Friday, July 13, 2012

Jukebox Friday: Jacques Brel - Amsterdam

I've already mentioned Jacques Brel in my introduction to Belgian music. Thanks to a recent Guardian article, I've discovered another gem of his.

Recorded on Brel's live album Enregistrement Public à l'Olympia 1964, "Amsterdam" is a haunting depiction of the exploits of sailors on shore leave in the eponymous city. The song has been covered by artists including David Bowie, The Dresden Dolls and John Denver.

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