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1968
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on 6 March 2002
Quite possibly the best French girl singer album of the 60s, 1968 is kind of a Sgt Pepper in minatuire complete with sitars, backward guitar and kitch-sink orchestration. Stand outs are the Gainsbourg-penned Teenie Weeenie Bopper and the sitar-drenched Chanson Indienne. Bebe Requin is cheesy pop heaven. Great sleeve too.
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on 7 April 2015
This is a remarkable album. It is possibly the best album I have heard by a female singer in five decades. It does not even matter whether you understand the french language, as France Gall's vocals are so delightful.

I love the way she sings the word 'Gargantua', the lively vocals on 'Teenie Weenie Boppie' and 'Made in France' and her charming high voice on 'La Petite', a duet with Maurice Biraud. 'Made in France' may have inspired Althia and Donna's 1977 hit 'Uptown Top Ranking', but don't blame France Gall ! The musical backing on the same song reminds me of music from 'The Prisoner' TV series from the Sixties.

It is difficullt to single out the best tracks from the wealth of strong material here. Suffice to say that 'Chanson Indienne' is one of the highlights, and 'Bebe Requin' gets better with every listen. 'Avant La Bagarre' may be the weakest track, yet strangely it appears on the 'Poupee De Son' best of compilation.

The musical arrangements and musicianship are impressive, and so is the CD sound quality in stereo. This album would put many other albums by female artists to shame.

I can also recommend the late Lesley Gore's album from 1967 'Magic Colours' although it is not French, which remained unreleased until 1994.
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on 5 November 2001
This is high quality french pop. Not absolutely innocent but always fresh. If you simply love sixties but don't know much about continental chicks, this could be a very good start.
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