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1. Cha Cha Cha du Loup - (TRUE instrumental)
2. Mambo Miam Miam
3. Anthracite, L'
4. Laissez-Moi Tranquille (Leave Me Alone)
5. Cha Cha Cha du Loup
6. Eau a la Bouche, L'
7. Les Amours Perdues
8. Erotico-Tico - (TRUE instrumental)
9. Ces Petits Reins
11. Couleur Caf
12. Pauvre Lola
13. Les Cigarillos
14. New York USA
15. Tatoue Jeremie
16. Ce Grand Mechant Vous
17. La Bas C'Est Naturel
20. Ami Cauotte, L'
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 528949
Claude Dejacques; Jean-Yves Billet; Philippe Lerichomme
Recorded between 1958 and 1969.
Personnel: Serge Gainsbourg (vocals, guitar, piano).
Liner Note Author: Elisabeth Vincentelli.
Recording information: Blanqui Studio (12/1959-05/1975); DMS Studio (12/1959-05/1975); Eurpoa-Sonor Studio (12/1959-05/1975); Studio 92 (12/1959-05/1975).
Directors: Jean-Pierre Sabar; Alain Goraguer; Michel Colombier.
Editor: Avec L'Aimable.
Photographers: S.O.B.; Jacques Aubert .
Unknown Contributor Role: Jean-Pierre Haie.
Arrangers: Jean-Pierre Sabar; Alain Goraguer; Michel Colombier.
When not singing in the saloons and salons of the Rive Gauche or playing the bad guy in a serious of ludicrously bad Italian films, Serge Gainsbourg also found the time to dabble in the cha-chas and mambos which had swept Europe and America in the previous decade. However while most of the dance crazes were meant as one-offs, Gainsbourg took his excursions into Caribbean rhythms as seriously (and as comically) as all of his other stylistic experiments, and continued to record them sporadically up until the 1970's.
Of course some of them sound silly now (such as New York USA and Erotico-tico), but most of them still bump and grind like Desi Arnaz on a bender. The children's chorus on "Couleur Cafe" lends a moment of innocence not usually associated with Gainsbourg's usually adult songwriting; and "Baudelaire" and "Cha Cha Cha du Loup" are sure-fire party-starters at the next meeting of the international hipsters of the world convention. Great music either for smoking a cigarette and sighing, or forming a conga-line in a mosh pit.
Rolling Stone (3/6/97, p.70) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...concentrates on his crisp Latin and Brazilian backing rhythms including period ditties...as well as more substantial songs..."
Entertainment Weekly (2/14/97, p.63) - "...a distinctive song stylist whose eclectic wanderings made him a national treasure in his native France, and a dissolute demi-god to the alternative-rock community....[COULEUR CAFE] chronicle[s]...Gainsbourg's...Latin excursions to eye-opening, often hilarious effect." - Rating: B+
Q (12/96, p.166) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...there's enough evidence...to prove the crow-visaged nihilist could swing--albeit mordantly..."
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