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Best Of - Comme Un Boomerang Double CD

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  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Wrasse
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,110 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Disc: 1

  1. Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas
  2. Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin
  3. La Recette De L'amour
  4. L'eau À La Bouche
  5. La Chanson De Prévert
  6. Black Trombone
  7. Baudelaire
  8. Intoxicated Man
  9. La Javanaise
  10. Chez Les Ye Ye
  11. Elaeudanla Teiteia
  12. New York, USA
  13. Couleur Café
  14. Ces Petits Riens
  15. Qui Est in Qui Est Out
  16. Docteur Jekyll Et Monsieur Hyde
  17. Comic Strip
  18. Ford Mustang
  19. Hold Up
  20. Chatterton
  21. Je T'aime Moi Non Plus
  22. Bonnie and Clyde
  23. Initials B.B.
  24. Requiem Pour Un Con

Disc: 2

  1. L'anamour
  2. Sous Le Soleil Exactement
  3. Les Sucettes
  4. Elisa
  5. Ballade De Melody Nelson
  6. L'hôtel Particulier
  7. La Décadanse
  8. Annee Erotique
  9. Comme Un Boomerang
  10. Rock Around the Bunker
  11. L'ami Caouette
  12. Ma Lou Marilou
  13. My Lady Heroine
  14. Sea, Sex and Sun
  15. Aux Armes Et Caeterna
  16. Lola Rastaquouere
  17. Dieu Fumeur De Havanes
  18. La Nostalgie Camarade
  19. Love On the Beat
  20. Sorry Angel
  21. You're Under Arrest
  22. Mon Legionnaire

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Best Of Serge Gainsbourg (Comme Un Boomerang)

BBC Review

The common difficulty of separating art from artist is especially acute where Serge Gainsbourg is concerned. Especially outside France, he endures largely as an untrumpable cliché of sybaritic French masculinity, far better known for leering at Whitney Houston on a chat show than he is for a vast and important canon of popular song (Gainsbourg himself, it can fairly be understated, rarely sought to downplay his image as an unregenerate boulevardier).

This 47-track retrospective, appearing 20 years after his death, aged 62, persuasively argues that the occlusion of Gainsbourg’s music by Gainsbourg’s personality is a minor outrage. There is a great deal of stunning pop here, clustered on the first of the two discs. Gainsbourg’s swaggering 1960s hits, including Docteur Jekyll et Monsieur Hyde and Qui Est "In" Qui Est "Out", were an under-remarked but significant influence on mid-90s Britpop, especially Pulp, Saint Etienne and Blur at their more stately.

The later songs collected on the second disc are more erratic, but nevertheless compelling. When Gainsbourg embraced self-parody, he did so with characteristic ardour, as on the porn soundtrack sound-alike Sea, Sex and Sun. When he drifted into outright lunacy, he displayed comparable bravado. Among the treasures here is the title-track from his 1975 release Rock Around the Bunker, a deeply peculiar concept album about Nazism on which Gainsbourg concocted camp absurdism from his childhood memories of being Jewish in occupied France.

There is another conventional wisdom about Gainsbourg – that his voice wasn’t up to much, that his greatest moments were those involving his various female muses (Dieu Fumeur De Havanes, with Catherine Deneuve, and his infamous duets with Jane Birkin, are included here). This is also unfair: like his kindred spirits Leonard Cohen and Lee Hazlewood, Gainsbourg found ample room within his limitations, that languid growl secreting deceptive quantities of wit, and even warmth.

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