The third volume of the five-disc set containing all of Petula Clark's French-language material recorded for Vogue Records in the '60s, Anthologie, Vol. 3 contains 29 tracks recorded in 1963 and 1964. Interestingly (particularly considering France's reputation as the European country that rock & roll had the hardest time penetrating), Clark's Vogue material was often more up-tempo and rock-oriented than the middle-of-the-road ballads that remained her English stock in trade even after the success of "Downtown" later in 1964. Much of this disc is devoted to perfectly respectable French pop reinterpretations of British and American rock & roll hits. "Tu Perds Ton Temps" ("Please Please Me"), "Ceux Qui Ont un Coeur" ("Anyone Who Had a Heart"), "La Nuit N'En Finit Plus" ("Needles and Pins"), and even more oddball choices like the Beach Boys' "No Go Showboat" ("J'ai Pas le Temps") and Herb Alpert's instrumental "The Lonely Bull" ("Plaza de Toros") are surprising and delightful; the Beatles cover rocks harder than any of Clark's English language material of the era. It's also interesting to note that while Clark let Tony Hatch write most of her English releases during this period, a full one-third of these songs feature lyrics written by Clark, including "Les James Dean," a tribute to the dead star with a strange Bo Diddley-in-Africa rhythm. Petula Clark's French material from this era is every bit the equal of her English records and, in many cases, it's actually better.
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