Jacques (album)

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Studio album by Marc Almond
Released December 1989 (1989-12)
Recorded 1986–89 at Milo Studios, London
Genre Art pop, chanson
Length 44:43
Label Some Bizzare, Rough Trade
Producer Charles Gray, Marc Almond
Marc Almond chronology
The Stars We Are

Jacques is the fifth studio album by the British singer/songwriter Marc Almond. It was released in December 1989. The album is a tribute to the Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel and was instigated by Almond's collaboration with Paul Buck, who adapted Brel's original non-English lyrics specifically for Almond.

The songs for the album were recorded at Milo Studios, London, over four years. Almond was accompanied both by his assembled band (comprising "La Magia" and "Willing Sinners" members Annie Hogan, Billy McGee and Steve Humphreys) and various studio musicians. The artwork and cover painting was designed and painted by Johnny Deux.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Brel, Buck; except where indicated.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Devil (Okay) (Le Diable)" Brel, Buck 3:00
2. "If You Need (S'il te faut)" Brel, Buck 1:57
3. "The Lockman (L'Éclusier)" Brel, Buck 4:05
4. "We Must Look (Il nous faut regarder)" Brel, Buck 1:47
5. "Alone (Seul)" Brel, Shuman 3:25
6. "I'm Coming (J'arrive)" Brel, Jouannest, Buck 6:13
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Litany For a Return (Litanie pour un retour)" Brel, Rauber, Buck 2:00
8. "If You Go Away (Ne me quitte pas)" Brel, McKuen 4:15
9. "The Town Fell Asleep (La ville s'endormait)" Brel, Buck 5:35
10. "The Bulls (Les toros)" Brel, Shuman 2:40
11. "Never To Be Next (Au suivant)" Brel, Buck 4:53
12. "My Death (La Mort)" Brel, Shuman 4:53


  • Audrey Riley - Cello
  • Martin McCarrick - Cello, Accordion
  • Billy McGee - Double Bass, Oboe arrangements, String arrangements ("The Devil (Okay) (Le Diable)", "If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)", "The Town Fell Asleep (La Ville S'Endormait)")
  • Steven Humphreys - Drums, Percussion
  • Richard Riley - Guitar
  • Charles Gray - Keyboards
  • Julia Girdwood - Oboe
  • Gini Ball - Violin
  • Annie Hogan - Piano
  • Maurice Horhut - Piano
  • Audrey Riley - String arrangements ("The Town Fell Asleep (La ville s'endormait)")
  • Charles Gray - Producer, All other instrument arrangements
  • Marc Almond - Producer, All arrangements, Song adaptation
  • Jim Toler - Engineer