Édith Piaf

Mon Legionnaire [LCF]

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Edith Piaf is a true icon. In many ways, she is the French equivalent to the American jazz singer Billie Holiday. Both women changed the very nature of vocal music, and both suffered tormented lives, eventually succumbing to alcohol and drug abuse. On MON LEGIONNAIRE, the legendary Piaf reveals why she is held in such high regard by music fans, critics, and historians alike.

Filled with smart orchestrations, this album is made up of early Piaf recordings (circa the late 1940s). On all 14 tracks, Piaf's voice is as enchanting as ever, and her passion for the repertoire is evident. Highlights include the march-like "Les Marins, Ca Fait des Voyages" and the bouncy "Entre Saint-Ouen et Clignancourt." Perhaps the finest song here, however, is "J'Entends la Sirene," which showcases the sheer, soaring power of Piaf's voice.

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