- Album name: Le jour de clarté
- Artist name: Graeme Allwright
- Year: 1968
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Mercury
- Collection: Brenner / Gessner
- Who owned it: my mother, the family’s only Francophone.
- Buy the CD on Amazon: $11.99
Level of familiarity before listening
I have no familiarity at all with Graeme Allwright or this record.
What I expected
It’s in French, and it’s from 1968, and it includes songs by Leonard Cohen; Peter, Paul and Mary; Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton. So folk.
What it was actually like
This was pretty good, and I considered it the best of the three French-folk records from my mother’s collection so far – the other two being Garlick by Hugues Aufray (1972) and Une Selecton “La Fine Fleur” by Jacques Bertin (1964). I still felt like Ghost Dog while listening, though, and since I have no Haitian glacier friends, I doubt that my French will ever improve from its current state.
In any case, French Suzanne was a very faithful representation, and French The Stranger Song (L’étranger) was the same way. Though I consider Suzanne the quintessential Leonard Cohen song, I would not necessarily know the latter, but from the first bars, it sounded extremely Leonard Cohen, and I immediately felt like I was listening to Songs of Leonard Cohen.
The French What Did You Learn in School Today? (Qu’as-tu Appris A L’école) also stood out as mimicking its original singer Tom Paxton eerily well.
Of the others, I thought Jusqu’a La Ceinture was quite fun, and Ne Laisse Pas Partir Ta Chance was a most pleasant surprise – a bluegrass song! I never would have thought that bluegrass would appeal to the French taste in music.
4/5: would listen again
I love this album! Totally forgot all about it and would love to listen to it again. Merci beaucoup pour les memoirs.
Natan Gesher says
It looks like most of the songs are on youtube, plus others like this live recording of Allwright’s Suzanne.