Friday, July 9, 2010

Sylvie Vartan - Twist et Chante (1963) + EP 1962 France

Although actor/pop singer Sylvie Vartan is Bulgarian, she would eventually receive recognition from the French, usually singing entirely in the language of her adopted homeland.

 Born August 15, 1944, in Iskretz, Bulgaria, Vartan showed great talent for both acting and singing at an early age, resulting in an appearance in the Bulgarian film Under the Yoke in 1950. Two years later (while only ten years old), Vartan and her family relocated to France. 1961 would prove to be an important year for Vartan's career, as she entered a recording studio for the first time, picked up some TV work, and appeared at the famed Olympia Theater. The early '60s saw the release of a steady stream of singles, EPs, and albums (such as 1962's Sylvie), in addition to further appearances in European movies -- including A Moonlight in Maubeuge and Just for Fun.
Other impressive accomplishments for Vartan in the early '60s included recording a pair of songs ("If I Sing" and "Most Beautiful to Go to Dance") with famed country artists Chet Atkins and Ray Stevens, and playing on the same bill as the Beatles at the Olympia in January of 1964. During the mid-'60s, Vartan concentrated on making inroads to the American music market, as she appeared on such TV shows as The Ed Sullivan ShowHullaballooh, and Shindig, while one of her best singles, "2'35 de Bonheur," hit the charts in early 1967. Subsequently, Vartan kept on issuing albums and touring at a steady rate right up to the 21st century, as 2001 saw the release of the 14-track career overview L'Essential. ~
by Greg Prato 

01 - Twiste et chante
02 - Les clous d'or
03 - Avec moi
04 - Ne t'en vas pas
05 - I'm watching you
06 - En ecoutant la pluie
07 - Comme tu es fou
08 - Deux enfants
09 - Il faut choisir
10 - Il revient
11 - Je ne vois que toi
12 - Mon ami

Vartan's second album was hardly an original statement, comprised mostly of French-language covers of then-recent American rock & roll songs like "Twist and Shout," Del Shannon's "So Long Baby," the Cascades' "Rhythm of the Rain," Rick Nelson's "It's Up to You," Gene Vincent's "Say Mama," and compositions by Paul Anka and Gerry Goffin-Carole King. Still, it's a fun relic of early-'60s French fluff, with kitschy early-'60s pseudo-rockin' backing (complete with dated choral backup vocals) and Vartan's spirited girlish singing. A couple of French-written songs, "Les Clous d'Or" and "Deux Enfants," depart from that strategy, and offer fine tuneful orchestrated sentimental period French girl pop in the style of recordings of the era by France Gall and Françoise Hardy (though Hardy's efforts in this mode weren't as lightweight). One number, "(I'm Watching) Every Little Move You Make," is sung in English, and here Vartan actually seems to reach down for a little more guts and fire than usual. Originally issued by RCA in France in 1963, it came out on CD on BMG Japan in the 1990s, though note that the sound quality on the CD suffers in a couple of passages that sound as if it's suddenly passing through damaged tape heads that muffle the clarity. ~ by Richie Unterberger

Sylvie Vartan - Moi je pense encore à toi (1962)

from  McLuhan's Garden blog

1. Sylvie Vartan - Moi Je Pense Encore A Toi (2:13)
2. Sylvie Vartan - Dansons (2:03)
3. Sylvie Vartan - M'amuser (2:23)
4. Sylvie Vartan - Tous Mes Copains (2:36)

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