A very good collection of 'Serge Gainsbourg' composed songs all sung by female artists. The first 17 tracks are from the 1960's, 1 from the 70's and rest are 80's/90's tracks. There are many stellar names here - Brigitte Bardo, Francoise Hardy, France Gall, Jane Birkin and Marianne Faithfull singing a wide range of songs from uptempo numbers to ballads. The sound quality is excellent as usual from 'Ace' records - most of the tracks are Stereo with 4 in Mono. It comes with a great 24 page colour booklet that's packed with info and pics. Overall, very good. The 60's tracks are nearly all good, some are great, the rest are in my opinion ok at best. 8.5/10.
Ace follows up previous collections of French pop Mademoiselles with this definitive tribute to one of France’s most celebrated songwriters, Serge Gainsbourg (1928-1991) who also multi-tasked as pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor and director and provocateur with his diverse output covering almost every music genre from jazz, Latin, chanson, pop and yé-yé, through to rock ‘n’ roll etc.
Naturally, such diverse talent appealed to the likes of the high-profile Brigitte Bardot who revs up via her HARLEY DAVIDSON as well as later adding CONTACT and along the way other glamorous French actresses Anna Karina (SOUS LE SOLEIL EXACTEMANT), Catherine Deneuve (OVERSEAS TELGRAM), Vanessa Paradis (TANDEM), Juliette Greco (LA JAVANAISE) and dancer Zizi Jeanmarie (VAMP ET VAMPIRE) amongst those whose vocal abilities may fail to match their looks but nevertheless manage to convey undoubted sex appeal through black vinyl just by singing the lyrics even though my Gallic language is somewhat limited.
Add British-born Jane Birkin (CON C’EST CON CES CONSEQUENCES) and Marianne Faithful (HIER OU DEMAIN) who both earned notoriety during their still on-going careers whilst France Gall became visible beyond French borders when she won the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg with POUPEE DE CIRE, POUPEE DE SON and that song included, she’s also represented by LES SUCETTES. The better-known, Francoise Hardy (COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU and L’ANAMOUR} and the then-upcoming Nana Mouskouri (LES YEUX POUR PLEURER) bring their familiarity to bear, with other included lesser-known singers equally relevant on this twenty-five track collection dedicated to one of France’s iconic providers of popular songs.
Brilliant collections of songs by the late, great Serge Gainsbourg, sung by some of France's greatest female names. Superb sound and mastering and an informative 24 page booklet, with pictures of original record sleeves. A great example of how great French popular (la Verite) music can be - intelligent, witty, grown up music - such a shame they tried their hands at rock and roll. How nice to find France Gall (Les Sucettes and Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son) alongside Francoise Hardy and Comment Te Dire Adieu. The Nana Mouskouri (Les Yeux Pour Pleurer) is also a corker. The only track I don't like is Jane Birkin's Con Ces Cons Ces Consequences, which is a horrible 1980s song that sounds like a very old Queen cover. More recent offerings from Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Adjani and Vanessa Paradis sparkle by comparison. Get this and BBs 'The Best of Bardot' CD and you won't want for modern female French chanson.