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JULIETTE GRECO - The Legend Of Chanson
[2001282] (2CD-Digi, 6 page)

14.99 EUR 
JULIETTE GRECO - The Legend Of Chanson
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The black turtle neck sweater and the tight pants may have been exchanged for an equally black shiny robe. As soon as her miraculous voice appears though, it's easy for her fans to pretend. Pretend it's 1946, when she started the "Tabou" club in deepest St. Germain-des-Prés with her best friend Anne-Marie Cazalis. Pretend it's 1950, when the coolest of cool the Latin Quarter of Paris had to offer could be found gasping and smoking at her feet: Albert Camus or Jean-Paul Sartre. It's not about the black robe, of course. It's about that voice. Her devotées have called its sound velvet and dark. Other admirers have called it rough and dark. Which basically means that it's versatile. A voice comfortable in any given role, whether it sounds exotic as "La Javanaise", lascivious and careless as a "Paris Canaille" or completely lost in dreams and nostalgic as in "Les années d'autrefois". The voice of an actress. Lest we forget, Madame Juliette started out as an actress. Born May 2nd, 1927 in Montpellier, and after a less than happy childhood (how could it have been happy when she was deported to Ravensbrueck concentration camp with her sister?) she succumbed to the lure of the theatre. Chansons followed suit, turned out to be her real calling. Soon she sighed, lived the soundtracks for a post-war, intellectually sophisticated new wave of literature, art and film - they call her the "Black rose of existentialism" with good reason. - Peeping in where Sartre and Camus used to sin and suffer soon became a tourist sport, and la Gréco became less acute for her audience for a while. Yet she always had tremendous comebacks - for instance in 1957 at the Paris Olympia, or 1991... for many fans, she has simply never been away, though.

This collection gathers some fantastic renditions, naturally based on the finest imaginable chanson material penned by the masters. Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, George Brassens and - by no means least, her long-time partner in création, pianist (and husband) Gérard Jouannest.

Most of these recordings were made in the early 1980s, with a variety of musical settings from solo grand piano backing to little combos - happy or sad. Strings for good measure? A bonus which Juliette Gréco can work with, sure - but the smaller and darker the stage setting, the more she is in her element - and in our hearts

Tracklist:
CD 1
1. Je suis bien
2. Y'a que les hommes pour s'épouser
3. Accordéon
4. Paris Canaille
5. Non, monsieur je n'ai pas 20 ans
6. Lola la rengaine
7. Les années d'autrefois
8. Il est trop tard
9. La Javanaise
10. Je hais les dimanches
11. On n'oublie rien
12. Déshabillez-moi
13. Trois petites notes de musique
14. Le Pull-over
15. Monsieur Fauk'ner
16. Feline
17. Voir un ami pleurer

CD 2
1. Maréchal ...
2. Jolie Môme
3. Chanson pour l'auvergnat
4. Bleu sans cocaÏne
5. Parlez-moi d'amour
6. Le temps des cerises
7. Je suis comme je suis
8. Mon fils chante
9. C'était bien
10. Les feuilles mortes
11. S'il pleuvait des larmes
12. Rêveuse et fragile
13. J'arrive
14. Vieille
15. La place aux ormeaux
16. Les canotiers
17. Si tu t'imagines

 
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