N° 2

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N° 2
Serge no 2.jpg
Studio album by Serge Gainsbourg
Released 1959 (1959)
Recorded 12, 14, 25, 27 and 29 May and 4 June 1959[1]
Studio Studio Blanqui, Paris
Genre French pop, jazz
Label Philips
Serge Gainsbourg chronology
Du chant à la une!...
(1958)
N° 2
(1959)
L'Étonnant Serge Gainsbourg
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

N° 2 is the second album by French musician Serge Gainsbourg, released in 1959. It features Gainsbourg backed by the Alain Goraguer Orchestra.[3] The album was not well received at the time of its release.[4] Music journalist and Gainsbourg biographer Sylvie Simmons described the album as "...mutant jazz-pop engaged in an unnatural act with chanson, French literature and Americana..."[4]

The album cover is a reference to French author and musician Boris Vian.[4] The cover of Lovage's 2001 debut album pays homage to the cover.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Serge Gainsbourg except where noted.

  1. "Le Claqueur de Doigts" – 3:07
  2. "La Nuit d'Octobre" (Poem: Alfred de Musset; Music: Gainsbourg) – 3:05
  3. "Adieu Créature" – 2:11
  4. "L'Anthracite" – 2:32
  5. "Mambo Miam Miam" – 2:35
  6. "Indifférente" (Words: Gainsbourg; Music: Gainsbourg/Alain Goraguer) – 2:17
  7. "Jeunes Femmes et Vieux Messieurs" – 2:04
  8. "L'Amour à la Papa" – 2:48

Arrangements by Alain Goraguer [6]

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Rovère - double bass
  • Christian Garros - drums
  • Alain Goraguer - piano, arrangement, conductor
  • Denis Bourgeois - executive producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/no-2-r568296
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/no-2-r568296/review
  4. ^ a b c Simmons, Sylvie (2002). Serge Gainsbourg : a fistful of gitanes : requiem for a twister (1st ed.). Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2002. p. 31. ISBN 9780306811838. 
  5. ^ "Trip Magazine Brazil". SAO PAULO, BRAZIL. March 2002. p. 115. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/no-2-r568296/credits