Various Artists

Légendes d'Or de la Chanson, Vol. 4

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Starting things off with the dry sensuality of Edith Piaf, Legendes D'or de la Chanson, Vol. 4 may be the most solid collection in the series. The tracks are more up-tempo and distinct, with a greater range or variety. The sound quality is also noticeably improved on this disc, although the inclusion of more music from the '40s and '50s helps immensely. These songs seem to have more life and energy, and also pointed toward the later popularity of artists like Juliette Greco and Serge Gainsbourg. Anyone looking to get into this series could easily start here, especially since the individual volumes have no specific theme. This makes a good testing ground for any listener to decide if they like classic French pop or not; if so, continue on to the next volume.

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