Joe was an easy listening pop singer who died in the early eighties while still in his prime. This collection contains the best of his music from 1965 to 1979. Some of the songs are of French origin and it would appear from the credits that he co-wrote some of them. He sings one of the tracks here (The guitar don't lie) in English, although the other 45 tracks are all in French. Apart from the French songs, there are a number of other songs that he sings with French lyrics. It is clear from the titles that at least some of them have completely new lyrics rather than being translated from the original. I conclude this review with a list of some of the songs that might be familiar to you, to give you an idea of his range of material. Despite his easy listening style, the sources of the songs are diverse, including country and folk as well as mainstream pop songs.
The album is prepared in London with Johnny Arthey and tweaked at CBE with Bernard Estardy. Needless to say, it is literally stuffed with hits: "Et si tu n'existais pas", "Il faut naitre a Monaco", "Ca va pas changer le monde", "Salut"… The disc is released for Christmas holidays, supported by a little promo record. It is a smash success in France, as well as the forty-five with "Ca va pas changer le monde" and "Il faut naitre a Monaco", released promptly in January.
American expatriate Joe Dassin was one of France's most popular singers during the late '60s and '70s, initially building his name with stylized adaptations of folk and country material from his birthplace. As his career blossomed, Dassin turned increasingly to traditional-style chansons penned by some of the genre's best writers, scoring an all-time classic with his 1975 smash "L'Eté Indien." Notorious for his perfectionism, Dassin could play the introverted romantic, but his persona also played off of American archetypes and imagery.
Avec Joe Dassin « Country », ils sont tous là, tous les standards country interprétés en Français par le chanteur. Plus d'une vingtaine de titres sont présents sur cet album, parmi lesquels « Salut les amoureux »,« Marie-Jeane »,« Cécilia »,« Combien de temps pour t'oublier »,« Mon village du bout du monde »,« Excuse me Lady », « Les Dalton » ou encore « L'Amérique » … Autant de titres qui vous permettront de revivre la légende …
American country standards interpreted by the legendary French pop singer Joe Dassin.