Artist: Serge Gainsbourg
Title: Histoire De Melody Nelson
Genre: Rock, Pop, French Chanson
Label: © Mercury Records | Universal Music France
Release Date: 1971/2013
Recorded: (rythm section playbacks): 21 to 23 April 1970 at Studio Marble Arch, London 21 to 23 April 1970; (orchestra): 4, 5, 8 & 11 May 1970 at Studio des Dames, Paris; (vocals): 11 to 14 January 1971 at Studio des Dames, Paris; (overdubs): 1st, 2 et 4 February 1971 at Studio des Dames, Paris.
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Size: 9.19 GB
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 3134 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3583 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 5750 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
French icon and national treasure Serge Gainsbourg is no stranger to sexual proclivities, and with his 1971 release Histoire De Melody Nelson he shared an erotic tale as seductive today as the day it was released. With help from actress, amour, and inspiration Jane Birkin, arranger/conductor and co-conspirator Jean-Claude Vannier (L’Enfant Assassins Des Mouches), not to mention a tight hand picked crew of top shelf U.K. session musicians, Histoire De Melody Nelson is often cited as Gainsbourg’s master work, an essential album for the discerning music lover.
You don’t need to speak a word of French to understand Histoire de Melody Nelson — one needs only to look at the front cover (with its nearly pornographic portrait of a half-naked nymphet clutching a rag doll) or hear the lechery virtually dripping from Serge Gainsbourg’s sleazily seductive voice to realize that this is the record your mother always warned you about, a masterpiece of perversion and corruption. A concept record exploring the story of — and Gainsbourg’s lust for — the titular teen heroine, Histoire de Melody Nelson is arguably his most coherent and perfectly realized studio album, with the lush arrangements which characterize the majority of his work often mixed here with funky rhythm lines which underscore the musky allure of the music. Perhaps best described as a dirty old bastard’s attempt to make his own R&B love-man’s record along the lines of a Let’s Get It On (itself still two years away from release), it’s by turns fascinating and repellent, hilarious and grim, but never dull — which, in Gainsbourg’s world, would be the ultimate (and quite possibly the only) sin. –Jason Ankeny