Wednesday, February 17, 2021

France Gall Long Box (Intégrale Philips - 1963-1968)


France Gall: Intégrale Philips - 1963-1968 (2001)

Great France Gall collection with all of her Philips EP's, singles, and album tracks.
The essential 1960s collection for those who really like her. 74 titles, everything she recorded 1963 to 1968.


This is it. The best possible starting place for anyone who wants to explore the French ye-ye scene of the '60s in any depth. Although Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg are better known to non-Francophone audiences, both are simply too idiosyncratic to really give any sense of the style by themselves. Pretty, pert and spunky, the teenage France Gall is the definitive ye-ye singer, and this impressive box set containing virtually everything she recorded during those years (72 songs in all) is the perfect encapsulation of her charms. Like many pop singers of her era, no matter what their nationality, Gall does not have a particularly great voice in a technical sense; it's high, a little breathy and a little weedy. But she maximized her strengths (a cheerful exuberance, and a most effective poutily flirty lower register heard to best effect on jazz-tinged numbers like ‘Pense a Moi’ and ‘Bebe Requin’) and hid her weaknesses enough that even when she was slightly out of her depth, she got by on sheer attitude. The songs are primarily a strong lot, unsurprising considering that Gall's father, Roger Gall (a talented performer/producer who had previously worked with Charles Aznavour), and family friend Gainsbourg wrote most of her hits, including the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest winner ‘Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son,’ ‘Ne Sois pas Si Bete,’ the brassy ‘Baby Pop,’ the ‘Peter Gunn’-inspired ‘Laisse Tomber des Filles’, and the controversial hits ‘Les Sucettes’ and ‘Teenie Weenie Boppie.’ Those last two Gainsbourg-penned songs, a thinly-disguised ode to the joys of oral sex and a bizarre story about a deadly LSD trip, are proof that there's more going on here than bubblegum. Not that there's not bubblegum here too, especially on the cheesy ‘L'Amerique’ and the kiddie tune ‘Sacre Charlemagne,’ a duet between a then 16-year-old Gall and a pair of puppets from a French children's TV show. However, France Gall's music is far better than her reputation in some circles might suggest and, as far as I am concerned, she truly is a national treasure of France. http://www.allmusic.com/














 

9 comments:

  1. Hi!

    Thanx for this collection. LUV the French Ye Ye sound.

    Cheers!
    Ciao! For now.
    rntcj

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  2. many thanks D&J for sharing this wonderful collection by France Gall,hope you are keeping well...best wishes Stu

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  3. OK but in my opinion not a true ye ye singer at all. The ye ye term belongs to girls pre-Beatles and it's used far too loosely for many 60s girl singers.

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  4. Hi!

    @Anonymous. Know Wiki is "opinionated" but here is their "Ye Ye" article here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C3%A9-y%C3%A9

    Another listing here:

    https://magazine.vinylmeplease.com/magazine/10-best-french-y%C3%A9-y%C3%A9-pop-albums-own-vinyl/

    And one final one here:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/les-belles-et-le-beat-ye-ye-girls-french-sixties-pop-9066763.html

    Not sure how it's "pre-Beatles"? Appears to be a French 60's Female singers term.

    Cheers!
    Ciao! For now.
    rntcj



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  5. France Gall was just too young, too late for me to be considered true ye ye. I do include early Sylvie Vartan and Francoise Hardy (amongst others). Listen to Petula Clark with this gem, the style of which FG just never did. Les Gens Diront
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0PAIsRCmQc

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  6. Hi!

    @Anonymous. Still would consider France Gall a French Ye Ye Girl as per descriptions of "Ye Ye" in posted articles. Even her wiki page calls her that here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_Gall

    Didn't know she has the same birthday as here (along with John Lennon). Will agree she was young & in latter part of 60's towards "end" of "Ye Ye" French female singers. LUV Petula Clark & she was older & a great UK female Pop singer. Thanx for the vid.

    Cheers!
    Ciao! For now.
    rntcj

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  7. Haha, hey, that's my Youtube upload.
    Thanks!
    I'll be uploading a previously unreleased concert from 1965 fairly soon!
    25 minutes of completely unheard France Gall, stay tuned!

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