Following our music-filled stay in the Catskills last autumn (see Shandaken Cabin posted September 15, 2012), and the repair of our Symphonic record player earlier in the year (see Memory Player posted April 26, 2012), I knew it was only a matter of time before we would start acquiring vinyl albums again.
It’s been about 30 years since Dan or I have purchased an LP. On Friday Dan started to make up for lost time. He purchased 5 albums for $5.00 at a church tag sale in Sleepy Hollow, NY.
Of the five albums, the one we are enjoying the most is ‘St. Germain-des-Prés’ by Juliette Gréco.
Juliette is a new discovery for us — sixty or so years after this album was released. Her sound is similar to Édith Piaf and her songs provide a commentary on life in the St. Germain-des-Prés district of Paris at the beginning of the 1950s.
I gleaned this information reading translated lyrics on the back of the album cover.
Our second favourite of the five albums is ‘Yves Montand Sings’ from the same era.
Yves has a classic French sound and it’s no surprise that the album is still going strong; it claims to be “unbreakable.”
Who knows when someone last played these albums. It’s likely to have been quite a few years.
It’s not just the sound on the albums that has been entertaining us. The 10″ diameter of the Montand record is a novelty (most LPs are 12″) and I’ve enjoyed reading the album covers. Of particular interest are personal notes written on the Greco album. Apparently the album was a Christmas gift from Daph to Sascha in 1954.
I’m fascinated to know more about Sascha and Daph. Did one or both of them attend University in Austin, Texas? A price sticker on the Montand album indicates this album was originally sold there.
The other albums Dan purchased were ‘Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass,’ ‘Stan Getz – The Master’ and ‘Calypso’ by Harry Belafonte. Sascha’s name also appears on Calypso.
Alpert and Getz are keepers, but Belafonte will be returning to the tag sale circuit very soon. Hopefully someone will find his calypso music to their liking.
Since hearing Juliette Gréco I have read about her online. As far as I can tell, she still gives the occasional performance — at age 86. I hope she knows she is still acquiring new fans.
You can learn more about Juliette Gréco by visiting her website.
live. enjoy. repeat.