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Master Serie Vol.1 Import

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  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Barclay France
  • ASIN: B0000046O5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jaurès
2. Ne Me Quitte Pas
3. Les Vieux
4. La Quete
5. On N'oublie Rien
6. Le Plat Pays
7. Mathilde
8. Les Remparts De Varsovie
9. Amsterdam
10. J'arrive
11. Ces Gens-là
12. Jef
13. Vesoul
14. Au Suivant
15. Madeleine
16. Les Bourgeois

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(2003/UNIVERSAL) 16 tracks 1962-1977Medium 1
  1. Jaurès
  2. Ne Me Quitte Pas
  3. Les Vieux
  4. La Quète
  5. On N'Oublie Rien
  6. Le Plat Pays
  7. Mathilde
  8. Les Remparts De Varsovie
  9. Amsterdam
  10. J'Arrive
  11. Ces Gens-Là
  12. Jef
  13. Vesoul
  14. Au Suivant
  15. Madeleine
  16. Les Bourgeois


Jacques Brel achieved fame through his performances in France, but he was born in Belgium and identified himself strongly with his linguistically divided native land. His acidly humorous lyrics target the hypocrisies of groups as well as individuals, with special attention to Belgium's Flemish population, the military, and the bourgeoisie in general. At the same time, some of Brel's most affecting songs contain passages in Flemish, and many of his lyrics show a pronounced fondness for his "flat country." Brel's irreverent approach to life was sharply reflected in his music and films and can be compared to that of Bob Dylan in the U.S. and Vladimir Vysotsky in Russia, with whom he also shared a capacity for tongue-twisting patter not heard since the early days of Danny Kaye. On this CD, "Le Plat Pays," "Au Suivant," and "Les Bourgeois" illustrate both the somber and raucous aspects of his extensive repertoire. --Edward Killham

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Comelyman on 7 Feb 2013
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I didn't used to like Brel - for no particular reason - but with this album he has found a new fan. Very enjoyable.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Great introduction to Brel's music... 13 April 2003
By ewomack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With all of the immature culture bashing going on between the French and the United States these days it's a shame that some on this side of the water may miss out on Jacques Brel. Of course Brel was Belgian, but most Americans won't know the difference.
Brel was a singer/songwriter of shocking breadth. His voice ranges from powerful to tender. His songs have incredible range from fairly typical sounding accordian music to productions involving full orchestra. If you're not accustomed to this kind of music, it will grow on you. The sincerity of Brel's singing is enough to win anyone over.
I was introduced to Brel through a co-worker who once lived in Belgium. I asked him for recommentations of music sung in French, and Brel was the first name he mentioned. He brought in a CD for me and after hearing "J'arrive" I was instantly hooked. According to him, "J'arrive" is a song to death. Brel is singing "I'm coming, I'm coming, of course I'm coming" to death.
Brel's version of "The Impossible Dream" ("La Quete") is surprisingly uncliched and fresh sounding. "Le Plat Pays" or "The Flatlands" or "Lowlands" is about Brel's native Belgium. "Ne Me Quitte Pas" or "Don't Leave Me" is a passionate plea that builds slowly, creshendoes, then fades out. It's one of the best songs on the CD.
This CD was the only one I could readly find in CD stores in my area. According to my French-speaking co-worker, this one includes a lot of Brel's most famous songs (though there were a few he had never heard as well).
If you're looking for great music sung in French, you've found it.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4 All-Time Great Brel Songs 4 Oct 2005
By JS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here's the song list for this CD:

1. Jaures
2. Ne Me Quitte Pas
3. Les Vieux
4. La Quete
5. On N'oublie Rien
6. Le Plat Pays
7. Mathilde
8. Les Remparts De Varsovie
9. Amsterdam
10. J'arrive
11. Ces Gens-La
12. Jef
13. Vesoul
14. Au Suivant
15. Madeleine
16. Les Bourgeois

"Ne Me Quitte Pas" is his famous torch song "Don't Leave Me", in which Brel uses exquisite imagery to press his suit with a girl who has already left him, descending in the end into abject desperation as he struggles to maintain a link, any link at all, with the object of his love. Frank Sinatra was moved to sing an English version of this song ("If you go away"), which unfortunately doesn't do justice to the gorgeous poetry of the French original. This is my favorite song of the entire Jacques Brel repertoire because of the power and the haunting beauty of the lyrics, Brel's impassioned voice and the evocative music!

"Les Vieux" evokes a ticking clock as a metaphor for the passage of time. It paints a grim portrait of life in the twilight years, set to the beat of a grandfather clock, a triangle and a small orchestra.

"La Quete" is better known as "The Impossible Dream". This is Brel's version of the song also crooned by Elvis Presley, Andy Williams and The Supremes, and originally created by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion. I don't find Brel's version as satisfying as the original in English, however, at least for native English speakers.

"The Plat Pays" (The Flat Country) is Brel's nostalgic homage to his home country of Belgium, sung with great affection. Although he grew up in Belgium, he spent almost his entire musical career in Paris, France.

"Amsterdam" is one of his most famous songs about the sailors who disembark in this Dutch port and how they deal with the vicissitudes of their lonely lives and the dreams that haunt them once they reach the shore.

Highly recommended Brel CDs you can find on Amazon.com include:

Title (ASIN#) No. of Songs

Quand On N'a Que L'amour (B00000IYC9) 49 songs with 32 pages of photos and essay on Brel's life and songs (3-CD set)
Infiniment (B0002PUHGU) 40 songs with wonderful English translations (2-CD set)
Olympia '61 and '64 (B000BJ7D96) 30 songs with great English translations (2-CD set)
Ne Me Quitte Pas (B0000AKOLJ) 11 songs
Volume 1 - Grand Jacques (B00000DXQY) 15 songs including "Sur La Place"
Les Flamandes (B000006UOA) 21 songs
Les Bonbons (B0000AKOLD) 14 songs
Ballades Et Mots D'amour (B00003Q56T) 30 songs
Master Series: Jacques Brel (B0000046O5) 16 songs (same songs as on Vol. 1-Special Edition)
Grand Jacques Integrale 172 Titres (B000025BD8) 172 songs (10-CD set)

What's even more fabulous than the CDs, however, is the 3 volume DVD set released in 2003: Jacques Brel: Comme quand on etait beau. (ASIN: B0000AQJPR). The set includes 7.5 hours of live and staged performances as well as interviews and home video footage. Everything that the heart of a Jacques Brel fan desires to capture the essence of this very theatrical artist in a way that an audio-only recording can not.

Also of great interest: the VHS video "Jacques Brel" (ASIN: B0001P1XG4), a video biography on the life and music of Jacques Brel. Full length documentary features extensive live footage and interviews with Brel himself as well as his daughter and associates. It is also available on DVD, but only from Films Media Group.com (Item# KEH1348).
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Beuty and drama in a voice 4 July 2000
By Ignacio Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Along with "Le feuilles mortes" and, of course "La vie en rose", I think "Ne me quitte pas" is the most beautiful french song ever, which have been recorded by many different singers (including Frank Sinatra, in his english version called "If you go away"). Here you can find the original version, in the worderful and heart-breaking voice of it's original composer Jacques Brel, but also other marvellous songs such as "J'arrive", "Au suivant" and "Jef". This compilation gathers the best of Brel's work, for any french music lover.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
If you 've never heard Brel, buy this! 5 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jacques Brel was one of the best writers of lyrics ever, tender, cruel, ironic, hopeful, bitter and mocking (often himself) and at his best all of them at the same time. In this collection there are some of the best like Ne me quitte pas and breath-taking Vesoul, which also present his voice at its best. There are few voices that are as full of life and power and all the human emotions, good and bad, as his. Listen to it and you'll never be the same again. I wasn't.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I wore out my First copy of this cd and am buying a second! 10 May 2000
By Matt Warhol - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This man has a voice that would soften the hardest heart into jello. I have listened to this over the past couple of years while learning French and some times I think knowing what the words mean gets in the way of the soulfullness of the phrasing. It is passionate, tender and real music squeezed from the center of this man's essence and condensed into a passion that's universal.
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