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Album Review

If you've already purchased all of the late Daniel Balavoine's albums, there isn't anything on this 16-track retrospective disc you don't have. Spanning his entire career, this compilation of studio and live tracks features all of his hits and near misses. [There is another edition of this title with the same front cover that contains two discs; the latter is the most comprehensive collection of his work available.]

Customer Reviews


Even if you don't understand French you will appreciate these songs. This collection is from the late Seventies through the mid Eighties. The arrangements definitely reflect that period, but the melodies and voice shine through. My favorites are tracks 6, 9, 13, and 15.

Great memories

I read before that even if you don't understand French the songs, the voice and the melodies are delightful.... Well if you do understand French it's even more true and if you happen to be born at a time where Daniel Balavoine was still alive and singing then it's simply great memories and still one of the best French voices of all times. Great album!


Born: February 5, 1952 in Alençon

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Ill-fated, fragile, yet rebellious, Daniel Balavoine, to a certain extent, might be considered as the ultimate young herald of '80s French pop. His vocal technical skills (his high-pitched voice is highly recognizable) and emotional quality have earned him the notice of Michel Berger, for the musical Starmania. Musically aware of the changes of pop music going on outside of France's borders, Balavoine has been one of the few French songwriters able to live with his own time, breaking down doors and...
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