Femmes de Paris, Vol. 1

Femmes de Paris, Vol. 1

     
 
The "ye-ye" style is inherently frivolous, but if you're in the mood for some good, clean, kitschy fun with a whiff of naughtiness, this is a pretty respectable 19-song collection of French-sung, women-sung pop
ock from the mid-to-late '60s. True, if you've already started to collect the mini-genre, there's a good amount of repetition between this CD and some other

Overview

The "ye-ye" style is inherently frivolous, but if you're in the mood for some good, clean, kitschy fun with a whiff of naughtiness, this is a pretty respectable 19-song collection of French-sung, women-sung pop
ock from the mid-to-late '60s. True, if you've already started to collect the mini-genre, there's a good amount of repetition between this CD and some other compilations you might already have in your collection, like those in the Ultra Chicks and Swinging Mademoiselle series. It's at least the third time around, in fact, for a few of these, like Elizabeth's "Je Suis Sublime," Cosette's "Idealisation," and Jacqueline Taieb's "7 Heures du Matin" (which slips in a sly parody of the chorus of "My Generation"). It's also true that this suffers from too many inferior Francophone covers of big American and British hits, like "Nitty Gritty," "Sloop John B" (titled here, oddly, "Fille ou Garcon," i.e. "Girl or Boy"), "Baby Love," and "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." On the other hand, a couple of the covers are really cool, those being Marie Laforet's "Marie Douceur, Marie Colere" (the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," sung with a Marianne Faithfull-like quaver) and Patricia's dramatic reading of "Nights in White Satin" (retitled "Mes Reves de Satin"). Though Violaine's "Jai des Problemes Decidement" is a pretty good pop-punker with its pounding beat and bleating harmonica, other songs often incline toward a more typically French/continental pop feel, albeit with a go-go sheen. Tiny Yong sounds like a French Sandie Shaw on "Tu Es le Roi des Menteurs"; Michele Arnaud a little like a French female version of the Righteous Brothers on "Les Papillons Noirs"; and Taieb's "Le Printemps a Paris" ("Spring in Paris") is lush orchestrated pop-rock with the kind of buoyancy that makes you want to go right out and take a stroll around Paris' Jardin du Luxembourg.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
Label:
Wagram Records
UPC:
3596971719920
catalogNumber:
307199

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Performance Credits

Paul Mauriat   Performing Ensemble
Jean-Claude Petit   Performing Ensemble
Hubert Rostaing   Performing Ensemble
Jean Bouchety   Performing Ensemble
Jacques Denjean   Performing Ensemble
Hervé Roy   Performing Ensemble
Syd Dale   Performing Ensemble
Clyde Borly   Performing Ensemble
Paul Piot   Performing Ensemble
Ralph Milko   Performing Ensemble
Jean Claudric   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Jean-Claude Petit   Arranger
Michel Colombier   Orchestra Leader
Hubert Rostaing   Direction
Jean Bouchety   Arranger,Direction
Hervé Roy   Direction
Syd Dale   Direction
Clyde Borly   Direction
Hubert Ithier   Adaptation
Paul Piot   Direction
Thierry Wolf   Producer
Christian Eudeline   Text
Noël Commaret   Direction
Bryan Andrew Wilson   Composer

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