Petula Clark

Anthologie, Vol. 4: 1964-1965

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The fourth installment of this five-volume set collecting all of Petula Clark's French-language material recorded for the Vogue label in the '60s is probably the most interesting to the casual fan, as it corresponds to her greatest U.S. and U.K. success. Indeed, the set kicks off with "Dans le Temps," the French version of her breakout hit, "Downtown," and throws in les versionnes Françaises of "I Know a Place," "Round Every Corner," and "You'd Better Come Home" for good measure. There's a couple of interesting remakes of other British pop hits as well, including the Lennon/McCartney composition "Nobody I Know" and a jaunty reworking of the Kinks' "A Well Respected Man." A fine pair of Serge Gainsbourg tunes, "Les Incorruptibles" (one of Gainsbourg's most popular songs of this era) and "La Gadoue," round out the most interesting outside material. Meanwhile, fully half of these 28 songs feature lyrics written by Clark herself (who at the time was married to a Frenchman and living in the City of Light, so she was more than conversant in the language), particularly interesting considering the paucity of Clark writing credits on her Pye and Warner Bros. albums from this same period. The material is arguably more interesting on Anthologie, Vol. 3 than it is here, but not by much, and they're both essential purchases for fans not only of Petula Clark, but also of French pop of the '60s.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:08
2 2:58
3 2:34
4 2:31
5 2:36
6 3:12
7 2:42
8 2:54
9 3:02
10 2:40
11 2:17
12 2:42
13 3:10
14 2:54
15 2:38
16 2:31
17 3:21
18 2:37
19 3:02
20 2:28
21 2:32
22 3:00
23 2:06
24 2:21
25 2:59
26 2:30
27 2:19
28 2:34
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