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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful songs, beautiful voice and a beautiful looking woman. This is a soft and gentle stroll through Francoise Hardy's English spoken output from 1968 to 1972. It's a mix of covers (Randy Newman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Leonard Cohen and others) and her own compositions. Most of the tracks are very good, my favourites are 'All because of you' and the exquisite 'Sunshine'...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant background music
This CD makes for relaxed easy listening. The voice is smooth and and the instrumentation is clear but, buyer beware, it is certainly not blues; in fact there is not one blues riff in any of the songs. A more apt and honest title would be "Midnight Muzak" as it excels as easy going background music which does not demand a keen ear. I don't think Ms Hardy has the soul...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 7 May 2013
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This review is from: Midnight Blues: Paris, London, 1968-72 (Audio CD)
Beautiful songs, beautiful voice and a beautiful looking woman. This is a soft and gentle stroll through Francoise Hardy's English spoken output from 1968 to 1972. It's a mix of covers (Randy Newman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Leonard Cohen and others) and her own compositions. Most of the tracks are very good, my favourites are 'All because of you' and the exquisite 'Sunshine' - with Francoise's wistful, beautiful voice combining with such sad lyrics - painting a million visions of long lost days - stunning. Overall, the compilation (68.40mins) has great sound quality, it's both crisp and clear. The cd comes with a 12 page colour booklet. Recommended.

P.S Coming soon 'Ace' records compilation - 'Tres Chic! More French Girl Singers of the 1960's' which contains 2 Francoise Hardy tracks - volume one is great, check em' out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album have been wanting to get this one for ..., 18 Aug 2014
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Great Album have been wanting to get this one for some time , Several Nubers I had not heard before. Fell in love with this Girl long time ago!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ETHEREAL QUALITIES OF THE LOVELY FRANCOISE!, 9 Aug 2013
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A. POLLOCK (PLYMOUTH, DEVON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Midnight Blues: Paris, London, 1968-72 (Audio CD)
Her English vocabulary and vocal ability may have been somewhat limited, but the singer's charming demeanour ensured Francoise Hardy was labelled the early Sixties "Epitome of the Modern Woman" with men including rock stars Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Bob Dylan, drooling over her simple external beauty and tranquil inner being. The UK exported Petula Clark to France but as a fair consolation prize, France granted us Francoise who scored in our 1964-65 Charts with ET MEME (#31), ALL OVER THE WORLD (#16) and TOUS LES GARCONS ET LES FILLES (#36). However, her popular French hits were not only re-recorded in English but also in German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese so her heart remained truly European.

Moving on a year or two and Francoise expressed a desire to specifically record songs in English with British arrangers and this release has combined her ONE-NINE-SEVEN-ZERO
album (minus one song SOON IS SLIPPING AWAY at the request of Francoise) released in the UK by United Artists in 1969 as well as FRANCOISE HARDY (1972) with just one added track from her EN ANGLAIS set of 1968. Regarded as rare, these recordings represent a gentle mix of ballads sometimes multi-tracked or merely simply stated with an occasional underlying chorus and appropriate arrangements that emphasise the singer's ethereal qualities. Headed by the charming SONG OF WINTER, CAN'T GET THE ONE I WANT and LET MY NAME BE SORROW plus her co-written WHY EVEN TRY and I JUST WANT TO BE ALONE amongst several contributed by the singer, there are also covers of the better-known SUZANNE (Leonard Cohen), I THINK IT'S GOING TO RAIN TODAY (Randy Newman), UNTIL IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GO (Buffy Sainte-Marie), TILL THE MORNING COMES (Neil Young) and that Elvis hit LOVING YOU (Leiber/Stoller). Overall, such variety assists the pleasant outcome and hypnotic journey through albums which probably failed to enjoy deserved success when originally released. The extensive notes gives a full history of the recording sessions plus graphics of various albums covers as they emerged in different countries under differing titles.

Boosted by thoughts of her slim figure and iconic fashion style and it's good to know Francoise Hardy's simplicity and influence continues to survive within French cultural circles.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not everything French is bad., 11 May 2013
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In my opinion, one of the greatest French singers of all time, if not the greatest. About 30 years ago I bought a French album and, while these are old songs, they are in English. Francoise had and still has something
haunting about her voice, which makes her very special. I would love to get the French collection currently available, but I will have to win the Lottery first. Still, I mustn't be greedy. Midnight Blues certainly does not give me the blues. Brilliant.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant background music, 24 Oct 2013
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This CD makes for relaxed easy listening. The voice is smooth and and the instrumentation is clear but, buyer beware, it is certainly not blues; in fact there is not one blues riff in any of the songs. A more apt and honest title would be "Midnight Muzak" as it excels as easy going background music which does not demand a keen ear. I don't think Ms Hardy has the soul and spirit of her contemporaries, Marianne Faithfull and Julie Felix.
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