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Jacques Brel - Suivre L'etoile: Integrale 21CD (2013) [Box set]

17-01-2014, 12:38
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Jacques Brel - Suivre L'etoile: Integrale 21CD (2013) [Box set]

Artist: Jacques Brel
Title Of Album: Suivre L'etoile: Integrale
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Barclay
Genre: Chanson, Pop, Singer-Songwrite
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 03:03:32 min
Total Size: 2.5 / 6 GB


Ce coffret réunit la totalité des enregistrements studio et live dans un coffret 21 CD et plus de 310 titres. Pour la toute première fois, un son haute définition 24/96 ! Mastering HD réalisé à partir des bandes originales de production.

13 albums originaux de 1955 à 1977

· Jacques Brel et ses chansons

· Quand on n’a que l’amour

· Au printemps

· La valse à mille temps

· Marieke

· Les bourgeois

· Les bonbons

· Ces gens-là

· Brel 67

· J’arrive

· L’homme de la Mancha

· Jacques Brel – Ne me quitte pas - nouveaux enregistrements de 1972

· Les Marquises

7 albums live dont 3 concerts inédits

· Brel au Trois Baudets 1957 – Inédit – Jacques Brel guitare & voix / François Rauber piano

· Les adieux à l’Olympia 1966 – Inédit – enregistrement différent de celui du DVD

· Roubaix 1967 – Inédit – le dernier concert de Jacques Brel

· Olympia 61

· Jacques Brel à Knokke

· Olympia 64

· Brel en scènes enregistrements inédits (CD sorti en 1988)

1 album : Les enregistrements radio de 1953

12 versions alternatives

L’air de la bêtise

Je ne sais pas


Vivre debout

Les singes

Ces gens-là


Regarde bien, petit

La quête

Ne me quitte pas (guitares classiques)

Ne me quitte pas (version tam-tam)

Ne me quitte pas (version tabla)

et 3 titres inédits en CD

La toison d’or

Place de la Contrescarpe (INA)

Le docteur

By the time that he made protracted farewell to the stage amid scenes of high emotion in 1966-7 Brel was already one of the most celebrated chanteurs of his day, yet he was still short of his 40th birthday and about to embark on a successful film career. The seventeen hours of music on these 21 discs tell the story of a man who would become regarded as one of the greatest singer-songwriters yet whose extraordinary achievements are still far too little known outside French-speaking countries.

This is not the "complete" Brel: the soundtracks to his television appearances are not here (you must seek them out separately on the fine 3-DVD set Comme Quand on Etait Beau) and one suspects that there must be more live material yet to be issued. Nevertheless, it is much the most complete Brel ever compiled and offers the complete studio albums (with bonus tracks) on the first 13 discs. The remaining eight discs are all live and include three new concerts including Brel's final concert at Roubaix from 1967.

Naturally there is a lot of repetition within the set (six versions, for example, of "Le Moribond" and seven of "Madeleine") but the repetition is less onerous than you might expect. Songs vary significantly in their arrangements, performances and recording, even when they were recorded at much the same time. One striking example of this is the two versions of "Vivre Debout": one with Spanish guitar & maracas and the other featuring a flamenco singer & two declamatory trumpets.

It is fascinating to hear songs transition from their studio versions to the rather triumphant style of performance that Brel gave in concert during the zenith of his popularity and then to the heavy sentimentality of his farewell tour. For example, "La Valse A Mille Temps", which begins life as fairly untroubled piece ornamented with flute, accordion and piano becomes more barbed in the stripped down performance at Lausanne in 1960. By Olympia '61 this version has become more of a party piece, its force emphasized by exuberant brass. By the time Brel recorded a second studio version with a completely different orchestration in 1972, however, the song had become less about the velocity with which its tongue-twisting lyric could be sung than the nostalgia of the lyric, which looks back on a life lived at an accelerated pace, rather like Brel's own.

Unlike most large boxed sets it is difficult to identify a weak disc here. The final concert is so close in setlist to Olympia 1966 that it is here mainly for its historical significance, but the fact that it uses more spare arrangements makes a further case for its inclusion.

At quarter of an hour, the intimate live recording from Trois Baudets in 1957 is very short but fills a gap in the story, providing the only live versions on the set of "La Bourrée Du Célibataire" & "L'Air De La Bêtise" as well as a fascinating glimpse of Brel only two albums into his career.

The fact that the entire set has been remastered from the original masters ensures that these are probably the "cleanest" versions of this material available, but unfortunately the discs have been mastered very loud, ensuring that the dynamic range has been somewhat compressed and, more seriously, introducing occasional distortion where none was heard previously. For the overwhelming majority of listeners, these will be the best-sounding versions.

In terms of physical presentation, this set has great pride of ownership with both the folder that houses the discs and the large-format book being very well designed and seemingly sturdy. Discs cannot fall out (I even held the set upside down and shook it ... though only for the purposes of this review, not because it's a hobby!) and the spine allows the book to either lie open or flat on its front, which is helpful.

If you're hovering on purchasing this because 21 discs of Brel sounds like too many by far, you might be pleasantly surprised, and this set seems to add about sixty tracks never previously available on CD or vinyl.

Overall - for anyone with more than a passing interest in French song - this would seem to be an immensely desirable purchase.

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gdumpt   User offline   17 January 2014 15:00

thanks for sharing this. Any artwork?

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Duranium   User offline   19 January 2014 17:27 links are always

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caus   User offline   9 April 2014 20:17

The links don't work. Please REPAIR.

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