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L'Homme A Tete De Chou (Remastered) [Original recording remastered]

Serge Gainsbourg Audio CD
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1. L'Homme A Tête De Chou
2. Chez Max Coiffeur Pour Hommes
3. Marilou Reggae
4. Transit A Marilou
5. Flash Forward
6. Aéroplanes
7. Premiers Symptômes
8. Ma Lou Marilou
9. Variations Sur Marilou
10. Meurtre A L'Extincteur
11. Marilou Sous La Neige
12. Lunatic Asylum

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Les privilégiés qui ont eu l'occasion de pénétrer dans l'hôtel particulier de Gainsbourg, rue de Verneuil, connaissent cette étrange sculpture d'un homme à tête de chou trônant, énigmatique et fascinante, dans la petite cour. Elle illustre la pochette du disque et inspire le titre de cet album concept, que les aficionados du maître s'accordent à ranger dans le tiercé gagnant de son imposante discographie. Mis en boîte trois ans avant le sacre de "La Marseillaise" version reggae, L'Homme à tête de chou est, à l'instar des grands crus, un disque à consommer délicatement, à garder en bouche pour mieux apprécier son parfum profond. L'histoire édifiante de Marylou, "petite gueuse shampouineuse", nous est contée par un Gainsbourg qui maîtrise de mieux en mieux ce qui deviendra une de ses marques de fabrique, le talk-over ou l'art de surligner la rythmique avec les mots. Une peinture surréaliste et déjantée, aux camaïeux raffinés et tailladés par endroits de ces coups de rasoir vengeurs dont Gainsbourg savait user pour créer une mise en scène cinématographique et puissamment évocatrice. Nous entraînant avec lui jusqu'au bout de ce délire qui verra Marylou succomber sous la neige carbonique d'un extincteur, il signe un véritable chef-d'oeuvre qui, s'il ne rencontra pas à sa sortie le succès qu'il méritait, sut se venger de cette imposture en vieillissant mieux qu'un grand cru. --Sylvie Devilette

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SERGE GAINSBOURG LHomme A Tete De Chou (2001 French digitally remastered 12-track CD album housed in a jewel case with French text booklet originally released in 1976 this is GAINSBOURGs 2nd concept record after the stone cold classic Histoire De Melody Nelson & probably 2nd only in quality to that record in his deep storied catalog. Featuring lush orchestration & a variety of influences from reggae to rock to funk to country this is a crucial part of the musical history of one of Frances most famous & certainly most controversial stars. The sleeve shows only very light wear and the disc is in excellent condition)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not as an Introduction to Serge March 3 2004
By JR
Format:Audio CD
This is another classic album from Serge from around the time when he was really doing his best and most challenging work. However, I would definitely not recommend this as a starting point to get into Serge's work since it is probably his most difficult album and is less immediately satisfying than many of his other albums. Melody Nelson is still the best place to start if you are curious about Serge because it is simultaneously his best and most accessible album. If you have heard some of his other stuff though, you are more likely to 'get' this album and not dismiss it after a couple of listens. Definitely his most 'prog rock' album, a very weird listening experience indeed (and the 2 or 3 spoken word interludes over minimal music are kind of frustrating for non-French speakers like myself!). On a side note, I would disagree with the previous reviewer who says that his is his most 'pimpy and 'swanky' album, in many ways it is the album that is least in that sleazy vein, since it is just so odd. If you really want a CD that conjures up images of Serge sitting on a red velvet couch smoking a pipe Hugh Hefner style, listen to Vu De L'Exterieur instead. That's Serge at his pimpin' best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not as an Introduction to Serge March 2 2004
By JR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is another classic album from Serge from around the time when he was really doing his best and most challenging work. However, I would definitely not recommend this as a starting point to get into Serge's work since it is probably his most difficult album and is less immediately satisfying than many of his other albums. Melody Nelson is still the best place to start if you are curious about Serge because it is simultaneously his best and most accessible album. If you have heard some of his other stuff though, you are more likely to 'get' this album and not dismiss it after a couple of listens. Definitely his most 'prog rock' album, a very weird listening experience indeed (and the 2 or 3 spoken word interludes over minimal music are kind of frustrating for non-French speakers like myself!). On a side note, I would disagree with the previous reviewer who says that his is his most 'pimpy and 'swanky' album, in many ways it is the album that is least in that sleazy vein, since it is just so odd. If you really want a CD that conjures up images of Serge sitting on a red velvet couch smoking a pipe Hugh Hefner style, listen to Vu De L'Exterieur instead. That's Serge at his pimpin' best!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GAINSBOURG'S UNIVERSE May 1 2003
By ALAIN ROBERT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
SERGE GAINSBOURG has never been better in establish a concept thematicelly in terms of words and music.Each piece of this wonderful opus has a musical setting that is coherent in it's ensemble.32 minutes of pure joy and delight.The famous GAINSBOURG talking voice over was of course used before in recordings like JE T'AIME MOI NON PLUS,INITIALES BB and the previous concept album HISTOIRE DE MÉLODY NELSON,but never with that panache with the lyrics.VARIATIONS SUR MARILOU can résume GAINSBOURG's whole catalogue of themes and obsessions.Sit down,forget your presomptions about the often called dirty man of FRENCH music and listen to signifiant music by a creatively inspired artist.If you are wondering about the meaning of the lyrics of VARIATIONS SUR MARILOU,it's actually about woman masturbation.No kidding here,just the truth.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pimpy swanky lounge music June 21 2001
By Sugar1000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Serge Gainsbourg has many styles, this album represents his most pimpy and swanky of those styles. His voice is laid just so lightly over electric guitars and he sounds as if he is sitting in a dark room on a red velvet couch smoking a pipe, Hugh Hefner style. This is a truly great Serge album that is harder to find than most of his other works and is not to be missed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serge at his most rockin creative March 8 2013
By josh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a solid rock album with many odd instruments. And his lyrics tend to be dark on this album but its still one of my favorites. Worth a listen. Worth the buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ahhh.... March 3 2009
By Alabaster Sheets - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having been on a Serge kick as of late, I just picked up the recent vinyl edition of L'Homme a Tete De Chou from the 4 men with beards label. It is a faithful repress on 180 gram vinyl with original french lyric sheet. While I do not speak French, it is nice to follow along; I find it easier to pick out phrases and can actually pick up on much of the meaning.
On to the music:
This is a cool, cool record and very different in scope from other Gainsbourg records. While Rock Around the Bunker, Aux Armes Et Cetera, Melody Nelson, and earlier works are full of hooks and have an immediacy to them, L'Homme offers a darker and much more sinister atmosphere. It is full of rhythmic beats (almost like Neu! or CAN), Synthesizer, and the signature Gainsbourg whisper. Serge rarely breaks into singing on this record, he mostly stands back and narrates. After a few listens, L'Homme reveals itself as a complex and intensely satisfying record, full of sonic experimentation and mood swings but do NOT expect a light, swinging and feel-good recording. (At the same time, L'Homme is very listenable).
L'Homme a Tete De Chou reveals a deeper side of Gainsbourg's recordings that have been difficult to find and are often overlooked in America. A great listen from a musical mastermind. Highly recommended.
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