Sylvie Vartan – Au Palais Des Congres (1977)

FrontCover1Although actor/pop singer Sylvie Vartan is Bulgarian, she would eventually receive recognition from the French, usually singing entirely in the language of her adopted homeland. Born August 15, 1944, in Iskretz, Bulgaria, Vartan showed great talent for both acting and singing at an early age, resulting in an appearance in the Bulgarian film Under the Yoke in 1950. Two years later (while only ten years old), Vartan and her family relocated to France. 1961 would prove to be an important year for Vartan’s career, as she entered a recording studio for the first time, picked up some TV work, and appeared at the famed Olympia Theater. The early ’60s saw the release of a steady stream of singles, EPs, and albums (such as 1962’s Sylvie), in addition to further appearances in European movies — including A Moonlight in Maubeuge and Just for Fun.
Other impressive accomplishments for Vartan in the early ’60s included recording a pair of songs (“If I Sing” and “Most Beautiful to Go to Dance”) with famed country artists Chet Atkins and Ray Stevens, and playing on the same bill as the Beatles at the Olympia in January of 1964.
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During the mid-’60s, Vartan concentrated on making inroads to the American music market, as she appeared on such TV shows as The Ed Sullivan Show, Hullaballooh, and Shindig, while one of her best singles, “2’35 de Bonheur,” hit the charts in early 1967. Subsequently, Vartan kept on issuing albums and touring at a steady rate right up to the 21st century, as 2001 saw the release of the 14-track career overview L’Essential. (by Greg Prato)
And here´s one of her glamourus Performance from the mid-seventies … and, oh yes … more or less in the disco-style … not really my world … but many fantastic colors, you know.
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Photography by Helmuth Newton
Personnel:
Michel Barrault (trumpet)
Simon van der Cam (guitar)
Marc Chantereau (percussion)
Michel Ciric (violine)
Gilbert Ciuffi (saxophone)
Gérard Daguerre (piano)
Gilbert Dall’Anez (saxophone)
Pierre Defaye (violine)
Daniel Faidherbe (viola)
Christian Guizien (trombone)
André Laidli (trumpet)
Dino Latore (drums)
Pierre Louis (violine)
Alex Perdigon (trombone)
Slim Pezin (guitar)
Tonyo Rubio (bass)
Georges Tapie (piano)
Louis Toesca (trumpet)
Stephan Wiener (viola)
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Background vocals:
Catherine Bonnevay – Cora Carnier – Dominique Poulain – Francine Chabot – Martine Latorre

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Tracklist:

01. Ouverture (Kaufman) 3.03
02. C’est Instant Est A Moi (E. Vartan/Mallory) 4.27
03. Petit Rainbow (Summer Love Sensation) (Martin/Coulter/Grillet) 3.41
04. 4  L’Amour C’est Comme Les Bateaux (Popp/Thibaut) 3.32
05. Dieu Merci (Si Sisto) (Covecchio/Chammah/Thibaut) 3.00
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06. Qu’Est-Ce Qui Fait Pleurer Les Blondes (Kongos/Leroy/Delanoé) 1.26
07. Arrete De Rire (Sail On) (Rivat/Warren) 4.31
08. Ne Pars Pas Comme Ca (Don’t Leave Me This Way) (Manilow/Mallory) 4.26
09. Le Temps Du Swing (House Of Swing) (Thibaut/Stonebridge/McGuinness) 5.48
10. Tout Le Bazar (All That Jazz) (Stillman/Carter/Mallory) 7.01
11. Ouverture (Swing) (Kaufman) / Georges (George’s Disco Tango) (Hall/Mallory/Simon´/Billon/Strasser) 5.29
12. La Drole De Fin (Last Tango) (Libert/Rivat/Vincent/Meakin) 3.47
13. 2’35 De Bonheur (Thomas/Renart/Rivat) 2.32
14. Jubilation (Harris/Anka) 3.12
15. Operator (featuring Gary Chapman + Peter Newton) (Spiveri) 4.21
16. Photo (featuring Gary Chapman + Peter Newton) (E.Vartan/Mallory) 5.25
17. Medley (4.13)
17.1. Danse-La, Chante-La (Dibbens/Shepstone/Dessca)
17.2. Irrestistiblement (Aber/Renard)
17.3. Ta Sorcière Bien Aimée (Di Nino/Gouty/Mallory/Billon)
17.4. L’Amour Au Diapason (Renard/Mallory)
17.5. Danse-La, Chante-La (Dibbens/Shepstone/Dessca)
18. Parle-Moi De Ta Vie (Bourtayre/Dessca) 3.28
19. Je Suis Nee Dans Une Valise (E. Vartan/Mallory) 3.15
20. Dancing Star (Vartan/Mallory) 4.58
21. Finale (E. Vartan/Mallory) 2.38

22. Side 1 (uncut) 20.19
23. Side 2 (uncut) 22.10
24. Side 3 (uncut) 20.16
25. Side 4 (uncut) 25.37

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Sylvie Vartan , 1968
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