If you like what you hear at the Éditions Jacques Brel, you might want to check out some songs from the playlist below, which covers the very best of Brel’s work.
Brel’s deliberately repetitive, climactic tale of sailors in seedy ports is a fantastically evocative song, and was one of his most intense live numbers.
This is Brel at his wittiest and most unforgiving, poking fun at 1960s hippies.
Le chanson de Jackie
Brel in autobiographical mode, looking back in fantastically rumbustious fashion on his career and forward into his future.
One of Brel’s greatest love songs, brilliantly covered by Scott Walker.
The tormented and yet curiously upbeat lament of a dying man that gave rise to the Terry Jacks hit of 1974.
Ne me quitte pas
Brel’s most anguished love song, and perhaps one of the most affecting ever written, memorably covered by Nina Simone.
Quand on n’a que l’amour
One of Brel’s earliest songs, When we have only Love was his first hit single.
The Impossible Dream has been covered by just about everyone and is quite rightly one of Brel’s best-known songs, but his version stands out.
Je suis un soir d’été
This late and very atmospheric study of summer ennui in small-town Belgium is one of Brel’s most beautiful songs.
Brel is typically satirical in this biting rant against war, militarism and middle-class bourgeois values.