Rough Guide To The Music Of Paris / Various


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Review Text While great respect is due to the Rough Guide world music compilations (especially from the globe's outer reaches), this one -- covering one of the world's great cities which has a musical culture teeming with creativity, vibrancy, diversity, and outlets of expression -- is simply lazy. First off, the back cover states that the CD "is a superb overview of Paris's eclectic contemporary music scene." Wrong. Django Reinhardt, though he may have influenced that scene, isn't contemporary any more than Sidney Bechet is (both are long gone); they may have influenced what happens now in some indirect way, but they aren't "contemporary" at all. An obvious question is that if these two are included, why isn't there even one cut by Serge Gainsbourg here? Certainly his influence is far more contemporary than any of the aforementioned greats, and at least at this moment his influence is far wider. The fact that Jacques Brel and Edith PIaf are also absent throws the compiler's strategy right out the window. (And the argument that Gainsbourg and Brel weren't born in Paris doesn't hold water if you include Bechet or Reinhardt.) None of the music from the great and influential Studio Saravah scene is here, nor is music from St. Germain, MC Solaar, or Air! True, Richard Galliano is still playing music, as are the great Bireli Lagrene and Aldo Romano. Even as Pauline Croze is present, and the steamy Andalusian funk and blues fusion of Lili Boniche too, this album sounds like it was predisposed to include something uniquely "musette-ish" and to offer some stereotypical image of the city as a melting pot without actually even attempting to do that. Even contemporary music from the French Algerian underground is absent. This is actually the poorest volume in the Rough Guide series, and it is not only lazy, but deeply misleading. This is revealed not only its choices but especially in its omissions, which betray a strange and perhaps troubling aesthetic and social ideology. ~ Thom Jurek

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Autre Bout du Monde - 3:19
  2. 2. Petit Succès - 3:15
  3. 3. Plat à Gratin - 4:30
  4. 4. Quand Je Suis Ivre - 3:28
  5. 5. Place du Tertre - 5:56
  6. 6. Elle Est Partie - 4:24
  7. 7. Waltz for Nicky - 3:23
  8. 8. Yeux Noirs - 3:58
  9. 9. Café au Lait - 3:09
  10. 10. Ma Mère Trîne au Café - 3:13
  11. 11. Swing Suspens - 3:22
  12. 12. St Germain des Près - 4:03
  13. 13. Valse Chinoise - 3:15
  14. 14. Bis'ness - 2:43
  15. 15. Costauds de La Lune - 3:01
  16. 16. Brise Napolitaine - 3:46
  17. 17. Belleville - 2:09
  18. 18. Bechet's Creole Blues - 6:33
  19. 19. [CD-Rom Track]

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