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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
La Belle Epoque - EMI's French Girls 1965-68
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on 10 February 2015
Not bad, can grate a little!
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on 23 January 2009
Firstly, I can't believe that no-one else has yet reviewed this album. Amazon recommended this album to me after I bought the Francoise Hardy Vogue Years CD. Fairly similar in a round-about kind of way, most of these tracks sound like they could be the soundtrack to a bizarre yet intrinsically cool 60's French film (lots of big bands, brass and breathy vocals). Definitely recommended to fans of Francoise Hardy (and maybe even Saint Etienne) though possibly not quite as good as the album I mentioned above - In truth the album deserves a rating of 4.5 stars but the bargain price makes it a 5. Buy it now !!!
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on 6 February 2009
Bought this at a good price after being recommended via Amazon. I was on a school trip to Paris in 1966 (age 13) and even now these songs seem to seep back from my 'long forgotten past'. They are superb. They evoke a time when life walked rather than run, and the song and melody lingered in your soul. Have a listen; and then buy. You won't be disappointed.
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on 26 April 2012
Came across this compilation when trying to find something else - but went with this instead - and since then continue to revisit on any number of occasions. What probably pulls most causal listeners in is the Serge-Michelle Arnuad opener 'Les Papillons Noirs'. But dig a bit deeper and you get Les Roches Martin who in places sound like a 60's precursor to Stereolab especially on 'Les Mains Dans Les Poches; some stonking Hammond groovers from the Liz Brady 'Bas Les Pattes', a couple of fine bits of gallic flavoured N Soul from Anne Kern 'Oh Seigneur Ecoute Ma Priere', & Alice Donna's 'Amuse Toi Bien' - which are easily on a par with Sylvie Vartan's Northern favoured output. Add to that Christie Laume's stonking freakbeat styled 'Rouge Rouge' (with more than compensates for the only really naff track on this set - the kitschy fest of 'Agathe Ou Christie') and it's a rather execellent package that comes serious recommended! Still waiting for Vol.2 having said that!!!!
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on 15 October 2015
A real gem of a find...this CD is very easy on your ears, if you like the French music scene in the 60's. I did like to hear..Anne Kern, Alice Donna, Christie Laume and nice to hear Sandie Shaw in Frence.
The disc does bring back memories of the French music scene...and is a real delight to hear. A real value for money CD, one you will want tp play again..and again.
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on 2 June 2016
Great collection.
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on 12 November 2011
Apart from the obviously brilliant Gainsbourg & Sandie Shaw entries, this collection of songs largely ignored at the time, is the ultimate nadir to Françoise Hardy's high standards. If you understand the gallic language and, even more, lived through the french sixties, you deeply know Hardy never did issue anything that wasn't at least great. But, of course, I can hardly face it from a british point of view and, as such, consider the many misspellings as proof of a shoddy work!
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