Various Artists

World of Music: France

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This anthology of easy listening instrumentals proves that there are universals that cross cultures, namely, the sound of Lawrence Welk and Mitch Miller. A few of these tunes are well known in America, like "La Vie en Rose" and "Windmills of Your Mind"; the rest are probably equally well known in France. One group appears more than others, Jack Emblow and His Band. They are primarily responsible for the Welk/Miller effect. A second group, Les Petits Violons, actually delivers on the musette sound hinted at on the album's cover. Another group, Angelo et Ses Guitares, comes close. A few of the tracks are fairly good, such as the atmospheric "Canal du Midi." Unfortunately they are followed by tracks like "C'est Si Bon," with its cheesy electric piano. And so it goes. If you're looking for a disc to play at your grandparents' French theme party, relax, you've found it. If you're looking for yourself, check out Paris Musette.

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