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 69 annee melodique une certaine idee de la variete francaise 1964 1973
 69 annee melodique une certaine idee de la variete francaise 1964 1973 69 annee melodique une certaine idee de la variete francaise 1964 1973

Various Artists: 69 Année Mélodique: Une Certaine Idée De La Variété Francaise 1964-1973

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• Collection of very rare and exclusive French pop songs from the 60s-70s, from major artists:, Serge Gainsbourg, Dalida, Jacques Dutronc, Jane Birkin, among others
• Inclues exclusive instrumental version of Serge Gainsbourg hit "Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais" and "Long sera l'hiver" from Sheila
• CD digipack with 28 pages booklet w/liner notes in English/French
• LP with double page inner sleeve with full liner notes in English/French

The popular history of French music in the 60s often pits two opposing sides against each other: the polished 'varieté' of the yéyé stars like Françoise Hardy against the socially-engaged singer-songwriters like Léo Ferré, but the story is far more complex.

Alongside their better-known work, stars like Dalida, Dutronc and Sheila recorded music that happily sits next to more 'serious' - and often forgotten - socially engaged artists like Jehan Jonas and Michèle Arnaud. This compilation shines a light on the meeting point between these two seemingly disparate styles and the musicians behind them.

Digging deeper into the stories behind the music there is a unifying theme behind the different worlds: more often than not the players behind both styles were the same. Sometimes dismissed as journeymen that were operating at the outer reaches of their ability, the oft-ignored session musicians and arrangers held a wealth of knowledge and 'savoir-faire', not only in the lyrics and composition but also in the musical ability, recording, mixing and above all in the arrangements.

Even Serge Gainsbourg - perhaps the only artist of the time who managed to combine huge popular and critical success - collaborated with arrangers (and cult figures in French music) like Michel Colombier and Jean-Claude Vannier for his epoch-defining classics, and it is the work of these unsung figures that is celebrated here.

Track Listing

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1. Michèle Arnaud - 'La chanson de Tessa'
Year: 1964
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2. Dalida - 'Je me repose'
Year: 1968
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3. Sheila (Jean Claudric) - 'Long sera l'hiver'
Year: 1969
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4. Jane Birkin - 'Kawasaki'
Year: 1973
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5. Christophe - 'The girl from Salina Part. 3'
Year: 1970
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6. Jacqueline Taïeb - 'Ce soir, je m'en vais'
Year: 1967
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7. Michel Colombier - 'Canon'
Year: 1969
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8. Ann Sorel - 'L'amour à plusieurs'
Year: 1972
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9. Jacques Dutronc - 'Proverbes'
Year: 1968
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10. Tonio Rubio - 'Bass In Action'
Year: 1973
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11. Jehan Jonas - 'Nocturnes'
Year: 1969
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12. Serge Gainsbourg - 'Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais'
Year: 1973
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