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Chelsea Girl

Nico (ニコ)

基本情報

ジャンル
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カタログNo
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8352092
組み枚数
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1
レーベル
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オリジナル盤発売年
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1967
フォーマット
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CD
クレジット
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Nico(Vocals),  Nico(Marimba),  Gary Kelgren(Engineer),  Gary Kellgren(Engineer),  Larry Fallon(Arranger),  Tom Wilson(Producer),  Val Valentin(Engineer),  Larry Fallon(Conductor),  Lou Reed(Composer),  Pat Patterson(Liner Notes),  Tom "Curly" Ruff(Mastering),  Gary Kelgren(Remix Producer),  Val Valentin(Director of Engineering)

商品説明

Although Chelsea Girl (1967) was the first long-player from the German-born Christa Paffgen, it was not her debut solo effort. Prior to becoming involved with the Velvet Underground and while under the direction of Andrew Loog Oldham, Nico issued an obscure 7 on the mod pop Immediate label. The song selection on that 1965 single -- which featured a cover of Gordon Lightfoot's I'm Not Sayin' and an Oldham co-composition with Jimmy Page called Last Mile -- foreshadowed the eclectic nature of this LP. Although the dissolution between the vocalist and core instrumental quartet was not without its share of acrimony, the non-percussive contingent of the Velvet Underground is heavily featured on Chelsea Girl: along with then-unknown singer/songwriter Jackson Browne (guitar) -- the vocalist's concurrent love interest -- there is Lou Reed (guitar), Sterling Morrison (guitar/bass), and John Cale (piano/bass/viola), who contrast what they had been doing with the larger combo. These sides are decidedly unplugged, providing a folky and Baroque setting for Nico's dark and brooding vocal inflections. There is an introspective foresight in Browne's Fairest of the Seasons, These Days, and Somewhere There's a Feather. The minimalist string section features a quaint, yet effective arrangement giving the material a distinctly European feel. These orchestrated folk leanings are similar to the sound emanating from other burgeoning groups such as the Incredible String Band, Pentangle, and the Fairport Convention spin-off Fotheringay.

The same can be said of her almost unrecognizable reworking of Bob Dylan's I'll Keep It With Mine. The noir black-widow charm ultimately saves the performance, as does Cale's remarkable classical intonations. With Reed's Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams -- a track which actually predates the Velvet Underground -- there is a sense of history that Nico brings to her interpretation, as if the melody were, in fact, a traditional German folk tune. There is a palpable distinction between those lighter cuts and the menacing Velvet Underground-conceived material. At the center of the project are the extended It Was a Pleasure Then and the stunning semi-autobiographical Reed/Morrison title track. The juxtaposition of such honest and at times harrowing imagery to Nico's inherently bleak delivery is nothing short of an inspired artistic statement which has since long outlasted its initial socially relevant context -- similar to the more modern contributions of Laurie Anderson, Ann Magnuson, and Patti Smith. An unqualified masterpiece. ~ Lindsay Planer, Rovi

収録曲   

  • 01. Fairest of the Seasons (04:09)
  • 02. These Days (03:33)
  • 03. Little Sister (04:26)
  • 04. Winter Song (03:20)
  • 05. It Was a Pleasure Then (08:05)
  • 06. Chelsea Girls (07:25)
  • 07. I'll Keep It With Mine (03:20)
  • 08. Somewhere There's a Feather (02:20)
  • 09. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (05:09)
  • 10. Eulogy to Lenny Bruce (03:46)

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As a brief voice on the Velvet Undergrou...

投稿日:2008/11/18 (火)

As a brief voice on the Velvet Underground’s early work, Nico established herself as a unique singer and icy-cool beauty to boot! This welcome reissue on SHM-CD will no doubt please fans of both the lovely, late German singer and VU!

Tiko さん | Nagoya | 不明

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低い彼女のボーカルがなんとも身にしみる一...

投稿日:2007/10/08 (月)

低い彼女のボーカルがなんとも身にしみる一枚です。Cuteさで勝負せずにそのままの彼女の美しさがでてると思われます。 波乱万丈で悲しい人生を送った彼女の初期の一瞬を捉えた貴重なアルバム。このアルバムに脱帽!  

Pompos Paw さん | Brunswick | 不明

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サイケ史上に残る大傑作だと断言したい。@...

投稿日:2007/03/24 (土)

サイケ史上に残る大傑作だと断言したい。@聴する限りではストリングスとアコギの音色が非常に美しいいかにもこの当時感の強いトラッドには違いないがこの人が歌うだけでとてつもないアシッド感が注入され必要最小限のアレンジで宇宙の如く果てしない広がりがある。ニコ作の楽曲は少なく大半がディランやリードやブラウンの提供曲だが全ての曲がニコ色に染まり見事なまでに統一感がある。エンドの頃の様な狂気は薄く聴きやすいかもしれないが断じてポップスとは違う。

ロックマニア さん | 不明

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