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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.Read more ›
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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Each time I'd saved up enough pocket money, I used to catch a bus to Tottenham Court Road in London W1 to buy a Francoise Hardy vinyl album (the only place I could buy them). Read morePublished 20 days ago by Andrew Tough
Françoise Hardy has such a beautiful voice - I think she deserves more recognition here in the UK!!!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you want a large selection of Francoise early recordings...this is a must. Two CD's with a varied compilation of many of her early hits on these two CD's. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul Blue Eyes.
Enchanting MOR in the echoey vein of the more
abstruse bits of Petula Clark and Sandi Shaw.
Francoise' first huge hit was, in fact, a Petula throwaway, 'Tous Les Garçon... Read more