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Fabulous Josephine Baker

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Paris Mes Amours
  2. Le Marchand De Bonheur
  3. Moi 'Io'
  4. J'attendrai
  5. Avec
  6. Donnez-moi La Main
  7. Je Voudrais
  8. La Seine
  9. Sonny Boy
  10. Sous Les Toits De Paris
  11. La Ballade Des Rues De Paris
  12. Mon P'tit Bonhomme
  13. En Avril A Paris
  14. Sag Beim Abschied Leise 'Servus'
  15. Don't Touch My Tomatoes


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003FH0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The manner in which the great Josephine Baker evolved as an artist is extraordinary, while as a vocalist, she aged like fine wine. Up until the late 1940s Baker's voice was light and twittering, and at times maybe even a little shrill. It was a fine example of the 'pop' female singing voice in vogue during the 1920s and 30s. By the early 1950s one finds that her voice had transformed into a marvelous mezzo instrument, and by the time she recorded the chansons available on this album, her voice had evolved even more: it was the instrument of a true master, grand and opulent as the city of Paris. Her technique was perfect and her pitch impeccably controlled and rich, with quick and precise vibrato. It is really is astounding to think that the same woman who sang "J'ai Deux Amours", "Haiti", or "C'est lui" is the vocalist on this album.

Unfortunately when most people outside of Europe think of La Baker, it is not of the 'Diva magnifique' she became after WWII, but rather of the little black girl from St. Louis dancing topless in a banana skirt, singing in broken french, and living in a castle (or, even worse, of Lynn Whitfield in that awful 1990 bio-pic "The Josephine Baker Story", which, by the way, didn't even use Baker's real vocals). Most recordings of Baker that are easily available on disc are primarily low-budget releases of Baker's recordings from circa 1926-1940, and are essential interpretations of the classic recorded french chanson, inspite of the fact that Baker has an incredibly think accent and murders of the french language at every turn.

But Baker didn't sing that way forever. As her singing abilities grew, her voice deepened, and she mastered the french language.
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Giddy Can-Can type chansonettes, soulful ballads, Edit Piaf-esque hymns to Paris, Josephine Baker, at the peak of her vocal powers, delivers them all with consummate mastery and apparent ease. Her rich, creamy mezzo and rapid even vibrato are the perfect vehicle for these chansons, and her timing and dynamic expression are impeccable. Far from the twittery interpretations of her early recordings, these songs are the works of a mature master.
Sure, some of the orchestrations and arrangements are corny, but that's the style of the period, and it's great fun. One or two times of listening to this, and you'll be humming happily along.
To those who have never heard Josephine's later recordings, she may at moments be reminiscent of a more fluid, powerful and infinitely happier and more mellow Edith Piaf.
The recoding engineers have done an admirable job of transferring this early stereo work to compact disc. While this recording does not offer the sonic depth of a contemporary recording, it nevertheless delivers everything with great clarity and negligible distortion.
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Josephine is a legend, showbizz history. And this album is history too with some of Bakers best songs. My only dissapointment is that 'J'ai deux amours' isn't on this album. A bravo to RCA to reissue this Living Stereo album on CD.
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I have the two disc set Bonsieur My Love, which is mostly 30s renditions of her earliest and best known songs. Great sound quality compared to the scrachy originals.
This is from a later less coquettish period when her voice is deeper and even better.
Some of the arrangemens are kind of 50s, but there are plenty of Musette type recordings here.
Some quite Piaf like ones.
Though she doesn't sing in the style of Sarah Vaughn, I think she shows here that she could match her in vocal range and quality.
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