Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy

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Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy
Live album by Mylène Farmer
Released December 4, 2006
Recorded Paris
Genre Pop, rock
Length 1:40:05
Label Polydor
Producer Laurent Boutonnat
Mylène Farmer chronology
Avant que l'ombre...
Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy
Point de suture
Alternative cover
Collector edition
Singles from Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy
  1. "Avant que l'ombre..."
    Released: November 26, 2006
  2. "Déshabillez-moi"
    Released: March 5, 2007

Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy is the fourth live album by Mylène Farmer, released on December 4, 2006.


Six years after her Mylenium Tour, Mylène Farmer came back on stage with a tour in 2006 which included 13 shows at Bercy, in Paris. This very successful series of concerts started on January 13 and ended 16 days later, on January 29. As after each of her tour, Farmer decided to launch a live album retracing her concert. Thus, Jérome Devoise mixed the 20 songs performed on stage and the album "Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy" was eventually released on December 4, 2006 as CDs and DVDs, under various editions.

The album contains songs from all Farmer's studio albums, except Cendres de Lune and Innamoramento. The production enjoys very high quality in terms of sound effects. Some of the old hits were re-orchestred in a much modern version, while the slow songs from the last studio album are recorded in a more stripped style.[1]

The various formats, particularly the DVD box, had huge success: the video was certified Diamond after a single week of release.

The two singles from this album, "Avant que l'ombre..." and "Déshabillez-moi", achieved a minor success in term of sales, but were both top ten hits in France.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Dvdrama 9/10 stars[2]
Dvd.fr 7.5/10 stars[3]

This album was, on the whole, well received by media and contemporary pop music critics. Nicolas Gardon, in L'Echo Republicain, said that this album offers an "fair performance, but only a few surprises: the shimmering and coloured universe of Mylène Farmer is perfectly reproduced in this double CD.[4] The release of this DVD was regarded as "the event of the week" by the magazine Télé Star.[5]

Dvdrama qualifies the DVD as "sublime" video, specifying: "The image of this concert exceeds in all respects the nevertheless perfect image of the previous two already available concerts. The red and the black, the dominant colors, are staggering of beauty". On the other hand, it expressed some little criticisms on the quality of the sound.[6]

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the DVD was sold to 98,000 copies in its first week of release — what constitutes a record. On the French Videos Chart, it debuted at number 1[7] for four consecutive weeks and stayed in the top ten for 13 weeks. It managed to remain in the top 40 until November 17, 2007. Certified Triple diamond,[8] this DVD was, only 15 days after its release, the second best-selling video of 2006, just behind the musical Le Roi Soleil.[9] To date, about 450,000 copies are sold.
The CD was sold to 41,034 copies in the week of its release, and, as for the DVD, it went straight to number 1 on the French Albums Chart on December 9, 2006. However, it dropped to #8 the following week, stayed only for eight weeks in the top 50 and left the chart (Top 200) after its 18th week.[10] So the DVD was preferred by the buyers. The album was nevertheless the 57th best-selling album of 2006[11] and totaled approximately 130,000 copies sold. It was certified Gold disc by the SNEP.[12]

In Belgium (Wallonia), the CD entered the album chart at #9 on December 16, 2006, and reached its peak position, #3, the week after. However, it dropped quickly then and stabilized in the last positions. It left the chart (Top 40) on April 6, 2007, after 12 weeks of attendance.[13]
The DVD started directly to number 1 and kept this position for eight consecutive weeks. It stayed in the top ten for a total of 32 weeks. So, in Belgium too, the DVD was more sold than the CD.

The live CD was also charted in Switzerland, but had a moderate success in this country. It went to #20 on December 17, 2006 and reached its peak position, #18, the following week. After that, it kept on dropping and left the Top 100 after its 11 week.[14]


Year Title Date of release Physical sales
Certification Peak position
2006 "Avant que l'ombre..." November 26, 2006 25,000 10 25 54
2007 "Déshabillez-moi" March 5, 2007 20,000 10 19 81


Track listings[edit]



The second DVD contains several bonuses ("L'Ombre des autres", "Scene by scene views", "Works by Escalle", "Haute Couture", "Live Alternative"), and a hidden bonus: "La Cassar mobile".


Except: "Déshabillez-moi": Robert Nyel

Except: "L'amour n'est rien...": Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat; "Déshabillez-moi": Gaby Verlor

  • Editions: Requiem Publishing

Except: "Sans contrefaçon": Universal Music Publishing / BMG Music Publishing France; "Déshabillez-moi": Intersong

  • Record label: Polydor
  • Production: Stuffed Monkey
  • Recorded and mixed by Jérôme Devoise, with Tristan Monrocq, at Studio Guillaume Tell
  • Executive production: Paul Van Parys
  • Mastering: André Perriat, at Top Master
  • Management: Thierry Suc
  • Photography: Claude Gassian
  • Design: Henry Neu / Com' N.B

Fore more details about credits and personnel, see: Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy (tour).

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Format Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales Digital downloads
France Album
December 20, 2006 75,000




Preceded by
Reprise des négociations by Bénabar
French SNEP number-one album
December 9, 2006 (1 week)
Succeeded by
Reprise des négociations by Bénabar
Preceded by
Le Roi Soleil by Various artists
French SNEP number-one video
December 9, 2006 - December 30, 2006 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
Le Soldat Rose by Various artists


  1. ^ L'Intégrale Mylene Farmer, Erwan Chuberre, 2007, City Ed., p. 49 (ISBN 978-2-35288-108-7)
  2. ^ Dvdrama review
  3. ^ Dvd.fr review
  4. ^ L'Echo Républicain, December 2006, "Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy", Nicolas Gardon Devant-soi.com (Retrieved March 23, 2008)
  5. ^ Télé Star, December 2006 Devant-soi.com (Retrieved March 23, 2008)
  6. ^ Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy, Dvdrama Dvdrama.com Retrieved April 4, 2008
  7. ^ a b French SNEP Musical DVD Chart from 03.12.06 to 09.12.06 Ifop.com (Retrieved January 12, 2008)
  8. ^ a b 2006 DVD certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 12, 2008)
  9. ^ a b 2006 French SNEP Musical DVD Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved January 12, 2008)
  10. ^ a b Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy, French SNEP Albums Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 12, 2008)
  11. ^ a b 2006 French SNEP Albums Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved January 12, 2008)
  12. ^ a b 2006 Albums certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 4, 2008)
  13. ^ a b Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy, Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop 40 Albums Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved January 12, 2008)
  14. ^ a b Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy, Swiss Albums Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved January 12, 2008)
  15. ^ Royer Hugues, Mylène, 2008, p.369. Ed. Flammarion. ISBN 978-2-35287-139-2
  16. ^ a b 2007 Belgian (Wallonia) Musical DVD Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved May 15, 2009)
  17. ^ 2006 Belgian (Wallonia) Musical DVD Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved May 15, 2009)
  18. ^ 2007 French Video Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved April 4, 2008)