SERGE GAINSBOURG : Les Annees Psychedeliques 1966-1971
Seems like this one went in & out of print in a jiffy. It's a strictly limited edition double vinyl set of Portugese origin (c/o cool as fuck boutique label, Le Smoke Disques) that cherrypicks the seriously groovy Gaelic freakfunk of the mighty Serge's druggy late 60s heydey (his most creative period as far as I'm concerned, though I don't pretend to be an authority). A suave 'n' sultry combo of timeless old favourites, super-scarce b-sides, quality unreleased session tracks & a handful of "bonus beat" workouts, it's all been carefully/faithfully remastered & sounds absolument fantastique. Highlights include selections from the Canabis, Mr Freedom, Manon 70 & La Pacha soundtracks, with a surfeit of driving proto-Can rhythms & acid-head orchestrations c/o Michel Colombier & Jean-Claude Vannier (L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches) - the original catalogue # (LSD-005) is simply the icing on the cake! Clued-in 6Ts shufflers will doubtless get a fair bit of mileage out of "Psychotenie" & "No No Yes Yes"'s infectious boogaloo, while fans of Air (who've regularly paid explicit homage to Gainsbourg in the past & recorded this marvellous LP with his daughter) will find "Danger" & "L'Alonette" of particular interest. I've still not decided whether "Requiem Pour Un Cont" is my favourite song ever or not (yes, another "favourite song ever"!) but it's definitely Top 10, & I certainly won't be disappointed if it's blaring out across the crematorium when my coffin's gliding solemnly towards the furnace doors...
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