Jean-Pierre Ferland

Quand on Aime on a Toujours 20 Ans

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Where does a singer/songwriter with a crooner persona record a live album? In an all-women prison, at least in Jean-Pierre Ferland's case. Recorded on August 15, 1975, and released later that year, the album is filled with allusions to women and incarceration, down to its title, also a song in which the singer plays on words between the title (When We Love We Always Feel Like 20) and the fact that the character has committed a crime of passion and got 20 years in jail. Ferland is charming in his delivery, joking with the inmates, but he also sounds a little too confident, especially considering the shaky backup band (guitarist Jean Pierre Lauzon throws a couple of very bad solos). The singer revisits his biggest hits from the early '70s along with selections from his then-current LP, plus a couple of old numbers from his days as a folksinger ("Marie-Claire," "Qu'Êtes-Vous Devenue?"). Exquisite studio tracks like "Le Petit Roi" and the shortened "Au Fond des Choses le Soleil Emmène au Soleil" fail to convey the same beauty on-stage. On the other hand, "Sing Sing" (the love song of the previous guy coming out of prison after his 20 years) is given a moving interpretation and met with much enthusiasm from the audience. "Qu'est-Ce Que Ça Peut Ben T'Faire" and the ballad "T'es Mon Amour, T'es Ma Maîtresse" (sung with France Castel) are also convincing, but the poor mixing and general blandness of the live performance make this album a curiosity for fans only. It was not reissued on CD and Ferland has recorded better live documents since.

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