|Christophe — Intime [Ed. Deluxe]|
Christophe — Intime [Edition Deluxe] ≡ Christophe may be a figure of fun to younger generations of French music fans (after all, in their eyes he will always be the old 60's pop star who begged his woman to come home in the smash hit "Aline"!) But those who are more au fait with Christophe's career know there are several other sides to the singer. Apart from his passion for rock'n'roll, U.S. blues and Elvis Presley, and his much-publicised love affair with Cadillac cars, Christophe remains an essentially enigmatic figure. And, while he has not deliberately cultivated an aura of mystery around himself, Christophe is notorious for hiding his real personality in interviews.
Birth name: Daniel Bevilaqua / Location: Juvisy-sur-Orge
01. Comme un interdit 3:18
02. Les mots bleus 5:14
03. J'l'ai pas touchée 3:28
04. Aline 3:36
05. Les paradis perdus 3:25
06. Les marionnettes 3:11
07. Parle lui de moi 3:11
08. La non-demande en mariage 4:07
09. La Dolce Vita 5:09
10. Señorita 3:21
11. Emporte-moi 5:01
12. La petite fille du soleil 3:27
13. Alcaline 4:42
01. Elle dit 3:09
02. La petite fille du troisième 3:35
03. La Man 4:09
04. Ces petits luxes 5:13
05. Comm' si la Terre penchait 3:13
14. Lita 5:29 Written by:
→ Christophe / Goyeneche / Elisa Point: 1
→ Daniel Bevilacqua / Jean Michel Jarre: 2, 5, 11
→ Boris Bergman / Christophe: 3
→ Christophe: 4, 6
→ Christophe / Florian Zeller: 7
→ Georges Brassens: 8
→ Christophe / Jean Michel Jarre: 9, 10
→ Didier Barbelivien / Christophe: 12
→ Alain Bashung / Boris Bergman / Christophe: 13
→ Marie-Pierre Chevalier / Christophe: 14
Artist Biography by Jason Birchmeier
→ Best known for his 1965 hit single "Aline," Christophe is a French singer/songwriter whose recording career spans several decades. His career underwent ups and downs over the years, and his style changed from decade to decade. After falling out of favor in the late '60s once the success of "Aline" had receded, Christophe made a comeback in the 1970s on the label Motors. Then after falling out of favor once again in the '80s, he made another comeback the following decade with Bevilacqua (1996), and his recording career carried on well into the next century.
→ Born Daniel Bevilacqua on October 13, 1945, in Juvisy-sur-Orge, a suburb of Paris, he was interested in music at a young age. His influences include chanson (Edith Piaf, Gilbert Bécaud), blues (Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker), and rock & roll (Little Richard, Elvis Presley). In 1963, before billing himself as Christophe, he made his recording debut as Daniel Bevilacqua with the four-track EP Reviens Sophie on the label Golf Drouot. After nothing came of that release, the young singer changed his billing to simply Christophe and scored the career-defining hit single "Aline" in 1965. The anthem of the summer, "Aline" was succeeded by a series of follow-up singles, including "Les Marionnettes" (1965), "J'ai Entendu la Mer" (1966) and "Excusez-Moi Monsieur le Professeur" (1966). By the end of the 1960s, however, Christophe had more or less disappeared from the French hit parade. In 1973 he mounted a comeback, changing his style and releasing Les Paradis Perdus, his first of several albums for Motors over the next ten years. Subsequent albums on Motors include Les Mots Bleus (1974), Live à l'Olympia (1975), Samouraï (1976), La Dolce Vita (1977), Le Beau Bizarre (1978), Pas Vu, Pas Pris (1980), and Clichés d'Amour (1983). In addition, "Aline" was revived as a hit single in 1979 after a reissue on Motors.
→ By the end of the '80s, however, Christophe had once again disappeared from the French hit parade. For roughly ten years he released no music at all. Yet in 1996 he mounted another comeback, changing his style once again and releasing Bevilacqua (1996), an experimental, electronic-tinged album on which he wrote all of the songs himself, many of them personal. Subsequent albums include Comm' Si la Terre Penchait (2001), Olympia 2002 (2002), and Aimer Ce Que Nous Sommes (2008). → Produced by Christophe Van Huffel from the group Tanger, Aimer Ce Que Nous Sommes was a Top Five hit on the French albums chart.
→ "Toujours en recherche de sensations nouvelles, Christophe a entamé depuis plusieurs mois une tournée où il revisite son répertoire en solitaire, simplement accompagné d'une guitare, d'un piano ou d'un synthétiseur.
→ Pour prolonger la magie particulière de ses concerts, il a choisi d'enregistrer en studio et dans la même configuration minimaliste certains classiques qui brillent ainsi d'un éclat nouveau, auxquels s'ajoutent des titres plus rares exhumés des recoins de sa prodigieuse discographie.
→ En aventurier sonore qu'il est depuis 5 décennies, Christophe nous donne à entendre pour la première fois des versions acoustiques de ses succès et transforme ses chansons cathédrales en miniature inédites."
→ Une relecture intimiste, à dominante acoustique, enregistré en studio, dans des conditions proches de la tournée qu'il effectue actuellement, de quelques-uns de ses titres fétiches. (http://www.rfimusic.com/artist/chanson/christophe/biography)