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La Belle Epoque - EMI's French Girls 1965-68 CD

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  • Audio CD (14 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000NOKF3U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,282 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Product Description

British dance floors have been pulsing with hipsters frugging
to the `60s French girl-pop sound for years. But now the secret is out.
With the release of La Belle Epoque - EMI's French Girls 1965-68, it's
finally possible to hear just what the fuss is about. There's never been
any doubt that our own Brit Girls define an era of sass and style. And in
France it was just the same. After all, it's only the 26 miles of la Manche
that separate us from la belle France.
La Belle Epoque - EMI's French Girls 1965-68 collects the best tracks by
the girls signed to EMI's French labels. There's always an innate
Frenchness - a cute kittenishness, that's always seductive, always
enthralling.

Remastered from the original sources at Abbey Road, La Belle Epoque - EMI's
French Girls 1965-68 presents these 20 tracks as they've never been heard
before. Some tracks have previously been included on French compilations or
bootlegs - the sound quality here is a revelation. Original mono and stereo
have been used, preserving the integrity of the original recordings.

Review

Anyone who's come across the works of France Gall and Francoise
Hardy will already know that Sixties French girlpop is an absolute
goldmine. La Belle Epoque unearths lesser-known (but equally cool) names
signed to EMI, along with a couple of Anglophones singing in a second
language (Sandie Shaw, Liz Brady) -- Independent On Sunday, April 29, 2007

Now, I've probably mentioned before in
this column that if I go to heaven when I
die - the chances are slim, but I know a
couple of blokes on the inside - it will look
like Paris in the 1960s. Just in case, I'm
getting some practice in by listening to the
fantastic compilation La Belle Epoque -
EMI's French Girls 1965-1968 (Zonophone)
which contains a significant clue in its title
as to what to expect.
For a deliriously pleasurable 50 minutes, you are
sitting at a glass-topped wicker table outside a café on
the Champs Elysees circa 1967 with a croissant in one
hand and a bowl of coffee and a fistful of Gauloises in
the other, watching a succession of laughing
demoiselles saunter past backlit by the sparkling
sunlight reflected off of the hubcaps of your Facel Vega.
Ria Bartok, Christie Laume, Les Roche Martin, Alice
Dona... this music is nothing less than
therapy, bearing your spirits aloft on
champagne bubbles of uncomplicated
delight. All of the heroines mentioned above
released singles on EMI's evocatively-named
French labels in the `60s (Pathé, Odéon,
Ducretet Thomson) and the cream of the
crop is here, crisply remastered and
supported by knowledgeable sleeve notes
which bear reproductions of those
mouthwatering original picture sleeves
alongside. Is there anything more beautiful
than a French EP sleeve from the 1960s?
Trust me, there isn't - I've done the research. -- Dorset Echo, June 1, 2007

This Collection of 40-year-old Gallic pop is distinguished by its
delicious melody and sophistication, but also clinging to it is an
unmistakable whiff of cabaret kitsch. Beautifully orchestrated and
featuring names such as Les Roche Martin, Christie Laume, Ria Bartok and,
less obscurely, Sandie Shaw, it's a silver of semi-forgotten musical
history pitched midway between show tunes and cheeky Parisian strip-parlour
sass. Naturally Serge Gainsbourg puts in an appearance, crooning on
Michele Arnaud's Les Papillons Noirs, which he also wrote. -- Telegraph, April 28, 2007

This shines a bright light on what our Gallic cousins were serving
up for domestic consumption at a time when we were sending them Dusty,
Cilla, Lula and Petula. It may not be as polished or as commercial but
they have great charm, with Christie Laurne's cutesy song about a snow
woman, L'Adorable Femmes Des Neige, the simple beauty of Ria Bartok's
Ecoute Mon Coeur (Listen To My Heart) and Alice Dona's bouncy self-written
Les Trois Couleurs De L'Amour (The Three Colours Of Love) among the
highlights. Another fine track though confusingly neither an EMI artist
nor French, is Sandie Shaw's vignette Rien N'est Fin.
-- Music Week, June 2, 2007


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