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Paris Combo

Paris ComboAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 20, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tinder
  • ASIN: B00000G408
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On n'a pas besoin
2. Moi, mon ame et ma conscience
3. Je reve encore
4. Les portes de l'ennui
5. Irenee
6. Interlude Potzi
7. Istanbul
8. Le roi de la foret
9. St Exuberant
10. Si j'avais ete
11. Ainsi soit-il
12. Valse d'amour
13. Obliques
14. Je suis un if
15. Berry-Bouy

Editorial Reviews

The smoky ambience of a Paris nightclub permeates this cabaret-tinged debut from Paris Combo, who come off as a Gallic version of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, albeit with their own distinctive repertoire and reference points. These 15 originally penned songs draw from Gypsy, Italian, and Spanish influences along with the swing of Django Reinhardt and some cool-jazz licks as garnish. The five-person combo, fronted by the delightful Belle du Berry, features upright bass, piano, trumpet, xylophone, drums, and guitar, with Berry's light and quirky contemporary vocals especially notable on the torch songs. She has elements of Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf but simply does not carry their weight. The lyrics (all in French with no English translations) are intelligent and witty, matching the inventive music arrangements from this eclectic and very musical group that can swing with the best of them. Paris Combo are no mere nostalgia act--they plot an innovative course of their own making with nods to many artists and cultures. --Derek Rath

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! August 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this group on NPR one morning, and went crazy trying to find anything about them online. After a while I gave up and went on with my life, always keeping an eye out. I, too, was at B&N and saw an endcap of French music. I was happy enough with that until my view panned down to the bottom shelf of the display. I put the headphones on, listened to two tracks, and realized that the cd was exactly wonderful, and bought it. I am so thrilled that I picked it up. Paris Combo is my favorite release of 1999. With their traditional French and Gypsy sounds mixed together in a perfect jazz cocktail, I find myself listening all the time. Also, a related recommendation: If you like this cd, you'll also like the cd Sympathique by the group Pink Martini.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Incredible May 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'd tried to find this album for about 2 1/2 years before seeing it in the "rock" section of my local CD store (yes, I know that says something about the store but who cares?).
It was definitely worth the wait to hear this delightful blend of jazz, gypsy music and old-style (pre-war) French nightclub music. This is probably a better albm than their second release "Living Room" - and it also allows you to see the beginnings of their sound before listening to the more evolved version on "Living Room".
The best track here is probably "Moi, Mon Ame et ma Conscience" (if someone has the English translation of the lyrics PLEASE Email them to me, no one who I know can translate them). The track features a sprightly upbeat vocal from Belle, along with superlative playing by all the musicians concerned - Potzi's guitar solo and David Lewis' horn work are truly amazing. The song will really put you in the mood for dancing.
Two of the other standout tracks here are the instrumentals "Interlude Potzi" and "Obliques". The former is Potzi's gypsy/jazz guitar for about a minute (superb playing again - impossible really to fault him) and the latter features the whole band with the exception of Belle's vocals. To some extent "Obliques" is let down by the fact that it is long enough to warrant voals but doesn't have them - but then again it is the only real opportunity in the band's discography to experience the instruments without interference.
"Le Roie De La Foret" and "St Exuberant" are also great tracks - although the latter does go for a bit too long in my opinion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J'taime Paris Combo July 17, 2000
By "pam67"
Format:Audio CD
If you have listened to Pink Martini's album or heard them live you'll understand when I say Paris Combo is like a french version of that band! The music is upbeat, cool, jazzy, french cabaret style which dares you not to fall in love with it. Put this cd on and close your eyes and you'll practically be able to smell the croisants baking. Paris Combo is a five member band using instruments like the accordian, trumpet, xylophone bugle and of course the beautiful voice of lead singer Belle du Berry. If you are a fan of Pink Martini you'll love this. If you haven't heard either of these bands go buy their cds! You don't know what you're missing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and Seductive February 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I originally heard the song clips on Amazon and read the favorable reviews, so I asked my sister to buy it in the US and bring it to me during Christmas. Boy what a great buy! Although the music style takes some time to get used to,(French music sounds completely different from US pop or rock), the lush instrumentation and Belle du Berry's throaty voice is like velvet, what a delight to listen to this seductive, quirky album. My favorite cut is "Istanbul", a bewitching, Middle-Eastern sounding song which alone makes this CD a great listening experience.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Guitar magazine review: February 9, 1999
By V
Format:Audio CD
Paris Combo is funky, cool, and new, and their debut CD is without doubt one of the best albums I have heard in a long time. Superlatives pale next to the five-person band's music: It's inventive and creative, exotic and eccentric, danceable and just plain fun. The combo hails naturally enough from Paris, and is made up of Gypsy guitarist Potzi, playing Favino and Dupont guitars; David Lewis on horns and piano; Mano Razanajato on string bass and percussion; François-François on percussion and xylophone. The band is lead by accordionist and chanteuse Belle du Berry, who penned many of the songs' music and lyrics. Describing Paris Combo's music is tough. One song is Edith Piaf gone punk. The next is Django Reinhardt on LSD. Then comes a grunge Joe Privat. Finally, there's Yves Montand doing hip-hop. Great stuff!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Do not share this CD with friends! December 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
If you do share, you won't get it back without a fight. Sadly, I've bought FIVE copies of this CD. Everytime someone borrows Paris Combo, I have to buy them a copy so I can get my copy back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can you say- J'aime Paris Combo! May 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Well, I first sighted their video of "Moi, mon ame, et ma conscience" on an international video show. I had to have the CD. I looked high and low to find it and finally I bought it and was ironically blown away. I had an advantage. As a student learning french, it gave me a chance to have more exposure to the French culture. But this CD is one to keep. I cannot pick a song on this CD that is most enjoyable. It makes you just want to roll back and relax to chantez en francais, (even if you don't know the meanings.) One thing though, if you're not accustomed to listening to music in other languages, it'll take a little time for your ears to adjust.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this band
Though I don't speak much French, Belle du Berry has a one of a kind voice!
Published 2 months ago by M. Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this group
Although a contemporary French group, there is a retro feel to their music on many of the numbers. The female singer has a terrific voice and I would highly recommend their CD if... Read more
Published 14 months ago by John S.
4.0 out of 5 stars music
nice compilation of music - unfortunately i lost the cd on day 3 and now wish i did not lose it
Published 21 months ago by Freidman Surgical
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, hypnotic, haunting

Paris Combo's self-titled debut album is a tour of another world, a forgotten era, when music moved your heart but was classy and seductive at the same time. Read more
Published on February 13, 2006 by Wicked Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz ain't dead...
While many of the melodies of this song will be VERY familiar to those who bought their second album first (or vice-versa.)the lyrics are all fresh and vibrant. Read more
Published on June 19, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Smile
This music brings the sun in your house and a smile on your face. The atmosphere of Paris before world war II. Read more
Published on October 28, 2000 by Wim Taerwe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
While in Paris, I wanted to buy some "native" music and randomly picked this CD--what luck! Read more
Published on May 6, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST PERFECT.
This is the band the Squirrel Nut Zippers try 2 copy; (they do a pretty cool job 2). But if U like jazzy, poppy, fun and talent-filled music; this is JUST 4 U! Read more
Published on May 4, 2000 by Stacy P. Rugely
3.0 out of 5 stars Early American jazz style with a French taste
The artist have done a good job recreating the catsby style of american jazz music of the early part of the20th century. music
Published on April 28, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Bliss
If the Gypsy Kings mated with the Squirrel Nut Zippers in France, then Paris Combo would be their offspring! It's as simple and great as that!
Published on April 12, 2000
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