Greatest Golden Hits CD (1996)

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Charles Aznavour Greatest Golden Hits

by Trish Hill on 6/15/2012

This is a wonderful collection of Charles Aznavour songs in English. I've been a fan since I first heard him in 1966. I needed to replace some of my worn out vinyl records. This was a great choice. Revered in Europe, unfortunately, he remains underappreciated in the US. Read More

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Label Emd/angel
SKU 60137396
UPC 724383370320
UPC 14 00724383370320
Format CD
Release Date 4/23/1996
Author Charles Aznavour
Compilation Appearance Duets
Compilation Appearance Duets & Duets Ii:90th Birthday
Compilation Appearance Best Of Paris
Compilation Appearance I (Heart) Paris
Compilation Appearance 20 Grandes Exitos
Compilation Appearance Engelbert Calling
Compilation Appearance Best Of Paris Volume 2
Compilation Appearance Best Of Patrick Bruel
Associated Artist/Work Becaud, Gilbert
Associated Artist/Work Brel, Jacques
Associated Artist/Work Calmon, Waldir
Associated Artist/Work Chico & the Gypsies
Associated Artist/Work Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Minnelli, Liza
Artist Influence Charles Tr?net
Artist Influence L?o Ferr?
Artist Influence Marlene Dietrich
Artist Influence Maurice Chevalier
Artist Influence Mistinguett
Artist Influence Rudy Vall?e
Artist Influence Yvette Guilbert
Artist Contemporary dith Piaf
Artist Contemporary Adamo
Artist Contemporary Alain Souchon
Artist Contemporary Barbara (France)
Artist Contemporary Boris Vian
Artist Contemporary Charles Tr?net
Artist Contemporary Claude Fran?ois
Artist Contemporary Daniel Guichard
Artist Contemporary Dean Martin
Artist Contemporary Fran?oise Hardy
Artist Contemporary Frank Sinatra
Artist Contemporary Georges Brassens
Artist Contemporary Georges Moustaki
Artist Contemporary Gerhard Polt
Artist Contemporary Gilbert B?caud
Artist Contemporary Guy B?art
Artist Contemporary Henri Salvador
Artist Contemporary Jacques Brel
Artist Contemporary Jacques Dutronc
Artist Contemporary Jacques Higelin
Artist Contemporary Jean Ferrat
Artist Contemporary Jean Sablon
Artist Contemporary Joe Dassin
Artist Contemporary Johnny Hallyday
Artist Contemporary Julien Clerc
Artist Contemporary Juliette Gr?co
Artist Contemporary Maurice Chevalier
Artist Contemporary Michel Delpech
Artist Contemporary Mireille Mathieu
Artist Contemporary Renaud
Artist Contemporary Serge Gainsbourg
Artist Contemporary Serge Lama
Artist Contemporary Serge Reggiani
Artist Contemporary Sissel
Artist Contemporary Yves Montand
Artist Follower Caetano Veloso
Artist Follower David Bowie
Artist Follower Fran?oise Hardy
Artist Follower Jane Birkin (Singer/Actress)
Artist Follower Keren Ann
Artist Follower Leonard Cohen
Artist Follower Michel Berger
Artist Follower Nina Simone
Artist Follower Nouvelle Vague
Artist Follower Pierre Bachelet
Artist Follower Richard Hawley
Artist Follower Rufus Wainwright
Artist Follower Scott Walker
Artist Follower Spottiswoode & His Enemies
Artist Follower The Negro Problem
Technical Info
CatalogID 33703
Lable Name EMI Angel (USA)
Released 04/23/1996
Original Release 1996
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 70m : 44s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724383370320
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Charles Aznavour (vocals).
Arrangers: Steve Jeffries; Claude Denjean; Gordon Jenkins; Christian Gaubert; James Newton Howard; Jeremy Lubbock; Wil Malone ; Paul Mauriat; Tommy Oliver; Del Newman.
The aptly-titled GREATEST GOLDEN HITS, an exquisite 20-song compilation, focuses on Charles Aznavour's later career, when the Paris-based singer was recording much of his material in English in an attempt to break the US market. Coming both stylistically and chronologically between older pop crooners like Maurice Chevalier and younger, rock and roll-influenced artists like Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Dutronc, Aznavour is possibly best described as the Frank Sinatra of France. Indeed, most of his American releases during this period were on Sinatra's Reprise label.
Whether singing in English or French, Aznavour's commanding jazz-inflected voice holds more than a hint of world-weariness, adding a rueful edge to such songs as "Yesterday When I Was Young" and "A Blue Like the Blue of Your Eyes." GREATEST GOLDEN HITS is an excellent introduction to this under-appreciated singer.
Artist Overview
A keystone in the modern chanson genre, French cabaret singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has been entertaining the world since the 1940s. In the early '50s, he often opened for Edith Piaf, and composed several songs for her, thus beginning a solid reputation as both a gifted writer (his songs have been covered memorably by Jack Jones, Matt Monro, and others) and a unique song-stylist. He has a special talent for writing and singing from unusual points of view, creating personal and compassionate character studies that expand the emotional range of the typical pop ballad. Aznavour has also acted in dozens of films, most famously Truffaut's SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER. Aznavour retired from performing in 2000, but continues to write and record music.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (5/3/96, p.79) - "...Whether he's dealing with a drag queen's loneliness or an aging wife's fading allure, the substance--and his casual, commanding vocal style--holds our attention." - Rating: A
Disc 1
1 After Loving You (De T'Avoir Aim?e)
2 Happy Anniversary (Bon Anniversaire)
3 It Will Be My Day (Je M'Voyais D?j?)
4 Boheme, La (La Boh?me)
5 She (Tous Les Visages d'Amour)
6 Old Fashioned Way, The (Les Plaisirs D?mod?s)
7 What Makes a Man (Comme Ils Disent)
8 Yesterday, When I Was Young (Hier Encore)
9 You've Got to Learn (Il Faut Savoir)
10 How Sad Venice Can Be
11 Ave Maria
12 Hold Back the Night (Retiens la Nuit)
13 I Didn't See the Time Go By (Je N'Ai Pas Vu le Temps Passer)
14 I'll Be There
15 Times We've Known, The (Les Bons Moments)
16 You've Let Yourself Go (Tu T'Laisses Aller)
17 Baraka, La
18 And I in My Chair (Et Moi Dans Mon Coin)
19 Sunday's Not My Day (Je Hais les Dimanches)
20 Blue Like the Blue of Your Eyes, A (Plus Bleu Que le Bleu de Tes Yeux)

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