Gilbert Becaud - Je T'Appartiens
Sol Dore  (2007)

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CD Album    24 tracks  (67:19) 
   01   T'as Raison Mon Ami             02:31
   02   Laissez Faire, Laissez Dire             02:28
   03   Ah! Dires-Moi Pourquoi Je L'aime             02:11
   04   Je Veux te dire adieu             02:59
   05   Passe ton chemin             03:05
   06   Mes Mains             02:07
   07   Que Toi             03:07
   08   Le Pays D' Ou Je Viens             02:50
   09   Le Grand Magazin             02:53
   10   Mon Coeur Eclate             01:31
   11   Patte Blance             02:32
   12   Alors... Raconte             04:12
   13   Toi L'oiseau             02:38
   14   Le Pianiste De Varsovie             03:50
   15   Marianne De Ma Jaunesse             03:04
   16   Je T'appartiens             02:51
   17   Les Tambours Et L'amour             01:52
   18   La Corrida             04:28
   19   Mon Ami M'a Trahi             03:06
   20   Le Marchand De Ballons             02:25
   21   Berceuse Pour Gaya             02:31
   22   Quand Tu Danses             02:36
   23   Me Qu Me Que             02:25
   24   La Ballade Des Baladins             03:07
Personal Details
Purchase Date 19/07/2008
Price £5.00
Location Upstairs Black Bookcase Shelf 2
Cat. Number SOL 694
UPC (Barcode) 8713051006946
Packaging Jewel Case
Spars DDD
Sound Stereo
It all started with a seemingly innocuous pile of records I bought many years ago. A charity was selling off boxes of records for a tenner each. Naturally, I picked up one of these, returned home and started rifling through the contents. A very old and battered EP, entirely in French sprang up.

It sounded like it should be horrible. I dropped the needle on a random track., and I'm happy to report it didn't disappoint. It was terrible. Namely "Le Marchand De Ballons", which as far as I can tell, translates to "Ballon Seller". The rest of the "lyrics" remains a mystery.

The more I hated it, the more I played it. I won't say I ever liked the song, but it worked its way so deeply into my brain, there was no escaping it.

2008 came around, and after a successful holiday to Berlin the previous summer, and my quest to pick up "Manner" by Herbert Groenemeyer, I travelled to Paris. I had to think of one song that I so desperately wanted to own on CD. Well, it took me aboiut three seconds. I had to get this track. It turned out to be more difficult than I imagined.

I visited a number of shops in Paris, most of them had pretty much disowned poor Gilbert, a few "greatest Hits" compilations were about, but nothing featuring this particular track. Admittedly, I wasn't that surprised. I was looking for a song, buried as the second or fourth track on an EP I'd picked up in a car boot sale.

I happened to be near the Pompidou centre. There was a little independant record store near there. Well, as far as I can rememberit sold records and gifts. Not surprising. If you're not flogging shitty little "Eiffel Tower" keyrings aoround there, you're never going to make any money.

I found this particular CD in there. It was the only one to even hint that this track existed. I was dubious about its construction if I'm honest. There's very little to it. the artwork is basic to say the least, and there's no copyright information. Still, I headed to the counter with this Cd in my grubby little mitts, and handed over the euros. I remember a rather embarrasing moment when I misunderstood the question about whether I would like a bag or not, meaning said salesman spent a good 30 seconds, thinking what the word "bag" was in English.

I had no way of finding out if this was the "genuine article" or not until I returned home, but I'm happy to report this does appear to be all original recordings, at least for the only track I know, anyway.