Here are my highly subjective thoughts about Brel’s best (and worst) albums! To rank the albums, each track was scored out of 5, and then the total score was divided by the amount of tracks on the album, and a point was taken or added depending on the album’s overall consistency.
Below is my poetic translation of Isabelle by Jacques Brel. Particular attention has been paid to keeping the rhyme and flow of the piece while retaining the poetic origins of the French lyric.
This is Jacques Brel’s third ‘album’, released on 10″ 33.3 rpm in April 1958. The album also goes by the name “Demain L’On Se Marie”.
Here’s my poetic translation of the song ‘Les Singes’ from 1961… Before the hairless asses there was liberty, Even the flower and the bird were free. But now they’ve arrived all the plants have been put in pots And the birds are all in cages if they’re not already shot. Because they invented prison andContinue reading “Les Singes by Jacques Brel: English Translation”
Jacques Brel autographs pop up every now and then online or in auctions, and a lot of money can be spent on collecting them.
This is Jacques Brel’s second ‘album’, released on 10″ 33.3 rpm in 1957. The album also goes by the name “Quand On N’a Que L’amour”.
Click the song title to view a new, poetic translation of the song. Side A: ‘La Haine’ (‘The Hate’) ‘Grand Jacques (C’est Trop Facile)’ (‘Great Jacques (It’s too easy)’) ‘It Pleut “Les Carreaux”‘ (‘It Rains “The Windowpanes”‘) ‘Le Diable (Ca Va)’ (‘The Devil (All’s Well)’) Side B: ‘Il Peut Pleuvoir’ (‘Let It Rain’) ‘Il NousContinue reading “Jacques Brel Et Ses Chansons”
This 1962 live EP is taken from the the album A l’Olympia ’61 was Brel’s last EP to be released on the Phillips label. It came with two very distinct covers, as you can see from above…
Here’s my poetic translation of the 1961 song “Clara” by Jacques Brel… I love you so, ClaraI love you soI love you so, ClaraI love you so At the carnival of RioYou’re always the sameAt the carnival of RioYou never change And, me I died in ParisA long time agoI died of boredomWaiting for youContinue reading “Clara By Jacques Brel: English Translation”
This 1961 EP is an intriguing mixture of Brel’s classic style of chanson with the Latin-inspired jazz of the song “Clara”, which reflected Brel’s growing popularity in South American countries such as Argentina. “Clara” is an interesting song which revolves around a heartbreak set within the backdrop of Rio’s Carnival, where the narrator laments hisContinue reading “Jacques Brel – No. 11”