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New Music – Anna Calvi

 Now and then an artist comes along who is hard to pigeon hole….step forward the wonderful Anna Calvi.

The NME have described her self titled debut album, released last week, as “the first great album of 2011”

The story however really began to kick in last year when her cover of the Edith Piaf  song “Jezebel” became a worldwide web hit with bloggers.

Whilst some people reference her to PJ Harvey I prefer as a source influence Nina Simone meets Siouxsie Soux, her own website covers it nicely.

“Anna Calvi’s debut is an honest distillation of her talents as a songwriter, singer and guitar player. Haunted by the timeless sounds of Nina Simone and Maria Callas, as well as the classical romanticism of Ravel and Debussy, and the rock innovations of Jimi Hendrix and Captain Beefheart, the record is both mysterious and decadent, nostalgic and forward looking.”

“Suzanne and I” – Anna Calvi

To buy the music of Anna Calvi click HERE

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January 26, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Music, New Releases, Video | , | Leave a comment

Sunday Sounds – La Vie en Rose

La Vie en rose” (Life through rose-coloured glasses, literally Life in pink) was the signature song of French singer Édith Piaf.

Piaf first popularized the song in 1946. The lyrics were written by Piaf and the melody of the song by “Louiguy” (Louis Gugliemi). Initially, Piaf’s peers and her songwriting team did not think the song would be successful, but it became a favorite with audiences.

An English version of the lyrics was written later by Mack David. Owing to its popularity, the song appeared on most of Piaf’s subsequent albums.

Here is the great Louis Armstrong with his version featuring the English lyrics.

July 18, 2010 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Movies, Video | , | Leave a comment

   

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