histoire de melody nelson
a delicate & modern masterpiece of orchestral pop from ’71, remastered & rehoused in 3 limited formats including a super deluxe boxset.
created as an adult tale, each track tells the story of a teenage english girl named melody nelson (sung by jane birkin) who meets a 40 year old french man (sung by serge gainsbourg). the entire album is directed by jean-claude vannier who also composed some of the music. bonus material on all versions includes unreleased complete & alternative studio takes & an exclusive documentary. the super deluxe edition contains cd & lp pressings of the original album & studio sessions, a 5.1 surround sound dvd of the album & 50 page book about the record’s creation. “the arrangements seem to respond almost intuitively to the twists in gainsbourg's language & narrative, to the point where they're carrying as much storytelling weight as the words” 10/10 pitchfork.