Being familiar with some of his work (basically the hit songs) I had no idea of the legacy this brilliant man has left behind. To my complete surprise this (ridiculously low priced) box set opened a new musical world before my ears and from the very first listening I have felt madly and hopelessly in love with Serge Gainsbourg's music. The quality of these recordings is matched by the quality of sound. The remastering is top notch and superior to most digital transfers heard today. I only wish this incredible set had been released on vinyl as well.
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s first proper album since 2010, the upcoming Rest, doesn’t actually represent her first new music in that time—her 2011 set Stage Whisper included unreleased studio material from her sessions with Beck—but its first single builds enigmatically and beguilingly on the way her previous album, IRM, found romance in the void. “Rest” is also, fittingly, the first new Gainsbourg music since she starred in Lars Von Trier’s sensation-causing, sex-depicting 2013 film Nymphomaniac, for which she, with Beck again, breathily covered “Hey Joe.” There were hints of dance-tinged electro-pop on Stage Whisper numbers like “Terrible Angels” and “Paradisco,” so it makes sense that for this song she worked with Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.
The son of legendary chanteur Serge and the brother of actress/singer Charlotte, Lulu Gainsbourg finally followed in his family's musical footsteps at the age of 25 with this tribute record, From Gainsbourg to Lulu. Its 16 covers of his late father's work include five solo numbers, collaborations with both English-language artists (Scarlett Johansson on "Bonnie & Clyde"), and some of his homeland's biggest stars (M on "Requiem pour un Con"), and tracks recorded solely by the likes of Iggy Pop ("Initial BB"), Shane MacGowan ("Sous le Soleil Exactement"), and Vanessa Paradis & Johnny Depp ("Ballade de Melody Nelson").