Where to start with Jacques Brel

Now we’ve established that everyone here loves ol’ Jacques, give me a 12 track playlist that serves as a perfect introduction to what he’s about.


My way in (my French language skills being really quite poor) was via Scott Walker’s Brel covers. There’s a compilation album of them, Scott Walker Sings Jacques Brel, which I think is terrific.

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I listened to some of the most played tracks on Spotify and this sounds like it’s nooooooot for me.

These are three of his best imo. There’s a good list here too:

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I’ve had to start with a google search

Ah OK, I’m warming to this after these three vids, thanks

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I would say go with the live at the Olympia in 1961.

Jacques was a tour-de-force.