I bought this collection because it contains many more Trenet songs BUT the remastering has removed a big part of the magic, the music has lost the sepia flavour, a tad too smooth and clean, and the tempo isn't quite right compare to the earlier Trenet releases. Wish I'd listen to this before ordering one for a friend, if I had known I would definitely have chosen another like L'ame de poete, and Fou Chantant which is my favourite.
Very good value. All well recorded with perfect clarity. I prefer the quieter softer songs amongst the collection than the `dance hall` numbers but well worth it for the 50 odd I like. He has a lovely soft voice in that romantic French style. Sort out the soft ones from the rowdy ones and you have a nice chill-out selection.
These recordings are very evocative of the France before and after the second world war. Charles Trenet was known in France as the singing fool. His style of singing ranged from the comic through romantic and also the jazz era in France after the war.His popularity has waned since the sixties but is now becoming more popular as his unique singing style is being re-discovered by a new generation. Download a few examples from the internet to explore his comic genius.
Great value with a large number of songs - ideal if you want to listen to more than the best known hits. Lots to enjoy, and clear well-balanced recordings which bring out the stunning orchestrations. What a marvellous voice too!