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Saturday, March 28, 2009

SISTER ADELE


Sung by Madelaine


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SIDE A:



Sister Adele
Sure le pont d'Avignon (On the Bridge of Avignon)
Il pleut, il pleut bergère (It's Raining Little Shepherd Girl)
Savez-vous planter les choux? (Planting Beans)
Il e'tait un bergère (Shepherd Maiden)
Sainte Nuite (Silent Night)

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SIDE B:



Dominique (Dominic)
Fais dodo, colas, mon p'tit frère (Baby Sleep)
D'ou' viens-tu, bergère (Where are You Going Little Shepherd?)
Amaryllis
Au clair de la lune (Clear the Moon is Shining)
Alouette, Gentile Alouette (Alouette, Pretty Alouette)

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Editor's note: Suicide, lesbianism, tax evasion, birth control and barbituates...it's all here! No, not on the record but by the Singing Nun who sang it. Oh, Jeanine Deckers! Of all the personalities that I've seen on these obscure records she's the last person I would have thought had a tangled life. So mote it be!

This record was a hit. Despite its success her follow up records--one promoting the GOLDEN PILL (birth control), another a disco remake of the hit track Dominique and a major release motion picture about her The Singing Nun (she called it fiction)--were flops and she faded into obscurity. Unpaid taxes from this record (she argued that she donated most to her convent) put her into financial difficulties and lead to her suicide alongside her partner (wink wink: this is the lesbian part of the story) in 1985. Who would have thunked!

PS the sound quality on this one is shite. As if you didn't already realize that. The record looks mostly umblemished so it has to be in the grooves of this FINE RECORDS NEED NOT BE EXPENSIVE lp.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is NOT one of her albums (doing a further web search/Googling will prove what I’m saying, and there’s sites devoted to Deckers which don’t even list this album). This album is commonly and mistakenly referred to as one of her albums…..which it is NOT. It’s a completely different singer (Madelaine, as it says right on the jacket) performing some of her songs….but it’s not Deckers. Phillips Records are the ones who released her album and songs, and those are the ones recorded by Deckers. Try listening to Madelaine’s singing voice compared to Deckers’ on Deckers’ recordings (which CAN be found all over the place)….it’s unquestionably NOT the same person.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to point out:

This singer's name is Madelaine, and not Sister Adele Dominique...."Sister Adele" and "Dominique" are two of the songs performed here, PLUS "Ten Other Songs"....performed by Madelaine. Misreading/misunderstanding of the album cover is what has happened here (we actually had this album in our family when I was a kid, with the original album cover...or maybe a different one at the time....with artwork of nuns on it).

R. O. said...

Thanks for the clarifications.