Charles Aznavour

20 Chansons d'Or

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Fans looking for an entrée to Charles Aznavour's daunting catalog will do well to pick up this 20-track career summary. Reduced down from the two-disc 40 Chanson D'or collection, 20 Chansons focuses on Aznavour's French-language material from the '60s and '70s (the singer also cut many records in English and a few in Italian). Shot full of his famously impassioned and slightly raspy vocals, the many highlights include a gypsy-tinged "Les Deux Guitares," the pop ballad "L'Amour C'Est Comme un Jour," and the Sinatra swinger "For Me, Formidable." There's even room for some psych pop ("Le Plaisirs Démodés") and mambo ("Le Comediens"). Most of all, though, the disc includes shining examples of Aznavour's superb chanson balladry. A very welcome addition to the sparse selection of worthwhile Aznavour retrospectives.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:21 Spotify
2 2:23 Spotify
3 5:56 Spotify
4 3:37 Spotify
5 2:22 Spotify
6 3:46 Spotify
7 2:18 Spotify
8 6:28 Spotify
9 2:37 Spotify
10 2:38 Spotify
11 3:41 Spotify
12 2:50 Spotify
13 4:04 Spotify
14 3:50 Spotify
15 3:11 Spotify
16 3:10 Spotify
17 4:55 Spotify
18 2:22 Spotify
19 3:44 Spotify
20 3:31
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