Brigitte Bardot – B.B. (1964)

LPFrontCover1Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot ( born 28 September 1934), often referred to by her initials B.B., is a French animal rights activist and former actress and singer. Famous for portraying sexually emancipated personae with hedonistic lifestyles, she was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s. Although she withdrew from the entertainment industry in 1973, she remains a major popular culture icon.

Born and raised in Paris, Bardot was an aspiring ballerina in her early life. She started her acting career in 1952. She achieved international recognition in 1957 for her role in And God Created Woman (1956), and also caught the attention of French intellectuals. She was the subject of Simone de Beauvoir’s 1959 essay The Lolita Syndrome, which described her as a “locomotive of women’s history” and built upon existentialist themes to declare her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France. Bardot later starred in Jean-Luc Godard’s film Le Mépris (1963). For her role in Louis Malle’s film Viva Maria! (1965) she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress.

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Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in 1973. She had acted in 47 films, performed in several musicals and recorded more than 60 songs. She was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1985 but refused to accept it. After retiring, she became an animal rights activist. During the 2000s, she generated controversy by criticizing immigration and Islam in France, and she has been fined five times for inciting racial hatred. She is married to Bernard d’Ormale, a former adviser to Marine Le Pen, France’s main far-right political leader.

B.B. is the second studio album of French singer and actress Brigitte Bardot and was released in 1964. (wikipedia)

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B.B. has one of the all-time great come-hither album covers, a photo that manages to be absolutely pornographic while showing nothing but the blonde bombshell’s hair, part of her face, and one naked shoulder. However, the contents are much less salacious. Bardot’s second album, following 1962’s imaginatively titled Brigitte Bardot, B.B. is largely an uninspired collection of second-rate songs given half-hearted, disinterested performances by the actress. The two exceptions are Bardot’s slinky rendering of the early bossa nova standard “Maria Ninguem” (Maria Nobody), also recorded by the likes of João Gilberto, Herbie Mann, and, incongruously, Cliff Richard, and the bouncy single “Moi Je Joue.” Bardot would not fully connect with her recording career until 1965, when she began recording the delightfully bizarre series of singles with Serge Gainsbourg that would eventually make her name as a singer. Fetching cover shot aside, the bubblegummy B.B. is of no more interest than a Shelley Fabares album. (by Stewart Mason)

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Personnel:
Brigit Bardot (vocals)
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Alain Goraguer & his orchestra

Singles

Tracklist:
01. Moi Je Joue (Bourgeois/Rivière) 1.40
02. Une Histoire de Plage (Bourgeois/Rivière) 1.54
03. Ça Pourrait Changer (Don’t You Ever Change Your Mind) (Bourgeois/Rivière) 1.41
04. La Fin de l’Été… (Tu Sais) (Bourgeois/Rivière) 2.20
05. Ne Me Laisse Pas l’Aimer (Rivière) 1.47
06. Maria Ninguem (Lyra) 2.40
07. Je Danse Donc Je Suis (Popp) 1.55
08. Melanie (Brassens/Rivière) 2.09
09. Ciel de Lit (Bourgeois/Lasso/Rivière) 1.39
10. Un Jour Comme un Autre (Bourgeois/Rivière) 2.22
11. Les Cheveux Dans le Vent (Bourgeois/Calvet/Rivière) 1.32
12. Jamais Trois Sans Quatre (Bourgeois/Rivière) 2.12

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