Léonie – Le Jardin Anglais / Mozart (1973)
Another brief entry, as we previously talked about Léonie and its (surprising) short career, based on 45 singles, started in the late-60’s amidst the french yé-yé scene. The dossier from this unknown singer can be checked in Hero Culte blog, don’t miss out the detective work from tiny noggin and other curiosities about French stars!
Let’s go to our album:
This time, she is backed up with the mighty arrangements/compositions by the number one french maestro Jean Claude Vannier. Léonie’s peculiar sensual voice stands out on its 5th release, she knows how to be pop and cult simultaneously.
A side has a characteristic (slower) charleston piano/xylophone pace, played by Vannier, along with strings and wizardry guitars in a vintage delicate atmosphere.
B side are my favorite, this fuzzy psych ballad has a magic cadency that sticks to the head, an example of how you can be pop without neglecting good aesthetic choices!
I really would like to count on better quality rips, but the fact is none of her singles were duly re-released on CD, this and other entries are a good invitation to meet the B-side on what is called Pop Jerk, somewhat ahead from the naive (early) works of France Gall, Sylvie Vartan, Céline, Françoise Hardy, Séverine, and many others.
We’ll leave for an upcoming entry, more details about the yé-yé scene and its powerful independent girls, for now, keep it up with this lovely obscure pearl.
A Le Jardin Anglais (J.C. Vannier, Roda Gil)
B Mozart (J.C. Vannier)
- Orchestra: Orchestre J.C. Vannier
- Photography: Thierry Vincent
- Producer: Thierry Vincent
- Published: Editions Suzelle (A)
- Published: Editions Labrador (B)
- Distributed: Discodis
- Printed: Dillard et Cie. Imp. Paris
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