Pierre Bensusan, Musiques

 

Cezame 1979 LP (CEZ 1064)

Rounder 1979 LP (Rounder 3038)
Windham Hill / Lost Lake Arts 1987 LP (LL-0092)
Rounder 1993 CD (Rounder CD 3038)
Dadgad Music 2009 CD (DM-1003) Complete Works 1975 - 2010

 

Compared to the first two albums Bensusan, this disc certainly looks more eclectic. The repertoire keeps references to the French tradition but also includes excursions in South America (the tango "Adios Muchachos" and the waltz "Palamita Blanca") and in Eastern Europe ("Hekimoglu",  a ballad of Turkish origin). The cover art is a bit basic in the U.S. version but shows interesting photos of the artist made by "Studio de l'air". Better is the original Cezame cover, where the same photo of Pierre appears on a white background  with more elegant characters. The original LP version (Cezame) and the Complete Works CD contain 15 tunes and not 13 as in the other releases: the additional tracks are "Murtagh McKann" and "Maurice au pays des merveilles" .

 

Rispetto ai primi due album di Bensusan, questo disco si presenta sicuramente come piů eclettico. Il repertorio mantiene riferimenti alla tradizione francese ma comprende anche escursioni in sudamerica (il tango di “Adios Muchachos” e il walzer “Palamita Bianca”) e nell’est europa (“Hekimoglu” č una ballata di origine turca). La grafica di copertina č un po’ rudimentale nella versione americana ma interessanti le foto dell’artista curate dallo “Studio de l’air”. Meglio la versione originale Cezame, dove la stessa foto di Pierre compare su sfondo bianco e i caratteri sono piů eleganti. Nella versione originale (Cézame) il disco contiene 15 pezzi e non 13 come nel CD: si aggiungono infatti "Murtagh McKann" e "Maurice au pays des merveilles".

 

Tracks (original Cezame LP and Complete Works CD):

1 - Heman Dubh 3:10

2 - Murtagh Mac Kann 3:00

3 - Le Voyage Pour l'Irlande 3:10

4 - Water Music 2:00

5 - Maurice Au Pays Des Merveilles 2:10

6 - Climats Doux et Tempérés 2:50

7 - Si Bhig, Si Mhor / The Rakish Paddy 4:20

8 - Marche du Sonneur Egaré 3:35

9 - Adios Muchachos 2:10

10 - Moulin a Parfums d'Emmanuelle 2:20

11 - Palomita Blanca 2:30

12 - Hekimoglu 2:15

13 - Clementine, Mandarine et Reine Claude 1:55

14 - Impression 4:00

15 - Perles De Cristal 5:30


N.B. Rounder (LP and CD) and Windham Hill LP omit tracks 2 and 5.
The order on Rounder (LP and CD) and Windham Hill LP is: 1 - 3 - 7 - 4 - 6 - 8 - 15 - 9 - 13 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 14.
Murtagh Mac Kann (track 2) is also available on the CD Musiques / Solillai (DADGAD CD 2) and on the LP Early Pierre Bensusan (LL-0088).

 

Musician:
Pierre Bensusan: guitars, vocals, mandolin, electric guitar

 

Recorded from December 26, 1978 to January, 7 1979 at Studio Fremontel, Normandy, France