Monday, 16 September 2013

Génération Goldman 2: The originals by Jean Jacques Goldman

With the Génération Goldman 2 Collection at the top of the French charts, I thought a look at the original
version of the songs being made popular by a younger generation.

Goldman was, and remains a huge star in France, despite not having released a studio album in over a decade. His career has seen him as a solo star, with a trio and originally as a member of a French prog rock band.

The collection opens with Quand la musique est bonne, performed by Amel Bent & Soprano.  Their duet was the first single to be released from the album.

The original by  Jean-Jacques Goldman came out in 1982, and was the first single from his second studio albun Minoritaire. It was one of his biggest hits, going on to sell over a million copies by the following year.

The song Pas Toi is performed by Tal, the original by Goldman came out in 1985 on his  Non homologué album, and was released as a single. It reached the top five in the French charts.

Nos Mains is performed on the collection by an ensemble of the artists, in this case Amandine Bourgeois, Amel Bent, Brice Conrad, Corneille, Emmanuel Moire, Judith, Leslie, Mani Hoffman, Merwan Rim, Pauline, Sofia Essaïdi, Soprano, Tal and Zaho.

 Goldman's version in comparison does without the cast of thousands. It was released on his 1997 En passant album.

Il changeait la vie appears on the new album performed by the cast of the musical Robin des Bois.

Goldman's original apepared on his Entre gris clair et gris foncé album in 1987, coming out as a single the following year.

Elle a fait un bébé tout seul came from 1987's Entre gris clair et gris foncé double album. For Génération Goldman 2 the song is reprised by Elisa Tovati and Mickael Miro.

Juste Après is on the new album interpreted by Emmanuel Moire and Pauline. The original came from from the Rouge album by  Fredericks Goldman Jones, a trio featuring Carole Fredericks,  Jean-Jacques Goldman and Michael Jones. The original album was released in 1993, with the song released as a single in France.  The Rouge album would go on to sell over 1 million copies since its release.

Sache que je was the first song on his 1997 solo album En passant. The album would be a number one in France, the song Sache que je a hit single reaching the top twenty. The new collection sees the song covered by Judith.

La vie par procuration was another track from the 80s era of his career, the track featuring on 1985's Non homologué  collection. The album was to be a number one hit. The 2013 reprise is performed by Leslie and Pauline.

Encore un Matin, performed by Zaho on the new album, was originally from 1984's Positif album, an album that sold over one million copies in France.

Bon Idée was a track from his 90's phase, featuring on the En Passant collection. While the song was released as a single, it didn't make much of a mark on the French charts. The new collection sees the song being sung by Corneille.

Né en 17 à Leidenstad featueed on the 1990 Fredericks Goldman Jones album, the trio's first studio album. It was released as a single, reaching number 11 in the charts. The album itself would sell over 1 million copies. An English/French version of the song was also recorded.

Amaury Vassili, Anggun and Damien Sargue are behind the 2013 version of the song.

The song Confidentiel is another track from the Non homologué album, the final track on the collection. The song was memorably performed by Goldman on the TV Show Champs-Elysées in January 1986 in tribute to singer Daniel Balavoine who had died several days before in a helicopter accident.

The 2013 version is performed by Christophe Willem

Un, deux, trois was another track from 1990's Fredericks Goldman Jones album, and a track that gave the trio a top ten hit.

The new album features the trio of Amandine Bourgeois, Mani Hoffman and Merwan Rim.

Si je t'avais pas was a song on Goldman's Chansons pour les pieds, his seventh and so far final studio album, which was released in 2001. The album was a number one in France, and remained in the charts for almost two years.

The 2013 album sees the song covered by Bastien Lanza and Sofia Essaïdi

Génération Goldman 2 concludes with the track C'est ta chance, another song from the Entre gris clair et gris foncé double album. The song was released as a single in 1987, reaching the top 20 in France.

The 2013 recording sees the combined talents  of Amandine Bourgeois, Angeline, Céline, Faustine, Kelly, Leslie, Sofia Essaïdi and Tal.

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