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Voice of the Sparrow: The Very Best of Edith Piaf
     

The Voice of the Sparrow: The Very Best of Edith Piaf

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by Edith Piaf
 

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The world has a place for but one French singer: Edith Piaf, affectionately known as "the Little Sparrow." For most, Piaf is the embodiment of the French "chanson" tradition. Language didn't seem to pose a problem for her beloved fans who didn't understand French. The obvious pain of her difficult childhood and adolescence, and her romantic travails as an adult could

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The world has a place for but one French singer: Edith Piaf, affectionately known as "the Little Sparrow." For most, Piaf is the embodiment of the French "chanson" tradition. Language didn't seem to pose a problem for her beloved fans who didn't understand French. The obvious pain of her difficult childhood and adolescence, and her romantic travails as an adult could be clearly heard in her singing, and an international audience responded. Piaf brought a piercing sense of naked expressiveness and emotional honesty to her songs that endeared her to listeners through four decades. This fine collection gives a crisp picture of her unique artistry. Yes, Piaf's anthem"La Vie en Rose" has pride of place here, but there are plenty of other Piaf standards that stand proudly alongside it, including "Non Je Ne Regrette Rien" and "Hymne à L'Amour."

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Capitol's The Voice of the Sparrow: The Very Best of Edith Piaf offers 18 selections from the Edith Piaf songbook, in nearly every case the best version of the song -- whether performed during the '30s, '40s, or '50s. Many of her best songs are here, from her signature songs -- "La Vie en Rose" and "L'Accordéoniste" -- to "Hymne À l'Amour" and "Non, Je Regrette Rien." True, the collection concentrates overly on her latter-day sides (the playful, cabaret "Le Vieux Piano" and "Polichinelle," among others) to the detriment of her wondrous '30s recordings, and also displays its 1991 vintage (no liner notes or recording information, and an overly smoothed-out sound). Still, The Voice of the Sparrow is certainly the Edith Piaf introduction that's easiest to find.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/1991
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0077779663224
catalogNumber:
966325
Rank:
20659

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The Voice of the Sparrow: The Very Best of Edith Piaf 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
C'est tre bien!
Vger More than 1 year ago
Beautiful music, unique and captivating voice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not at all what I was expecting, I bought this because we used to listen to a lot of Edith Piaf's songs in my french class, and I remember them being a lot better. But overall the songs are good, but wouldn't go out of my way of buying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this selection is superb! Most of them are classics that will live forever in our hearts:e.g. ''La vie en rose'...E.P . was ALIVE in each one of these titles,perhaps more than in her own doings outside music and singing for her public.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MUSIC HAS GREAT PASSION. OUR WHOLE HOUSEHOLD ENJOYS IT EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE WORDS MEAN!
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