Review: When popular 1950s singer Jaye P Morgan first released this eponymous album in 1976, she would undoubtedly have hoped it would reignite her career. Sadly it didn't, but the album - a curious but hugely enjoyable mix of saccharine, synth-laden slow jams, disco-fired dancefloor workouts, Broadway style torch songs and fuzzy funk - went on to become a cult classic amongst Balearic-minded diggers. As this essential reissue proves, much of the material has aged rather well. Check, for example, the laidback AOR disco chug of "Can't Hide Love", the Barry White style seductiveness of "Here Is Where Your Love Belong" and the spine-tingling rush of Morgan's killer disco cover of Detroit soul staple "You're All I Need To Get By". Don't sleep!
Serge Gainsbourg - "Laissez Moi Tranquille" (1:55)
Anna Karina - "Chanson D'Angela (Une Femme Est Une Femme)" (2:23)
Jeanne Moreau - "Le Tourbillon (Jules Et Jim)" (2:04)
Martial Solal - "Duo (A Bout De Souffle)" (2:21)
Claude Nougaro - "Le Cinema" (2:55)
Francoise Hardy - "Oh, Oh, Cheri" (2:20)
Bob Azzam - "Viens A Juan Les Pins" (2:32)
Charles Aznavour - "I Want To Be Kissed" (2:35)
Jacqueline Boyer - "Il Fait Gris Dans Mon Coeur" (2:01)
Richard Anthony - "Nouvelle Vague" (2:34)
Art Blakey - "No Hay Problema (Les Liaisons Dangereuses)" (4:34)
Henri Salvador - "Rendez Vous Au Lavandou" (2:37)
Zizi Jeanmaire - "Mon Truc En Plumes" (2:33)
Les Double Six - "Scrapple From The Apple" (2:51)
Alain Romans - "Quel Temps Fait-Il A Paris (Les Vacances De M. Hult)" (2:12)
Gillian Hills - "Coucouche Panier" (2:18)
Jean Constantin - "Ecole Buissonniere (Les 400 Coups)" (2:11)
Jean Yanne - "J'Aime Pas Le Rock" (2:12)
Michel Legrand - "L'Amour Et Le Jeu (La Baie Des Anges)" (2:08)
Charles Trenet - "Route Nationale 7" (2:39)
Review: Not to be confused with the coffee-table bothering covers band of the same name, Nouvelle Vague is a fresh compilation from Wewantsounds that profiles the mythical French new wave movement of the late '50s and early '60s. From jazz and soundtracks to bossa nova, folk and cha cha, this set brings you the unique sound of French pop during the Nouvelle Vague years. Featuring sophisticated pop songs by Serge Gainsbourg, Francoise Hardy and Claude Nougaro as well as the creme of Nouvelle Vague soundtracks (including The 400 Blows, Breathless, Lola, Cleo From 5 to 7) and a cool mix of rare tracks by Rita Cadillac (an ex of Alain Delon), Christiane Legrand and the jazz vocal groups Les Blue Stars. Tune up to the cool French sounds of the Nouvelle Vague. Hats off to French Music connoisseur Matt Robin for compiling this one.
Review: Although not that well known in Europe, Akiko Yano's "Japanese Girl" set caused a stir in the Japanese music scene upon its release in 1976, not least because her vocal style was closer to the intonations of breathy American pop than the more "girlish" approach prevalent in J-pop at the time. Here reissued by We Want Sounds, the album remains something of an unusual but brilliant J-pop classic. Its 10 tracks variously draw influence from country music, reggae, blue-eyed soul, jazz-fusion, West Coast rock, folk and traditional Japanese music, without particularly sounding like any of them.