Histoire de Melody Nelson is a 1971 concept album by French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Produced by Jean-Claude Desmarty, the album was released on March 24, 1971 through Philips Records. The Lolita-esque cal plot of the album involves the middle-aged Gainsbourg unintentionally colliding his Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost into teenage girl Melody Nelson's bicycle, and the subsequent seduction and romance that ensues
Serge Gainsbourg had no great attachment to genre. By the time he came to rock music, in his early 40s, the French star had traced his oblique, provocative course through chanson (French vocal music), jazz, and light pop. He'd made percussive café jams about suicide and given Eurovision popstrels France Gall and Françoise Hardy songs full of blowjob puns. Like a lot of 1971 records, Histoire de Melody Nelson is a concept album: Unlike most, it's only 28 minutes long. The songs are lavishly orchestrated, yet the dominant instrument isn't guitar or organ but rather Herbie Flowers' lascivious, treacly bass, playing a seedy, rambling take on funk. That bass is the first sound you hear on Melody Nelson, quietly tracking up and down in a windscreen-wiper rhythm: Gainsbourg starts talking in French 30 seconds later, describing a night drive in a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.
Histoire De Melody Nelson (LP, Album, Gat). Histoire De Melody Nelson (CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap). Philips, Universal Music.
Histoire De Melody Nelson originally released on LP Philips 6325 071, ℗1971. Valse De Melody", first version previously released as a 1970's radio commercial "Melody Nelson (aka Au Long De la Vie") for Les Liqueurs Martini. Issued on "Inédits, Les Archives 1958-1981"from Gainsbour. orever boxset. Une production Philips. Re-masterisation au Studio Universal.
Just near twenty-eight minutes long, Histoire de Melody Nelson almost isn’t even an album. The seven tracks are a split between orchestral divergences, sultry funk, spoken word folk, french pop and manage to stay very tightly focused. Indeed, the focus is so compacted as one can immediately get the feeling that nothing else was needed. Melody - Opens sparsely, a relaxing beat and Gainsbourg’s almost spoken word delivery. His delivery is perhaps the most evocative part of the entire album, giving a feel for the story even when the listener cannot comprehend, changing to find or fit the mood. The work on the album feels less an exhibit of the gracious explosions of sound but more a venue for the voice of Gainsbourg, a voice that can slide from sly to sensual to sleazy in a matter of words.
Album Histoire de Melody Nelson. Les ailes de la Rolls effleuraient des pylônes Quand m'étant malgré moi égaré Nous arrivâmes ma Rolls et moi dans une zone Dangereuse, un endroit isolé. Là-bas, sur le capot de cette Silver Ghost De dix-neuf cent dix s'avance en éclaireur La Vénus d'argent du radiateur Dont les voiles légers volent aux avant-postes. Première chanson de l'album mythique de Serge Gainsbourg. Si ce premier album-concept n'a pas eu le succès escompté à sa sortie, il a aujourd'hui une influence colossale sur de nombreux artises de style différents. Cette première chanson présente le personnage de Serge Gainsbourg haut en couleur, véritable esthète, et introduit sa rencontre avec Melody Nelson. /// The first song on the legendary Serge Gainsbourg album Histoire de Melody Nelson.