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Jacques Brel – Vol.1

Jacques Brel – Vol.1

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    Jacques Brel achieved fame through his performances in France, but he was born in Belgium and identified himself strongly with his linguistically divided native land. His acidly humorous lyrics target the hypocrisies of groups as well as individuals, with special attention to Belgium's Flemish population, the military, and the bourgeoisie in general. At the same time, some of Brel's most affecting songs contain passages in Flemish, and many of his lyrics show a pronounced fondness for his "flat country." Brel's irreverent approach to life was sharply reflected in his music and films and can be compared to that of Bob Dylan in the U.S. and Vladimir Vysotsky in Russia, with whom he also shared a capacity for tongue-twisting patter not heard since the early days of Danny Kaye. On this CD, "Le Plat Pays," "Au Suivant," and "Les Bourgeois" illustrate both the somber and raucous aspects of his extensive repertoire.

    Tracklist

    1 Jaurès
    3:36
    2 Ne Me Quitte Pas
    4:09
    3 Les Vieux
    4:04
    4 La Quête
    2:37
    5 On N'Oublie Rien
    3:05
    6 Le Plat Pays
    2:41
    7 Mathilde
    2:35
    8 Les Remparts De Varsovie
    4:06
    9 Amsterdam
    3:17
    10 J'Arrive
    4:44
    11 Ces Gens-Là
    4:39
    12 Jef
    3:35
    13 Vesoul
    3:07
    14 Au Suivant
    3:05
    15 Madeleine
    2:56
    16 Les Bourgeois
    2:52