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The Story of Chansons

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
The French chanson -- the cabaret, orchestral-influenced music made famous by artists like Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet that predated the poppier sounds of Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, and Jane Birkin -- has inspired countless singers, from Jeff Buckley to Nina Simone to Rufus Wainwright, just to name a few. The art form is celebrated here on EMI's The Story of Chansons, which lightly traces the history of the genre from its inception Piaf, Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Trenet, etc. through its later interpretations Barbara, Juliette Gréco, etc.. It's certainly not a complete collection, and with the performers featured on only one song each, it's hard to know ...
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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
The French chanson -- the cabaret, orchestral-influenced music made famous by artists like Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet that predated the poppier sounds of Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, and Jane Birkin -- has inspired countless singers, from Jeff Buckley to Nina Simone to Rufus Wainwright, just to name a few. The art form is celebrated here on EMI's The Story of Chansons, which lightly traces the history of the genre from its inception Piaf, Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Trenet, etc. through its later interpretations Barbara, Juliette Gréco, etc.. It's certainly not a complete collection, and with the performers featured on only one song each, it's hard to know truly how they sounded, but it's a pretty decent introduction to the chanson nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724352433926
  • Catalog Number: 24339

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Vie en Rose (3:08)
  2. 2 J'Ai Deux Amours (3:14)
  3. 3 Que Reste-T-Il de Nos Amours? (3:12)
  4. 4 Les Marches de Provence - Gilbert Bécaud (3:43)
  5. 5 A Joinville le Pont - Bourvil (2:42)
  6. 6 Fleur de Paris (2:34)
  7. 7 Les Goelands - Damia (2:59)
  8. 8 La Java Bleue (2:46)
  9. 9 Mon Amant de Saint Jean (2:52)
  10. 10 Parlez-Moi d'Amour - Lucienne Boyer (2:57)
  11. 11 Je Tire Ma Reverence (2:58)
  12. 12 Syracuse (2:42)
  13. 13 La Boheme (3:42)
  14. 14 La Fille de Londres (3:10)
  15. 15 Si Tu T'Imagines (2:53)
  16. 16 Ma Cabane au Canada (2:55)
  17. 17 Complainte de la Butte (3:23)
  18. 18 Mon Truc en Plume - Zizi Jeanmaire (2:18)
  19. 19 La Joconde - Barbara (1:40)
  20. 20 Pigalle (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josephine Baker Track Performer
Edith Piaf Track Performer
Maurice Chevalier Track Performer
Juliette Gréco Track Performer
Charles Trénet Track Performer
Georges Guétary Track Performer
Jean Sablon Track Performer
Fréhel Track Performer
Robert Chauvigny Piano
Germaine Montero Track Performer
Cora Vaucaire Track Performer
Line Renaud Track Performer
Georges Ulmer Track Performer
Henri Salvador Track Performer
Lucienne Delyle Track Performer
Marc Bonel Accordion
Technical Credits
R. S. Lourgay Composer
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