Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Bernard Lavilliers "Samedi soir a Beyrouth" (2008)

01.Rafales (4:34)

02.Solitaire (3:13)

03.Ma belle (4:09)

04.Bosse (3:46)

05.Maria Bonita (4:24)

06.Samedi soir а Beyrouth (4:40)

07.Distingue (3:31)

08.Je te reconnaоtrai (3:48)

09.Ordre nouveau (4:01)

10.Attendu (3:00)

11.Killer (3:03)

Total (42:09)

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Bernard Lavilliers

With the body of a bouncer, the looks of a movie star and a low sensual voice, Bernard Lavilliers started as a left-wing singer following in the footsteps of Leo Ferre. This boxer-singer rose to stardom in France in the mid-'70s (other francophone countries followed quickly) and became an icon of the free-thinking singer-songwriter, the conscience of the French bourgeoisie. A serious traveller and occasional reporter, Lavilliers has made long stays in many South-American and African countries, always bringing back songs (and sometimes musicians) with him. He was one of the first French singers to make "world music."
Lavilliers (b. 1946) comes from a lower-class family. His father was a steel worker, unionist. Gifted with a solid frame and a resolute mind, the young Lavilliers was prompt to argue and fight -- he picked up boxing as a hobby at age 13.
After spending a year in reformatory, he joined his father at the steel mill in 1962. Three years later he had enough and took off to Brazil, working there as a jungle truck driver. Back in France in 1967 he is incarcerated for skipping his military service.
Back in his days at the factory, Lavilliers had begun to write songs. In prison he persevered and once out started to perform in Paris' cabarets. Jean-Pierre Hebrard of Decca gave him a record contract in late 1967. The singer recorded two singles and an eponymous LP, his acoustic anarchist songs putting him very close to Ferre. He also tried other careers, going back to boxing for a moment, managing night clubs the next. In 1972 he releases his second album, Les Poetes. Three years later Le Stephanois yields the minor classic "San Salvador."
His big break came in 1976, at age 30. Signed by Barclay, he is presented with two musicians that will become his first solid back-up players and invaluable contributors: Pascal Arroyo and Franсois Breant. Together they record Les Barbares which propelled Lavilliers to the top. Political and severe in his judgments, the singer throws one hit after another up to 1979 when the dark and cold LP Pouvoirs chilled both media and public. Another South-American trip later, he recorded O Gringo, which became his biggest seller thanks to a return to exotic rhythms. The end of a torrid affair with the American body-building star Lisa Lyons is at the heart of Etat d'Urgence (1983), which included the song "Idies Noires." A hit-scorer and a touring dynamo, Lavilliers turned more and more to South-American and African rhythms, as he investigated the situation in Nicaragua and Cuba. If (1988) yielded one of his biggest international hits to date, "On the Road Again," topped only by "Melody Tempo Harmony" in 1995. Slowing down his activities as he crossed the 50 years bar, he continues to release albums regularly and has made a couple of big tours in the late 1990s.

~ Francois Couture

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