Sunday, November 27, 2011

Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody Nelson

Year : 1971
Label : Philips
Genre : Rock
Style : Experimental, Psychedelic Pop

The Story Of Melody Nelson is the first concept album of Serge Gainsbourg and, probably, the most representative work of the french Pop Avant-Garde from the second half of twentieth century, with Jazz Rock influences, Symphonic expressions & spoken words inspired by the French literature. According to the Rolling Stone magazine, its the 4th greatest French rock album being part of the main influences for various contemporary artists such as Air, David Holmes, Jarvis Cocker, Portishead or likewise Beck. Melody was recorded with the collaboration of arranger Jean-Claude Vannier (L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches - 1972), with the participation of his wife (the second, after the brilliant Jane Birkin - Serge Gainsbourg album released two years before), the Opéra Comique' choir and the orchestra "les Jeunesses Musicales de Paris (de France)". All are supported by a line-up which consists of french/british musicians featuring Big Jim Sullivan, Jean-Luc Ponty from Mahavishnu Orchestra & Brian Odgers from Apollo 100. Titles include Melody, Valse de Melody, L'hôtel Particulier & Cargo Culte composed by Serge Gainsbourg, the Ballade De Melody Nelson, Ah! Melody & the funky En Melody by Serge Gainsbourg & JC Vannier. All tracks arranged & conducted by JC Vannier, recorded at Marble Arch Studios, London and Studio Des Dames, Paris between 1970-1971.

Serge Gainsbourg_vocals, guitar, piano
Jane Birkin_vocals
Jean-Claude Vannier & Roger Coulam_keyboards
Vick Flick_lead guitar
Big Jim Sullivan_rhythm guitar
Jean-Luc Ponty_violin
Brian Odgers_bass
Dougie Wright_drums

01. Melody
02. Ballade de Melody Nelson
03. Valse de Melody
04. Ah! Melody
05. L'hôtel particulier
06. En Melody
07. Cargo culte

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