Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg
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||Les amours perdues||Elysian Fields||3:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ford Mustang||Mike Patton||2:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bonnie and Clyde||Robin Holcomb & Wayne Horvitz||5:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Là-bas c'est naturel||Cyro Baptista||5:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||69 année érotique||Kramer||4:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Pauvre Lola||Ikue Mori||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Ballad of Melody Nelson||Fred Frith||2:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Les sucettes||Jon||2:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||L'homme à tête de chou||Ruins||3:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ce mortel ennui||Anthony Coleman||4:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Un poison violent, c'est ça l'amour||Eszter Balint||5:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Initials B.B.||David Shea||3:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sous le soleil exactement||Eyvind Kang||3:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Couleur café||Steve Beresford||3:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Le chanson de Slogan||Blonde Redhead||3:46||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Contact||John Zorn||2:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Je t'aime (moi non plus)||Cibo Matto||4:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Intoxicated Man||Medeski, Martin & Wood||3:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Comic Strip||Shelley Hirsch||1:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Requiem pour un con||Franz Treichler||4:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Black Trombone||Marc Ribot||3:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
I noticed quite a few people recommend this album instead of Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited, so I checked it out. This album was for the most part too faithful to the original songs (read: completely unnecessary). Melody Nelson is virtually unchanged. There are only about 4 or 5 tracks I found decent: Anthony Coleman, Eyvind Kang, Blonde Redhead, and Cibo Matto. Medeski, Martin & Wood are interesting here, too. The rest are either boring or completely unlistenable. Shelley Hirsch is awful, and the Ruins track is actually painful to listen to. I recently bought Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited, and despite the bad reviews it's received on iTunes, it has much stronger, much more interesting covers, and it won't put you to sleep like this one.
I personally like alot of these covers better than the originals. Particularly notable is Mike Patton's fantastic voice for Ford Mustang. 69 anee erotique is a faboulous mix, in my opinion much better than the original, with so much ambient laughter, children's voices, etc. I think it was John Zorn who produced the album, and brought together so much talent I had never heard of. Bravo.
Viva Serge! Viva Covers!
Another kudo for Mike Patton's "Ford Mustang". Cover music can be magnificent! Open your mind & let your expectations for the songs be pleasantly tweaked. After all, Glenn Gould playing Bach is a "cover" (catch what he said about this on YouTube). Carlos Santana playing "Oye Como Va" is also a cover. And any self-respecting Gainsbourg cover fan should also check out Mick Harvey's renditions (now finally featured here on the U.S. of A.'s iTunes), & France Gall singing Les Sucettes. And please, iTunes, let's see Anna Karina's "Sous Le Soleil Exactement" available here too someday :) -TunesGal