French Style (180G Pink Vinyl LP)

Format: LP
Bar-code: 5060348583172
Cat No: NOTLP317


In 1962 Martin left his record label Capitol and signed with Frank Sinatra’s new label Reprise. His debut album for them was French Style, released in April of that year. Martin had recently released an album of songs sung in Italian and would go on to record an album of Latino material at the end of that year. French Style came in between the two, and collected a number of songs about France ably arranged by conductor Neal Hefti. At this point, France must have seemed impossibly glamorous, with Brigitte Bardot swanning around St Tropez, while Grace Kelly raced her sports car around the clifftops of Cannes in Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief. Beatniks filled the jazz cafés, where the New Wave of French cinema was being discussed over Disques Bleu and café au lait. What’s more, the majority of songs in this collection focus on Paris – and the City of Lights has been a magnet for Americans ever since the days when Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Cole Porter first took up residence there. French Style is delivered with his trademark charm and ease. So, bon appetit!


1. C’est Si Bon
2. April In Paris
3. Mimi
4. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
5. La Vie En Rose
6. The Poor People Of Paris


1. The River Seine
2. The Last Time I Saw Paris
3. Mam’selle
4. C’est Magnifique
5. Gigi
6. I Love Paris