Chansons Parisiennes

Chansons Parisiennes is a collection of eight songs from Édith Piaf. The collection included "La Vie en rose" and was released on the Columbia label.

Chansons Parisiennes
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1949
GenreChanson
LabelColumbia

Production and releaseEdit

The collection was originally released in January 1949 as a bound album of four 78 RPM records.[1][2] Piaf's performances were supported by orchestras conducted by Robert Chauvigny (tracks 1-3) and Guy Luypaerts (tracks 4-8).[1][3]

The notes on the back cover of the album state: "For this collection Édith Piaf has chosen eight characteristic songs of the Paris streets and cabarets, each one of which tells a story or sets a rueful of sometimes happy mood."[3]

It was reissued in 1951 as a 10-inch, long-playing record (FL 9501).[3]

ReceptionEdit

On its release in January 1949, the collection received mixed reviews.

Critic Norman Johnson compared her voice to "grimy velvet", soft with "a hint of nasal scratchiness", and "when she turns it on it becomes as hard and clear as a policeman's whistle." He concluded that Piaf made 99% of America's popular singers "sound like milk-fed adolescents."[4]

Another critic, Martin Roberts, wrote that the set "shows la Piaf in all of her many moods which range from extreme happiness to extreme grief, neither of which is vulgarly displayed."[2]

Critic Herbert Kennedy Jr. opined: "There is a distressing uniformity both to the songs and the half-plaintive way they are sung. Piaf, however, is highly skilled in that manner so that there is a certain pleasure in hearing her."[5]

A fourth critic wrote that Piaf sings on the collection "in the poignant style which made her a toast of French and American night clubs."[6]

Track listingEdit

Disc 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Les amants de Paris"E. Marnay, Léo Ferret 
2."Monsieur Lenoble"Michel Emer 
Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
3."Il pleut"Charles Aznavour, Pierre Roche 
4."Un refrain courait dans la rue"Édith Piaf, Chauvigny* 
Disc 3
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."La Vie en rose"Édith Piaf, Louiguy 
6."C’est merveilleux"Henri Contet, Marguerite Monnot 
Disc 4
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Le chant du pirate"Henri Contet, Marguerite Monnot 
8."Adieu mon cœur"Henri Contet, Marguerite Monnot 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Édith Piaf – Chansons Parisiennes". Discogs. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Martin Roberts (January 6, 1949). "The Music Box". The Evening News.
  3. ^ a b c "Chansons Parisiennes". Encycopedisque. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "The French Songs Recorded By Edith Piaf Sound Good". The Courier-Journal. January 26, 1949. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Heifetz, E. P. Biggs in Deft Performances". The Indianapolis News. February 18, 1949. p. 25 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "The Wax Works". St. Petersburg Times. January 16, 1949 – via Newspapers.com.