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Putumayo Presents: French Cafe
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Putumayo Presents: French Cafe
Genres: International Music, Pop
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French Caf is a collection of classic and modern French music that will transport the listener to the romantic streets of Paris. The album features some of the greatest names in the history of French music as well as new ...  more »


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Putumayo Presents: French Cafe
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Putumayo World Music
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Re-Release Date: 11/11/2003
Genres: International Music, Pop
Styles: Europe, Continental Europe, Euro Pop, French Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 790248021928


Product Description
French Café is a collection of classic and modern French music that will transport the listener to the romantic streets of Paris. The album features some of the greatest names in the history of French music as well as new artists who are inspired by classic chanson, gypsy jazz and musette.
French Café includes performances by renowned icons such as Serge Gainsbourg, Georges Brassens, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and Barbara alongside contemporary musicians who have been adding new energy to the classic French sound, such as Paris Combo, Sanseverino, Polo, Coralie Clement, Enzo Enzo, Mathieu Boogaerts and Baguette Quartette

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IC B. (icberry)
Reviewed on 10/1/2021...
Be pleasantly surprised with this collection -- there's not a cliche in the bunch, here... despite the (okay, charming) Putumayo-style cover.

Every track here has something new and interesting to say about French popular music, but let's be clear -- it's not particularly heavy on the strolling accordion players. The closest we come to berets 'n' baguettes (if that's what you're looking for) is provided by one of the nicest tracks on the disc, "En Douce" by Baguette Quartette... a fun, classic bit of cafe musique, and my second favorite thing on the disc.

The very best music here -- in my opinion -- is from the wonderful and inimitable Sanseverino (!) for "Mal � Mains", a brisk, energetic, and sort of rueful take on what it means to be a fault. (Help me out, somebody with better French than I have...) That band - -such incredible, tight ensemble playing, wow. Sanseverino sounds like nobody else...but you just know Somebody has just about ever record Django Reinhardt ever made -- and that's a good thing! (Mal � Mains is from his "Le Tango des Gens" album.)

A very fun disc. Recommended. Enjoy!

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Y'a d'la joie!
Rebecca Whiting | Beautiful Bell Gardens, CA | 06/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Serge Gainsbourg (or Gainsbarre, as they call him in the Caribbean) is one of the creepiest musical perverts ever known. He's also one of France's great musical geniuses, so go figure. Putumayo had the guts to put him on the disc and the good taste to select a beautiful, melancholy, and touching song: "Marilou sous la neige". How do you narrow down the brilliant Barbara to a single song? Everything about her was always just so: the right enunciation, hitting the notes perfectly, every hair in place, her make-up impeccable. Putumayo chose "Si la photo est bonne", and it fits right into the album without leaving me drooling for more (although more would be nice).The collection is called "French Cafe", so you should have a pretty good idea what you're going to get. The question is, did Putumayo choose the tracks well? ABSOLUTELY. This is one of their real winners. It creates a perfect mood, laid-back and content, neither too melancholy nor too zealous. Just the thing for cruising the Pacific Coast Highway through Laguna Beach, the sun and waves and palm trees and thirty dollar pizzas and rich ladies in high heels on the beach.Or you might want to put it on while you houseclean, because it's not so brooding you'll collapse in tears among the cinders, but neither is it so vigorous you'll look like a overprogrammed robot. You'll just think: "Hell, why not vacuum in pearls?""
A terrific French ensemble
Alison | MA United States | 04/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I chose to buy this CD because I was looking for a good collection of and introduction to French musicians (past and present). A major attraction of this album is the lengthy, detailed booklet it comes with that tells about each group or singer on the album and gives a rough translation of the lyrics in English. (Note: a complete translation in English is not provided, just a few lines) Summaries of the songs' subjects in English are provided, though. If you understand/can translate French, I highly recommend reading the lyrics because it just adds another dimension of enjoyment and appreciation of the songs. I was able to find the French lyrics to all of the songs, except for the last song, on While it is true that this album is most likely not an accurate representation of the music playing at French cafes today, it is still a great collection and introduction to some great French artists. I will definitely be looking into buying the albums of some of the groups/singers on this CD. The music is jazzy, light-hearted, and relaxing and has been playing and replaying in my stereo for days."