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  • Audio CD (April 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • ASIN: B000E6TYJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Song For Sorry Angel - Franz Ferdinand
2. I Love You (Me Either) - Cat Power
3. I Just Came To Tell You That I'm Going - Kid Loco
4. Requiem For Anna - Portishead
5. Requiem For A Jerk - Francoise Hardy
6. L'Hotel - Michael Stipe
7. Au Revoir Emmanuelle - Tricky
8. Lola R. For Ever - Marianne Faithfull
9. Boomerang 2005 - Gonzales
10. Boy Toy (I'm The Boy) - Marc Almond
11. The Ballad Of Melody Nelson - Placebo
12. Just A Man With A Job - The Rakes
13. I Call It Art - The Kills
14. Those Little Things - Carla Bruni

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Limited French pressing packaged in a Digi-pack. The bet was serious, to bring together artists from the international scene to interpret English adaptations of the songs of Serge Gainsbourg. 15 tracks from the likes of Franz Ferdinand with Jane Birkin, Portishead, Cat Power and Karen Elson, Michael Stipe, Jarvis Cocker & Kid Loco, The Kills, Cat Power with Karen Elson, Tricky, Marc Almond with Trash Palace and more. Universal. 2006.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elisavet Giannakoudaki on May 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
L'Hotel (6) by Michael Stipe is marvellous. This man comes definitely premium after monsieur G. Cat Power gives a sky high performance (2) but Gonzales w/ Feist elevate amazingly Boomerang (9), and Tricky (7) qualifies in Aurevoir Emmanuelle. Portishead's surprise in the Requiem for Anna (4) is more than pleasant. Monsieur must be really proud up there- it's more than his spirit in this album. Great one!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Mitchell on September 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe a) no one has reviewed this CD yet and b) I can't believe it's way back at 8,000+ on the sales chart - are there really 8,000+ better CDs than this?! Not on your life. Unlike most tribute albums, which usually feature inferior echoes of the original songs, THIS star-studded tribute CD is very much keeping in the spirit of Monsieur Gainsbourg: sly, sexy, and sophisticated - even groovy. The line-up is stellar and you can't find quite believe all these acts said yes: Portishead, Franz Ferdinand, The Rakes, Marianne Faithful, Placebo/Brian Molko, Marc Almond, The Kills, Feist, Trash Palace, Sly & Robbie - cmon?! WOW! And ALL these artists reinterpret a great collection of songs, making them their own, fresh, unique, and very 2006. From indie rock to reggae to trip-hop to electro-pop and all in between, this is easily one of the best CDs of 2006!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Ryan on June 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The `All-Music Guide' opens their assessment of Serge Gainsbourg by referring to him as "the dirty old man of popular music." That tells only half of the story but I suppose that it's an epithet that will have to do for most Americans. In this country, very few people grew familiar with Gainsbourg; he never had a top 40 hit and sang (or spoke, actually) in his native French language, which certainly didn't help matters. Music fans knew of him through "Je'Taime Moi Non Plus" (which translates rather humorously as "I Love You - Me Either"), which made some inroads on the radio, despite its overtly sexual content. "Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited" is a tribute album to Mr. Gainsbourg, and it has one or two distinct advantages at reaching a mass audience that Mr. Gainsbourg himself did not have. First of all, the pop artists featured on this collection already have a sizeable following, especially Franz Ferdinand and Cat Power. Second, the lyrics throughout this tribute have been translated to English, making it easier to hear the wry sensuality that defines a Gainsbourg song.

The Franz Ferdinand performance of "Sorry Angel" is good enough on its own to justify a purchase of this disk, especially since the track is also credited to Gainsbourg's musical partner and lover Jane Birkin (the female voice on "Je'Taime Moi Non Plus"), but Cat Power's version of his only near-hit (with Karen Elson) makes this disk essential listening. It is fascinating to hear the English version, and as sung by two women, it not only retains but also in a sense surpasses the sly sensuality that made the original recording so hot, and so controversial.

The fourteen tracks on this collection are remarkably consistent, especially considering that this is a `tribute' album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By al j on December 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Brilliant compilation that really sets the mood. Listening to it is like being in the sexiest lounge party in town, surrounded by everyone fabulous, while sipping a perfect cocktail.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Greene VINE VOICE on June 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Tribute albums are so often a bummer, but this one really works. Serge Gainsbourg just seems to be a great artist to interpret for English-speaking bands/performers. Mick Harvey's two albums of Serge covers with English lyrics are absolute gems. And this collection is almost as enjoyable as those. The best track is Kid Loco and Jarvis Cocker's take on "I Have Come to Tell You That I'm Going," which has a late-night, downtempo feel. Not far behind is Marianne Faithful's rendition of the bawdy, hilarious "Lola Rasta" song. Gang of Four wannabees Franz Ferdinand and the Rakes both bring their angular, biting guitar work to the fore, and successfully so. One minor quibble is the Cat Power duet of "J'Taime . . . " - the version is done well enough, but this song has been covered so many times and is so over the top, it really didn't need to be recorded again. If you love Serge you will love this comp.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edder on February 5, 2014
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It was all I expected and even more, this edition has 3 more hidden tracks, all the versions are unvelibeable
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christophe deluy on September 1, 2013
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As new........I play it as much as I can especially track one from Franzini Ferdinand that is it thank you
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