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[Download MP3] - Les Accordeons de France

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Item Number: 875108
Artist: French Compilation (Various Artists)


In this beautifully remastered, 18-song, Arkadia Chansons collection of instrumental and sung melodies featuring France's superstars of the accordion era, entitled Les Accordeons de France, the operative word is Joy, the kind of joy that comes from letting oneself go.

 

The most inveterate of snobs will have a hard time resisting the rhythm of Medard Ferrero's Les Triolets. Robert Trognee's Le retour des hirondelles is a classic accordionized waltz. Emile Garrigoux gives a rousing performance of the other mainstay of the accordion - the java. Despite the pervasive gaiety, there is also something somewhat plaintive in the sound of the accordion, which no doubt helps explain its popularity among the working classes. The great accordionist Tony Murena is heard here playing Le Denichuer and Indifference, two wistful melodies, reminiscent of a sea-side summer at twilight.

 

All the songs here belong to the heyday of this under-appreciated instrument. Hard as it may be to believe, in Paris in the 1930s, there were more than 300 "bals musette," or accordion balls, in operation. There, couples forgot their cares, dancing to sounds pumped out by the masters of the soulful and bellowing instrument, until the Parisian sunrise brought them back to reality. This album, Les Accordeons de France (which is also available on CD), takes us back in time to musically remember that magical era, proving, try as one might, you simply cannot deny the melodious accordion its rightful place in the grand tradition of French song.

 

1. La valse des as

Gus Viseur

1942

2. Le Denicheur

Tony Murena

1942

3. Indifference

Tony Murena

1941

4. Les Triolets

Medard Ferrero

1934

5. Perle de Cristal

Medard Ferrero

1936

6. Quand on s'promene au bord de l'eau

Jean Gabin 

1936

7. Le retour des hirondelles 

Robert Trognee

1933

8. Escamillo 

Henri Momboisse 

1929

9. La mome caoutchouc

Rene Pesenti

1932

10. On n'a pa tous les jours vingt ans 

Leon Raiter

1934

11. La guinguette a ferme ses volets 

Damia

1934

12. La valse du tourbillon

Albert Carrara

1931

13. Reine de musette 

Emile Vacher

1927

14. Gaby

Deprince

1941

15. C'est la Guinguette 

Annette Lajon

1936

16. La java des Cezigue

Emile Garrigoux 

1930

17. Ca gaze

Marceau

1930

18. La java bleue

Frehel

1939

19. L'entrainante

Fredo Gardoni

1930

 

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