Jacques Brel – Olympia 64 (1964)

Enregistrement Public à l’Olympia 1964 is Jacques Brel’s second live album. The original 25 cm LP version only contained track 1-8. Also known as Olympia 64, the album was reissued with a total of 15 chansons in 1988 as part of CD Box “Integrale”, and on 23 September 2003 under the title Enregistrement Public à l’Olympia 1964 as part of the 16-CD box set Boîte à Bonbons by Barclay (980 817-1).

On the double CD “Olympia 1964-1966” issued in 2016 (Barclay no. 4774913), a different track sequence is provided, “more closely resembling the original sequence as performed by Brel”, with “Amsterdam” als third chanson.

Track Listing

“Les Timides”
“Le Dernier Repas”
“Les Jardins du casino” (Brel / Gérard Jouannest)
“Les Vieux” (Brel / Jouannest)
“Les Toros” (Brel / Jouannest)
“Tango funèbre” (Brel / Jouannest)
“Le Plat Pays”
Bonus tracks on the reissues on CD in 1988, 2003 and 2013:
“Les Bonbons” (Brel / Jouannest)
“Les Bigotes” (Brel / Jean Corti)
“Les Bourgeois”
“Au suivant” (Brel / Jouannest / Corti)

Review: “Olympia 64” is the second live album of Jacques Brel, it was released in 1964. “Olympia 64” was recorded at Olympia, France’s version of Carnage Hall. Jacques Brel was the Elvis Presley of France, and this was the first time I’ve ever listened to him. Not understanding French, it sounds like he was singing show tunes. — Chuck Arning

Schill Score: 6.25/10

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