Various Artists

Swinging Mademoiselle

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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

This 16-song compilation of rare, '60s French pop sung by female vocalists is very similar to the three-volume Ultra Chicks CD series devoted to the same micro-genre. In fact, most of the singers on this LP are also represented on the Ultra Chicks volumes, although only three of the tracks are duplicated from Ultra Chicks. And like Ultra Chicks, this might disappoint those looking for something of the caliber of Françoise Hardy. But it has fun, if on the whole light, pop/rock tunes that derive pretty heavily from British Invasion, mod, girl group, and early psychedelic styles, but with French femme vocals. Some of the better tracks are Elsa Leroy's French cover of the Beau Brummels' "Just a Little"; Françoise's (who is not Françoise Hardy) breathy rendition of "Love Is Strange," retitled "Hum! Hum!"; and Cleo's pensively melodic "Madame La Terre." Comes with lots of photos and detailed liner notes, which you don't get with all of these kinds of comps (like the Ultra Chicks ones, for instance).