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DI DOO DAH

Di Doo Dah


On her debut solo album, English-born actress cum chanteuse Jane Birkin asserted her role as a scandalous androgyne courtesy of the songs of Serge Gainsbourg and arranger Jean-Claude Vannier (who co-wrote some numbers with Gainsbourg). Birkin allowed her image to be molded by the willfully scandalous Gainsbourg, who understood her persona entirely and helped to create an image of her as woman in a young boy's body -- one that Birkin claims she held all along but only Gainsbourg understood. That woman played roles both innocent and decadent; she was celebrated in film, but in the U.S., her thin voice resembled a choirboy's and underscored her physical presence. Birkin first appeared on a remake (yet an originally released version) of Gainsbourg's "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus" the breathy, mewling, steamy song that brought all of French philosopher Georges Bataille's notions of an impossible yet inescapable erotic love to the fore. She shared billing with Gainsbourg on that album and others. This set, reissued almost 40 years after its initial release, and for the first time in North America by Light in the Attic, is wonderfully remastered, contains an interview with the singer in the liner essay by Andy Beta, full lyric translations, and a pair of bonus tracks from two years earlier, "Le Languages du Chant" and "Le Decadanse," a duet with Gainsbourg (with an organ arrangement borrowed from Bach). Birkin's a one-trick pony as a vocalist, but extremely effective. Whether she's the helpless, innocent Catholic schoolgirl of the title track who is ultra body conscious but nonetheless voices erotic longing, the faux innocent yet seductive and stranded hitchhiker on "Help Camionnerur," or the more overt sexually aggressive libertine in "Mon Amour Baiser," her words and expressions, no matter how innocently they appear, are smoldering. Part of the appeal -- at least -- is the musical palette created by the wizard Vannier. His use of a full string orchestra, acoustic and electric guitars, a trademark, ever-present thumping electric bassline, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer and acoustic pianos, Farfisa, Vox, Hammond, church organs, and a steady processional with a playfully unobtrusive drum kit, weds the music of cinema to modernist rock, country, and blues-rock sensibilities (check album closer, "C'Est La Vie Qui Veut ?a" ). This set is revelatory, an offbeat sensual pop masterpiece that holds up spectacularly nearly half-a-century later. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731458664727
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Track listings

  • 1. Di Doo Dah
  • 2. Help Camionneur!
  • 3. Encore Lui
  • 4. Puisque Je Te Le Dis
  • 5. Capotes Anglaises, Les
  • 6. Leur Plaisir Sans Moi
  • 7. Mon Amour Baiser
  • 8. Banana Boat
  • 9. Kawasaki
  • 10. Cible Qui Bouge, La
  • 11. Baigneuse De Brighton, La
  • 12. C'est La Vie Qui Veut €A
  • 13. D‚Cadanse, La
  • 14. Langues De Chat, Les
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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