploring the story of -- and Gainsbourg's lust for -- the titular teen heroine, Histoire de Melody Nelson is arguably his most coherent and perfectly realized studio album, with the lush arrangements which characterize the majority of his work often mixed here with funky rhythm lines which underscore the musky allure of the music. Perhaps best described as a dirty old bastard's attempt to make his own R&B love-man's record along the lines of a Let's Get It On (itself still two years away from release), it's by turns fascinating and repellent, hilarious and grim, but never dull -- which, in Gainsbourg's world, would be the ultimate (and quite possibly the only) sin. © Jason Ankeny /TiVo
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French Music - Released January 1, 1976 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 1971 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 1964 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released June 15, 2015 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 1989 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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There aren't many other French singer/songwriters out there who can hold a candle to the legend that is...Gainsbourg. The late legend looms large in the French cultural vocabulary, and modern Francophone pop wouldn't be the same without him. For those looking to understand why, this collection, released in 1989 (and again in 2001), is a good place to start. Sort of. It lacks the hits that he was known for, but captures -- in a live setting -- the attitude and panache that made him a true star. © Chris True /TiVo
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French Music - Released January 1, 2003 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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This is one messed up set. Dig the fact that this is Serge Gainsbourg in dread beat and booze. Aux Armes et Cætera is literally Gainsbourg on the rocksteady tip with Sly and Robbie, Flabba Holt, Michael "Mao" Chung, Ansel Collins, I-Threes, Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt, Sticky Thompson, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, and a bunch of French folks playing puff-the-ganja and help the white man in Kingston. Gainsbourg knew what he wanted -- a Lee Perry-styled dubber and dread outing -- and he knew the cats to hire to get it. It contains 15 cuts; some, such as "Javanise," are remakes, while others, ("Des Laids, Des Laids") were written for the session. The Jamaican studio musicians are solid, rocking it down the pipe dark, smoky, and deadly in their grooves. While Serge would seemingly be at a creative impasse, having been one of the whitest men ever to record a side, his tunes work here because he's allowed them to be completely transformed by the Rastas, and his vocals work because they are chanted rather than sung. This is weird, dangerous, and campy music, but it works like a charm. In its day this album was reviled: now it's the work of a visionary. Go figure, but if you dig Gainsbourg, this is for you. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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French Music - Released September 9, 1996 | Mercury (France)

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A French craze for exotic rhythms and dances like the cha-cha and the mambo inspired Serge Gainsbourg to explore Latin and Caribbean rhythms at the outset of his career; Couleur Cafe collects 20 of these beat-driven recordings, which span from 1959 to work from as late as 1974. More than his jazz performances of the same period, the earliest songs on the set presage the direction taken on his pop records; in addition to the distinctly snotty attitude which pervades cuts like "Laissez-Moi Tranquille" and "L'Anthracite," the nine tracks taken from the 1964 recording Gainsbourg Percussions innovatively embrace African rhythms while focusing on the thematic concerns (specifically cigarettes, American culture and young girls) of his seminal later work. © Jason Ankeny /TiVo
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French Music - Released November 1, 2010 | Discograph

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French Music - Released January 1, 2011 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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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French Music - Released December 31, 2014 | BnF Collection

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French Music - Released January 1, 1968 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released October 16, 2015 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released June 22, 2020 | Diggers Factory

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French Music - Released January 1, 1973 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 1984 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released February 26, 2021 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 1979 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 1958 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 1981 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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