1985 Renaud – Mistral Gagnant

Mistral gagnant is a studio album from French artist Renaud on the Virgin France label, now part of EMI, released in 1985.

The first song, “Miss Maggie”, made Renaud a controversial character in the United Kingdom because the song praises women for their non-violence and honesty with the exception of PM Margaret Thatcher (a version of the song with the lyrics adapted in English was also recorded). The last verses read (translated from French): “In the final hour, […] if I can stay on earth, I would like to become a dog and have Margaret Thatcher as a lamp post to urinate against, daily.” It was composed with Jean-Pierre Bucolo, who also helped with “La pêche à la ligne” and “Si t’es mon pote”, while Franck Langolff co-wrote the music for “Morts les enfants” and “Fatigué”.

In the title song “Mistral gagnant”, Renaud sings to his young daughter about his childhood and realizes that time flies as will fly away the laughs of his daughter as a child. This broad theme plus the very simple music make this song one of the classics among Renaud’s “tender” songs. A mistral gagnant was a kind of candy and lottery. Some of them were “winning” (gagnant) and you could get another one for free. These candies were not on sale anymore when he wrote the song.


1  Miss Maggie (Jean-Pierre Bucolo; Renaud) 04:18
2  La Pêche À La Ligne (Jean-Pierre Bucolo; Renaud) 03:36
3  Si T’Es Mon Pote (Jean-Pierre Bucolo; Renaud) 04:06
4  Mistral Gagnant (Renaud) 02:46
5  Trois Matelots (Renaud) 04:52
6  Tu Vas Au Bal ? (Renaud) 01:18
7  Morts Les Enfants (Franck Langolff; Renaud) 04:00
8  Baby-Sitting Blues (Renaud) 03:55
9  P’tite Conne (Renaud) 03:40
10  Le Retour De La Pepette (Renaud) 03:51
11  Fatigué (Franck Langolff; Renaud) 05:15


BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsJean-Philippe Goude
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
AccordionJean-Louis Roques
SaxErnie Watts
SaxLarry Klimas
TubaJohn Thomas Johnson
PercussionJudith Chilnick
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsGeorges Costa
Background VocalsJean-Jacques Cramier
Background VocalsKlaus Blasquiz
Background VocalsMichel Adjaj
Background VocalsMichel Costa

Liner Notes

Producer – Jean-Philippe Goude
Arranged By – Jean-Philippe Goude
Conductor – Donn Wilkerson
Coordinator – Greg Edward, Marie-Noëlle Lebleis, Thierry Séchan
Engineer – Didier Lizé, Greg Edward, Hervé Marignac, Jean-Michel Porterie, Julian Stoll
Engineer (Assistant) – Cyril Noton
Mastered By – Yves Delaunay, Jean-Claude Pellé
Mixed By – Greg Edward
Mixed By (Assistant)- Cyril Noton, Julian Stoll

Photography – David Séchan, Vincent Warin

Mastered At Dyam
Mastered At Pathé Marconi EMI
Mixed At Rumbo Recorders
Mixed At Studio Du Palais Des Congrès
Recorded At Rumbo Recorders
Recorded At Studio Du Palais Des Congrès
Recorded At Studio Plus XXX
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