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Tres Chic! More French Girl Singers Of The 1960s

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“Très Chic!” is the much-anticipated sequel to “C’est Chic!”, our recent celebration of the yé-yé girls of 1960s France. Here are things you need to know about ten of the tracks:

Gillian Hills, cover girl of the CD version, is best known in the UK as an actress (Beat Girl, Blow Up etc) but she enjoyed a prolific recording career in France. ‘Tut, Tut, Tut, Tut’ is from her 13th and final French EP.

Actress Anna Karina, who graces the cover of the LP version, also enjoyed a parallel career as a recording artist. Penned by Serge Gainsbourg, the Shangri-Las-influenced ‘Sous Le Soleil Exactement’ is from the TV musical Anna.

‘Comment Te Dire Adieu’ is from the 27th of Francoise Hardy’s 29 Vogue EPs. Multi-lingual Françoise also recorded the song in Italian and German, but never in English. Shame.

It was rare for a French artist of the 1960s to record in English, or release a record in the UK. Jacqueline Taïeb was one of the few to do both with the ultra-collectable ‘7 AM’, a translation of her celebrated ‘7 Heures Du Matin’.

Although she recorded some great up-tempo numbers, dramatic Timi Yuro-esque ballads were the real forte of Liz Brady. ‘Comme Tu Es Jeune’ is a superb example from her debut EP.

Evelyne Courtois started out in all-girl band Les Petites Souris. In honour of Bacharach and David’s song, she re-emerged as Pussy Cat with a trio of solo EPs notable for her penchant for covering tunes by male groups.

Delphine’s sitar-driven ‘La Fermeture-Eclair’ is a Franco-version of We The People’s ‘In The Past’. Curiously, she didn’t just cover the song, but borrowed the original backing track too.

Elsa looked not unlike Cher, and performed in a similar jangly folk rock style too. She also recorded as Nicole Darde (her real name) and with her boyfriend Claude in the duo Arc-en-Ciel.

France Gall is the daughter of singer Cécile Berthier and songwriter Robert Gall. ‘Attends Ou Va-T’en’, from her seventh EP, is one of many tremendous numbers written for her by Serge Gainsbourg.

Brigitte Bardot’s ‘Je Danse, Donc Je Suis, written by comedian Jean-Claude Massoulier and arranger André Popp, is an example of how a simple rhyming pun can transform an ephemeral ditty into something more cerebral.

Comes on 180g blue vinyl in heavy duty gatefold cover.


On M'a Toujours Dit
Ecoutez
J'ai Des Problemes Decidement
Hymne Au Soleil
Attends Ou Va-Ten
Comment Te Dire Adieu
Tut
Tut
Tut
Tut
Je Danse Donc Je Suis
La Fermeture-Eclair
7 AM
Comme Tu Es Jeune
Sous Le Soleil Exactement
Format: LP
Label: Ace
Catalogue numbers: HIQLP 006

Companies:
Licensed To-Ace Records Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright (p)-Ace Records Ltd.
Copyright (c)-Ace Records Ltd.
Mastered At-Sound Mastering Ltd
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Barcodes & Identifiers:
Barcode-029667001311
Label Code-LC 05982
Matrix / Runout-HIQLP 006:A1
Matrix / Runout-HIQLP 006.B1
Media Condition: Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)

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