I should post this before, however never is too late. Rato Records makes a wonderful voluntary work of share songs from old records, specially 60’s music. My favourites are definitely the French singers. Since I discovered them I’m love form 60’s French songs – and it’s much better since my French classes are going very well. I would like to suggest to you some posts with songs of great French singers. The posts aren’t new but I checked the links to be sure that they were still working:
– Aufray Chante Dylan: a 1965 album with 11 French versions of Bob Dylan’s songs sung by Hugues Aufray.
– Bébé Johnny: an album with a nice selection of Dick Rivers’ songs- the singer of Les Chats Sauvages – songs.
– Brel Pour Toujours: Anthologie I, Brel Pour Toujours: Anthologie II and Brel Pour Toujours: Anthologie III: 3 collections of Jacques Brel’s albums. Jacques was a superb Belgian singer, one of my favourites.
– Brigitte Bardot Show, Brigitte Bardot, 1964, BB 1970 and La Belle Est de Retour: two EPs and two albums of B.B. (Brigitte Bardot). I don’t think that she was too good, even so I know that a lot of people like her songs.
– Gillian Hills, 1961 and Gillian Hills: two Gillian Hills’ EPs.
– Le Jardinier de L’amour – I, Le Jardinier de L’amour – II, Vous Permettez, Monsieur? and Tombe La Neige: two anthologies and two EPs of Salvatore Adamo’s songs.
– Les Chats Sauvages, 1961 and Les Chats Sauvages: Twist à ST. Tropez: two collections of songs from the French rock and roll band Les Chats Sauvages.
– Les Chaussettes Noires: two Christmas songs from another famous French rock and roll band from the 60’s, Les Chaussettes Noires.
– Michel Polnareff, 1966: the two first EPs of Michel Polnareff.
– Nicoletta 67: a 1976 album of Nicoletta, a fine French pop singer.
– Sylvie Vartan en Italie, 1968: 3 singles, with 2 songs each one, of Sylvie Vartan singing in Italian.
– Toi L’ami: a Richard Anthony’s EP with four songs. I didn’t check this album, but he used to sing rock and roll versions of famous songs in French.
There were more cool albums, like Sylvie Vartan, Brel at the Olympia, Françoise Hardy, more Les Chausettes Noires and Les Chats Sauvages, unfortunately the links aren’t working anymore.
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