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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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Michelle says …

ZAZ and Pheonix.

Heidi says …

Our family fave would have to be Maurice Chevalier singing the theme to "The Aristocats"!

Susan L says …

I like so many, including, Jacques Brel, Francoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, Josephine Baker, and of course Edith Piaf. I also enjoy cafe music. How much fun it would be to invite people to enjoy French food and conversation in an cafe atmosphere that I'd create using the French Putumayo CDs as the background music.

Nicole Ferland says …

I enjoy listening to French music especially some of the traditional ones like "La Vie En Rose" while I'm cooking a French dish or have guests over for dinner. It creates a very special atmosphere.

Christine says …

I was recently introduced to the music of Edith Piaf and find it fantastic! I look forward to sampling this new CD during my next Whole Foods visit.

Erika says …

A favorite French singer is Carla Bruni Sarkozy. I also like the French band Phoenix.

Barbara Calder says …

Edith Piaf is one of my favorites.

Mae says …

French singer and songwriter Zazie.

Malina Pariani says …

My favorite French artist would have to be... ZAZ!!! Isabelle Geffroy (a.k.a. "Zaz") has an AMAZING voice. Not only that, but I enjoy the positive vibes I get when singing along to her honest lyrics. I also like Manu Chau, and; dare I say it, the French metal band GOJIRA \m/ ;) There's lots of musical talent coming out of France. I can't wait to hear some of the more classical sounds that Putumayo has come up with for this new album. I've heard several Putumayo compilations, and they were all quite enchanting. My favorites so far were Arabic Groove, Afro-Latin Party, and World Playground, which features a fun song from Manu Chau himself! :D

angelica gomez says …

Edith Piaf

Malina says …

ZAZ

Judith says …

I only knew few French songs. ^^ Amelie (J'y Suis Jamais Alle) _ Yann Tiersen Les Feuilles Mortes, La Vie En Rose_Yves Montand

Heidi Parsons says …

Moi, j'aime bien Madeleine Peyroux. She's got a perfect voice for jazz, folk, and other "music of the people." Warm and soulful, heartfelt and lyrical, Ms. Peyroux refreshes standards and puts a patina on new material.

Keri says …

Actually, I'm in need of a favorite! I always hear chanson during a movie, commercial or at a restaurant and think 'That's really nice, I'd like a copy for home" but somehow I never seem to find out the artist or forget by the time I get online. This could be my long sought after fav.

Jenny says …

Of course Edith Piaf takes me back to the City of Lights...strolls along the Seine, getting lost in a book at Shakespeare & Co., a chocolate croissant sitting on the sidewalk and watching the world go by. Viva La France!

Stan Gromkowski says …

Georges Brassens - gotta understand the lyrics for best effect!

Zion Lavie says …

I love French music, I grew up in a country where the music was quite popular and singers like Sharl Aznabur (spelling), Edith Piaf and pop singers like Adamo, Christoph etc. were very popular. (sorry I do not remember the spelling of these singers names)

Teresa Lenox says …

Hmmm, Maurice Chevalier.....Love Norbert Slama!

Mary Cook says …

Madeleine Peyroux

michele berkich says …

Edith Piaf will get your blood flowing or make you cry. Love the music piped in the metro.

Shirley A says …

I second Phoenix, love the danceable beat

Pamela says …

"Chanson d'amour, da da da da daaah," ooh la la, my first impression of anything about French music! Just what I need to practice the language. Edith Piaf - she is/was quintessential Paris. Oui?

ATS says …

I don't really have one. I love Edith Piaf! But if just singing in French counts....... Santa baby...... It's Eartha Kitt forever! <3

Kaia Miller says …

I like the look it makes me think that if it created the mood of the colors and pictures that it would be joyous.

Linda Collado says …

Being as old as I am, I never thought it would be a "new" cultural awakening to some of this very lovely music. My grandmother played 33 and 78 LPs of French "pop" music, and La Mer was also my favorite, and we also bought the English language Bobby Darin 45 record. Beautiful memories.

linda wickersham says …

Yes it does make me go ooh-la-la...

Lila says …

The gypsy kings taught me to love French music.

Lynn Lucas says …

On the left side of the Cathedral of Notre Dam there is a small cafe with a few outside tables. My husband and I decided to relax a few mintues after a long day of walking and sight seeing, and ordered a coffee. As we were resting and sipping our coffee, a musician playing an accordian strolled by our table and played "La vie en rose." We felt like we were sitting in a French movie. ~♥ Ahhhh, lovely ♥~

Lucy Huron says …

Francis Cabrel

Maria Paredes says …

Le ciel dans une chambre---Carla Bruni!!!

Holly Flaker says …

I can't say I know of a French artist. I have been looking for either a French cd or French music station to play when cooking. The best I have found is tio play the ratatouille soundtrack. Thank you for introducing this cd!!

Barbara Waite says …

I would truly enjoy listening to the music from Vintage France. My daughter will be leaving soon to spend a year in the south of France,working as an au pair and chef,and by listening to the vintage French music,it will take me into her world.

Tina says …

ooh-la-la!

Michele Thibodeau says …

Love Barbara and Piaf, of course.

Nicole says …

I love French music, one of my favorites aside from the obvious, is Les Négresses Vertes.

Chaney Cody says …

Edith piaf

Eileen Morse says …

Putumayo....of course!

Celine Maney says …

My go to, whenever I need a French fix, is the French chanteuse, Edith Piaf. From La Vie en Rose to Je Regrette Rien, to me, nothing compares. Just got back from France a couple of days ago and I'm already dreaming of walking the streets of Paris humming her songs.

alexa says …

Would love to win the music!!!

Jon McGuirt says …

Ediath Piaf La vie en rose.... absolutely amazing!

Jodi says …

Madeleine Peyroux

Diane S. Johnson says …

Truly classic enjoyment for all French lovers!

A Lee says …

Edith Piaf

Gina Hernandez says …

Phoenix!

Jackie Peña-Cavallini says …

I love Indochine I have been listening to them from the 90's and Canary Bay is one of my favorite songs.

Katrina says …

Edith Piaf..oo la la tres francais!

Jennifer Brown says …

After a semester of university study in Paris in the 90s, I would listen to Francis Cabrel for hours and hours and cry about a boy I had met there. Cabrel is still one of my favorite artists and makes me nostalgic for that time in Paris....

karen says …

My favorite French artist is Edith Piaf. I love her music!

V. DiCola says …

Edith Piaf -- ooh la la!

Pamela says …

Sounds great!

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