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Serge Gainsbourg - Aux Armes Et Caetera (1979) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Serge Gainsbourg - Aux Armes Et Caetera (1979) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Serge Gainsbourg
Title: Aux Armes Et Caetera
Genre: Reggae, Roots Reggae, French Pop
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 1979
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 33:16
Recorded and mixed at Dynamic Sounds Studio, Kingston, Jamaïca, 12 to 24 January 1979

Gainsbourg’s 1979 release Aux Armes Et Caetera, an album entirely recorded in Kingston with legendary reggae musicians, takes French song where it had never geographically or musically gone before. In retrospect, we might be tempted to dismiss this cover of the French national anthem; after all, Gainsbourg had already borrowed other musical genres like jazz and disco. Yet, while Gainsbourg’s previous work had earned him recognition as a major innovator of French song somewhat because of his playful and provocative eccentricities, this song was met with a scathing, overtly anti-Semitic and nationalist backlash. Gainsbourg’s play with genres (national anthem, French song, and reggae) touched on sour spots of French identity.

This is one messed up set. Dig the fact that this is Serge Gainsbourg in dread beat and booze. Aux Armes et Cætera is literally Gainsbourg on the rocksteady tip with Sly and Robbie, Flabba Holt, Michael "Mao" Chung, Ansel Collins, I-Threes, Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt, Sticky Thompson, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, and a bunch of French folks playing puff-the-ganja and help the white man in Kingston. Gainsbourg knew what he wanted -- a Lee Perry-styled dubber and dread outing -- and he knew the cats to hire to get it. It contains 15 cuts; some, such as "Javanise," are remakes, while others, ("Des Laids, Des Laids") were written for the session. The Jamaican studio musicians are solid, rocking it down the pipe dark, smoky, and deadly in their grooves. While Serge would seemingly be at a creative impasse, having been one of the whitest men ever to record a side, his tunes work here because he's allowed them to be completely transformed by the Rastas, and his vocals work because they are chanted rather than sung. This is weird, dangerous, and campy music, but it works like a charm. In its day this album was reviled: now it's the work of a visionary. Go figure, but if you dig Gainsbourg, this is for you. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

1. Javanaise Remake 03:08
2. Aux Armes Et Caetera 03:06
3. Les Locataires 02:10
4. Des Laids Des Laids 02:37
5. Brigade Des Stups 01:58
6. Vieille Canaille 03:02
7. Lola Rastaquouère 03:41
8. Relax Baby Be Cool 02:31
9. Daisy Temple 03:55
10. Eau Et Gaz A Tous Les Etages 0:36
11. Pas Long Feu 02:37
12. Marilou Reggae Dub 03:48

Serge Gainsbourg, vocals
Radcliffe 'Dougie' Bryan, guitar
Robbie 'Tights' Lyn, piano
Ansel Collins, Hammond Organ
Robbie Shakespeare, bass
Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar, drums
Michael 'Mao' Chung, guitar, piano
Isiah 'Sticky' Thompson, percussion
I Threes, backing vocals
Judy Mowatt, backing vocals
Marcia Griffiths, backing vocals
Rita Marley, backing vocals

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