FRANÇOISE HARDY COLLECTION VOL.1 (1963-1979) (2011 USA)
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Françoise Hardy covered more stylistic ground and owed more debts to pop/rock than she's given credit for. Immensely popular in her native France, the chanteuse first displayed her breathy, measured vocals in the early and mid-'60s. Her (mostly self-penned) recordings from that era draw from French pop traditions, lightweight '50s teen idol rock, girl groups, and sultry jazz and blues -- sometimes in the same song. The songs are invariably catchy and the production, arrangements, and near-operatic backup harmonies excellent, at times almost Spector-esque. This DVD compiles rare footage of Françoise performing on French television. Over 40 songs including "Tous les garçons et les filles", "Le premier bonheur du jour", "Ton meilleur ami", "Mon amie la rose", "La maison où j'ai grandi", "Voilà", "Comment te dire adieu?", "J'écoute de la musique saoûle", as wells as duets with Jane Birkin, Sylvie Vartan, Patrick Bouchtey, and Sacha Distel.