Aux Armes et caetera

SSC3601 2004-02-02

Track List

Javanaise Remake - 3:29
Aux Armes Et Caetera - 3:11
Les Locataires - 2:10
Des Laids Des Laids - 3:10
Brigade Des Stups - 2:05
Vielle Canaille - 3:01
Lola Rastaquouere - 3:47
Relax Baby / Be Cool - 2:30
Daisy Temple - 4:01
Eau Et Gaz Tous Les Etages - 0:36
Pas Long Feu - 3:14
Marilou Reggae Dub - Longue Version -5:08
Planteur Punch - 4:25
Marilou Reggae - 3:46
Marilou Reggae - Alternate Vocal - 4:03
Javanaise Dub - 3:34
Dub Et Caetera - 4:11
Dubs Locataires - 2:13
Des Laids Des Dubs - 2:58
Dub Des Stups - 2:58
Dub Rastaquere - 5:39
Daisy Dub - 3:29
Eau Et Dub A Tous Les Etages - 1:43
Pas Long Dub - 3:07
Marilou Dub - 3:22
Aux Armes Et Caetera - 3:17
Les Locataires /Sing It Like A Song To Me - 3:39
Brigade Des Stups / Smoke All Night, Smoke All Day - 1:34
Vielle Canaille / You Rascal You - 3:19
Lola Rastaquouere Is Back - 3:16
Relax Baby / Be Cool - 2:55
Daisy Temple / Problems - 3:59
Eau Et Gaz A Tous Les Etages / Settle The Vibes - 3:13
Pas Long Feu / Sweetie Sweetie - 3:26
Marilou Reggae Dub / A Dance Reggae -3:39
Marilou Reggae Dub / A Dance Reggae -3:39
Planteur Punch / Out Of The Slum - 2:48
Lola Rastaquouere (English Version) -3:20


Lisa D. Mitchell - vocals
Robbie Shakespeare - bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson- whistle, noise, percussion
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace - drums
Robby Lyn - piano
Manley Buchanan - vocals
Courtney "Spydaman" Allen - vocals
Sherrie Ann Bernard - group member, harmony vocals
Devon "Rizzlamigo" Black - vocals
Michael "Mao" Chung - guitar, piano
June Cole - group member, vocals, harmony vocals
David "Telegram" Grant - vocals
Frederick "Doctor Kex" Henry - vocals
Wayne "Niko" Hinds - organ, piano
Kenneth "Mr Murphy" Phillips - vocals
President B - vocals
Rupert "Buffalo Bill" Reeves - vocals
Carl "Spectacular" Reid - vocals
Ellenore "Brady" Walters - group member, vocals, harmony vocals
Erroll "Flabba Holt" Carter - bass
Serge Gainsbourg - Arranger
Ansel Collins - organ
Barry Bailey - trombone
Radcliffe Bryan - guitar
Sly Dunbar - drums
Marcia Griffiths - group member, harmony vocals
Rita Marley - group member, harmony vocals
Judy Mowatt - group member, harmony vocals

This is the first of two double CD's released in France by Mercury. Serge Gainsbourg travelled to Kingston, Jamaica at the end of the 70's and recorded these explosive reggae songs, including a version of the
French anthem that created quite a stir back in 1979. The first CD contains the original recordings newly mixed and remastered in Kingston. The second CD contains DJ versions and re-mixes of the original recordings.


This is one messed up set. Dig the fact that this is Serge Gainsbourg in dread beat and booze. Aux Armes et cætera is literally Gainsbourg on the rocksteady tip with Sly and Robbie, Flabba Holt, Michael "Mao" Chung, Ansel Collins, the I-Threes, Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt, Sticky Thompson, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, and a bunch of French folks playing puff-the-ganja and help the white man in Kingston. Gainsbourg knew what he wanted -- a Lee Perry-styled dubber and dread outing -- and he knew the cats to hire to get it. (...)

This is weird, dangerous, and campy music, but it works like a charm. In its day this album was reviled, now it's the work of a visionary. Go figure, but if you dig Gainsbourg, this is for you. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide