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Any Major Beatles In French Vol. 2

November 18th, 2021 Leave a comment Go to comments



Here’s the keenly-awaited second volume of The Beatles in French. How do I know it is keenly-awaited? Because The Beatles in French Vol. 1 was unexpectedly popular, with some readers saying they can’t wait for Volume 2.

This second volume covers the French versions of Beatles songs from years 1965 to 1970, or from Rubber Soul to Let It Be. And this means that the new volume includes the French cover of the one Beatles song which practically every Beatles fan of any rank wants to hear performed in French: Michelle. Or, in the case of the cover version, Michel, for in the 1966 rendering by Danielle Denin, Michelle becomes a Michel, and Danielle inserts herself into the proceedings as well. Cependant, les mots vont-ils encore bien ensemble en Français?

The first mix covered the Beatles output over just three years, and the second covers almost six. The compulsion to cover The Beatles was clearly driven by the Yé-yé sub-culture; once that faded, the need to record Beatles songs apparently diminished. One might think that the more mature Beatles songs might lend themselves to the stylings of the chanson, but that doesn’t seem to have panned out that way. There a few exceptions: Johnny Hallyday, still rocking furiously on Volume 1, pulls Girl into that direction on his 1966 recording, Eddy Mitchell (whom we met on Vol. 1) gives us a hint of how good a Gilbert Bécaud version of Fool On The Hill might have been, and Canada’s Gérard Saint Paul shows why The Long And Winding Road is really a chanson. But was there no chansoneer to tackle Something?

If it is your opinion that it is impossible to drag the regrettable Yellow Submarine from the bottom of the ocean, I commend to you the cover by veteran entertainer Maurice Chevalier, who gives the maritime vessel a new coat of paint, and is now travelling on the Green Submarine.

Almost all songs here are more or less contemporaries of the Beatles originals. Anne-Renée took her time, releasing her take of You Won’t See Me nine years after the original appeared on Rubber Soul. By far the newest cover kicks off this mix: Drive My Car, covered in 1998 as Tu peux conduire ma bagnole by German-French synth-pop duo Stereo Total, whose singer Françoise Cactus we lost in February this year.Comme toujours, la compilation est programmée pour tenir sur un CD-R standard, comprend des pochettes faites maison, et ce texte au format PDF. Mot-de-passe dans la section Commentaires.

1. Stereo Total – Tu peux conduire ma bagnole (Drive My Car) (1998)
2. Anne-Renée – Je veux savoir (You Won’t See Me) (1974)
3. Stone – Seul (Norwegian Wood) (1966)
4. François Fabrice – Les Garçons sont Fous (Think For Yourself) (1966)
5. Danielle Denin – Michel (Michelle) (1966)
6. Johnny Halliday – Je l’aime (Girl) (1966)
7. Erick Saint Laurent – Eleonor Rigby (1966)
8. Renée Martel – Entre tes bras (Good Day Sunshine) (1969)
9. Johnny Hallyday – Je Veux Te Graver Dans Ma Vie (Got To Get You Into My Life) (1966)
10. Olivier Despax – Dis-Moi (Here, There And Everywhere) (1967)
11. Maurice Chevalier – Le sous-marin vert (Yellow Submarine) (1967)
12. Les Blue Notes – Tout peut s’Arranger (We Can Work It Out) (1966)
13. F.R. David – Il est plus facile (Strawberry Fields) (1967)
14. Dominique Walter – Penny Lane (1967)
15. Donald Lautrec – L’amour quand tu es là (With A Little Help From My Friends) (1969)
16. Le 25ième Regiment – Lucie Sous un Ciel de Diamants (Lucy In The Sky…) (1967)
17. Erick Saint-Laurent – C’est Devenu Un Homme (She’s Leaving Home) (1967)
18. Marcel Amont – Dans 45 ans (When I’m 64) (1967)
19. Les Baronets – La même chanson (Your Mother Should Know) (1968)
20. Eddy Mitchell – Le fou sur la colline (The Fool On A Hill) (1968)
21. Les Intrigantes – Hello, Goodbye (1968)
22. Bruce Huard – Lady Madonna (1968)
23. Francoise d’Assise & Michel Pagliaro – Hey Jude (1968)
24. Patrick Zabé – Oh! Darling (1969)
25. Marie Jane – Suis-moi (Two Of Us) (1972)
26. Gérard Saint Paul – Let It Be (1970)
27. Gérard Saint Paul – Le Long Chemin Vers Toi (The Long and Winding Road) (1970)


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  1. amdwhah
    November 18th, 2021 at 12:51 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. November 18th, 2021 at 21:07 | #2

    Je suis Français. Quand j’entends ces adaptations, je crie : au secours !

  3. amdwhah
    November 18th, 2021 at 21:50 | #3

    Au secours! J’ai besoin de quelqu’un. Au secours! Pas seulement quelqu’un.

  4. Fredrick J Beondo
    November 19th, 2021 at 17:12 | #4

    Must say Chevalier’s Yellow Submarine cover is priceless LOL

  5. Fredrick J Beondo
    November 19th, 2021 at 17:24 | #5

    Donald Lautrec goes for a thematically perfect cover of a Beatles cover, as he does WALHFMF as the Joe Cocker version…

  6. amdwhah
    November 19th, 2021 at 23:30 | #6

    Yes, a pretty straight cover. Quite competently done.

  7. Fredrick Beondo
    November 24th, 2021 at 02:40 | #7

    Was not meant as a complaint, just another observation, as I expected the original arrangement. Have we reached the *finis* of the series?

  8. amdwhah
    November 25th, 2021 at 08:56 | #8

    Oh, I didn’t think you were complaining; your point is perfectly valid. We have reached the finis of the French part of the series. But there’ll still be Italian, Spanish and German instalments.

  9. John S Chu
    November 29th, 2021 at 18:09 | #9

    Richard Cocciante – Michelle I guess doesn’t count. From All This and World War II. He doesn’t sing the lyrics in French but he IS French-Italian. LOL. Really overwrought rendition but it is very indicative of European, specifically French, interpretations of pop music from the English-speaking world. Can’t imagine Paul caterwauling Michelle like that.

  10. Alexander
    January 10th, 2023 at 08:51 | #10

    Sorry, the links are dead. Reupload, please!

  11. amdwhah
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