Two groovy French easy instrumental albums from Paul Mauriat – both from the start of the 70s! First up is C'Est La
Vie Lily – the "Lily" installment in the "la
vie" series – and one that features Mauriat's great blend of swirling strings, groovy bottom basslines, and well-struck piano lines – all wrapped up in a wonderfully rich sort of brew! The music includes some great tunes from French films – numbers by Francis Lai, Claude Bolling, and others – and titles include "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head", "Le Passager De La
Pluie", "Let It Be", "Rain", "Balapapa", "Borsolino", and "Paris S'Allume". Comme J'Ai Toujours Envie D'Aimer is a set that follows strongly in the best Paul Mauriat modes of the late 60s – a bit of electric bass at the bottom, well-tuned strings in the middle, and a syncopated style to most of the tracks – which makes things a lot more clean and lean than the easy sounds of a generation before! That bass is used to great effect, but in ways that are different from German pop instrumental styles – and titles include "Let There Be Freedom Peace & Love", "Sympathy", "Colombe Ivre", "Et Mourir De Plaisir", "In The Summertime", and "Pardonne Moi Ce Caprice D'Enfant". CD features three bonus tracks – "Penelope", "Manuelito Barrios", and "El Triste".