Des de Moor
Zonder liefde, warme liefde, brandt mijn hart, mijn oude hart.
Ne Me Quitte Pas/Brel Songs By...
A compilation of Jacques Brel covers featuring Des's version of 'Marieke'.
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Drawing: Robb Johnson
Ces gens-là Attila the Stockbroker
This compilation of specially commissioned original
recordings, put together in 1998 by British-based singer-songwriter and Jacques
Brel fan Robb Johnson to mark the 20th anniversary of Brel's death, has proved
curiously influential. It was one of the first projects to bring together a
number of key English chansonniers influenced by Brecht, including Des de Moor,
Barb Jungr, Leon Rosselson and Johnson himself.
Also featured are longer-established names like Tom Robinson, Dave Berry and Attila the Stockbroker, and a couple of genuine Belgians in the persons of Koen De Cauter and Vera Coomans. The album includes a mix of original language versions and translations, including some excellent and unusual versions such as Robinson's rendition of 'Les bourgeois' and John Harvison's 'Le moribond', a much better version than the well-known 'Seasons in the Sun'.
As well as leading to further collaborations and recordings by many of the artists involved, such as the occasional stage show, it also generated more recordings on Irregular by de Moor. It remains an intriguing album with several unusual takes on these great songs.
A live show inspired by this album featuring Des and various other artists, has been performed at various venues: more details.
Recordings: index of this and other recordings
The Des de Moor Quartet: Marieke
Des - vocals, acoustic guitar
Album compiled by Robb Johnson.
Released on Irregular Records IRR033 October 1998.
Distributed by Proper Music Distribution