Putumayo Presents: Paris

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Following the successful French Café compilation, Putumayo here updates the French sound, but in a tricky way. The sound on this album is again chanson, the music of the French café culture. Now though, it's the core of la nouvelle scène instead: younger, more world-influenced artists performing chanson with their own touches and flair. The sound is an excellent one. While many of the males evoke Serge Gainsbourg and the females Edith Piaf to some degree, there's a contemporary feel. The samba is more prominent, with lilting acoustic guitars and the occasional homage to Astrud Gilberto. The sounds -- once epitomized by Georges Brassens -- are given a less folk-inspired ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Following the successful French Café compilation, Putumayo here updates the French sound, but in a tricky way. The sound on this album is again chanson, the music of the French café culture. Now though, it's the core of la nouvelle scène instead: younger, more world-influenced artists performing chanson with their own touches and flair. The sound is an excellent one. While many of the males evoke Serge Gainsbourg and the females Edith Piaf to some degree, there's a contemporary feel. The samba is more prominent, with lilting acoustic guitars and the occasional homage to Astrud Gilberto. The sounds -- once epitomized by Georges Brassens -- are given a less folk-inspired feel in favor of a more urban one, but the emotions are similar. There's weariness, heartbreak, longing, and occasionally outright madness inherent in the lyrics and the emotive qualities of the vocals. While chanson is perhaps one of the best examples of a dated music if one hears chanson, it's obviously in a period format, on a scratchy record, etc., this compilation shows off what's new. While entirely deferential and referential to the old masters, there's just enough updating to create that contemporary aspect, but not so much as to destroy the simple pleasure of French café music. An excellent introduction to the field of French music at large, but especially chanson.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248024929
  • Catalog Number: 249
  • Sales rank: 2,149

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Au Café de La Paix (4:02)
  2. 2 Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat - Coralie Clément (3:52)
  3. 3 Dites Moi Tu (4:26)
  4. 4 Quelqu'un M'A Dit (2:43)
  5. 5 Je Reste au Lit (3:53)
  6. 6 Jardin d'Hiver (2:56)
  7. 7 Serre-Moi (3:46)
  8. 8 Lettre a P... (3:28)
  9. 9 L' Ongle (2:59)
  10. 10 Ta P'tite Flamme - Amélie-Les-Crayons (3:52)
  11. 11 Les Pages (2:37)
  12. 12 Carpe Diem (3:31)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Jorge Maldonado translation
Dan Storper Executive Producer, Song Selection
Nicola Heindl Illustrations, Cover Art
Thomas Fersen Composer
Paris Combo Composer
Jacob Edgar Liner Notes
Emily Lazar Mastering
Benjamin Biolay Composer
Keren Ann Composer
Belle du Berry Composer
Carla Bruni Composer
Julien Massardier translation
Aldebert Composer
Pascal Parisot Composer
Myrtille Composer
Christophe Mali Composer
Amélie-Les-Crayons Composer
Thibaud Defever Composer
Vanessa Gillet Composer
Fred Rollat Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Modern & Traditional French

    For what this album intends, it is terrific. I wanted to find an album with a light mix of traditional and modern - but not dance, club or top 40 type of - music, and this compilation was great. If you're getting ready for a trip to Paris or another region of France, this music will put you in the mood. The only thing missing is Edith Pilaf, whom Americans have just become passionate about due to the release of La Vie en Rose last year.

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