Step back in time with these beautiful and timeless French chansons by legends and contemporary artists.
Though echoing the past, Vintage France proves how alive and hip classic French chanson remains. Several generations of musicians continue to find inspiration in tunes that were first popularized in the early to mid-1900s. Over the last 100 years, the French chanson tradition has undergone a process of evolution, yet retained an inimitable charm. Fans of Piaf and Gainsbourg, or new listeners looking for an introduction to France’s classic gems, will find exactly what they are looking for on Vintage France.
Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label was started as an offshoot of the Putumayo clothing and handicraft company, after its founder, Dan Storper, was surprised by the extraordinary response to the international music he had begun playing in his stores. Putumayo’s meticulously researched and curated musical journeys were so successful that, in 1997, Storper sold the clothing company so he could focus his attention on the music business. For the past 21 years, Putumayo has been known for its joyful compilations of great international music that support the company’s motto: “Guaranteed to make you feel good!”
Putumayo’s distinctive CD covers feature the colorful art of British illustrator Nicola Heindl, whose folkloric style illuminates the company’s mission: to connect the traditional and the contemporary through music and art. By combining appealing music and striking visual aesthetics with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity, a rarity in today’s artist-based music industry.
Putumayo is considered a music industry pioneer and leader in developing the non-traditional retail market and has built a global network of more than 5,000 book, gift, craft, clothing, health food and other specialty retailers that play its music and sell its CDs. Storper’s vision of establishing a global company and lifestyle brand has been furthered with offices in the Europe, Latin America and Australia and distribution in more than 80 countries.
The company’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than one million dollars to non-profit organizations around the world.
1. La Valse Brune - Juliette Gréco
2. J'attendrai - Asier Etxeandia
3. La Javanaise - Madeleine Peyroux
4. Jardin d'Hiver - Patrick Nugier
5. Les Parapluies de Cherbourg - Martijn Luttmer
6. Les Baleines Bleues - Daniel Roure
7. Nany - Norbert Slama
8. Sous le Ciel de Paris - Francesca Blanchard
9. Confessin - Raphael Bas
10. Je Me Fais des Idées - Lara Guirao
11. Cloviswing - Jean-Claude Laudat
12. Ménilmontant - Philippe Gautier
Publisher: Putumayo World Music
Publication Date: 2/26/2013