Serge GainsbourgHistoire De Melody Nelson

Label:Light In The Attic – LITA 040, Light In The Attic – B0011401-01
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, 180 Gram, Gatefold
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Chanson, Pop Rock, Symphonic Rock


Written-BySerge Gainsbourg
A2Ballade De Melody Nelson2:00
A3Valse De Melody
Written-BySerge Gainsbourg
A4Ah! Melody1:46
B1L'Hotel Particulier
Written-BySerge Gainsbourg
B2En Melody3:25
B3Cargo Culte
Written-BySerge Gainsbourg

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Hype sticker affixed to shrinkwrap:
"One of the greatest marriages of rock band and orchestra that I've ever heard." - Beck
• Serge's masterpiece finally available in US!
• Featuring extensive notes telling the full untold story behind this landmark release, lyrics (French & English) and a 1971 Q&A Interview with Serge.
• 180 gram LP
• Old school style tip-on gatefold jacket with the original art
• Remastered from the original tapes

Issued in gatefold jacket with four-page gatefold insert featuring lyrics, credits and artwork plus 1971 Q&A interview with Serge (both with English translations - from France's Rock N Folk Magazine).

Lacquer cut by Wes Garland at Nashville Record Productions as per WG/NRP in runouts.
Pressed by United Record Pressing as per ⓤ symbol etched in runouts.

Originally released on March 24th, 1971 as Philips 6 325 071

Several rhythm section credits for this release have been since proven wrong (see history).

Recorded at Marble Arch Studios, London, April 21st to 23rd, 1970, and Studio Des Dames, Paris, May 4th, 5th, 8th and 11th, 1970; January 11th to 14th, 1971, and February 1st, 2nd, and 4th, 1971.

Catalog number LITA 040 on spine, back cover, labels.
Catalog number B0011401-01 on back cover, hype sticker, in label matrices.

© 2009 Light In The Attic Records & Distribution, LLC
℗ 2009 Universal Music France under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

© Warner Chappell Music France / SIDONIE & Melody Nelson Publishing

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 26853-0040-1 5
  • Barcode (Scanned): 826853004015
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): B0011401-01-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): B0011401-01-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): B-0011401-01-A-RE-1 WG/NRP ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): B-0011401-01-B l WG/NRP ⓤ ☆

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Histoire De Melody Nelson (LP, Album, Gatefold, BIEM)Philips6397 020France1971
Histoire De Melody Nelson (LP, Album, Gatefold)Philips6397 020Canada1971
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Histoire De Melody Nelson (LP, Album)PhilipsSFX-7350Japan1971
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Histoire De Melody Nelson (Cassette, Album, Stereo)Philips7102 079France1971
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Histoire De Melody Nelson (LP, Album, Gatefold)Philips6397 020Canada1971



  • pmdclassics's avatar
    Incredible album I play it everyday since I purchased it
    • archioptericks's avatar
      Mine has glossy gatefold insert black and white, not coloured as on the images attached here
      • agb1262's avatar
        Unfortunetly my copy is noisy. The sound is good but clouded by the noise in the pressing.
        • Talkinfun's avatar
          So many times you can't hear really huge differences with various re-pressings for a host of reasons. This Light in the Attic pressing blows away the more recent ones on Mercury/Universal and is the whole reason that its worth owning a record player. LITA must have gone to the original analog tapes while the Mercury/Universal are probably from some digital source. You might as well listen to the cd. If you own the Mercury/Universal pressing, do yourself a favor and get rid of it and get the Light in the Attic pressing. The beauty of the original tapes are totally wasted on the inferior pressings.
          • zaepg's avatar
            The jacket is of good quality. Is nearly identical to the original pressing. Sound I found had a great range of depth. In my top when rated, overall.
            • sleppe's avatar
              I have serious sibilance issues on this pressing, which is a drag because I love this album (purchased it in 2015). No such problems with the cd or any other records in my collection. I'm going to try another pressing, see how it sounds.
              • inshreds66's avatar
                Ltd to 2000 copies in 2009, yet my local record shop had 4 new sealed copies in last week (2016). i guess it's been repressed recently?
                • andyecon's avatar
                  Really good pressing, amazing songs.
                  • noonanthebruce's avatar
                    Amazing reissue of an amazing album. LITA did a great job on this one!!!!


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