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Album Review: Françoise Hardy Reissue Series (Part 3)

Continued from Part Two… L’Amitié (yet again aka Françoise Hardy) By all accounts, the half-originals/half-covers approach was working well for Françoise Hardy. So was the idea of having twelve – not eleven, never thirteen — songs on each album. And the idea of mixing musical exploration with more traditional arrangements had been serving her well.

Album Review: Françoise Hardy Reissue Series (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… Le Premier Bonheur du Jour (aka Françoise Hardy) A critical and commercial success at home (and modestly so beyond France’s borders), Françoise Hardy‘s debut led quickly to a follow-up album. Released in October 1963 and again featuring only the artist’s face and name on the cover, not unlike a fashion magazine

Album Review: Françoise Hardy Reissue Series (Part 1)

Looking back on the 1960s, it’s easy to understand why certain countries didn’t get whipped up in the era’s rock and pop revolution quite to the extent that we did in the USA and Great Britain. Spain, for example, was still under the fascist dictatorship of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, and would remain so until the