Juliette Greco - Ses Grandes Chansons
This recording, from the 1960s I believe, is remarkably crisp and clear. The focus is on Juliette Greco with ethe musical arrangments providing the foil for her voice. They stay mainly in the background and leave Juliette to do what French singers do best. Sing us stories while we drink our wine.
Actually, ideally I would be in a late night bar, slumped over a table beside my half bottle of wine, a cigarette dangling from between my fingers.
In fact I haven't a clue what this girl is singing about but I quite enjoy it. Its all melody rich with plenty of feeling and drama. Currently a flute is soaring away above her voice and its perfect music for having the girlfriend over. It'll show her how cultured you are.
This is an audiophile reissue but I don't know from who. It could be directly from Philips.
If you loved the music in Amelie and are looking for a more traditional form of the same, with vocals, this one is for you. Its more easy going than both Brel and Gainsbourg.