Yves Montand – Unreleased, Rare & Essential

Yves Montand
Unreleased, Rare & Essential
(DRG – 2006)

Unreleased, Rare & Essential from legendary actor and entertainer Yves Montand is a compilation of difficult or impossible to find tracks for which Montand collectors might spend hours searching in bins of old vinyl.

For example, originally issued on 45 rpm in Italian, Montand’s mother tongue, are the W.W.II partisan song “Bella Ciao” and “Amor Dammi Quell Fazzolettino.” “Let’s Make Love” slyly crooned in English, from the 1960 film with Marilyn Monroe, is found only on the film’s original cast album. Also scarce: a 1982 live performance of his first song “Dans Les Plaines Du Far-West” introduced in English, “L’etrangère,” by Aragon/ Ferré, and “Les Tuilieries,” words by novelist Victor Hugo, “Idylle Philomenale,” wordplay in old French argot, “Planter Café” from his 1959 Parisian one man show, and “Syracuse,” romantic dream of voyages.

Unreleased, Rare & Essential for Montand aficionados are those simple but catchy tunes you can’t get out of your head like “La Chansonette,” “Trois Petites Notes De Musique,” “À Bicyclette,” “Les Grands Boulevards,” and “Mon Manège à Moi,” huge hits in the fifties and sixties. There’s a tip of the hat to America with Prevert / Crolla’s “Les Cireurs de Souliers de Broadway,” to Germany with Vian’s French adaptation of Brecht / Weil’s “La Chanson De Bilbao,” erotic, romantic songs like “Coucher Avec Elle,” “Sanguine,” and “L’amoureuse,” a Prevert / Kosma children’s fantasy, “En Sortant De L’école,” the war inspired poem set to music by Aragon/Ferré, “Est-Ce Ainsi Que Les Hommes Vivent?” and Prevert / Kosma’s “Barbara” which sometimes made Montand cry when he sang it.