This was $5. I like French records from the 60’s in general, plus I like a lot of Jacques Brel’s songs that have been translated into English (“Seasons in the Sun” for example). That made this purchase pretty simple, even at the high price. This record was previously owned by one Janis Childs, whose 7 digit phone number on the back reminds me of a simpler time in this town.
Brel, born in Brussels in 1929, was a singer/songwriter/actor/director who cast a large influence not only over the French speaking world, but over Europe as well. He was a giant in the French world of Chanson music.
His songs, theatrical an introspective in nature, were also translated into English and covered by some of the biggest stars this side of the Atlantic including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, John Denver, and perhaps most famously, Rod McKuen.
If you Google pictures of Brel, you will find a whole lot of pictures him smoking. It should come to no surprise that he developed a tumor in his lungs. The majority of the 70’s were spent in ill health. He also spent a vast majoirty of his time sailing. Despite being quite sick for some time and being told his time was short, Brel lived more years than planned, finally succumbing to complications due to lung cancer in 1978. He was 49.
This record, released on Vanguard in 1967 was the US version of Brel’s ninth album, Jacques Brel 67, released on Barclay Label. Backed by Francois Rauber conducting and arranging, this album contains 10 songs written or co written by Brel. Pretty good numbers. Interestingly enough, Brel retired from the stage the year this album was released. He would release 4 albums thereafter.
Good album, Satisfactory.