Robert Charlebois

Le Meilleur de Robert Charlebois, Vol. 2

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In 1991 the French label FNAC Musique had released what stands as the most comprehensive single-disc overview of Robert Charlebois' career. Two years later they produced a horrible hodgepodge with all the defects that have plagued the collections released in America since the 1970s. It is arbitrary, chaotic, and offensively short at under 80 minutes for a two-CD set. Gone are the careful chronological order and the balance between periods and albums. Here, most of the material comes from 1972-1976 and 1988-1992, with the 1973 LP Solidaritude represented by five tracks. This collection was released hot on the heels of Charlebois' Victoire award (the French Grammy Awards) for the 1992 album Immensément. It must have been put together very quickly. Psychedelic tunes from the late '60s are slipped between '80s mainstream hits. Crucial landmarks already included in the 1991 collection are ignored, except for the more-than-essential "Lindberg." The whole thing fails to project a coherent picture of the singer/songwriter.

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