Les Bourgeois

Les Bourgeois (English: The middle class) is the sixth studio album by Jacques Brel. Also known as Jacques Brel, the album was released on Barclay Records on 15 March 1962. Later, on 4 April, a 10" maxi-single containing of 8 of the album's tracks was released. The same year saw the release of a limited, special edition release of the album that consisted of the original LP with "Jacques Brel" written diagonally across its white cover. This edition was numbered on the front and hand signed on the back.

Les Bourgeois
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1962
Recorded6–14 March 1962
Length46 minutes
Jacques Brel chronology
Les Bourgeois
Les Bonbons

It was reissued on 23 September 2003 under the title Les Bourgeois as part of the 16-CD box set Boîte à Bonbons by Barclay (980 816-9).[1][2]

Track listing

Track Title Translation Composer Recorded
1"Les bourgeois"The middle classJacques Brel, Jean Corti1962-03-09
2"Les paumés du petit matin"The lost ones of the morningJacques Brel, François Rauber1962-03-09
3"Le Plat Pays"The flat countryJacques Brel1962-03-06
4"Zangra"ZangraJacques Brel1962-03-06
5"Une île"An islandJacques Brel1962-03-14
6"Madeleine"MadeleineJacques Brel, Jean Corti, Gérard Jouannest1962-03-09
7"Bruxelles"BrusselsJacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest1962-03-14
8"Chanson sans paroles"Song without wordsJacques Brel, François Rauber1962-03-14
9"Les biches"The doesJacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest1962-03-07
10"Le caporal Casse-Pompon"Corporal Casse-PomponJacques Brel1962-03-06
11"La statue"The statueJacques Brel, François Rauber1962-03-07
12"Rosa"RosaJacques Brel1962-03-07
13"Il neige sur Liège"It snows on LiègeJacques Brel1963-05-30[2]
14"Pourquoi faut-il que les hommes s'ennuient"Why are the men boredJacques Brel1963
  • Recorded at Studio Barclay-Hoche in Paris.
  • Tracks 1–12 constituted the original 1962 album.
  • Tracks 13–14 were added to the album when it was reissued as part of the 16-CD box set Boîte à Bonbons.



  1. "Les Bourgeois". Discogs. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  2. "Discography". Editions Jacques Brel. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
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