Pop à Paris

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Rock n' Roll and Mini Skirts is a single-disc condensation of the supercool Pop a Paris five-disc series released in France that focused on French singers from the mid-'60s to early '70s. Those discs are a lighthearted blast of Now Sound pop theatrics, aggressive almost garagey rock, and wacky misappropriations of the American pop scene of the '60s. This disc serves as a fine and readily available alternative to picking up all five of the discs. The lineup mixes a bunch of familiar names like Serge Gainsbourg, Claude Francoise, France Gall, Brigitte Bardot, and Michel Polnareff with total unknowns like Eileen, Delphine, and Elsa. The track list is sprinkled with a liberal ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Rock n' Roll and Mini Skirts is a single-disc condensation of the supercool Pop a Paris five-disc series released in France that focused on French singers from the mid-'60s to early '70s. Those discs are a lighthearted blast of Now Sound pop theatrics, aggressive almost garagey rock, and wacky misappropriations of the American pop scene of the '60s. This disc serves as a fine and readily available alternative to picking up all five of the discs. The lineup mixes a bunch of familiar names like Serge Gainsbourg, Claude Francoise, France Gall, Brigitte Bardot, and Michel Polnareff with total unknowns like Eileen, Delphine, and Elsa. The track list is sprinkled with a liberal serving of wild covers of rock hits of the day like Johnny Hallyday's funky take on Joe South's "Hush" here titled "Mal", David Alexandre Winter's unhinged lounge singer gone mad stylings on Archie Bell & the Drells' "I Can't Stop Dancing," and Marie Laforet's spooky version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" titled "Marie Douceru - Marie Colere". Where the disc really shines is on the original tracks that are a perfect fusion of pop and French style: the amazing Michel Polnareff's dramatic "Le Roi des Fourmis," Jacqueline Taieb's pounding "Heures du Matin," which quotes "My Generation" and Little Richard to great comic effect, Henri Salvador's silly but still very catchy "Carnaby Street," and Eric Charden's emotional, very Walker Brothers-esque "Le Monde Est Gris, le Monde Est Bleu." The most interesting song on the record might be Delphine's cover of the obscure Florida garage band We the People's classic ballad "In the Past La Fermeture Éclair," which actually features the band providing the backing to Delphine's tough but tender vocal. The song is one of the better meetings of the girl group and garage sounds and will have you frantically searching for more Delphine recordings. Pop a Paris - Rock n' Roll and Mini Skirts is fun from beginning to end and is a perfect place for the uninitiated to get a taste of French pop in the '60s. Odds are once you hear this you'll start hunting down all five volumes of the excellent series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728360425
  • Catalog Number: 3604
  • Sales rank: 73,589

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mal (2:40)
  2. 2 Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas (2:34)
  3. 3 Le Roi des Fourmis (2:50)
  4. 4 Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher - Eileen (2:36)
  5. 5 Qu'est-Ce Que J'Ai Dansé! - David Alexandre Winter (2:29)
  6. 6 Dady da Da (2:41)
  7. 7 Le Collège - Monty (2:34)
  8. 8 Marie Douceur-Marie Colère - Marie Laforêt (2:53)
  9. 9 Eloïse - Claude François (5:34)
  10. 10 7 Heures du Matin - Jacqueline Taïeb (2:19)
  11. 11 Les Petits Boudins (2:07)
  12. 12 Ce Que Je Suis - Valerie Lagrange (3:18)
  13. 13 Carnaby Street (2:27)
  14. 14 La Fermeture Éclair - Delphine (2:39)
  15. 15 Le Monde Est Gris, Le Monde Est Bleu (3:05)
  16. 16 Ecoutez - Elsa Lunghini (2:48)
  17. 17 Heureux Tous Deux (2:49)
  18. 18 Marilu (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jean-Claude Petit Conductor
Arthur Greenslade Conductor
Jean Bouchety Conductor
Christian Gaubert Conductor
Christian Chevallier Accompaniment
Syd Dale Conductor
Michel Colombier & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jacques Denjean & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Joe South Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Michel Polnareff Composer
Serge Gainsbourg Composer
G. Bonner Composer
Michel Colombier Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Alan Gordon Composer
Arthur Greenslade Arranger
Reg Guest Arranger, Orchestration, Direction
Leon Huff Composer
Jean Bouchety Arranger, Director
Tony Moon Producer
Lew Warburton Direction
Jean-Pierre Haie Producer, Concept
Hervé Roy Musical Director
Jean-Pierre Chalbos Mastering
Henri Salvador Composer
Eric Charden Composer
Pierre Cour Composer
Hubert Ithier Composer
Wayne Proctor Composer
Georges Aber Composer
Carlos Imperial Composer
François Bernheim Producer
Pierre Saka Composer
Jean Lapierre Composer
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