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Caterina ValenteCaterina En France/Pariser Chic Pariser Charme ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1963/1966. New Copy ... $16.99
Caterina Valente sings in French – on two rare albums from the 60s! First up is Caterina En France – an album with French lyrics, but recorded in Belgium with backings from the group of Etienne Verschueren – an ensemble that's able to swing some of the best numbers with a slightly rocking vibe! Bits of guitar, electric bass, and Hammond are used sparingly – but in a groovy style that makes Valente swing like some early 60s femme pop singer! Most tunes are remakes of numbers by Charles Trenet – and titles include "Je Chante", "Verlaine", "Papa Pique Et Mama Could", "Ou Sont-Ils Donc", and "L'Ame Des Poetes". Pariser Chic Parisir Charme features arrangements from Werner Muller and a few other German talents too – all of whom seem to get part of the French vibe of the music right, but who also seem to bring a bit of that postwar German pep into the music too! The songs are French, but the lyrics are in German – which brings a slightly different sound to these Parisian classics – as you'll hear on Caterina's versions of "La Mer", "Moulin Rouge", "Pigalle", "La Vie En Rose", and "Souls Le Ciel De Paris". CD