Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Serge Reggiani on vinyl

I just found this album by Serge Reggiani today.  He knocks me out.  Imagine a Bryan Ferry if he was French and had a smokey voice - and that is sort of close to Reggiani's vocal style.  This is my favorite album of his.  The arrangements serve his voice superbly.  The songs covered here are by Boris Vian, Georges Moustaki, and Serge Gainsbourg.  And there is one song that is credited to both Vian and Gainsbourg - it must have been a Vian poem that Gainsbourg set to music - "Quand J'Aurai du vent dans  mon crane."

Reggiani worked with class artists - Melville the filmmaker, Michel Legrand as well as Gainsbourg and I imagine he must have known Vian as well.  Hardcore Left Bank post-war pop.

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