Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson (+DVD)

Release Date: 07 November 2011
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You don't need to speak a word of French to understand Histoire de Melody Nelson -- one needs only to look at the front cover (with its nearly pornographic portrait of a half-naked nymphet clutching a rag doll) or hear the lechery virtually dripping from Serge Gainsbourg's sleazily seductive voice to realize that this is the record your mother always warned you about, a masterpiece of perversion and corruption. A concept record exploring the story of -- and Gainsbourg's lust for -- the titular teen heroine, Histoire de Melody Nelson is arguably his most coherent and perfectly realized studio album, with the lush arrangements which characterize the majority of his work often mixed here with funky rhythm lines which underscore the musky allure of the music. Perhaps best described as a dirty old bastard's attempt to make his own R&B love-man's record along the lines of a Let's Get It On (itself still two years away from release), it's by turns fascinating and repellent, hilarious and grim, but never dull -- which, in Gainsbourg's world, would be the ultimate (and quite possibly the only) sin. ~ Jason Ankeny
Release Date: 07 November 2011

1. Melody
2. Ballade De Melody Nelson
3. Valse De Melody
4. Ah ! Melody
5. L'hôtel Particulier
6. En Melody
7. Cargo Culte
8. Melody (Complete Take - Unreleased/Previously Unreleased)
9. Ballade De Melody Nelson (Alternative Voice Take – Unreleased/Previously Unreleased)
10. Valse De Melody (Alternative Voices Take – Unreleased/Previously Unreleased)
11. Ah ! Melody (Alternative Voices Take – Unreleased/Previously Unreleased)
12. Melody Lit Babar (Voice Version – Unreleased Track/Previously Unreleased)
13. Melody Lit Babar (Instrumental Version – Unreleased Track/Previously Unreleased)
14. L'hôtel Particulier (Complete Take – Unreleased/Previously Unreleased)
15. En Melody (Alternative Take – Unreleased/Previously Unreleased)
16. Cargo Culte (Instrumental Version - Unreleased/Previously Unreleased)
17. Melody
18. Ballade De Melody Nelson
19. Valse De Melody
20. Ah ! Melody
21. L'hotel Particulier
22. En Melody
23. Cargo Culte
24. Documentary

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