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Serge Gainsbourg - Initials SG—The Ultimate Best Of

By steering clear of his controversial 'Nazi rock' period, 1984's scandalously fab "Lemon Incest" and the epic "Cargo Culte" from 1971's Histoire De Melody Nelson (arguably his most influential seven minutes on record), this can never deliver its titular promise even if it is the first Serge comp to bear an English sleevenote. Still, Gainsbourg virgins new to his erotic pop art should find "69 Année Erotique" an aurally orgasmic experience all the same.

Rating: 4 / 10


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