Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Sounds of 1968: Raymond Lefèvre -Âme Câline

We're going to be hearing a lot more in the weeks ahead about that incredible year, 1968.
It was a year of revolt, protests, assassinations and disturbances- but it was also the year that some of the greatest popular music ever written was released. Back in 1968, the pop charts were incredibly varied, including not just the latest hits from the Beatles or other major bands, but plenty of orchestral/instrumental works too. From France, a country which was the centre of attention for much of 1968, here is an absolute classic - Michel Polnareff's hauntingly beautiful 'Âme Câline', perfomed by Raymond Lefèvre and his Orchestra. The record was released exactly forty years ago this month- in January 1968. Those of you who were around in 1968 will remember 'Âme Câline' as being a major favourite on 'Radio Caroline', and I hope it brings back happy memories. Those who have never heard it are in for a real treat.



Debra said...

Gorgeous! I like M. Polnareff's original version of this, too.

Anonymous said...

Ame Caline was a childhood favorite of mine, but I completely forgot it until I heard a version on a compilation album. The only clue I had was the (awkwardly) translated title "soul coaxing" but that was enough to turn up the real thing, the French original, and the lyrics to same. Sadly, the song simply can't be translated without losing its impact. A recent looking video where a French audience sings along at a Polnareff concert tells me that I am not alone in loving this music: "For life, or maybe more."