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Aux Armes Et Caetera

Serge GainsbourgAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • ASIN: B00019PD84
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Javanaise Remake
2. Aux Armes Et Caetera
3. Les Locataires
4. Des Laids Des Laids
5. Brigade Des Stups
6. Vieille Canaille
7. Lola Rastaquouere
8. Relax Baby Be Cool
9. Daisy Temple
10. Eau Et Gaz A Tous Les Etages
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Javanaise Dub
2. Dub Et Caetera
3. Dub Locataires
4. Des Laids Des Dubs
5. Dub Des Stups
6. Dub Rastaquouere
7. Daisy Dub
8. Eau Et Dub A Tous Les Etages
9. Pas Long Dub
10. Marilou Dub
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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The late Serge Gainsbourg, his basso-profundo vocals marinated in cigarette smoke, was the priapic Parisian prince of the put-on, an erotic poet-philosopher who deliberately couched his most outrageous lyrics in syrupy melodies. He first achieved international notoriety with "Je t'aime, Moi Non Plus," wherein he and Jane Birkin simulated coitus, delighting horny adolescents and dirty old men everywhere. Ever the experimenter, he traveled to Jamaica in 1979 and enlisted the services of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, probably the greatest reggae rhythm section of all time, and the I-Threes, Bob Marley's female back-up trio. Gainsbourg thoroughly offended right-wingers by snarling and moaning his way through his country's national anthem, with the non-French-speaking I-Threes piping an offhand "Aux armes--et cetera" at the chorus. This two-CD reissue includes dub B-sides plus fiery new interpretations from King Stitt, Big Youth, and other superstars. But even amongst such august company, Serge rules! --Christina Roden

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gainsbourg gets a dub makeover March 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
To most Brits like myself Serge Gainsbourg was just some lechy bloke who sang Je T'aime with Jane Birkin. That was until I heard Aux Armes Et Caetera. Smoky and Sulty, its cool reggae grooves wash over you especially on gorgeous tracks like Daisy Temple and Lola Rastaquouere. Even if you can't speak French it's sexy stuff. Fans of the original album may be dismayed to learn that although this double CD is fundamentally the same recording, it has been given a major dub overhaul and sometimes the sound effects take the emphasis away from the vocal. But to newcomers it's great showcase for one of France's national treasures and Jamaica's finest rhythm sections.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great record April 26, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I LOVE THIS RECORD. If you are into dub, or just good music in general, there are hours of fun ahead of you with this one. Serge's snaky lyrics, Sly and Robbie's amazing production and backing -- it is hard to imagine it being anything less than incredible. It a holy grail of reggae, a classic record for any genre and any country.
The second disc is a complete reworking of the first - complete with dub mixes that are wonderful and DJ/Singer versions from some of the biggest stars in jamaican music. So basically you have it all in one package.
Its a classic record that's been added to in a tasteful and groundshaking way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Gold March 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I take back everything I've said about reggae. I'm a changed man. Right here on the spot I will admit to you that I have never given reggae a chance. I've blown it off, not so much based on the fact that I don't like the actual music, but more because of those annoying skinny white hippie kids in high school with the Bob Marley t-shirts. Let me say that after being sucked into this album, this gem of gems, that I stand on the edge of becoming one of those annoying skinny white hippie kids in the Bob Marley t-shirt.
!??! How can Serge Gainsbourg be so great? This is the ultimate treat. This music will chill you out like nothing else while at the same time injecting a subtle euphoric mania into your bloodstream. Serge employs all things kick back here, you will not be left unfazed. Tune in and sit back as you drift into a rhythmic cloud of tight dopamine pleasing drums, kicky smooth bass love, Serge's signature spoken word, and back up vocals that make dreams come true. You need this, I need this, the whole world needs it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly great record April 27, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
this record is phenomenal. one of serge's best. and one's of the best records that sly and robbie ever recorded too. its political, its sexual, its everything you want in a dub reggae recording. win friends! influence enemies! this record is magical.....
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