Among all the giants of the music hall and the French "Chanson," Charles Aznavour (who is 93 years-old at this writing) towers above all others. An absolute genius of both music and poetry, Aznavour was without peer in his ability to describe everyday feelings and emotions both realistically and beautifully. One of Aznavour’s greatest strengths is his ability to tell stories through his music. His style of performing has been compared to that of Maurice Chevalier, Mel Tormé and Frank Sinatra (although Aznavour would be the last to compare himself with those whom he regards as truly gifted vocalists, preferring to think of himself as a composer who also happens to sing), and it has remained enduringly popular for five decades.
This best-of collection gathers 20 formidable recordings made between 1952 and 1962, including most of the finest moments of his career.
CHARLES AZNAVOUR, vocals
A1, B9 & B10: Orchestra conducted by Jean Leccia. Paris, 1956-58.
A2-A7 & B2: Orchestra conducted by Paul Mauriat. Paris, 1960-61.
A8-A9 & B1: Orchestra conducted by Paul Mauriat & Étienne Verschueren. Paris, 1962.
B3-B4: Orchestra & choir conducted by Franck Pourcel. Paris, 1952.
A10, B5-B8: Orchestra conducted by Jo Moutet. Paris, 1955-56.
Recordings originally issued on the Barclay and Ducretet-Thomson labels.
01- AY ! MOURIR POUR TOI
02- JE M’VOYAIS DÉJÀ
03- LES DEUX GUITARES
04- TU T’LAISSES ALLER
05- COMME DES ÉTRANGERS
06- L’AMOUR ET LA GUERRE
07- IL FAUT SAVOIR
08- LES COMÉDIENS
10- SUR MA VIE
01- L’AMOUR C’EST COMME UN JOUR
05- LE PALAIS DE NOS CHIMÈRES
06- APRÈS L’AMOUR
07- SA JEUNESSE
09- L’AMOUR Á FLEUR DE COEUR
10- JE HAIS LES DIMANCHES