Live à Bercy

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Live à Bercy
Livebercy.jpg
Live album by Mylène Farmer
Released May 21, 1996 (album, VHS)
May, 1999 (DVD)
Recorded Paris
Genre Pop, rock
Length 118:13
Label Polydor
Producer Laurent Boutonnat
Mylène Farmer chronology
Anamorphosée
(1995)
Live à Bercy
(1996)
Innamoramento
(1999)
Alternative cover
Collector edition - "Spider"
Collector edition - "Spider"
Singles from Live à Bercy
  1. "La Poupée qui fait non"
    Released: April 29, 1997
  2. "Ainsi soit je..."
    Released: August 20, 1997

Live à Bercy is the second live album by Mylène Farmer, released on May 21, 1997. It was also produced as a video.

Background[edit]

After the successful concerts tour of 1996, whose shows were spread out from May 25 to December 15, a live album was recorded and produced by Thierry Suc, and sponsored by NRJ. It was remixed in studio to give it a better sound. The re-orchestrations, composed by Laurent Boutonnat, were very dynamic with very rock sonorities.[1] The photos illustrating the booklet were realized by Claude Gassian. The track listing contains songs from the four studio albums of Farmer, but Anamorphosée was sharply privileged, because all its songs were included on the album, except "Eaunanisme". This live was released on May 21, 1997.[2]

In May, a musical video of the concert was also realized, first as a VHS. For the first time, François Hans participated in the shooting of a live. As for the previous live album En concert, several scenes were re-filmed without the audience. The live video contains nevertheless numerous errors of editing, because it was compiled from four shows: three at Bercy and another in Geneva. It contains besides a making of and new images.

Two years later, in May, 1999, the video was released as a DVD, which constituted moreover the first DVD of the singer. However, it doesn't contain the bonuses available on the cassette. The DVD was dedicated to the singer's brother, Jean-Loup Gautier, died on October 26, 1996 after a road accident.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]

Generally well received by media, the album was nevertheless criticized for having been too much remixed in studio. For example, the journalist Caroline Bee declared: "Everything is emphasized: Mylène's voice, the shouts of the public, Abraham Laboriel's powerful drum, the bass and both guitars, impeccable. All that gives a perfect whole, without dissonance, but which sounds more as an album studio than as a real transcription of concert".[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

In France, the album debuted at number 3 on French Album Chart, on May 24, 1997. It then reached its peak position, #2, for two consecutive weeks, and for two other weeks two months later. Andrea Bocelli's Romanza, then Era's eponymous album made it unable to reach number one. It remained for 18 weeks in the top ten, and dropped until #36 on November 8, but managed to re-entered the top 20 the week after and there stayed for nine weeks. It almost kept on dropping the months after and left the chart (Top 75) after its 44th week of attendance, on March 28, 1998. Three days before, the album achieved Double platinum status by the SNEP, the French certifier, for a minimum of 600,000 copies sold.[5]

The video, both the VHS and the DVD, reached the first position on the French Videos Chart. They were both certified Diamond videos on October 24, 2001, for more than 100,000 sold copies.

In Belgium Wallonia, the album went straight to number 4 on June 7, 1997 and then peaked at #2 for 12 consecutive weeks (Era topped the chart then). After 18 weeks in the top ten, the album slowly dropped the four following months and disappeared from the chart (Top 50) on March 31, 1998, after 35 weeks of attendance.

Track listing[edit]

Album[edit]

Disc one

  1. "Ouverture" (4:41)
  2. "Vertige" (6:24)
  3. "California" (7:12)
  4. "Que mon cœur lâche" (4:42)
  5. "Et tournoie..." (4:30)
  6. "Je t'aime mélancolie" (5:14)
  7. "L'autre..." (5:46)
  8. "Libertine" (5:34)
  9. "L'instant X" (9:41)
  10. "Alice" (5:28)

Disc two

  1. "Comme j'ai mal" (4:41)
  2. "Sans contrefaçon" (4:22)
  3. "Mylène s'en fout" (5:37)
  4. "Désenchantée" (7:26)
  5. "Rêver" (8:26)
  6. "Laisse le vent emporter tout" (6:29)
  7. "Tomber 7 fois..." (5:05)
  8. "Ainsi soit je..." (4:39)
  9. "La Poupée qui fait non" (duet with Khaled) (4:39)
  10. "XXL" (7:26)

Cassette[edit]

A-side

  1. "Ouverture"
  2. "Vertige"
  3. "California"
  4. "Que mon cœur lâche"
  5. "Je t'aime mélancolie"
  6. "L'Autre"
  7. "Libertine"
  8. "L'Instant X"
  9. "Alice"

B-side

  1. "Comme j'ai mal"
  2. "Sans contrefaçon"
  3. "Mylène s'en fout"
  4. "Désenchantée"
  5. "Rêver"
  6. "Laisse le vent emporter tout"
  7. "Ainsi soit je..."
  8. "La Poupée qui fait non" (duet with Khaled)
  9. "XXL"

VHS/DVD[edit]

Act I

  1. "Ouverture" (4:45)
  2. "Vertige" (6:20)
  3. "California" (7:30)
  4. "Que mon cœur lâche" (4:35)
  5. "Et Tournoie..." (4:30)

Act II

  1. "Je t'aime mélancolie" (5:20)
  2. "L'Autre..." (5:50)

Act III

  1. "Libertine" (5:40)
  2. "L'Instant X" (9:36)

Act IV

  1. "Alice" (5:25)
  2. "Comme j'ai mal" (4:35)

Act V

  1. "Sans contrefaçon" (4:20)
  2. "Mylène s'en fout" (4:45)
  3. "Désenchantée" (8:15)

Act VI

  1. "Rêver" (8:00)
  2. "Laisse le vent emporter tout" (6:25)
  3. "Tomber 7 fois..." (6:00)
  4. "Ainsi soit je..." (5:00)
  5. "La Poupée qui fait non" (duet with Khaled) (4:30)

Encore

  1. "XXL" (7:00)

Personnel[edit]

  • Laurent Boutonnat – arranger, producer
  • Jermaine Brown – dancer
  • Yvan Cassar – arranger, clavier, director, keyboards, musical director
  • Bertrand Chatnet – mixing
  • Jeff Dahlgren – guitar
  • Christophe Danchaud – dancer
  • Mylène Farmer – concept, primary artist, vocals
  • Emmanuel Feyrabend – mixing, mixing assistant
  • Claude Gassian – photography
  • Khaled – performer
  • Abe Laboriel, Jr. - drums
  • Henry Neu – design
  • André Perriat – mastering
  • Philippe Rault – consultant, producer
  • Brian Ray – guitar
  • Thierry Rogen – engineer
  • Carole Rowley – choir/chorus
  • Brian Thomas – dancer
  • Paul Van Parys – executive producer
  • Jerry Watts, Jr. - bass

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Album
Belgium (BEA)[17] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[18] 2× Platinum 677,100[19]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[20] Gold 25,000^
VHS
France (SNEP)[21] Diamond 100,000*
DVD
France (SNEP)[22] Diamond 100,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Formats[edit]

Audio

  • Double CD
  • Double CD – Promo - "Spider" (2 CD + VHS)
  • Cassette (Doesn't contain "Et Tournoie..." and "Tomber 7 fois...")

Video

  • VHS
    • Plastic case with hologram logos
    • Plastic case with silvery logos
  • 12" Laserdisc
  • DVD
    • Plastic case with hologram logos
    • Plastic case with silvery logos

References[edit]

  1. ^ L'Intégrale Mylene Farmer, Erwan Chuberre, 2007, City Ed., p. 193-194 (ISBN 978-2-35288-108-7)
  2. ^ a b Le Dictionnaire des Chansons de Mylène Farmer, Benoît Cachin, 2006, Tournon Ed., p. 188-190
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ Mylène Farmer – La part d'ombre, Caroline Bee, Antoine Bioy & Benjamin Thiry, 2005, Archipel Ed., p. 364-365
  5. ^ 1998 certifications, by SNEP Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2008-12-12 on Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 3, 2008)
  6. ^ "Mylène Farmer – Live à Bercy" (in French). Ultratop & Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
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  9. ^ "Classement officiel des ventes de DVD Musicaux du 30 avril 2010 au 06 mai 2010". Webedia. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Mylène Farmer Charts: Musik DVDs – Schweizer Hitparade". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Rapports annueles 1997" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Classement Albums – année 1997" (in French). SNEP. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Cité de la musique: rapport 2006" (PDF). Observatoire de la musique / GfK. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Cité de la musique: rapport 2007" (PDF). Observatoire de la musique / GfK. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Cité de la musique: rapport 2009" (PDF). Observatoire de la musique / GfK. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Cité de la musique: rapport 2010" (PDF). Observatoire de la musique / GfK. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 January 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 1997". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  18. ^ "Certifications Albums Double Platine – année 1998" (in French). SNEP. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "Les Meilleures Ventes de CD / Albums "Tout Temps"" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Farmer; 'Live')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  21. ^ "French video certifications – Mylène Farmer – Live à Bercy VHS" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  22. ^ "French video certifications – Mylène Farmer – Live à Bercy DVD" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.