Putumayo Presents: French Café

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Putumayo's first geographically based CD after their tenth anniversary celebrations, French Café covers the narrow concept of café music in an admirable manner, including a number of styles that have made their way through the Parisian café systems and/or are inspired by the work of previous artists among the café elite. Some of the classic performers from the Parisian scene are presented here, from the old Georges Brassens recordings, to a sultry little number from Brigitte Bardot, to the chanson innovator Serge Gainsbourg. Some of the more contemporary innovators on the market also appear here in force, from the jazzy Paris Combo, to the kicked-up string jazz of ...
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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Putumayo's first geographically based CD after their tenth anniversary celebrations, French Café covers the narrow concept of café music in an admirable manner, including a number of styles that have made their way through the Parisian café systems and/or are inspired by the work of previous artists among the café elite. Some of the classic performers from the Parisian scene are presented here, from the old Georges Brassens recordings, to a sultry little number from Brigitte Bardot, to the chanson innovator Serge Gainsbourg. Some of the more contemporary innovators on the market also appear here in force, from the jazzy Paris Combo, to the kicked-up string jazz of Sansévérino, to the smoother, half-dance music of Enzo Enzo. The album on the whole has a careful little bounce to it that's inherent in much of French contemporary music. It forces the listener to tap their feet, but not quite hard enough to force any dancing. It's this careful line that the music walks throughout the album. Vocals are expressive, but not so much that they scream emotion. It's all implied, but rarely given explicitly, and the music echoes this concept. There are certainly some omissions to be had here Edith Piaf being perhaps the most notable, but on the whole Putumayo did a fine job in compiling the major styles and figures of the field. The album might be a little thin for those who are already devotees of the café atmosphere, but it makes for a fine introduction.
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  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248021928
  • Catalog Number: 219

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fibre de Verre (3:37)
  2. 2 Marilou Sous la Neige (2:22)
  3. 3 Si la Photo Est Bonne - Barbara (2:49)
  4. 4 Juste Quelqu'un de Bien (4:07)
  5. 5 Je M'Suis Fait Tout Petit (3:55)
  6. 6 Elaeudania Téïtéïa - Jane Birkin (2:15)
  7. 7 La Mer Opale - Coralie Clément (2:42)
  8. 8 Ondulé - Mathieu Boogaerts (3:56)
  9. 9 Un Jour Comme un Autre (2:20)
  10. 10 On N'A Pas Besoin (4:06)
  11. 11 Mal Ô Mains - Sansévérino (3:00)
  12. 12 En Douce - Baguette Quartette (2:24)
  13. 13 La Fée Clochette - Polo (2:32)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
François Bréant Composer
Serge Gainsbourg Composer
Georges Brassens Composer
J.P. Charles Composer
Albert Willemetz Composer
Barbara Composer
Dan Storper Executive Producer
Gloria Lasso Composer
Nicola Heindl Illustrations
Jean-Max Rivière Composer
Maurice Yvain Composer
Gérard Bourgeois Composer
Paris Combo Composer
Jacob Edgar Liner Notes
Emily Lazar Mastering
Benjamin Biolay Composer
Belle du Berry Composer
Karine Lalèchére translation
Mathieu Boogaerts Composer
Stéphane Sanseverino Composer
Kent Cokenstock Composer
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