Wednesday 4th August, 2010
A Thought for Today
There are angels in the alcoves we have
never met but will.
One Does It For Me!
I'm told there is, or was, a French version of The Sea available.
Is this correct? If so, is it vinyl or CD? And where do I get it?
Hope you can help.
Absolutely correct, Valerie, and it was available on CD.
I say was because I
don't see it listed on Stanyan
House so availability may be a problem. It's worth your while
dropping Ben at Stanyan a line and posing the question, though.
The original version of The
Sea, also on CD, is still available from Stanyan so grab a copy if you
don't already have one.
Here are the liner notes
from the La Mer album along with Gifts From The Sea.
La Mer - The Sea
In January, 1967 two events occurred which became one. Rod McKuen
completed a new set of poems which were set to the music of Anita Kerr,
and Warner Brothers Records recorded and released an album entitled “The
Sea”. The rest is history. “The Sea” received critical praise for its
originality, freshness, beauty and artistic merit. It also became the
single largest selling album Warner Brothers ever released. It remains
so to this day.
At the time Rod McKuen remarked on his constant fascination with the sea
and how it personally touches him. It had been a place of solace, sorrow
and love. “I don’t believe a man can write about the sea and not include
himself. Much of me is here and I have used the sea as a platform to
speak about the times and the seasons and people’s relationships to one
another. Most of all I’ve used the sea to write about loving.
Today, “The Sea” is still discussed, remembered and played by people all
over the world. It has been recorded in Japanese, German, Italian,
French, Spanish and Dutch. They say that French is the language of love,
and when listening to this album one is inclined to agree without
qualification. The words and feelings of rod McKuen are still there,
only the voice is different. It’s now the sensuous interpretation of
Marc Ogeret. Yes, a different sound, but not a different feeling. The
knowledge and understanding of the language is not important. When you
listen you cannot help but be struck by the emotions conveyed. It is
also two events in one - a re-introduction to “The Sea” and an
introduction to a new and stirring experience. Nothing is lost and a new
horizon is gained.
- Thomas Wesley
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