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Vogue Years

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  • Audio CD (12 Feb. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00005B6DP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,935,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles
  2. J'suis D'accord
  3. Le Temps De L'amour
  4. Ton Meilleur Ami
  5. La Fille Avec Toi
  6. L'amour S'en Va
  7. Je Pense A Lui
  8. Qui Aime T'il Vraiment
  9. Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour
  10. Va Pas Prendre Un Tambour
  11. J'aurais Voulu
  12. Le Sais-tu?
  13. L'amour Ne Dure Pas Toujours
  14. Pourtant Tu M'aimes
  15. On Se Quitte Toujours
  16. Tout Me Ramene A Toi
  17. Apprends-le Moi
  18. C'est Le Passe
  19. Je N'attends Plus Personne
  20. Pas Gentille
  21. Et Meme
  22. Je Veux Qu'il Revienne
  23. Mon Amie La Rose
  24. La Nuit Est Sur La Ville
  25. Nous Etions Amies

Disc: 2

  1. Dans Le Monde Entier
  2. Dis Lui Non
  3. Le Temps De Souvenirs
  4. J'ai Bien Du Chagrin
  5. Bout De Lune
  6. L'amitie
  7. Ce Petit Coeur
  8. Non Ce N'est Pas Un Reve
  9. Tout Ce Qu'on Dit
  10. Il Se Fait Tard
  11. Tu Peux Bien
  12. Je T'aime
  13. Quel Mal Y A-t-il A Ca?
  14. La Maison O J'ai Grandi
  15. Rendez-vouz D'automne
  16. Comme
  17. Je Changerais D'avis
  18. Peut Etre Que Je T'aime
  19. Si C'est Ca
  20. Je Serai La Pour Toi
  21. Qu'ils Sont Heureux
  22. Tu Es Un Peu A Moi
  23. Voila
  24. Les Petits Garcons
  25. Qui Peut Dire?

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Format: Audio CD
This double CD collection covers Francoise Hardy's recording period with Vogue Records 1962-1967. Hardy was only 18 years old when she recorded the songs for her first album in 1962; so it was very unusual that she was allowed to record so much of her own material; great thing she was, because she was ( still is ) a very accomplished songwriter. In fact most of her biggest were written or co-written by Hardy herself.

The song selections concentrate on her first 5 albums ( 1962-66 ) and contemporary singles and EP tracks. Her 6th much-acclaimed Vogue album "Ma Jeunesse Fout le Camp" is only represented by "Qui Peut Dire" and "Voila". Most surprisingly that her last Vogue original album ( in Frech language ) "Comment te Dire Adieu" is not represented at all.

Never the less, this is a great compilation featuring the vast majority of her best songs of the period - obviously some great songs had to be left out; simply because lack of space. I can't help mentioning just a few songs that are missing ( seek them out elsewhere!) . The 1964 EP-track "Jaloux" is one of my favourites, which I have not yet been able to find on a CD. The album tracks "Avant de t'n Aller" and "Je Pensais" would have been great additions as well.

These early recordings from Hardy which founded her reputation as the greatest French international pop-star of the 1960's have stood the test of time, and sound remarkably appealing after all these years; where the output by many of her contemporary colleagues like Cilla Black, Petula Clark, Connie Francis or even Marianne Faithful ( her sixties recordings!) often sound pretty dated.

If you are not familiar with the early years of Francoise Hardy's career this collection would be the ideal place to start getting to know her.
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Francoise Hardy signed to Vogue records in 1961 and delivered several albums of stunning material. This collection is the best of those recordings featuring orchestral contributions from Charles Blackwell, Johnny Harris, Jacques Denjean and Jacques Dutronc, and some of the best writing of French chanson, along with French interpretations of non French songs. The songs last only two or three minutes and are so accessible and instant that they come at you one after the other like beautifully presented bullets from a gun. Her voice sits as well with wonderful arrangements of sweeping strings and lush choirs, as it does with only a piano, guitar or harpsichord. This is a collection that is essential to anyone who is either not too familiar with French chanson and wants to be, or everyone who loves Francoise and wants to hear her presented in such a wonderful double album package. The booklet contains a great biography of Francoise written by Bob Stanley
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I had only heard of Francoise Hardy after her duet with Damon Albarn on the track "to the end" on the 1993 parklife album, so I was curious enough to buy this album. I wasnt dissappointed with it either, these are 50 of the most chic and relaxing songs i have heard. There wasnt a single song on this 2 cd compilation that i didnt like. The fact that I cannot speak French wasnt a barrier to my enjoyment of the music and of her amazing voice. Also it is very good to have this on the car,when you are out driving in the summer months, brilliant!!
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By John Williams VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2005
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I saw Francoise Hardy in concert some time in the mid 60's, and you can imagine what sort of an impression she made on my teenaged self. She has made other, more mature, more musically interesting and no doubt better recordings since the sixties, but this is the one to get if you want to go back to those glory days. This double CD is unbelievable value for money, even if most of the songs are a bit short by today's standards. The songs are mostly simple three-chord affairs, and the arrangements sound naive and dated - a bit like very early Cliff and The Shadows. Neither does the voice have a great deal of power, range or variation of tone. But who cares? Mlle Hardy does certain things well, knows what her strengths are, and plays to them. The voice is pure, haunting, and soooooooo relaxing. This is the easiest of listening. Don't worry if you can't understand French. In fact this is probably an advantage, as the words aren't the strongest features of these songs, and you're probably better off just imagining what they're about. Let's face it, they're not exactly Jacques Brel or Georges Brassens. But then you're not buying this album for intellectual stimulation; quite the opposite in fact. You're just buying it to bathe yourself in that lush voice and to wallow in memories of those golden times. And at less than seven quid you really don't have an excuse not to get this album.
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Some say that Francoise recorded her best music after she left Vogue in 1967, but this compilation covering her early music from 1962 to 1967 is of a consistently high quality with presentation to match. Regardless of the quality of her later music, the music here is what she is best remembered for. Francoise wrote most of her own material. Her voice had a limited range but Francoise knew that and wrote her songs accordingly and any lack of range was compensated by quality. She recorded English versions of some of her songs but none of those are included here. All fifty songs here are in French. Because I don't know any French, I don't understand the words but when music is this good, it's worth hearing anyway.
Francoise was clearly influenced by many different styles. Folk-pop is perhaps the main style but you will also hear elements of rock'n'roll, R+B and country here and there, as well as the influences of her own French heritage. The set opens with her debut hit, Tous les garcons et les filles, which sold over two million copes in France. In those days, France did not bother much with singles or albums – records were four-track EP's. Subsequent EP's all did well without matching the success of her debut. In 1964, Francoise moved to London and was rewarded with a UK top twenty hit - All over the world – here in its French version as Danse le monde entire, which opens the second CD. The Seekers also recorded the song and I wonder how big a hit it would have been if their version had been released as a single instead of Francoise's.
In the sixties, Francoise spent some time socializing with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. While her music is not as important as theirs, it has a certain Gallic charm all of its own.
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