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Putumayo PresentsAudio CD
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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B000E6UX20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Au Cafe De La Paix - Thomas Fersen
2. Samba De Mon Coeur Qui Bat - Coralie Clement
3. Dites Moi Tu - Karpatt
4. Quelqu'un M'a Dit - Carla Bruni
5. Je Reste Au Lit - Pascal Parisot
6. Jardin D'Hiver - Keren Ann
7. Serre-Moi - Tryo
8. Lettre A P... - Paris Combo
9. L'ongle - Presque Oui
10. Ta P'tite Flamme - Amelie-Les-Crayons
11. Les Pages - Myrtille
12. Carpe Diem - Aldebert

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Highlighting artists from the Nouvelle Scene (New Scene), Paris features modern takes on classic French chanson. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to Terre des Hommes in support of their efforts to provide active support to disadvantaged children around the world. Putumayo. 2006.

Many Putumayo compilations fail to capture the essence of a specific region by focusing on music that is simply too polite for its own good. When it comes to the languid charms of French chanson, however, the label has always excelled. An indispensable companion to the previously released French Café Paris focuses on the renaissance of French popular music in the hands of artists such as the raspy voiced Thomas Fersen, supermodel-turned-songwriter Carla Bruni and the ineffable Paris Combo-- arguably, the one group that started the smoky cabaret song revival in the mid-'90s. An air of luxury and languor defines the 12 tracks here, from the breezy bossa nova of Coralie Clément's "Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat" ("Samba of my Beating Heart") to the accordion laced atmospherics of Amelie-Les-Crayons and the wistful "Ta P'tite Flamme" ("Your Little Flame"). Judging by this disc, contemporary French pop may very well be one of the most exciting musical movements in the world right now. --Ernesto Lechner

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIX STARS IF I COULD.... September 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was shopping for some cards the other day and heard delightful music and a Frenchman's lilting voice singing playing the store - followed by an equally gorgeous woman's voice singing French pop. I lingered through about 5 songs, long enough to know I NEEDED this CD. There is not one cut on this expertly chosen collection that is not fantastically melodic and beautiful, and all of the artists are great. And you will have no problem translating the French into something emotional - warmly appealing - even if, like me, you can't speak a word of it. I love this album and have listened to it several times every day since I bought it. Now I'm planning a trip to soon as possible!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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As a sequel of sorts to last year's catchy throwback to French chanson, "French Cafe", a new collection of cafe-style chansons has been released by the world music label Putumayo but this time solely with contemporary singers inspired by the likes of Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf - a movement called appropriately "nouvelle chanson". The result is pleasing and sometimes quite luminous but often lacking the wine-soaked gravitas of the original artists from the 1950's and 60's. As compensation, these artists seem to embrace the world music scene with enthusiasm as they easily incorporate sounds that would seem at odds with the Gallic-centric music.

On "Au Cafe de la Paix", Thomas Fersen starts things off with a deceptively buoyant tune that describes a man waiting at a cafe for a woman who never comes. Coralie Clement brings a Brazilian bossa nova backbeat to "Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat", as Pascal Parisot does similarly to his ennui-filled "Je Reste Au Lit", which sounds like it would fit right in on the Riviera circa 1965. A nice gypsy jazz feel pervades both Karpatt's "Dites Moi Tu" featuring guest singer Fleur, and Paris Combo's "Lettre A P...", a downbeat waltz with an effectively muted trumpet underlining singer Belle du Berry. Cara Bruni's folkish "Quelqu'un M'a Dit" is a high point with her breathless lyrics wafting over a strumming acoustic guitar.

Global vibes abound with Keren Ann, who lends a darker, Latin-tinged tone to "Jardin D'Hiver", and Myrtille, who seems to bring a whole third world beat to "Les Pages". Sounding like a Gallic version of Men at Work, Tryo performs "Serre-Moi" with jaunty fervor. There are a couple of songs that border on the strange.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool and seductive. March 10, 2007
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Why is it so easy to sound cool and seductive when singing in French? The language seems to demand a dulcet, husky singing voice that implies the song was composed, practiced and recorded in a bed.

Packed with some of the best, chilled French café songs of the moment, Paris is this summer's essential for barbeques, soirées, dinner parties or possibly just for those hot nights in.

From Coralie Clément singing seductively about the "Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat" to the equally seductive Carla Bruni's "Quelqu'un M'a Dit", Keren Ann's "Jardin d'Hiver" -- which she whispers rather than sings -- and Karpatt's caressed and tapped acoustic guitar, this is a compilation of class and smooth charm.

While Paris recalls the heyday of French chanson it is a thoroughly modern mix from the nouvelle scène. It's entirely easy listening -- nothing from the outer reaches of French culture here.

Part of the proceeds from each CD sold goes to Terre des Hommes, who support disadvantaged children around the world, so you can feel good about your purchase while humming along to the catchy tunes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the Putumayo series June 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
PARIS is the first compilation in the Putumayo series that I really took a shine to. The first cd in the series I heard was ARABIC GROOVE earlier this year but I was bored with it. It wasn't until the PARIS compilation did I realize how great Putumayo series is.

PARIS is a delightful compilation of Parisian music from the Nouvelle Scene (new scene). When I listen to the cd, I feel like I am sitting outside of a Parisian cafe. The music is very mellow. It is a mix of folk and pop with a French twist. Although I do not understand the French language, I nevertheless love listening to the language the artists sings in. One of my personal favorite songs on the album is "Quelqu'un M'a Dit" by Carla Bruni, the latest wife of France's president. Normally I get turned off when models try to sing (or act) but with Carla she surprised me by showing that she is more than a capable artist. I also enjoyed the songs by Coralie Clement and Aldebert in particular. There is not a single track on the album that I didn't like.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Cafe April 25, 2008
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How fun is this? Contemporary groups doing cafe music in the "apres la guerre" style. Loved this album.
I'm a French-American gal and speak fluent French, but you don't have to to enjoy this CD.
Put it on, have a cafe, and simply pretend you are in Paris.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection November 20, 2008
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This CD includes a great mix of cafe style french music. Its a relaxed and eclectic compilation of modern, alternative artists. I like literally every song on this mix, I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a mini-vacation January 7, 2009
By Lori
Format:Audio CD
One of the best things about Putamayo is that when you listen to their selection of music you are transported in space right to the locale they are recording. Paris is a wonderful collection of cafe style music that makes you want to sip your cafe au lait and savor a delectable croissant, even in the middle of a Jersey winter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful lisening
I don't speak french, but the music is irresistable.
Published 8 days ago by Sandy 7
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to recreate that perfect French evening
Want to recreate that perfect French evening. Imagine this: sitting beneath a star-filled sky, sipping a glass of your favourite French wine and nibbling on olives, Brie and French... Read more
Published 11 days ago by M. Scotton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Loved it! A very nice range of styles and a great opportunity to hear some of the influences in French music. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Carolyn Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun to listen to real Paris music!
Published 20 days ago by richard h. moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Flair whenever I play this CD
I am so glad that I picked up this CD at the library to check it out. After renting it for 3 weeks, I had to have my own copy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sabine Froehlich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 2 months ago by Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like this
Very enjoyable period music.
Published 3 months ago by ballroom
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing music
C'est si bon! It reminds me of Paris. Even if you don't speak French you can feel the embiance of the music. Easy to listen to, and relaxing.
Published 3 months ago by B. Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes My Day
Delightful recording... always makes me smile. My 6-year-old grandson LOVES to dance to it and play air-whatever-instrument is featured. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jang
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy
love the CD I am a big fan of putumao collections. but love this CD. excellent packaging and excellent condition. I will shop from this store again !!!!!. Love the CD. !!!!!
Published 4 months ago by Desperate wisdom
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