Saturday, 20 July 2013
First there was C'est Chic! Now there is Très Chic! The new Ace Records compilation of 'more French girl singers of the 1960s'.
It's a tough job putting together a comp like this: trying to make it a captivating, immediate listen for the newcomer, as well as aiming to create a strong overview of the French yé-yé scene; meanwhile there's probably the nagging thought at the back of your mind that there are people like me out there who have got all the more populist stuff and want some new treasures unearthed and plonked on their stereo. And that's before you get to the tooth-pulling task of trying to get licensing permission for the material you WANT to put on it.
I say: give me anything with some 60s French music on it and I am a happy bunny!
The 24 track CD version has Gillian Hills on the cover, and I had a nice surprise (and a little flush of pride) whilst scanning through the inlay booklet: the L'Amour Electronique blog gets a mention under 'other reference sources'!
There's an abridged (blue!) vinyl version too, with a very un-sixties Anna Karina photo on the front.
If I can find the time, I'll write a little review of it...
You can buy both direct from Ace Records: CD version | Vinyl version.