Friday, May 25, 2012

Je M'appelle Barbra 1966

Je M'appelle Barbra 1966
Too many people don't know how great this CD is. Perhaps they're scared off by the idea of a French album, or maybe it's the serious looking cover art, but Je M'appelle Barbra continues Barbra's string of superb albums in the 60's. The original concept was to do the entire project in French, but the finished product is a comfortable blend of English and French, and completely accessible. The material is generally well-known, like "Speak to Me of Love," and "Autumn Leaves," done here in the Streisand style. Barbra tries too hard to re-invent "I Wish You Love" and "What Now My Love," making them too angst-ridden, but she's on surer footing with the haunting "Clopin Clopant," the moody "Love and Learn" and the heartbreaking "Martina." "Ma Premiere Chanson" is her first attempt at composing, and it's a pleasant little love song. But for grand Barbra singing, try "Free Again." Undiscovered gem(s): "Le Mur" which is the French version of "I've Been Here." Barbra's renditions more than do justice to the lady for whom the song was written, Edith Piaf.

What Now My Love
Autumn Leaves
Speak to Me of Love
Once Upon A Summertime
I Wish You Love
Clopin Clopant
Ma Premiere Chanson
Free Again
Le Mur
I've Been Here
Love and Learn

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