Jacques Brel is one of the most covered French language singers of all time. In this list are my top five covers of Jacques Brel’s music.
Brel’s fourth ‘album’, often referred to as “La Valse A Mille Temps”, was released in 1959. It was Brel’s first album to be released after a legendary performance at the Olympia in Paris which brought Brel much critical acclaim.
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”.
Overview This is Jacques Brel’s first ‘album’, released on 10″ 33.3 rpm in 1954. The album also goes by the name “1ère Série”. Here we see Brel in his folk-esque phase, which sees him writing highly poetic and political songs – mainly focusing on morality and religion. The lyrics on this first album are dark,Continue 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…