måndag 30 november 2015


Probably the most prominent lasting female artist in French pop culture from the early sixties up to this day, with fame also spread outside the latin sphere. Apart from issuing twentyseven original albums, some with vocals in English or German, and countless 45:s she'd also starred in a number of movies and been involved in the fashion industry through the years. Early inspired by chanson stars, but eventually also by fifties and early sixties US and UK pop/rock. B-side of her first single "Oh Oh Cheri" - "Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles" - became an unexpected succes and not only sold millions domestically but also eventually made impact in US and UK. This debute LP - first released 1962 on Vouge in France (LD 600-30) and a couple of other French speaking countries - wasn't issued in UK until two years later when TLGELF got on the list there, using the same tracking and front cover. It's good period pop with rather sparse instrumentation, all cuts but two written or co-written by Hardy. Even if some of the tracks are up-tempo it's all rather cool and relaxing with her personal and sensitive vocals on top. I don't understand much French, but it doesn't matter here - most of the message comes between the words anyway. Favorite tracks - "Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles" and "Le Temps De l'Amour". US 1966 issue as "The Yeh-Yeh Girl From Paris" on 4 Corners Of The World label (FCL/FCS 4208). First UK had label as shown here with Pye logo on the left (later on top) and laminated flip/back cover. (FÄV*) (SYSÖ*) (GZÅ*) (PÖY*)

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