Behind the Brel: The Story of Jacques Brel – The Selected Playlist

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Here’s the classic “selected playlist” featuring the best tracks from Behind The Brel, a BBC documentary on the life and career of Jacques Brel, one of the best singer songwriters of all time.

If you’ve missed it, you can still download it here: Part 1: An Introduction, Part 2: The Existentialist, Part 3: Hungry for Life. Or you can just discover Jacques Brel through the playlist if you’re feeling lazy.

Behind the Brel: The Story of Jacques Brel – Part 1: An Introduction

Brel Olympia 1964Universally revered in the French speaking world, Jacques Brel is widely considered to be one of the greatest songwriters and performers of all time. But despite having sold tens of millions of records and some of his songs being adapted by the likes of David Bowie and Nina Simone, he still remains subject to a modest cult following in the English speaking world.

In part 1 of this BBC documentary series, Brel’s friends and collaborators introduce us to the world of the Belgian genius. They discuss the beauty, complexity and power of his literary lyrics, as well as the extroardinary way he embodied them on stage, in the pure tradition of French chanson.

Part 2: The Existentialist
Part 3: Hungry for Life
The Selected Playlist

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Behind The Brel: The Story of Jacques Brel – Part 1: An Introduction

The David Bowie Story – The Selected Playlist

spotify-logo-6f9f4If you enjoyed The David Bowie Story, here’s the traditional selected playlist of the best tracks featured in the series. You can check it out on Spotify.

For those who missed it, you can still listen or download the whole series here:

Part 1: The Apprenticeship
Part 2: One Man Against the World
Part 3: Fame
Part 4: Don’t Normalise It
Part 5: Out Of Characters, Into Suits
Part 6: Falling Down, Standing Up

The David Bowie Story – Part 6: Falling Down, Standing Up

This is the sixth and last part of The David Bowie Story, a BBC documentary series about the life and times of one of the greatest and most influential artists in modern music. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: The Apprenticeship, Part 2: One Man Against the World, Part 3: Fame, Part 4: Don’t Normalise It, Part 5: Out Of Characters, Into Suits.

David Bowie Sukita Tin MachineAlthough music critics are unimpressed since 1983’s Let’s Dance, David Bowie keeps meeting commercial success. To support his latest album Never Let Me Down, he plans the “Glass Spider Tour”, a spectacular and very ambitious show which became a template for mainstream pop stars tours such as Madonna’s or Prince’s.
But in 1989, leaving his more recently acquired fan base, he teams with other musicians to form a hard rock band: Tin Machine. The band dissolves after 3 years and Bowie confirms his reputation as a musical chameleon by returning to his solo career with a soul album: Black Tie White Noise.

(This documentary was produced in 1993)

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The David Bowie Story – Part 6

The David Bowie Story – Part 5: Out Of Characters, Into Suits

This is the fifth part of The David Bowie Story, a BBC documentary series about the life and times of one of the greatest and most influential artists in popular music. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: The Apprenticeship, Part 2: One Man Against the World, Part 3: Fame, Part 4: Don’t Normalise It.

12-david-bowie-080208Bowie is now more confident and with the 1980 album Scary Monsters, partly recorded at Keith Richard’s house in Jamaica, he finds a new balance. He now wears suits on stage and reaches a new peak in popularity with Let’s Dance, his best selling album to date and – ironically – also his most criticized.

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The David Bowie Story – Part 5