Michel Pagliaro

Pagliaro Hit Parade

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Thirty years on from his first single as part of Les Chanceliers, "Pag" remains the dean of Quebec Rock. Two-disc set Pagliaro Hit Parade collects 28 catchy rockers captured between 1969 and 1988. Recording in both official languages for much of his career, his string of early-'70s English gems like "Loving You Ain't Easy," "Rainshowers," and "Some Sing, Some Dance" constitute some of the best Badfinger songs that Badfinger never recorded (unless you're a native of Quebec, in which case the sentence becomes Badfinger's "Day After Day" is the best Pagliaro song that Pagliaro never recorded). The French material tends to more gritty, traditional rock & roll, led by his biggest hit "J'Entends Frapper." Shame on Audiogram for missing this opportunity to set Pagliaro's career in some well-deserved context -- the inadequate booklet contains only song lyrics with black & white photos.

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