Serge Gainsbourg – Casino de Paris 1985 (Mercury 2015)
Reissuing this amazing live by Serge Gainsbourg was a fabulous idea. I’m no real expert, but I have always liked his work very much. Also, it was an opportunity to discover new interpretations of his hits with a very ‘eighties’ sound. The virtuosity of his session musicians is just stunning. The sound really has an amazing quality and, above all, they deliver a powerful live performance to which the recording does justice. The 4-minute long intro to ‘Love On the Beat’ before Serge comes on stage reflects this perfectly. I liked two tracks in particular: ‘Initials BB’ and ‘Sorry Angel’.
Fauve – 150.900 (Mis 2016)
Different live album, different atmosphere! After their tour playing in front of 150,900 people altogether (hence the title of this LP), Fauve released this live album in a beautiful 4 record boxset which includes a great booklet. A farewell concert (temporarily? who knows?) with snippets of interviews by the band about their tour experience, also about the phenomenon around this group and how they felt about it. The band also played ‘Jennifer’, an unreleased track. I have seen them play live, so I can certify that the album reflects their energy. Whether you like them or not, you cannot deny the quality of their performance, as evidenced on this album.