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Monday, January 30, 2012

Mauriat Magic - Paul Mauriat

Mauriat Magic
Paul Mauriat
Philips PHS 600-270

From the inside cover: The man who nudged aside such seemingly immovable pop idols as The Beatles and The Supremes is a quiet, accomplished musician whose orchestra has backed some of France's greatest singers. Paul Mauriat, a product of the Masrseille Conservatory, originally was set to become a concert pianist. At 17, he altered his plans. More interested in pop music styles, especially modern jazz, he formed his own orchestra and toured France and the Continent. Since Paris was the only city where an artist could gain national recognition, he decided that it was the place for him. Almost immediately he began arranging songs for Charles Aznavour.

From Billboard - June 8, 1968: Mauriat's successful blending of Gallic and Anglo-Saxon pop standards is done with taste and imagination. The arrangements are lush but never sticky, whether it be the Lennon-McCartney "Michele" or the Charles Aznavour "The World We Knew."

Love In Every Room / Meme Is Tu Revenais
San Francisco / Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair
The World We Knew
Merci Cherie
Live For Life / Vivre Pour Vivre
I Waited For You / Ce Soir Je T'Attendais
A Banda / Parade
The Last Waltz
Go Away / Un Adieu

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