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Rock CEO's "You gotta hear this!" #8 : Le Meilleur de Michel Polnareff

January 22,2013

It's been a while, hasn't it! Let's jump right into the next long-awaited edition of "Rock CEO's: You gotta hear this!"
For the first installment of 2013 I'd like to introduce you to a French singer-songwriter that I just can't get enough of, Michel Polnareff. This man isn't just a musician; he's also a great artistic genius that created his own culture.

I first encountered Michel Polnareff when I was in elementary school, when I heard his song "Love Me Please Love Me" coming through on the radio. As I was listening to that song, before I knew it my body was trembling with shivers running down my spine.
After that experience I was totally hooked. I started listening to more of his many other masterpieces like "Holidays," "Ça n'arrive qu'aux autres," and "Le Bal des Laze," and it felt like I was continually being drawn further into his musical world.
And to the rock-loving schoolboy that I was, his fashion and behavior were like nothing I had ever seen. It was such a shock.
At a period even before glam rock had become popular, his fashion was glamorous, aggressive and revolutionary, and his behavior so extreme and radical. The gap between that and the pure beauty of his music was incredibly cool.

His performances were on a different level too. In one video, he flies a grand piano into the desert and plays like he's all alone on top of the world... it's incredible. No, godlike! (Please try searching for "Polnareff joue dans le désert Californien")
Another time, Polnareff appeared on the Japanese TV show "Music Fair". From "Holidays" to "Tout tout pour ma cherie" to anything he played that day, every single second of that performance is forever burned into my brain. Simply amazing.

He released many fantastic original albums, but the one I want to introduce today is an album filled to the brim with his some of his most famous gems. This Japan-only best-of album is a great way to get a total picture of Polnareff's magical charm.
To be honest, for this installment I actually wanted to go with the "Golden Best," a memorial album created to commemorate his 1975 visit to Japan and released at his performance at the Budokan, but unfortunately that album isn't available in CD format. By the way, that show was the first time I was able to see Polnareff live. The copy of "Golden Best" I got at the show, with its shiny gold cover... man, what impact.

In place of "Golden Best" however, the album I'll introduce today - "Le Meilleur de Michel Polnareff" - is also tightly packed with some amazing songs. It also includes my favorite song, "J'ai du chagrin Marie," which was previously only sold in single form, and so it automatically becomes a highly recommended album.

Le Meilleur de Michel Polnareff
Michel Polnareff
Japanese Import (April 22, 2003)

For anyone that likes singer-songwriters such as Elton John, Leon Russell, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, or Yosui Inoue; for people that enjoy melodious prog-rock; for fans of Led Zepplin (Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones make an appearance in the first album), or even for people into "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure," (he's the basis for the manga's Stand-user Polnareff).. to all of you! You definitely need to give it a listen.
"Tout tout pour ma Cherie," which is still used in television commercials even today, only really gained popularity in Japan, but he also put out tons of other songs that became major hits throughout the world. He really created a lot of real masterpieces... they are a world heritage and people will be listening to them for a long, long time to come.

It may not sound like rock music on the surface, but the underlying principles beneath are exactly what make up the soul of rock. And so I present the rocker genius that sways the soul - "Michel Polnareff"

You gotta hear this!