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Shake Sauvage: French Soundtracks 1968-1973
2009 reissue, originally released in 2000. Special limited edition LP version of 1,000 copies only, pressed on colored vinyl with a gatefold sleeve. Without a doubt, soundtracks have been the field of experimentation for innovative musicians around the world; France is no exception, but definitely has its own unique certain sound to offer: somewhere between French pop and Blaxploitation-reminiscences. This compilation of French soundtracks from mainly the '60s and '70s (only exception: "Grand Théme Malko" from 1982), covers the whole spectrum; from pulsating thriller-beats to relaxed, sexy grooves. The line-up of first class composers reads as follows: Jean-Pierre Mirouze, Georges Garvarentz, Philippe Sarde, Claude Bolling, Resonnance, Karl Heinz Schäfer, Francis Lai, Roland Vincent, Bernard Gérard, Michel Magne, André Arpino, and Jean Yanne, who pump the French touch out of your speakers. Young girls lose their way in the midst of the '68 riots, until they find themselves in wild clubs, taking exotic drugs, letting their hair down to the sound of the sitar. Romy Schneider only just escapes death, when her weekend lover crashes down the cliffs in a car. Bored married couples invite you for orgies and a mental marriage-swindler drugs women senseless to make them obey. These and other stories are the ingredients of these selected films. The typical French combination of the commissioner and the psychopathic killer is well represented here as well as the absurd sex film. Mysterious, sexy, or just plain funky (thank god for various disco scenes) are the tracks featured on this compilation. Percussive rhythms, wild organs, psychedelic flutes, sitars and various electronic sounds will do the rest to spoil the advanced listener. Includes liner notes and vintage poster reproductions.