I was very lucky to get this little beauty for Christmas. Message Personnel is amongst my favourite Françoise Hardy albums (not the favourite, that would have to be La Question, without a shadow of a doubt) so I was very excited to hear that a collectors’ edition of the album was being released in November 2013 in the form of a special 40th anniversary box set. Here’s what I’ve been looking at and listening to over the holidays:
The box contains a vinyl reissue of the original album; a vinyl reissue of the Je suis moi 7″; a remastered Blu-Ray Audio CD version of the album; a bonus CD including the original album and 19 rare and/or previously unreleased tracks; a DVD featuring 6 TV performances from the period
Here’s a look at the DVD contents:
Françoise sings live for this duet of L’Amitié with Michel Delpech on
Top à Michel Delpech 16/03/74 – she looked like she was going to crack up laughing when he appeared over her shoulder to sing; it’s very cheesy (although Françoise was as excellent as usual, of course)
I have hundreds of Françoise’s TV appearances but I can quite honestly say I hadn’t seen most of these, so the DVD was an excellent addition to my collection. The absolute best thing about this box set, though, is the bonus CD with 6 instrumental versions of tracks from the album (so you can sing along, maybe?); the Je suis moi 7″ A side and B side (I had forgotten how good Demain c’est hier was); 3 English language versions of tracks from the album (Message Personnel; Pouce, au revoir; Première Rencontre) and a German language version of Première Rencontre; the German language Wenn wilde Schwäne flieh’n 7″ A side and B side; and 4 performances from radio (L’Habitude with Georges Moustaki; Les paradis perdus with Christophe; Peut–être toi, peut–être moi with Michel Berger; and an excellent cover version of France Gall’s La Déclaration d’amour) and one recording from TV (Message Personnel). A lot of this has been previously unavailable, or at the least previously unavailable on CD. I loved the duet with Christophe, of course. In my opinion the purchase is worth it for this CD alone, but the package as a whole definitely makes this a must buy for any serious fan. Buy it now!