We all know and love the cool, glamorous French y̩-y̩ girls of the ‰۪60s, but one of them stands out from the pack: Francoise Hardy.
With her brunette hair and alluring bangs, she was one of the few girls at the time who wrote her own songs, and she did so from a place of depth and subtlety. Though she was a muse to the likes of Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and husband Jacques Dutronc, Hardy was wary of fame, preferring privacy and modesty. She was a pop singer with the heart of a chanteuse, a singer-songwriter in an age before such a thing was known, and a style icon incredulous of others‰۪ admiration of her.
Light In The Attic are so proud to present their reissue series of the five French-language albums she released yearly between 1962-1966. They have remastered each release from the original tapes, in their original French format, to sound better than ever!
The liner notes for these releases include an exclusive new interview with the illusive songstress. As Hardy has rarely been involved with prior reissues, this is quite a coup!
* Exclusive interview with Fran̤oise Hardy
* Liner Notes by Kieron Tyler
* Newly expanded gatefold edition housed in a deluxe Stoughton jacket
* 180-gram vinyl
Between 1962 and 1966, Fran̤oise Hardy released one French-language album per year. Each, strictly speaking, was eponymously titled and each was collected from a series of contemporary four-track, seven-inch, picture-sleeve EPs‰ÛÒpop music‰۪s main format in France, known as le super 45. In them, we see the maturing of one of the decade‰۪s most singular talents‰ÛÒ a pop singer with the heart of a chanteuse, a singer-songwriter in an age before such a thing was known, and a style icon who valued privacy and modesty. Remastered from the original tapes, we present the first five Fran̤oise Hardy albums in their original French format, on deluxe LP and CD.
Raised by her mother in Paris, Hardy‰۪s upbringing was strict, and she was, she notes today, ‰ÛÏa very, very shy person." Records and Radio Luxembourg provided escape and inspiration‰ÛÒher two loves were Chanson Fran̤aise, the Gallic style of Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, and rock‰Û÷n‰۪roll. The Everly Brothers, she says, were a ‰ÛÏlightning bolt.‰
Sent to The Sorbonne to study political sciences, Hardy instead pursued a career as a singer, auditioning for a number of labels before Johnny Hallyday‰۪s Disques Vogue snapped her up, intending to market her as a female rocker‰ÛÒthe track "Oh Oh Ch̩ri" here gives you a window into their vision. Hardy had other ideas and was determined to record her own songs, written in French, too. The runaway success of one of her own tracks, the iconic "Tous Les Gar̤ons Et Les Filles," proved Hardy right.
Hardy soon captivated the rest of the world‰ÛÒshe was immortalized in 1964 in a poem by Bob Dylan, she associated with The Stones, and dined with Beatles Paul McCartney and George Harrison. She also soon gained more creative control over her music, and she now distances herself from these early recordings where this was not the case. ‰ÛÏEven if I had been able to say something about the production,‰ she says now, ‰ÛÏmaybe I would have been listened to, but I didn‰۪t know anything.‰
In the album‰۪s title track, Hardy sang about being a soul in torment, and this is the Hardy that emerged‰ÛÒa complicated, pensive outsider, part pop singer, part chanteuse, and utterly unique. And she will forever personify a particularly French brand of cool.