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release date : january 4 2009
format : 29 track CD
Compiled by Pol Dodu
Cover art and liner notes : Pol Dodu
Front : "Sing
out in Avril Rayon", advertising published in Seventeen Magazine
in the USA in 1966
Back : "Groovy
vinyl", unknown origin
stopped playing the game of giving my selection of "the best records
of the past year" a long time ago. To play this game, you need to
be in the position to pretend that you have listened to the majority of
the music released in the concerned field, which is not my case and which
seems to me nigh on impossible these days. I also find this much too restrictive
since the vast majority of the music I discover and groove to over a year
is rather ancient (in 2008, I think the oldest was "Take your burden
to the Lord and leave it there" by Washington Phillips, recorded
in 1927 and selected by Paul Weller for a Mojo Magazine CD).
So, I prefer to play with my own rules and deliver on this CD a selection
of tracks that I didn't know at the start of 2008 and that I greatly enjoyed.
Some are recent but over three quarters of them date from before 2008,
the oldest being from 1949 ! There's rock, country, chanson, Caribbean
music, but mostly lots of great songs that don't take themselves too seriously.
There is some artists overlap between both records but no song overlap
with the previous compilation released on, "Testament
du rock vol. 5".
Dodu, january 2009.
track list below, I simply link the records featured on Blogonzeureux!
to their review and I give a few details for the others.
Nash : Brutus (Le lion)
Dalar : Croque crâne creux
Cromagnum : Neurotic saga
Stern : Transformer
It is through a 2007 piece in Plan
B that I first heard about Marnie
Stern. Luminous, full of virtuosity, she has the great talent to produce
music that both "complicated" (avant-garde some would say) and
Maxel's : Désordre musical
Volel : Regret
Dumas & Pascal Comelade : Le chanson douce
When Pascal Comelade collaborates with a DJ friend, he gives us some sort
of sequel, 25 years later, to the "Chanson" on which the voice
of an infant Cathy Claret could be heard. And he affords himsef the luxury
to release a track with a strong commercial potential only on 7"
on a small label, rather than on the on that releases his albums.
Infos : http://vivonzeureux.fr/Pages/pidgcomeladisco.html
Listen : www.myspace.com/raphdumas
Barretto : A deeper shade of soul
song of the same title by Urban Dance Squad on Blogonzeureux! that
I realized that the Dutch band had not only sampled but actually covered
the original track by Ray Barretto, without actually adding much new or
interesting elements to the 1972 original version.
Malone : L'ours qui pète et qui rote
I reviewed his record on Blogonzeureux!, I found scant information about
Otto. So I searched with the name of his producer Vincent
Malone and this I found out that a) he's quite a fuynny guy and b)
he is well-known among kids as the "Roi des papas". "L'ours
qui pète et qui rote" ("The bear that farts and burps")
quickly became one of my top hits of the year.
Magnetic Fields : All my little words
This year, I read and reviewed the
excellent book from the 33 1/3 series dedicated to "69 love songs"
by The Magnetic Fields. Looking for information on this subject, I
chanced upon this live recording at the Trinity Church in Toronto in July
2004 of one of the 69 songs.
Wings : Boom !
Dahl : D'ya think I'm disco
When the send-up is better than the original, listen to the send-up
Clark : Un jeune homme bien
On the same day I bough the Eileen records, I got a whole lot of
sixties records including several EPs by Petula Clark. On this occasion,
I had the happy surprise to discover this
excellent cover in French of The Kinks' "Well-respected man".
Infos : www.telerama.fr/musique/petula-clark-2,38097.php
St. Onge : Il (Help)
An incredible Beatles cover, in French if you please, discovered
thanks to WFMU,
which offers for download the whole of the 10 plus grands hits of Mme
Diddley : I don't like you
Anthony & The Imperials : I'm alright
Or how, while looking for information about Bo Diddley, I learnt
that the excellent "I'm alright" by The Rolling Stones, credited
to Nanker Phelge, a collective alias, sounded a lot like "I'm alright"
by Little Anthony, itself a cover of "She's alright" by Bo Diddley.
Since then, it seems the Stones song credit has been corrected and now
mentions Elas McDaniel, alias Bo Diddley.
Berry : Soul rockin'
Frères Nubuck : In meiner Garage (Wie Ribery)
Fodder : My baby takes valium
In 2008, Jungle Records gave a successor to "Greatest
hits" released by Crammed in the early 80's : a double CD that
is a complete retrospective of Family Fodder's output, including rare
and unreleased stuff, with a carefully chosen title, "More great
hits". A good opportunity to dig deep in the band's discography and
unearth this excellent B side of their first single.
Infos : http://vivonzeureux.fr/Pages/familyfodder.html
Vieux Thorax : Cordon blues
In 2008, Le
Vieux Thorax released online a series of tracks under the generic title
"Garage de gauche" in which he associates political discourse
and garage rock. "Cordon blues" is my favourite of the lot.
it at DavDuf
Richman : You can have a cell phone that's OK but not me
Tim : I woke up with a cold
37 seconds, is quite enough for Tiny Tim and his
ukulele to tell us how he woke up with a bad cold, and that's more fun
to us than to him !
it at C60 Low Noise
and Jethro (& June Carter) : Baby it's cold outside
A hilarious song (a cover) from the first Homer
and Jethro record (in 1949 !), featuring on this occasion June Carter,
then 20 years old. There's such a big contrast betweeen the wise-cracking
young June of the forties and fiifties and the religious zealot she became
: José disait
This year, I bought in Athis three sixties EPs by Eileen. I
reviewed one of them for Blogonzeureux!, another contains the first
Frenc version of "These boots are made for walking" and the
third features "José disait", thhis delightlful Mexicano-styled
ditty, to be filed alongside Ween, Calexico and Anne Sylvestre.
Thompson : Love walked out before she did
Following his demise toward the end of 2007, many
sites have put online MP3s by Hank Thompson. That's how I got to know
this country singer, and this is my favourite track of his so far.
at Joie de Vivre
Marini et son quartette : Casanova
After buying and
reviewing a Marino Marini EP, I have been on the lookout for his records
and found his very first EP, featuring "Casanova" which,like
most of his recordings, benefits from high quality playing and refined
: Le beau Danube bleu
Ayers : Thank you very much
In September, Harvest
released the 4 CD Kevin Ayers box "Songs for insane times" :
1 with an unreleased concert and 3 of retrospective, which finally gave
me the chance to listen to the original version of this song, rerecorded
by Ayers in the early 90's on "Falling up".
Child Ballads : Cheekbone hollows
Walkmen are well-known
now. Before, they were members of Jonathan Fire*Eater, but it is only
in 2008 that the singer of this band, Stewart Lupton, reappeared on the
scene with the firt Child Ballads record, even though I had had the opportunity
to download this song as aerly as 2005 under the title "The onion
domes of Thalahassee".