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French Music - Released February 24, 2017 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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Throughout his long, prolific career, Charles Aznavour has worked in a variety of musical styles, from traditional French chanson to small-combo jazz to easy listening pop to a few rather odd side trips into the distinctively Gallic form of '60s beat music known as ye-ye. Yet 1995's IDIOTE JE T'AIME--yes, that translates to "I love you, Idiot"--showcases Aznavour in the style for which his perhaps best known and most beloved by his fans, backed by a full yet never overbearing orchestra (think Petula Clark, not Nelson Riddle-era Frank Sinatra.) With songs--all self-penned--spanning nearly all of Aznavour's illustrious career, IDIOTE JE T'AIME is not unlike a greatest hits, only with all new recordings and often radical re-arrangements. The results are both an excellent starting point for newcomers and a delightful work for longtime fans.
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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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LA BOHEME takes, however loosely, inspiration from the opera of Parisian bohemian life, but this is neither a recasting of Puccini's work nor a cohesive work in its own right. Aznavour's songs--as always, he wrote or co-wrote the lot--are neither as proudly, defiantly outcast as those of his mentor, Edith Piaf, nor a creepily salacious as his most obvious pupil, Serge Gainsbourg. There's a dignity to even Aznavour's most maudlin tales, helped immensely by his less-than-perfect but infinitely expressive voice, which meshes beautifully with Paul Mauriat's lush but never overpowering orchestrations. Americans and others who only know Aznavour from Reprise Records' misguided attempt to turn him into the French Perry Como--at home, he's a national treasure--would do well to start here for the beginning of their reappraisal.
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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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