1977 Alain Chamfort – Rock n Rose

Rock’n Rose is the second album released in 1977 by Alain Chamfort at CBS Records. This album marks the first collaboration between Chamfort and Serge Gainsbourg, who writes all the lyrics for the album.

Since 1976 and after several years at the Arrow, Alain Chamfort signed with CBS Records, leaving him complete freedom in the artistic choice. The same year he published his first album at CBS, testing Marriage. In early 1977, he was invited by Véronique Sanson to the chorus on his Hollywood album, recorded in Los Angeles. The discovery of how to work in the US studios (quality of musicianship, seriousness with which they work, they release energy and professionalism arrangers and sound engineers) for three weeks Chamfort pushes to want to record its second album in Los Angeles with Californian musicians, with the agreement of the owner of CBS.

In the summer of the same year, he left with Michel Pelay in Los Angeles and chose musicians to participate in the recording: pianist and arranger David Foster who contacts, among others, the Porcaro brothers (Jeff on drums, Steve piano and Mike on bass), who later formed the group Toto. Chamfort also chooses trumpeter Steve Madaio for brass arrangements. Rhythmic are recorded on seats, while the strings and percussion are recorded in stride to London. Subsequently, the singer and composer Serge Gainsbourg contact to write texts, he agreed after listening and appreciated the recorded playbacks, prompting him to write all the words of the album.

Chamfort recorded the vocals in Paris with the sound engineer Dominique Blanc-Francard and goes to London, accompanied by Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin and Pelay, in order to do the mixing.

Tracks

1  Sparadrap (Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Noël Chaléat) 5:42
2  Rock’n rose (Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Noël Chaléat) 4:39
3  Baby Lou (Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Pelay) 3:56
4  Privé (Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg) 4:48
5  Joujou à la casse * (Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Noël Chaléat) 4:15
6  Disc-jockey (Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Pelay) 5:23
7  Lucette et Lucie * (Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Noël Chaléat) 4:38
8  Tennisman (Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Pelay) 3:50
9  Le vide au coeur (Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg) 6:05

Media

Musicians

BassMike Porcaro
BassJames Jamerson Jr
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro *
DrumsEd Greene
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarRichie Zito
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarMike Henderson
GuitarDan Ferguson
GuitarGreg Poree
GuitarBen Benay
PianoSteve Porcaro
PianoJai Winding
PianoDavid Foster

Liner Notes

Producer – Michel Pelay, Paul Boussard
Arranged By, Conductor – Sylvester Rivers
Arranged By, Conductor, Horns – Steve Madaio
Arranged By, Conductor, Percussion – Ray Cooper
Arranged By, Conductor, Strings – Richard Hewson
Arranged By, Conductor, Synthesizer – Michael Boddicker
Engineer (Abc, Los Angeles) – Reggie Thompson
Engineer (Cristal, Los Angeles) – David Henson
Engineer (Record Plant, Los Angeles) – Mike Stone
Engineer (Strings & Horns, Marquee, London) – Phil Harding
Engineer (Vocals, Aquarium, France) – Dominique Blanc-Francard
Mixed By – Neil Ross, Stephen W. Tayler

Photography By (Front & Inside) – Sabrina Sanders
Photography By (Inside) – Bernard Leloup

Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Cristal, Los Angeles
Recorded At – ABC Recording Studios
Recorded At – Marquee Studios
Recorded At – Studio Aquarium
Mixed At – Trident Studios