Paris in April

Paris in April

by April March


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A CD combining all of April March's 1995 vinyl release, Chick Habit, with a slew of previously unreleased songs recorded during the same sessions, Paris in April is a glorious blend of '60s French pop and '90s indie sass, centered on the cooing French and English vocals of April March, also known as animator and punk-pop singer Elinor Blake. A large number of musicians contribute, with guitarist-producer Andy Paley leading the group and a guest appearance by Jonathan Richman on "Le Temps de L'Amour." The set kicks off with the brilliant "Chick Habit," which sets France Gall's Serge Gainsbourg-penned hit "Laisse Tomber les Filles" (which shows up in its original French later on) to a "Peter Gunn" guitar line and a smart-alecky English translation that's actually not far removed from the original French lyrics. The other 13 songs mix ye-ye classics and Blake-penned originals in the style, and it says something for the album that it's impossible to tell the two apart. Brilliant stuff, and a highly recommended album for all lovers of '60s French pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/1996
Label: Sympathy 4 The R.I.
UPC: 0790276045620
catalogNumber: 456
Rank: 29239

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Performance Credits

April March   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Jonathan Richman   Guitar
Frank Macchia   Saxophone,Soloist
Andy Paley   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Bongos,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,talking drum
Phil Maynes   Bass,Guitar
Steve Savitsky   Bongos,Drums
Ann Closs-Farley   Laughs
Sheryl Farber   Background Vocals
Phil Maynes   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Steve Savitsky   Drums
Matt Fleming   Trombone
Richard Hoffman   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Kim Bullard   Engineer
Mark Linett   Engineer
John Paterno   Engineer
Rocky Schenck   Cover Photo
Elinor Blake   Producer

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