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Histoire De Melody Nelson [VINYL] [Limited Edition, Import]

Serge Gainsbourg Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (19 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B001Q8FRN0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Melody
2. Ballade De Melody Nelson
3. La Valse De Melody
4. Ah Melody
5. L'Hotel Particulier
6. En Melody
7. Cargo Culte

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U.S. vinyl LP pressing of this classic album from the controversial French singer/songwriter, originally released in 1971. Sex has always sold, but presented with a landmark musical backdrop, the combination is rare as finding the elusive "G Spot". Quite often, attempts fall flaccid, missing the titillating mark by a mile. But French icon and national treasure Serge Gainsbourg is no stranger to sexual proclivities, and with Histoire De Melody Nelson, he shared an erotic tale as seductive today as the day it was released. With help from actress, amour, and inspiration Jane Birkin, arranger/conductor and co-conspirator Jean-Claude Vannier, not to mention a tight hand picked crew of top shelf UK session musicians, Nelson is often cited as Gainsbourg's master work, an essential album for the discerning music lover. Seven tracks.

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SERGE GAINSBOURG Histoire De Melody Nelson (2009 US exclusive limited edition 7-track LP pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL Gainsbourgs legendary concept album originally released in 1971 remastered from the original tapes gatefold picture sleeve with extensive notes telling the untold story behind this landmark release with lyrics and a 1971 Q & A interview with Serge! Although not sealed this copy is still in the original open stickered shrink and shows very little signs of wear whilst the vinyl is flawless) ** Limited to 2000 copies! **

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Je T'aime, Gainsbourg. 21 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
I don't speak or understand the French language, I stopped drinking alcohol 20 years ago and don't smoke BUT Serge Gainsbourg (almost as famous for his boozing and smoking as his music) is one of my great heroes. I love his music so much I got a tattoo of his face on my arm ...and for me Histoire de Melody Nelson is his finest 28 minutes. It's mystical, sexy, seductive, dirty and even a bit vulgar. A concept album about doomed love for an English teenage girl, played by his greatest muse and partner Jane Birkin on the record and the glorious record cover. Birkin stands teasing in just blue jeans clutching a cuddly monkey to her breast. Jane told me in an interview that she placed this monkey in Gainsbourg's coffin with him when he died. The beautiful iconic cover would be worth the price of admission alone but the music is even more mesmerising. During the 60s, and still in in 1971, when this album was originally released, most people were content to make variations on a theme created by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson... but what Serge offered had a completely unique and individual voice. The gophic bookend tracks of the album Melody and Cargo Culte sound extraordinarily modern even today. There is great tenderness and melancholy in Ballade de Melody Nelson and Ah! Melody. Witness the sound of Jane Birkin laughing hysterically over the grooviest of 70s psych-grooves on En Melody. Birkin was actually being tickled by her brother Andrew Birkin while Serge had a tape running on record under her bed. Don't be put off by the short running time, length doesn't matter, it's what you do with it that counts.
Histoire de Melody Nelson is ultra cool, ultra sexy and ultra modern music.
Je T'aime, Gainsbourg.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really is that good 26 Oct 2005
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Format:Audio CD
What you get here for your money is a guitar/bass/drums power trio playing groove based backings that veer towards the looser side of music, luscious strings that have never accompanied such a band in such a perfect way before or since, and a pervy frenchman trying it on with a young english lass.
This album is great. It's great in the way that Can and Faust are great. It's great in the way Miles Davis is great. Buy it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short album about lust... 26 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Serge Gainsbourg's L' Histoire de Melody Nelson is a 28-minute concept album that fuses elements of rock, funk, cabaret and lounge-jazz, with more subdued moments of poetry, atmosphere and orchestration. As a record, it pretty much sticks closely to Gainsbourg's key-themes, such as drunken debauchery, feckless seduction, and soul-destroying lust, with the singer managing to convey some truly heartfelt and heart-breaking moments of deep emotion within that intoxicating haze of excess, caricature and over-indulgence. The fact that it can be categorised as a concept album shouldn't put anyone off making the purchase (especially if you're already interested in Gainsbourg's work), with Melody really standing as one of the few song-cycles that manages to side-step pretension (a few others off the top of my head would include Astral Weeks, Song Cycle, Village Green Preservation Society, Promenade and In The Aeroplane Over The Sea), conveying an emotionally engaging story that is both fun and through-provoking, without feeling the need to indulge in ten-minute long instrumental pieces, or a message about nuclear war.
As with all Gainsbourg's work, Melody is a personal expression wrapped up in a guise of canny song writing, devilish arrangements and dips into pure lyrical melodrama. The central concept sees Serge stepping into the role of a middle-aged businessman, who develops some intense feelings of lust for English teenager Melody Nelson (...after he accidentally knocks her down with his car!!!).
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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This is the 40th Anniversary edition of Serge Gainsbourg's 1971 concept album about a middle-aged man (Gainsbourg) who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl (Jane Birkin) when he knocks her off her bicycle whilst driving his Rolls Royce. The unfortunate teenage girl, from Sunderland, later dies when a cargo plane she is travelling in crashes... Welcome to 'Histoire de Melody Nelson' and the genius that is Serge Gainsbourg.

Melody Nelson is the definitive Gainsbourg album and it needs little introduction - just the cover alone is worth the entrance fee. It has a sound all of its own and it still sounds timeless and effortlessly cool 40 years later. Credit for the unique sound must also go to Jean-Claude Vannier who co-wrote much of the music and is responsible for the arrangements, including the lush orchestral arrangements. The bass guitar dominates this album and together with the inventive use of the lead guitar & percussion, Gainsbourg's almost spoken vocals and Vannier's orchestral arrangements, it makes for an unforgettable listening experience.

This 2CD & DVD edition consists of the following:

CD 1: Histoire de Melody Nelson.
CD 2: Histoire de Melody Nelson outtakes.
DVD: (NTSC All regions): Histoire de Melody Nelson 5.1 mix & a 40 minute documentary.

The outtakes on CD 2 are all previously unreleased and are alternative and instrumental versions of the tracks found on the original album. There are two versions (vocal and instrumental) of the one new song, 'Melody Lit Babar'. Driven, unsurprisingly, by heavy bass and featuring trumpet, it's a decent upbeat number but it doesn't fit with the rest of the album and it's easy to hear why it didn't make the final cut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serge
Really like this. If you know of Mr Gainsbourg then this album is a must. A comprehensive c.d and interesting DVD telling of the making of this album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by frazzle
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is a good intro to Gainsbourg and his melding of several different music styles into something entirely his own. This blu ray release includes a 5. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James Seymour
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice the music was well recorded
This format has great capabilities, they need to deliver surround sound music. I am a big fan of Mr. Gainsbourg.
Published 9 months ago by HiFi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vinyl
This couldn't be better - I compared an old bootleg vinyl with it, and there's a world of difference. Delivery was fast and as described. Just buy it, you dodgy swines!
Published 10 months ago by noise-unit
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity
I'm not going to talk about the album -- a masterpiece of highest order -- this edition is obviously the labour of love with extra tracks and a beautiful packaging. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Adam Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
Been getting into Serge a fair bit for a few years and heard a couple of tracks from this on compilations but they don't just do the whole experience justice. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. R J. Ivey
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning
An incredible musical experience. Even if you don't speak a word of French you can still become totally immersed in the unique musical universe Gainsbourg conjures up on this... Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Pauley
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Par bleu! Incredible album: sexy, exciting, silly and deep at the same time. With exceptional lyrics (sorry, you will have to understand French) and an excellent... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Doctor Absurdo
5.0 out of 5 stars Gainsbourg's Testament
Of all Gainsbourg's wonderful compositions and performances, Histoire de Melody Nelson continues to be his most timeless, coherent work. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by Curmudgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Melody Magnifique!
I came across this whilst searching for a decent Serge CD on Itunes, read the reviews, am stunned by the production, and am now hoping the CD contains more tracks. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2010 by S. Thornton
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