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listen  1. Les Amours PerduesElysian Fields 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ford MustangMike Patton 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bonnie And ClydeWayne Horvitz & Robin Holcomb 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. La-bas C'est NaturelCyro Baptista 5:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 69 Annee ErotiqueKramer 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Pauvre LolaIkue Mori 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Ballad Of Melody NelsonFred Frith 2:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Les SucettesJon 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. L'homme Tete De ChouRuins 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ce Mortel EnnuiAnthony Coleman 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Un Poison Violent, C'est Ca L'amourEzster Balin 5:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Initials B.b.David Shea 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sous Le Soleil ExactementEyvind Kang 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Couleur CaféSteve Beresford 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Le Chanson De SloganBlond Redhead 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. ContactJohn Zorn 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Je T'aime (Moi Non Plus)Cibo Matto 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Intoxicated ManMedeski, Martin & Wood 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Comic StripShelley Hirsch 1:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Requiem Pour Un ConTreichler 4:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Black TromboneMarc Ribot 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: October 21, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tzadik
  • ASIN: B00000B73U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bimwa on October 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
For those unaware, 'Great Jewish Music' is a series released on John Zorn's Tzadik label, which pays homage to Jewish songwriters by way of a selection of Tzadik artists covering their tunes. The Serge Gainsbourg compilation is the second in the series, following Burt Bacharach. It doesn't quite match the Bacharach one, but is still well worth checking out.

The first two tracks are alone almost worth the price of admission. Elysian Fields' atmospheric take on 'Les Amours Perdues' discards the groove of the original, but it's still got plenty of soul, and is just beautiful. Then Mike Patton does all the voices (male and female), not to mention all the instruments, on 'Ford Mustang' and almost manages to outdo the original.

One of the big differences between this album and the Bacharach one is the level of diversity - here, most of the tracks are done relatively straight, and perhaps this is due to Gainsbourg's style of songwriting. His focus was definitely more on melodies than structures, to the point that rarely do any of his songs even have bridges or B sections, content with repeating one section over and over.

Of course, a few of the treatments are notably different, for example Zorn's 'Contact' which is totally a capella, including a snarling lead vocal; Marc Ribot's 'Black Trombone', slow and ponderous, with each note milked out of the guitar in his typical skronky way; or of course Ruins' hardcore take on 'L'Homme Tete Le Chou'.

All in all it's a great listen, and a good introduction to a legendary songwriter (obviously you should check out the originals too!). It's worth mentioning, this CD is quite easy on the ears (especially considering that it's on Tzadik) and could *almost* pass as dinner music, if it weren't for the Ruins track and a couple of others - but I guess that's the way Zorn likes it, just teetering on the edge of accessibility...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steward Willons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is a pleasure. It's a tribute album, but nothing like you would usually expect. I have a couple different Gainsbourg tributes, including the thoroughly mediocre "I (Heart) Serge." This album is part of John Zorn's "Great Jewish Music" series on his Tzadik label. I haven't heard the others (tributes to Burt Bacharach and Marc Bolan), mostly because I'm not terribly familiar with their music. However, I *do* know Gainsbourg and I can definitely say this is a terrific tribute.

Part of the appeal is hearing a lot of amazing New York Downtown musicians tackle popular music. Gainsbourg isn't "pop" in the same sense as Britney Spears, but it's a lot more accessible than what many of these performers usually do. Sometimes it's difficult to understand how great a musician is when the music they're playing is so bizarre that you spend most of your attention just hanging on for dear life. But, when they interpret something more conventional, you can really hear what they are doing with new clarity.

Usually, you'd assume some tracks are stronger than others, but in this case, everyone turns in a solid effort. The beauty of it is how each artist contributes something true to Serge, but also uniquely theirs. It really speaks to the strength of Gainsbourg's music that it can twist into such a variety of styles and approaches.

I would recommend this to fans of Gainsbourg, fans of the performers, and anyone who enjoys adventurous, but accessible music. If you're not familiar with the performers, or if you're not familiar with Gainsbourg, the album will lose some of its appeal. Nevertheless, it's a strong album that deserves a listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. JOHNSTON on October 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
15 years ago a roommate of mine had this record and I never forgot it. I decided I needed to own it, and have not been disappointed.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Honest Sam on October 24, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
I own many Jewish music albums in English, Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew. Ican not find anything Jewish in this Album. It may be music sung by a Jew if he is one,I also do not speak French, but the music lacks anything Jewish that I can recognize after listening to the samples.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Alfaro on August 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Great Jewish Music is the name for a series of tribute albums by Tzadik-related artistes. I've only heard two of these songs; the very accessible (for Ikue Mori) Pauvre Lola and the silly version of Comic Strip with too much reverb on the vocals. Interesting, poppy experimental music.
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