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Y'a D'La Joie
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Pop
Singer / composer Charles Trenet, France s philosopher of joy, brings his storied songs, clear-sighted vision, and compelling voice, redolent of young love and Paris in the summertime, to this momentous Arkadia Chansons CD... more »
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Singer / composer Charles Trenet, France s philosopher of joy, brings his storied songs, clear-sighted vision, and compelling voice, redolent of young love and Paris in the summertime, to this momentous Arkadia Chansons CD entitled Charles Trenet: Il Y a d La Joie. Born in Paris, Charles Trenet (1913- 2001) started to make a career out of writing and singing his own songs in the mid 1930s. With his willful refusal to take a bleak view of life, despite the gloom which had gathered in the European atmosphere, Trenet quickly struck a chord with his compatriots. His songs exhibited a rare form of sophisticated optimism, which maintained a remarkably upbeat and happy tone without sounding naive or trite. In the years following WWII, Trenet s hopeful songs resonated with audiences around the globe as the wartime disposition evaporated. By the 1950's he had become one of, if not the, leading contemporary French songwriters and vocalists. And unlike many popular French performers, his music boasts an international appeal, making waves throughout Europe and the world with songs that have become standards such as Beyond The Sea (La Mer), Boum!..., and I Wish You Love (Que reste-t-il de nos amours?). The sensibility which inspired Trenet to craft his poetic songs and music enabled him to lift the spirits of audiences. Listening to the 18 songs in this collection, one feels that they have been brought into contact with a philosophical spirit that has arrived at the conclusion that the ultimate good in life is happiness, and that ideal beauty takes the form of a smile. His classic songs and interpretations are celebrated on this digitally remastered CD . France's modern answer to the medieval troubadour, Charles Trenet continued to delight audiences well into his 80s; making him worshiped by his legion of fans until the day he died. This recording helps keep his cheerful legacy alive.
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P.O. THIBAULT | Paris | 11/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nov. 1999 Charles Trenet has been an active singer for a while since 1935... and until recently (his last show was provided in Paris in october1999 !).This record "Y'a d'la joie !" (one can approximatively translate to "be happy !") sums up his first songs, from his 1936-1939 period.Not the very first ones though (many other perls may be found inside his 1935-1936 productions, whith his debut, singing as a student). But the most complete, wrought songs, which most Frenchmen know by heart.It is very representative of the late 1930's in France, which had not yet heard about jazz, swing, etc (we had to wait for the GI's some years later, after more tragic periods). Trenet was a kind of precursor, and may remind of Cab Calloway to American listeners.If one has to buy a record from Mr Trenet, this is THE record ! The innocence of youth is perfect, the tempo is really original, and the lyrics (for French-speaking people of course) match the music.After that, Trenet's songs will not be the same, even should they be even better ("La Mer" / "Beyond the sea", etc : 1945), maybe because the war times will have spread a kind of gravity upon the singer - and his audience.A perfect mix of classical French song and (first mid of) 20th century beat, the reference for French "chanson"."