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Putumayo Presents Vintage France

Vintage FranceRead on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling French collection, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Nicole!

Though echoing the past, Putumayo proves how alive and hip classic French chanson remains in its latest release, Vintage France. Several generations of musicians continue to find inspiration in tunes that were first popularized in the early to mid-1900s and have withstood the test of time.

On Vintage France, sultry songstresses such as the iconic Juliette Gréco (singing the Belle Époque beauty “La Valse Brune”) and Madeleine Peyroux (with a cheeky renewal of Serge Gainsbourg’s “La Javanaise”) join newcomers Francesca Blanchard (“Sous le Ciel de Paris”) and Dutch jazz harmonica whiz Martijn Luttmer (“Les Parapluies de Cherbourg”). Old master Norbert Slama’s swinging “Nany,” is full of Gypsy jazz energy and retro warmth, and demonstrates the connection between Paris of the 1940s when Slama first performed, and the vibrant French music scene of today.

This harmonious collection has deep roots. From the outdoor guingette dances where the waltzing musette instrumentals of early French popular music began, to the cabarets where Édith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier and other legends entertained a country struggling with the recovery from World War II. Over the last 100 years, the French chanson tradition has undergone a process of evolution, yet retained an inimitable charm.

The musicians featured on this collection, such as Slama, have kept the tradition of rich harmonization and rhythmic nuance alive while evolving the sound for today’s listeners. This open-minded evolution is captured on the interpretations of classic songs on Vintage France.

Fans of Édith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg, or new listeners looking for an introduction to France’s classic gems, will find exactly what they are looking for on Vintage France.

Does French music make you go ooh-la-la? Share your favorite French artist in the comments below by May 15 for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling French collection, including Vintage France, French Café, Paris and French Playground.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends May 15, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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Kat O. says …

I adore Edith Piaf. Classic. Can't go wrong. I also love Django Reinhardt, even though he wasn't born in France, the gypsy jazz scene is consider to have been born in France.

Eddy says …

Charles Aznavour

Annette Hegler says …

Gilbert Becaud singing "Je Reviens Te Chercher", Joe Dassin (out, un americain!) singing "Champs Élysées", anything by Francis Cabrel!

Clissandre says …

J'adore Jacques Brel !

nise antone says …

Charles, Serge, and Edith… Je taime.

Cara Jayne says …

Edith Piaf

mary fasanella says …

Edith Piaf has taught me to speak French.

laurey greider says …

Jaqueline Francois. Thank you for the opportunity to hear more!

Drew says …

J'adore la voix et les chansons de Carla Bruni

Becky says …

Vintage French music like vintage French wine is the epitome of pleasure for all of the senses.

Becky says …

Vintage French music like vintage French wine is the epitome of pleasure for all of the senses.

Juliann Goldman says …

Too bad my daughter stopped learning French in school and started taking Spanish. We'll enjoy the CD any way!

eye says …

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Monica W. says …

The amazing Stephane Grapelli. <3

VMB says …

The Gipsy Kings--c'est bon!

VMB says …

The Gipsy Kings--c'est bon!

Rosalia says …

I love all the putumayo music. I have a few of them. I hope to win!

A. Brown says …

Les Nubians

Martine says …

When my husband and I were first dating we were at a museum gift shop and heard a snippet of La Mer sung by Charles Trénet. I told him I loved that song. Without knowing a word of French, he tracked it down on I-tunes and bought it for me! (The song was later jazzed up and recorded by Bobby Darin as "Beyond the Sea".)

Martine says …

And for those who love Edith Piaf - check out "Les Trois Cloches" which she sang with Les Compagnons de la Chanson. My mother practically wore out that record when I was growing up. I think she was homesick for France!

Nikki nicholson says …

Love Putumayo! Always a great conglomeration of music from around the world.

Mary says …

Slama

Alethea Smartt says …

Carla Bruni

Annette Moore says …

Yves Montand and Edith Piaf

Ecotechie says …

Love these prints.

Ma-Luschk Colindres says …

Chapeau pour Edith Piaf! Plaisir d'amour....

Glenda Page says …

I love anything Francais---especially the early French songs sung in the cabarets------and Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier and others whose names I cannot remember at the moment.

Ved Sud says …

My wife and I both love old time French singers, especially Edith Piaf. We also love French singers from Quebec.

Elizabeth Dowell says …

I attended a Charles Aznavour concert in Montreal when I was 18 years old ...over 40 years ago and I can still remember him singing 'La Boheme' like it was yesterday!

Nina says …

I love Edith Piaf...can't get anymore vintage France than her. This sounds like a great album!

Esther Baker says …

French music makes me think of everything that is good and right in the world.

sarah says …

Actually, Carla Bruni is one of my favorites!

Esther Baker says …

French music makes me think of everything that is good and right in the world.

Stephanie S. says …

I am not familiar with many French artists but love Putumayo CDs and look forward to listening to this one!

ann stock says …

Although I have many Putamayo CD's, alas, I don't have any of the French persuasion. I certainly would love to add these to my collection!! Oh please!

r hornbeck says …

March Jordan's hypnotic song "Slow Bombing the World" starts with the delicious line: "There's a hotel in Paris, Where the windows look out to sea". It's gorgeous and so soothing. Evocative of a balmy evening in the City of Light. Just perfect for all of us Francophiles! Give it a listen, pour a glass of Cote du Rhone and...ENJOY!

Nathalie Quach says …

My earliest recollection of French music was when I was 8 years old, it was Dalida, then Sylvie Vartan, Jacques Brel, etc. To this day, I am now 41, and my love of the music is still growing, but I still have a soft spot for Francoise Hardy's "fais moi une place". It's soft and just ever so pretty as her name is, though I didn't understand the lyrics, it still remains my favorite.

r hornbeck says …

March Jordan's hypnotic song "Slow Bombing the World" starts with the delicious line: "There's a hotel in Paris, Where the windows look out to sea". It's gorgeous and so soothing. Evocative of a balmy evening in the City of Light. Just perfect for all of us Francophiles! Give it a listen, pour a glass of Cote du Rhone and...ENJOY!

Shelly says …

Serge Gainsbourg is wonderful, and so is his sister Charlotte!

Lynn says …

Sounds great!

Christopher says …

Ooh la la... Edith Piaf

Jacqueline says …

Maurice Chevalier - - - tres debonnair - his French-accented singing and acting) is so retro, it makes me smile!

Maria says …

Serge Gainsbourg of course!

Mary Welters says …

CharlesTrenet

Judy Selby says …

There will never be anyone like Edith Piaf. However I love La France and all of its music-- from renaissance to baroque to present day love songs!

Crystal Aguilar says …

Jacques Brel. That man can bring me to my knees.

Susan S says …

A French singer that I really like is Christophe Maé. He has a very sweet voice.

David Hite says …

I use the music of Piaf, Gainsbourg and Greco as background for digital slideshows of trips to France. The product is magical!

Jeremy Keng says …

Serge Gainsbourg or Charlotte

Stephanie says …

Love jean- Jacques Goldman

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