Sunday, July 20, 2008

Selections from André Popp's Why Say Goodbye (1968)

French composer / musical arranger André Popp had a huge international hit in 1954 with his song
'Portuguese Washerwomen', which was subsequently covered by many artists and became an 'easy listening' standard.

Such was also the case later in 1968, when his composition
'Love Is Blue' was recorded again and again by different performers.

The lighter 'pop' recordings of Popp stand in contrast to the eccentric and adventurous sounds present in his 1957 album 'Delirium In Hi-Fi'.
That recording and the few that followed are the ones for which Popp has been most celebrated.

The bulk of this '68 album is fairly standard light pop, though often with a 'cinematic' feel, vaguely reminiscent of Ennio Morricone or other European film composers, complete with 'shadow' chorus vocals.

From André Popp's
'Why Say Goodbye' LP,
(MGM Records LP, 1968), Listen to:

A Comme Amour (Why Say Goodbye)
Le Lit de Lola
Mon Amour, Mon Ami
L'Amour Est Bleu (Love Is Blue)
Manchester Et Liverpool
Les Papillons
On Oublie Jamais
Bim Bom
Le Coeur Trop Tendre

(click for audio)

- - OR download all 10 tracks in one 23.2 Mb zipfile.

See also:
- André Popp listings at All Music.Com and at Space Age Pop

- A couple of other Popp tracks can be heard at the André Popp tribute page at MySpace.


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