Echoes Of France

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 14 Jun 2010

"Tour de force French tickler launches new series"  RECORD COLLECTOR

CAT No: FVDD058UPC TEXT: 5055311000589

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Echoes Of France offers the ideal introduction to French popular music in the decades before the yé-yé movement of the sixties.

This superb collection offers two and a half hours of great French music with performances from such legendary names as Edith Piaf (subject of an Oscar-winning biopic in 2007), Charles Aznavour, Yves Montand and Gilbert Bécaud. Imagine yourself among the cool, black-dressed students on the Left Bank with Juliette Gréco, whose songs are featured in the Oscar-nominated, An Education. Hear the brilliance of French chanson with Jacques Brel, George Brassens and Léo Ferré, as well as the early work of the controversial Serge Gainsbourg. There are jazz tracks from Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and Sidney Bechet, as well as Miles Davis’ contribution to a Jeanne Moreau film. Echoes Of France includes contributions by film star Jean Gabin, American expatriate cabaret artist Josephine Baker and Eurovision winner André Claveau.

Our collection casts its net wide to feature contributions by a Belgian, US jazzmen, and American and English singers, all with strong links to France by dint of singing in French and/or working in France, and all attracting the adoration of French audiences. The classic songs include La Vie En Rose and the originals of songs better known in English-speaking countries as Beyond The Sea, Autumn Leaves and The Three Bells. Conversely, there are French language adaptations of Cole Porter’s Easy To Love, and two Leiber & Stoller songs: Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots and Three Cool Cats.



  1. Echoes of France (The Quintet of the Hot Club of France featuring Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli)
  2. Sous le ciel de Paris (Juliette Gréco)
  3. Quand on n’a que l’amour (Jacques Brel)
  4. La vie en rose (Edith Piaf)
  5. Petite Fleur (Sidney Beçhet)
  6. Le claquer de doigts (Serge Gainsbourg)
  7. Nouvelle vague (Richard Anthony)
  8. Sur ma vie (Charles Aznavour)
  9. La Mer (Charles Trenet)
  10. C’est si bon (Yves Montand)
  11. Diner au motel (Miles Davis)
  12. Le Charleston des déménageurs de piano (Serge Gainsbourg)
  13. Le tango de l’éléphant (Line Renaud)
  14. Mes mains (Gilbert Bécaud)
  15. Maladie d’amour (Henri Salvador)
  16. Vingt ans (Maurice Chevalier)
  17. Le déserteur (Boris Vian)
  18. Le jour où la pluie viendra (Les Compagnons de la Chanson)
  19. Cigarettes, whisky et p’tites pépées (Eddie Constantine)
  20. Le gorille (Georges Brassens)
  21. L’accordeoniste (Edith Piaf)
  22. Domino (André Claveau)
  23. Monsieur William (Leo Ferré)
  24. Le loup, la biche et le chevalier (Henri Salvador)
  25. Les trois cloches (Edith Piaf with Les Compagnons de la Chanson)


  1. Milord (Edith Piaf)
  2. Nuages (Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli)
  3. Le temps du tango (Leo Ferré)
  4. J’aime Paris au mois de Mai (Charles Aznavour)
  5. France dimanche (Charles Trenet)
  6. Je hais les dimanches (Juliette Gréco)
  7. Under The Bridges Of Paris (Eartha Kitt)
  8. Paris canaille (Catherine Sauvage)
  9. Song From Moulin Rouge (Les Compagnons de la Chanson)
  10. C’est si facile de vous aimer (Josephine Baker)
  11. Rue Lepic (Yves Montand)
  12. Le poinçonneur des Lilas (Serge Gainsbourg)
  13. Sur le Pont d’Avignon (Jean Sablon)
  14. Dans les rues d’Antibes (Sidney Bechet)
  15. Quand on se promêne au bord de l’eau (Jean Gabin)
  16. La mauvaise réputation (Georges Brassens)
  17. Le Diable (ça va) (Jacques Brel)
  18. Deux petits chaussons (Andre Claveau)
  19. Je prends les choses du bon côté (Eddie Constantine & Juliette Gréco)
  20. Strange Harmony (Michel Warlop et son orchestre)
  21. Du jazz dans le ravin (Serge Gainsbourg)
  22. L’homme à la moto (Edith Piaf)
  23. Prends mon coeur (Petula Clark)
  24. Les feuilles mortes (Juliette Gréco)
  25. L’âme des poètes (Charles Trenet)