Reissue of the week: Jean Claude Vannier – L’Enfant Assassin des Mouches

Ten years ago, Finders Keepers Records reissued the impossibly rare (100 copies, given to members of a wedding party, if I remember correctly), 1972 LP, L’Enfant Assassin des Mouches (The Child Assassin of the Flies). It’s the first solo release from composer Jean Claude Vannier, and particularly notable as it immediately follows Vannier’s work, as arranger/director, for Serge Gainsbourg’s legendary, Historie de Melody Nelson, and allegedly features the same band.

Love Melody Nelson? Well, L’Enfant drops the pop structure for a more experimental, genre blending approach, that still retains alotta the touchstone elements of its beloved antecedent. An essential piece of French musical history, available again thanks to Finders Keepers Records celebrating the ten year anniversary of their original reissue.





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