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Le Chat Bleu [EP, Original recording remastered, Import]

Willy Deville Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Raven
  • ASIN: B0000DIJP5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Must Be The Night
2. Savoir Faire
3. That World Outside
4. Slow Drain
5. You Just Keep Holding On
6. Lipstick Traces
7. Bad Boy
8. Mazurka
9. Just To Walk That Little Girl Home
10. Heaven Stood Still
11. Turn you Every Way but Loose
12. Savoir Faire (Live In NY 1982)
13. Slow Drain (Live In 1982)
14. This Must Be The Night (Live In NY 1982)
15. Bad Boy (Live In NY 1982)
16. Lipstick Traces (Live In NY 1982)
17. Just To Walk That Little Girl Home (Live In Holland 1984)
18. Heaven Stood Still (Live In Germany1995)
19. Save The Last Dance For Me (Live In Holland 1984)
20. Willy DeVille And Doc Pomus Interview (The Robert Klein Show, 2 November 1980)

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Long out of print, this digitally remastered expanded edition of the most admired and elusive Mink DeVille album Le Chat Bleu is set to weave its magic again. Recorded in Paris and building upon the gorgeous vein of edgy NY street romance music that brought the band to attention, it captivated critics worldwide upon release in 1980. As Willy DeVille writes in his personal liner notes to this special edition, "Le Chat Bleu was a labor of love for me in its creation – a time when I lived a childhood dream while learning lessons from a master, Doc Pomus. A moment when things old become new. This album is the outcome of a magical time for me and I'm glad to share it with you again". Comes complete with 10 bonus tracks – including previously unreleased later live treatments of songs from the album, recorded in Holland and Germany.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hopeless romantic 25 Nov 2007
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
Willy DeVille recorded this ,absolute classic, album in '81 in Paris.
I was 15 and listened to stuff like "My Sharona",from the knack.
Blondie, Police and so on.
From Mink DeVille I liked "Spanish stroll"
And by buying their albums I realised they were much more than a great rock band.
Great rock songs are on this one too, but the romantic songs are brilliant.
it is different from anything going on in the early 80's, even a little bit of Cajun & zydeco is to be found on this album.
Maybe that's why Capitol America did not want to release it at first, unbelievable.
Thanks to EMI in France it reached us in Holland.
I can tell you that Doc Pomus ( from "save the last dance for me" to name just ONE song) wrote a couple songs with Willy.
I can tell you Ron Tutt and Jerry Scheff( Elvis Presley!) play on it.
So does Steve Douglas on horn( Phil Spector!)And so on.
But just buy it, close the curtains,put it in the CD-player, hold the one you love close to you, or when not there , think of the one you love, and be swepted away.( and sometimes come up for air with the couple faster rock songs in between.)

Oh, and this is a expanded remastered re-release with 8 extra songs live in Holland America and Germany during that period.
And at the end a moving 6 min. interview with Willy and Doc Pomus.
And to end with willy's words ( on the inner sleeve):
"This album ,more than 20 years later,holds up well, I would ,and will still, perform any of the songs live.
"le chat bleu"was a labour of love for me in its creation- a time when I lived a childhood dream while learning lessons from a master, Doc Pomus.
A moment when things old become new, this album is the outcome of a magical time for me and I'm glad I'm able to share it with you again."

cannot say it better : buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply in love with this record ... 24 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
This record contains two of the best romantic ballads ever written - Just To Walk That Little Girl Home & Heaven Stood Still. Simply fantastic! Listen to Willy's voice - I mean, have there ever been a more expressive voice? Those two songs entitle the whole price for the record ... The opening line of Just To Walk That Little Girl Home is brilliant: "It's closing time, in this Nowhere Café". Fantastique!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 28 Aug 2011
By Bulldog
Format:Audio CD
This one is a must for any Willy DeVille fans. Great songs in the Mink DeVille tradition. Wonderful to listen to again and again. One of my favourites, and I have everything he ever did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of De Ville's Best, if not THE best... 8 Jun 2011
By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
When Mink De Ville emerged from the New York scene in the mid-1970s, he was (like rockabilly singer Robert Gordon) a real anomaly. He had little in common with bands like Taking Heads, Patti Smith and Television, and harked back to a pre-Beatles rock and roll era, in many ways. By the time of this album, 'Le Chat Bleu', he had just about jettisoned most of his original backing band, and conspired, with Pop veteran Doc Pomus, to produce an album with sometimes lavish production values, with a bunch of songs that displayed an attractive Latino romanticism. It was as far removed from New York Punk and New Wave as it could get, but shows that De Ville was possessed of a musical vision that made him him unique at the time. Songs like 'You Just Keep Holding On' wears its heart very much on its sleeve, with De Ville crooning harmoniously against a rich, sweeping orchestral backing. Elsewhere, he toys with other styles, such as a sleazy, smokey take on Louis Prima's 'Bad Boy', and 'Mazurka', a fun zydeco romp. He can still rock out a little - 'Lipstick Traces' and 'Savoir Faire' recall some of the Mink De Ville of the 'Cabretta' era, for example, but it's the big, Atlantic Records, Drifters style ballads like 'Just To Walk That Little Girl Home' that give this album its winning edge.

Willy De Ville would inhabit some different stylistic genres between the 1980 release of 'Le Chat Bleu' and his death a couple of years back, especially with his fertile 'New Orleans' era of the 1990s, and make equally fine albums, but 'Le Chat Bleu' served notice that De Ville was a genuine talent, if in something of a commercial wilderness. The bonus tracks are nice to have on this reissue, but the core original album still glitters like a precious jewel, thirty-odd years later. An album I can only heartily recommend to the discerning listener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still holds up after all these years 21 Oct 2004
By Lawyer Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An absolute classic. Combines doo-wop, soul, rock, latin, into one wonderful mix. His voice, for those who have not heard him, is truly unique. Some of the songs will make you think of street-corner harmony groups, while others take on the punk spirit of the times. However, no matter what you've read, this is absolutely not "punk" or "new wave." It is music solidly grounded in the r&b and rock&roll of the late 1950's and early 1960's, without sounding dated or derivative. One of the rare early 1980's records which has aged extremely well.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best Album by the one and only Willy DeVille 6 Nov 2004
By J. Eichhorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Simply one of the greatest singers and songwriters of the last 30 years. Just in case you've only recently discovered Willy deVille - this is the absolute classic. "Heaven Stood Still" gotta be the mother of all ballads, and "Just to walk that little Girl home" comes a close second. The uptempo opener "This must be the night" features classic and hard to top Louis Cortellezzi sax solos. Grandiose and intimate, emotional and raw, Willy sings his heart out on every track with an intensity that is simply unmatched. One of the greatest CDs ever recorded.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album by one of the great American rock bands 19 Nov 2004
By Alexander F. Remington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album--oh, man. This is neither the time nor the place to discuss the tragedies of American music, but it truly is a tragedy that the majority of boys and girls have never heard "Heaven Stood Still." It's regal in its beauty--think "She's Leaving Home," or "Caroline, No." This song is gorgeous in the way the Venus de Milo is gorgeous--immediately, lastingly, nakedly.

"Turn You Every Way But Loose," on the other hand, is a rock song, and one of the best Mink Deville ever did. It's constructed like a single, with a strong bass line, a seductive vocal line, and a great hook.

This album is a collection of great songs. They're songs about love, and they're sincere, passionate, and lovely. That's what rock and roll ought to be.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unheralded classic 25 May 2005
By G. R. Loomis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A dear friend gave me a cassette version of Le Chat Bleu the year it was released. I wore it out. The U.S. vinyl version criminally omitted at least one song (Mazurka). In the mid-80s I found the original, complete vinyl version at a shop in France. I played it only once, for a re-taping.

Thank god for this CD re-issue. And thank god Willie is still creating and performing...albeit mostly in Europe, where he got a small bit of the appreciation he deserves.

Now this sounds horribly corny, but I have a list of three songs to be played at my wake, should someone decide to carry on that way when I check out. "Heaven Stood Still" was the first on that list. That song and LeChat Bleu are, indeed, a "celestial rhapsody."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celestial Harmonies 14 July 2005
By R. J MOSS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Thanks to Rock archivist, Glenn A Baker, for re-mastering ,'Le Chat Bleau'. Having owned it originally on vinyl, and through my roving days, on cassette, it was a thrill to rediscover it on the Raven label. de Ville's mind-set is essentially the evanscent soul of the greatest,'Drifter's' hits. That is, the boy/girl thing, the hermetically sealed priviledged conjunction about whose axis, the rest of the world can go rotate. Willy seems heroically immune to the intervening decades when these sounds and sentiments were momentous. Thus, 'Le Chat Bleau' was a glorious anachronism when it appeared, causing Capitol U.S, to baulk about its release. Unlike say,a 'Drifter's Greatest Hits', this Cd is conceived as thematically linked, with balanced tempos, and crafted to perfection. de Ville is in great voice and his pen just dripping with the inevitable, suggestive couplets.'This Must Be Tonight', justifiably turns up on most compilations. 'Bad Boy' and the cajun spiced,'Mazurka', the celestial harmony of,'Heaven Stood Still', exemplify his range. The Doc Pomus collaborations are exhilerating.'The World Outside,'You Just Keep Me Holding On', and'Just To Walk That Little Girl Home', are as classic as anything he conceved for Ben e King. Having applauded the in tact original, I think Baker's gone for overkill with the bonus versions of 7 of the tracks.de Ville's handling of,'Save The Last Dance For Me' is an honorable and devotional tribute to his sources. However, the live stuff does nothing but reveal how brilliant the chemistry was in that Paris studio. It was, as he mused, his,'Starry Night'.
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