Early work from one of our favorite French singers ever – not only some of his first few recordings, but also a huge host of material by other contemporaries who recorded their own takes on the compositions of Pierre Barouh! Barouh was the ultimate left bank hipster in the postwar years – strongly influenced by American jazz, to a point where he would often pen his own French lyrics to American jazz tunes, and come up with his own jazzy material too – even to a point where he'd go onto record with a fair bit of jazz musicians from both Paris and the US! That influence is already in place here, as the tracks offer up material very different than familiar French chanson – work that's groovier more upbeat, and often filled with hip instrumental touches to match the inherent poetry of Nougaro's words. And although we've made it a point to track down everything Claude ever recorded over the years, we've actually not heard most of the other work here – which represents the bulk of the collection. Titles include "Seulement" by Cyril Dalin, "Mephisto" by Paul Peri, "Coupez Les Moi Au Rasoir" by Paul Roby, "Maman M'La
Dit" by Stephen Bruce, "La
Folle Chanson" by Zack Matalon, "Joseph" by Philippe Clay, "Le Balayeur Du Roy" by Marcel Amont, "Vise La
Poupee" by Elise Vallee, and "Vole Vole" by Les Jazz Baladins – plus "Les Anges", "Il Y Avait Une Ville", "Le Piano De Mauvaise Vi", "Tiens Toi Bien A Mon Coeur", and "Marguerite" by Claude Nougaro himself.