Brigitte Bardot - La Madrague
CD, Compilation, France, 1991
One can criticize Brigitte Bardot, but it won’t be from me. For one, she was the first movie star I have ever seen on a big screen. I may have been in a movie theater before, but seeing Roger Vadim’s “A God Created Woman” was my first experience, and in a sense Bardot was my first woman, besides my Mom, in acknowledging a female presence in my life. A lot of women are beautiful, but Bardot somehow went even beyond that.
This collection of Bardot’s hits are a part of an interesting series that France Philips put together called ‘Actrices.’ A collection of releases by iconic actresses who happened to make music, and it looks like every major French female movie star made a recording of some sort. Most of them were lucky enough to have the talents or arrangers Alain Goraguer, Andre Popp and the writing talents of Serge Gainsbourg. Bardot had them all, well at least musically.
Still, this is not a great collection, because they left out major Bardot recordings like “Contact” and avoided some of her more ‘odd’ recordings. But all have the Bardot personality stamped on the grooves, and she doesn’t disappoint as a vocalist. A limited vocalist yes, but her personality and sexuality comes through as if it was transparent paper. Her work with Gainsbourg are noting but masterpieces. Her version with Serge of the classic erotica Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus is a must and worth the price of this CD/Vinyl. Much more lush than the Birkin version, this is one of the key songs by Serge, and Bardot adds an equal amount of sexuality on this record. Essential. Not an easy find anymore, but there are better Bardot collections out there, but still it does have Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus, the original version.