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C'est extra !

by Bodil Ashkenazy

Bodil sings the great chansons françaises, old and new, with her amazingly varied voice, forceful and soft, sounding like Piaf and Barbara, even Serge Gainsbourg, still with her own inimitable style. From quiet guitar songs to romantic accordion numbers
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. À Quoi ça Sert L'amour?
2:28 album only
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2. Le Plat Pays
2:45 album only
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3. L'accordéoniste
3:40 album only
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4. Pigalle
2:46 album only
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5. L'eau à La Bouche
2:55 album only
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6. C'est Extra !
4:01 album only
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7. Gottingen
3:01 album only
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8. Hymne à L'amour
3:18 album only
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9. La Mer
3:37 album only
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10. Je Bois
3:15 album only
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11. Les Feuilles Mortes
3:34 album only
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12. Le Déserteur
3:56 album only
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13. Les Plaisirs Démodés/dance in the Oldfashioned Way
3:11 album only
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14. Mademoiselle Chante Le Blues
4:11 album only
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15. Jojo
3:37 album only
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16. Milord
3:14 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bodil Ashkenazy released her debut CD "C'est extra !" in October 2005 with the truly wonderful French chansons. She used to work with the EU Commission in Brussels as a simultaneous interpreter and discovered the FANTASTIC Belgian singer-songwriter JACQUES BREL. She decided to show Denmark more of him and has given concerts on and off in Denmark with French songs for about 10 years. As she also listened to other French songs, she discovered the mad passion of LÉO FERRÉ - and he is certainly something else - the title song of the album "C'est extra !" is his song which was a big hit in France years ago. It was written about "Nights in White Satin" with the Moody Blues. The text is very cryptic, very sensual. BARBARA is another all-time favourite that Bodil feels very close to and is extremely passionate about. Her quiet song "Gottingen" is on the album and is all about peace France-Germany. Etc. The French repertoire is huge - and wonderful. Everything comes down to French songs in some way - even My Way is really French (its French title: "As Usual"!) ...

Bodil has taken private singing lessons over the years, started to play the guitar when she was 11 and her father used to play and sing Swedish folk songs in the home.

Bodil also sings Joan Baez, Patsy Cline, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, the wonderful Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah being a special beautiful favourite), folk songs in general, Swedish ones too (Evert Taube for one), Carl Nielsen, etc. - In short: good songs, wherever they come from. She hopes to be able to release more albums, in English, Danish, Swedish ... She also writes her own songs.

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Chris Roughan

All in all a varied and delightful album
Buy this cd if only for the beautiful live version of La Mer.If you don't instantly reach for the play-it-again button,you are immediately in for another musical treat as Je Bois sustains both the mood and quality here.Bodil's voice is at its softest and most poignant here with the background piano in peaceful empathy.Les Feuilles Mortes holds the mood bringing a late-night jazz feel and Le Deserteur with its gentle guitar accompaniment allows the singer to fully express herself.


The last four tracks return to the more dramatic,forceful style of the earlier tracks and show the versatility and vocal skills of the artist.The title track itself is a gem, as is the beautiful Gottingen which has Bodil accompanying herself on guitar as with Le Deserteur.Hymne à L'amour is an excellent interpretation of a French standard where Bodil's voice gives full dramatic impact to Edith Piaf's song. Mademoiselle Chante Le Blues is another winner and demonstrates further the versatility of the artist.


All in all a varied and delightful album.I like the choice of songs and the thought that has gone into them in arrangement and instrumentation.The track order is such that the mood and tempo changes,when they come, allow the listener to get into the album as a whole.
Whether you are an Edith Piaf fan or a Jacques Brel one,this album of French chansons is highly recommended.Bodil's rich voice lends itself to all musical styles from dramatic to romantic to introspective.
Excellent sleeve notes and photography...which brings us back to where we came in,the Sea.
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