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Jacques Brel – Infiniment (1964-1977/2003) {2xSACD}

3-04-2016, 22:13
Pop | French | FLAC / APE | HD & Vinyl

Title: Infiniment
Year Of Release: 1964-1977/2003
Label: Universal
Genre: Vocal, Pop/Rock, Cabaret, French Pop, Chanson française
Quality: SACD (DSD64 2.0, DST64 5.1; Image (ISO))
Total Time: 02:20:22 min
Total Size: 8,57 Gb

As of the fall of 2004, the only significant Jacques Brel title in print in the U.S. was Verve Records' 16-track 1988 compilation Master Serie (although, of course, many imports were available to Americans through mail order). That suggested the time was right to bring out a new collection, and DRG has licensed the 40-track, two-CD 2003 Universal International album Infiniment ("Infinitely") for domestic release. In France, and among Brel aficionados, it is the subject of some controversy because of the inclusion of five previously unreleased songs -- "La Cathédrale (The Cathedral)," "L'Amour Est Mort (Love Is Dead)," "Mai 40 (May 1940)," "Avec Élégance (With Elegance)," and "Sans Exigences (Without Emergencies)." The five were recorded at the sessions for Brel's final album, Brel, in September/October 1977, but not included on it. Eddie Barclayof Barclay Records was once quoted as saying of them, "Jacques didn't want them to come out and so they won't be released." Yet, here they are, with an ambiguous disclaimer by Brel's musical collaborators François Rauber and Gérard Jouannest: "The following titles ('With Elegance,' 'Without Emergencies,' & 'Love Is Dead') are unfinished songs which Jacques Brel and we, ourselves, would like to do over. The reason for which has not been divulged." It may be that they mention only those three of the five tracks because the musical backing for them is particularly sparse, usually only a keyboard instrument or two far in the background. For the average American listener who knows Brel from "If You Go Away," "Seasons in the Sun," and the musical revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, however, the effect of the inclusion of the unreleased songs may have more to do with sequencing than content. The new material is right up front on the first disc, just after Brel's version of "La Quête (The Quest)" (aka "The Impossible Dream" from Man of la Mancha), and the effect is to reverse the usual running order of a compilation, beginning with the artist's later material, when his singing is deeper and more mannered, rather than his earlier recordings. Also, it means that an American won't hear a familiar melody until the 12th track of CD one when "Quand On N'A Que L'Amour" (translated here as "When We Have Only Love," but more commonly known as "If We Only Have Love"), one of Brel's biggest hits, begins. After that, as Thelma Blitz's liner notes put it, the rest of CD one and all of CD two "are a crème de la crème 'best of' covering the span of his career." DRG has helpfully provided literal translations of the French lyrics, which non-French-speaking Americans familiar only with the Rod McKuen and Mort Shuman/Eric Blau adaptations will find illuminating, since they demonstrate that those English lyrics range from accurate equivalents of Brel's meaning to fairly broad revisions. Of course, Brel's own interpretations of his songs remain definitive, and in these sonically improved recordings he comes across with all his dramatic, compelling power intact.

Jacques Brel – Infiniment (1964-1977/2003) {2xSACD}
Disc 1:
01.La quete 02:35
02.La cathédrale 04:44
03.L’amour est mort 04:01
04.Mai 40 03:36
05.Avec elegance 02:52
06.Sans exigences 03:06
07.Les marquises 03:48
08.Orly 04:16
09.La ville s’endormait 04:34
10.Jojo 03:11
11.J’arrive 04:44
12.Quand on n’a que l’amour 02:31
13.Le plat pays 02:41
14.Mon enfance 05:37
15.Les vieux 04:03
16.La chanson de Jacky 03:23
17.La valse a mille temps 03:48
18.Le prochain amour 03:30
Disc 2:
01.La chanson des vieux amants 04:27
02.Ne me quitte pas 04:08
03.Amsterdam 02:57
04.La biere 03:10
05.Bruxelles 02:58
06.Le diable “ca va” 02:22
07.Il nous faut regarder 02:20
08.L’enfance 02:44
09.Ces gens-la 04:38
10.Les bonbons 03:29
11.Les flamandes 02:33
12.Les bourgeois 02:52
13.Jef 03:35
14.Mathilde 02:35
15.Marieke 02:40
16.Madeleine 02:39
17.Les bigotes 02:40
18.Vesoul 03:04
19.Le moribond 03:04
20.Au suivant 03:04
21.Le dernier repas 03:24
22.Je suis un soir d’ete 04:07

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