Histoire De Melody Nelson - Limited-gatefold
1 x LP
( 1971 ) - 2009 US reissue on 180g LP in gatefold - Histoire de Melody Nelson is a 1971 concept album by French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Produced by Jean-Claude Desmarty, the album was released on March 24, 1971 through Philips Records. The Lolita-esq
Release date: 31-05-2009(originally released in 1971)
2009 US reissue on 180g LP in gatefold - Histoire de Melody Nelson is a 1971 concept album by French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Produced by Jean-Claude Desmarty, the album was released on March 24, 1971 through Philips Records. The Lolita-esque pseudo-autobiographical plot of the album involves the middle-aged Gainsbourg unintentionally colliding his Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost into teenage girl Melody Nelson's bicycle, and the subsequent seduction and romance that ensues. Histoire de Melody Nelson is considered by many critics and fans to be Gainsbourg's most influential and accomplished work, as well as one of the greatest French-language albums in popular music.
A2 Ballade De Melody Nelson(with Jane Birkin)
A3 Valse De Melody
A4 Ah ! Melody
B1 L'Hotel Particulier
B2 En Melody
B3 Cargo Culte
- Extensive notes insert telling the full untold story
- Beautifully remastered from the original tapes
- Full Lyrics plus 1971 Q&A Interview with Serge (both with English translations - from France's Rock N Folk Magazine)
- 180 gram wax, gatefold old school tip-on jacket & notes
- Lacquer cut by Wes Garland at Nashville Record Productions as per WG/NRP at runoffs.
- Pressed by United Record Pressing as per ⓤ symbol at runoffs.
Sex has always sold, but presented with a landmark musical backdrop, the combination is rare as finding the elusive "G Spot." Quite often, attempts fall flaccid, missing the titillating mark by a mile. But French icon and national treasure Serge Gainsbourg is no stranger to sexual proclivities, and with his 1971 classic Histoire De Melody Nelson he shared an erotic tale as seductive today as the day it was released.
With help from actress, amour, and inspiration Jane Birkin, arranger/conductor and co-conspirator Jean-Claude Vannier (L'Enfant Assassins Des Mouches), not to mention a tight hand picked crew of top shelf UK session musicians, Histoire De Melody Nelson is often cited as Gainsbourg's master work, an essential album for the discerning music lover.
Light In The Attic's reissue of Histoire De Melody Nelson finally gives this still radical record the respect and attention to detail it so rightfully deserves. For the first time ever, this lavishly packaged and true to the original artwork 180 gram LP reissue contain extensive English liner notes and content explaining the times and tales behind the making of this passionate platter.
Dispelling countless myths, hearsay, and rumors surrounding Nelson, New York-based writer Andy Beta contributes a stylish essay for your edification while Finders Keepers' honcho and Twisted Nerve founder Any Votel shares his deep knowledge of Gainsbourg and the Gallic/UK music scenes with great insight – never before have these stories been told. The maestro himself even chimes in with a period Q&A interview from France's Rock N Folk Magazine, and printed lyrics (both with English translations).
So as said before, sex sells, and yes, we are buying. With its massive inspiration reaching out to the quintessential rap of De La Soul and The Beatnuts to like-minded and eclectic singer-songwriter, Histoire De Melody Nelson continues to entrance. Light In The Attic looks forward to continuing to spread Gainsbourg's provocative message to thrill seekers the world over...
"There's an ambition, a conceptual depth to Melody Nelson that's incredibly hard to pull off but which Gainsbourg does completely. It's very cool and its dynamic is genius...It's one of the greatest marriages of rock band and orchestra that I've ever heard." - Beck
Originally released: 1969
This release: 2008