Best of Saint Tropez: Fill My Life With Love

The Best of Saint Tropez: Fill My Life With Love

by Saint Tropez
     
 
This thorough compilation covers the recording career of Saint Tropez, a disco ensemble put together by prolific dance music producers Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis. Although the group was American in origin, their work pursued a Euro-disco style built on rich orchestrations and a continental jet-set feel (several of the songs are sung in French). Good examples

Overview

This thorough compilation covers the recording career of Saint Tropez, a disco ensemble put together by prolific dance music producers Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis. Although the group was American in origin, their work pursued a Euro-disco style built on rich orchestrations and a continental jet-set feel (several of the songs are sung in French). Good examples of the group's Euro-disco-flavored sound are "Violation," which fleshes out its elegant piano melody with sumptuous strings while its female singers sing French lyrics in a sultry half-whisper, and "Belle de Jour," a sexy psychodrama that features male and female voices trading monologues in French over a dramatic orchestrated backdrop full of swirling strings and lush brass. These are balanced by up-tempo tunes that play up pop hooks in a direct, dance-friendly style: "One More Minute" layers lush strings and horns over a frenetic, clavinet-driven beat and "Fill My Life With Love" is a slickly harmonized invitation to love that features a wonderful instrumental break where the piano and sax trade licks over throbbing Latin percussion. There is also an effective cover of "Je Taime (Moi Non Plus)" that updates this classic French ballad to the disco style with an arrangement that starts as a ballad but shifts into a faster, upbeat dance mode at the halfway point. Later numbers like "The Love Stealers" and "Save This Night for Love" downplay the Euro-disco stylings in favor a stripped-down, Chic-like sound that isn't as satisfying, but this is a minor quibble when one considers the generous amount of slick orchestral disco gems on this collection. In short, The Best of Saint Tropez: Fill My Life With Love is a solid portrait of this group and offers plenty of decadent delights for the Euro-disco fanatic.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/1995
Label:
Hot Productions
UPC:
0053993007921
catalogNumber:
79

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Performance Credits

Saint Tropez   Primary Artist
Billy Griffin   Background Vocals
Tracie Ackerman   Background Vocals
Vicki Brown   Background Vocals
Helen Chappelle   Background Vocals
Snake Davis   Flute,Saxophone
Pam Feener   Vocals
Kay Garner   Background Vocals
Venette Gloud   Vocals
Erica Harrold   Background Vocals
Marilyn Jackson   Vocals
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Pat Lewis   Background Vocals
Myrna Matthews   Vocals
John Mealing   Conductor,Keyboards
Jackie Rawe   Background Vocals
Laurin Rinder   Percussion,Drums,Timpani
Lisa Roberts   Vocals
Nigel Stock   Keyboards
Miriam Stockley   Background Vocals
Liza Strike   Background Vocals
Fiachra Trench   Keyboards
Carmen Twillie   Vocals
Jean-Paul Vignon   Vocals
Lyndie White   Vocals
Monalisa Young   Vocals
Bob Etoll   Guitar
William Henderson   Strings,Horn,Concert Master
Phyllis Rhodes   Vocals
David Williams   Bass
Louis Aldebert   Vocals
Erwin Keiles   Guitar
Rebecca Leigh-White   Background Vocals
Sharon Rose   Background Vocals
John Reid   Background Vocals
Gary Ferguson   Drums

Technical Credits

Colin Green   Engineer
Paul Klein   Producer
Ian Levine   Arranger,Producer
John Mealing   Arranger
Craig Milliner   Engineer
Laurin Rinder   Producer
Clive Scott   Producer
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Nigel Stock   Arranger
Fiachra Trench   Arranger,Producer
Timothy Eames   Programming,Engineer
A.J. Cervantes   Executive Producer
John Davies   Programming
John Davies   Engineer

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