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5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Pop, 1 July 2003
This review is from: Pop A Paris Vol. 5 - SOS Mesdemoiselles [European Import] (Audio CD)
It has always been fashionable to mock our European neighbours for their complete inability to produce authentic pop culture. This series of compilations should silence the sniggers for good.
"Who was it who said we couldn't imitate the English?" asks Monique Thubert during one energetic cuban-heel stomping hammond work-out, well, quite.
Pop a Paris reveals a sixties French pop scene bursting with energy and invention.
All of these songs are brisk tempoed wig-out tracks from the second half of the sixties, the arrangements and production range from garagey to slick.
Some of the tracks are French language re-hashes of anglo-pop hits of the day. Most are original songs.
All credit to magic records for assembling these tunes, the quality of the material is consistently very high, a great deal better than their patchy "Sixties Girls" series of 3 compilations which could have been comfortably edited down to a single CD of quality material. After five very strong compilations and no sign of running out of steam you have to wonder how much more great stuff there is in the vaults.
The only criticism I have is that the packaging is pretty poor, but this is made up for by a superb little booklet with pictures of the original ep sleeves.
A surprising number of these songs are written by the legendary Serge Gainsbourg and the compilation includes a France Gall version of Bloody Jack performed over the backing track of her 1968 hit 'teeny weeny boppie'.
For anyone with an interest in sixties pop or psychedellic pop these compilations are worth a look. The French take on the sixties was peculiar to them, combining an abandoned exuberance, a wry knowingness and a strong sense of sexual playfulness that the English and Americans never quite managed.
It is terribly unfair that this era in French pop has lived for so long in the shadows, if you thought you'd heard it all, brace yourself for this.
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2009 14:12:23 GMT
hello! i'm the french guy who "created" (conception, tracklisting, remastering from original tapes, artwork and all legal matters) this 5 volumes series at Universal France.Thank you Monkey-Puzzle for this great review.You perfectly captured the feeling of what the "pop french touch" really was in Paris back then, and this was precisely my idea doing these 5 records (i also released them on vinyl LP in 2003).
Just 2 remarks:
1.Magic Records (independant label that I know very well) has nothing to do with this, I did it all by myself at Universal.
2.If you feel that the packaging is very poor, I might be because you bought an export version, since the original issue was a very luxuous gatefold digipak.(by the way, the models on the covers all wear authentic clothes from the Pierre Cardin museum).More volumes to come where planned, but the sudden decline and fall of the record industry didn't allow me to release them... Too bad!!
Anyway, it was a pleasure for me (6 years later!) to read your review! If you like Gainsbourg, and particularly all his work with the numerous french beauties and actresses, don't hesitate to get in touch with me, I can send you wonderful rarities that you probably don't know yet.
This is the first time that I "communicate" through Amazon and hope that this will be forwarded to you.
Regards.
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