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Infiniment: 40 Chansons (remastered - high definition) [Original recording remastered]

Jacques Brel Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Barclay France
  • ASIN: B0000AA8V2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. La Quête (Album Version) 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Cathédrale (Album Version) 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. L'Amour Est Mort (Album Version) 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mai 40 (Album Version) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Avec Elégance (Album Version) 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sans Exigences (Album Version) 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Les Marquises (Album Version) 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Orly (Album Version) 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La Ville S'Endormait (Album Version) 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jojo (Album Version) 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J'Arrive (Album Version) 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Quand On N'A Que L'Amour (Arrangements Différents) 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Le Plat Pays (Album Version) 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mon Enfance (Album Version) 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Les Vieux (Album Version) 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. La Chanson De Jacky (Album Version) 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. La Valse A Mille Temps (Album Version) 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Le Prochain Amour (Album Version) 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. La Chanson Des Vieux Amants (Album Version) 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Ré-enregistrement 1972) 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Amsterdam (Live Olympia 64) 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Bière (Album Version) 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bruxelles (Album Version) 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Le Diable "Ca Va" (Album Version) 2:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Il Nous Faut Regarder (Album Version) 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. L'Enfance (BOF "Le Far West") 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ces Gens-Là (Album Version) 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Les Bonbons (Album Version) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Les Flamandes (Album Version) 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Les Bourgeois (Album Version) 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jef (Album Version) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mathilde (Album Version) 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Marieke (Album Version) 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Madeleine (Album Version) 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Les Bigotes (Album Version) 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Vesoul (Album Version) 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Le Moribond (Album Version) 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Au Suivant (Album Version) 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Le Dernier Repas (Album Version) 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Je Suis Un Soir D'Eté (Album Version) 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The double-disc INFINIMENT is a superb and near-definitive anthology of songs by the legendary French singer Jacques Brel. Brel's best-known tunes are here--"Le Moribond" (known to Americans via Terry Jack's version titled "Seasons in the Sun"), the sweeping "Le Vieux", and the heartwrenching "Ne Me Quitte Pas" (which has been covered by countless English-language artists as "If You Go Away"), just to name a few. Anexcellent live rendition of "Amsterdam", one of the artist's most memorable tunes, is particularly powerful. Throughout, Brel's resonant baritone, ironic wit, and masterful flair for nuanced, theatrical delivery are on abundant display.
What distinguishes INFINIMENT from other Brel compilations,however, is the presence of 11 previously unreleased tracks, including five outtakes from the sessions for his final album. Story-songs in the classic Brel tradition, these are tales of tragic love ("Sans Exigences"), national pride ("Mai 40"), and fanciful visions ("La Cathedrale", in which the narrator imagines sailing the world in a church-turned-ship). Additionally, this highly recommended collection boasts beautifully retouched sound (hearing Brel through crystal-clear remastering is stunning).

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Jacques Brel remains an integral and hugely influential singer/songwriter in the scheme of twentieth-century music; with his gloomy and orchestral tales of whores, sailors, tramps and harlots influencing everyone from Scott Walker, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Shane MacGowan and Nick Cave, to bands like Jack, the Divine Comedy and Pulp. Like those acts, Brel's music is literate and theatrical, unfolding in a bleak world populated by lost love, loneliness, angst, melancholy and despair, but with the darkness softened by witty arrangements, satirical motifs and moments of dark comedy. The atmosphere of the songs is rich and evocative throughout... so, like the work of his contemporary Serge Gainsbourg; the songs practically reek of cheap booze and cigarette smoke, with the music occupying a special place upon the stage within the low-rent night club scenario that play out inside our minds.

The forty tracks collected here represent Brel at his best, offering a great introduction for those previously unfamiliar with his work. Although it is true that there probably could have been a third disk included, with some of Brel's equally great (but lesser known) songs missing from this collection, the real point of this set is to introduce Brel's music to a new audience, or to act as a definitive collection of hits for those of us who can't afford the epic Jacques Brel box-set released a few years before this. If you're at all interested in European music, theatrical-decadence, grand orchestration and a genuine outpouring of pure emotion through song, or perhaps if you're already familiar with Brel through the references to him from subsequent artists like Scott Walker, Neil Hannon, Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker, then this really is a must-have purchase.
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128 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After 25 years - 'new' material from Brel! 20 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ok, this is another collection of Brel's music, on double-CD there are 40 tracks and most of them are very clear choices: 'Ne me quitte pas', 'Jacky', 'Les bonbons' 'Chanson des vieux amants', 'Amsterdam', 'Les bourgeois' and so on. But everything has been remastered for a clearer sound and obviously there is an attempt to cover the whole career, with early songs like 'Le diable' to the last album - and with five songs that were intended "for the next album" as Brel decided - and died before being able to make it. Of these 'L'amour est mort' is the most impressive one, with extremely cold piano sounds and Brel's passionate, coarse voice. The leaflet contains the words for these five songs, others have been published earlier in other collections. Or if you want all the lyrics, try to find 'Tout Brel', everything he wrote in one book.
How necessary is this after all the collections? Very. Not only because of the newly found records but because even the oldest songs sound better than on older CD's. However, I still wonder why 50's songs are so poorly presented in this and other collections, after all 'Seul', 'La mort', 'La tendresse' and 'La colombe' from the end of the 50's are all powerful songs and bring out Brel's themes clearly, and from the earlier years there are lots of interesting songs, like beautiful 'Sur la place'. All of these are missing from this collection, which follows the very mainstream 'best of Brel'-tradition. Still, Brel family has done a good job, when finally releasing the previously unedited songs, so I simply can't give less than five stars and would like to give more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Troubadour Of The Soul 8 Mar 2009
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Mr Brel was no ordinary singer / songwriter. We know this to be true.

A maverick. A vocal dramatist. A musical painter of some of the most
luminescent and some of the darkest songs ever imagined.

A troubadour of the soul.

The compositions are both deeply affecting at an an emotional level,
without ever sinking into bathos, yet also wholly satisfying intellectually.

This collection is a welcome addition to the history of his existing recordings.

The heart and soul of the album can be found between tracks 2 - 10
recorded in 1977, just one year away from his death from lung cancer.

The intense chiaroscuro of these nine songs, despite Brel operating with
only one lung, is an extraordinary testimony to his bravery and artistry.

The vivid sonic reconstructions place the voice forward and stage centre.
Almost too much so. His presence is unnervingly close.
A man and his music facing down death with his spirit ablaze.

The dour accordian introduction to 'La Cathedrale' presages a performance of such
tremendous dramatic power that the hairs on the back of my neck stood to attention.

'L'Amour Est Mort', with it's mercurially elusive melody, is equally chilling.
A deeply impassioned cris de coeur which never loses focus for a moment.

'Mai 40' sounds like a man dancing by his own open grave in an act of defiant jollity.

'Avec Elegance', with it's simple echoing piano accompaniment, is an elegant gem.

With 'Sans Exigences' we are drawn into a cold, dark and terrible place.
The subtle and haunting organ and harpsichord arrangement bring an almost
hymn-like quality to the performance but there is no god here to console us.
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Published 4 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinitely brilliant
Jacques Brel is one of my all time favourite singers, and this re-mastered collection of 40 of some of his best known songs certainly hits the spot. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mazzeratee
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique
Lost a previous CD i had of him and was really looking forward to getting this one. I have been playing it non stop int he car and I am absolutely thrilled. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ZC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great double CD
I bought this album a week or so ago and haven't had time to listen to all of the tracks as yet - I keep playing my favourites over and over. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars masterclass
Brel doing only what Brel can do.

great recording .anyone feeling nostalgic for this artist certainly gets the fix required
Published 17 months ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of chanson
I'll say little about this album, I would never cease once I'd started, I love his words and naive, cynical, happy, sad music about life.
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by Elle et belle
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacques Brel 40 Chansons
This was bought as a birthday present for someone who loves Jacques Brel by someone who loves him too!! I chose this album for the famed "Ne me quitte pas". Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by Jubbles
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes...but he was BELGIAN..... !!
A fine Anthology of this -apparently under recognised BELGIAN singer/songwriter and performer -whose songs often interpretded by British+US performers gave rise to a number of... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Jumanji99
4.0 out of 5 stars Jacques Brel est BELGE!!!!
JACQUES BREL WAS BELGIAN, NOT FRENCH!!! He just sang (mostly) in French. Get it right, Amazon...Those Belgians have got enough to worry about without you getting their cultural... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2010 by c-dog
5.0 out of 5 stars the genius of Jacques Brel
For any fan of Brel's work, here is one collection which contains pretty much all the 'greats', superbly remastered.
Published on 11 Oct 2010 by Barbara Jungr
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