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V/A: Next - Jacques Brel

Next - Jacques Brel

  • Formats (editor / manufacturer / distributor, date)
    CD Digipak (Barclay / Universal, Cinram Optical / Universal, FR: 16/02/2004; UK: 15/03/2004): 
    6024 980 995 0 6
    CD jewel box (Barclay / Universal / Universal, 08/03/2004): 
    6024 981 664 0 6
    CD jewel box (DRG Records, 2005): 
    0 21471 84842 7 (DRG-CD-8484)
    Acetate CD-R with picture sleeve (Barclay)
    Acetate CD-R with white sleeve (Barclay)
In late 2003 a couple of tribute compilations to Jacques Brel were announced to be released. One called Aux Suivants (released sept. 2003) focuses on French artists covering Jacques Brel; and the other called Next focuses on english cover versions of Jacques Brel. Both have similar artworks with a card board deisgned background (Jacques Brel’s father had a paste-board manufactory) with black and red letters and a picture of the artist replicated thrice.

The English version of the compilation, Next features covers of his songs by artists such as Scott Walker (‘Mathilde’, ‘The Girls And The Dogs’), David Bowie (‘Amsterdam’), Gavin Friday (‘Next’), Marc Almond (‘Litany For A Return’), Nina Simone (‘The Desperate Ones’) and The Divine Comedy of course with ‘Jackie’.

Inside the booklet, the liner notes says: “Just like his predecessors Bowie and Marc Almond, Neil Hannon, the frail-looking frontman of the Irish group Divine Comedy, was ‘introduced’ to Brel via the ambassadorship of Scott Walker. Jackie, his version of Brel’s La chanson de Jacky, has only ever appeared on the B side of their 1999 cassette single The Pop Singer’s Fear Of The Pollen Count. However, it has been one of their stage classics for the past 10 years.” It is actually the only exclusive cassette B-side to have been subsequently released on CD.

Image More interesting, the detailed tracklisting gives copyright info about the song and while it mentions the original Pop Singer’s Fear… single released by Setanta Records in 1999; the copyright of the song is Divine Comedy Records. That was in early 2004, so one year before their official announcement of them owning the back catalogue.


Image The compilation was released by Barclay as a digipak in February 2004 in France, and the next month in UK. It seems that the next year a jewel box version was also released.


Image A Barclay promo of the album exists. It comes within a PVC sleeve and a white sheet with the title and logo on it. Even so, it is said another promo with the album artwork also exists.

Additionally, the compilation was also released in 2005 in the US by DRG Records. That version also comes within a jewel box.