“Récital À Bobino” by Édith Piaf / Théo Sarapo - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1963Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Recorded in Paris, at the 163 year old Bobino Music Hall on 21st February 1963, with a small orchestra under the direction of Noël Commaret, who also plays piano. The core musicians were Marc Ronel (accordion), Jacques Liebrard (guitar), Tony Cossu (drums) and Fred Ermelin (bass). Édith Piaf and her husband Théo Sarapo performed their own sets on the evening, with side 1 here being reserved for 6 performances by Édith. “C’Était Pas Moi” (“It wasn’t me”) is the best of these; there’s plenty of spirit on show from the leading lady. Nothing from the Théo Sarapo side grips me – his brand of cabaret comes across as a bit cheesy on occasions. Much to the squealing delight of the audience, Édith calls “Théo” for an onstage duet. Their ironic performance of “A Quoi Ça Sert L’Amour” (“What’s the point of love?”) closes the LP and turns out to be one of the worst songs on-board – very cheesy.

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A1 [05:37] 5.6.png Édith Piaf - Monsieur Incognito [live ’63] (Robert Gall, Florence Véran) Crooner / Cabaret
A2 [03:25] 5.8.png Édith Piaf - Tiens V’La Un Matin [live ’63] (Bernard Labadie, Julien Bouquet) Folk
A3 [03:29] 5.5.png Édith Piaf - Le Chant D’Amour [live ’63] (Charles Dumont, Édith Giovanna Gassion) Crooner / Cabaret
A4 [03:14] 4.8.png Édith Piaf - J’En Ai Tant Vu [live ’63] (René Rouzaud, Michel Emer) Crooner / Cabaret
A5 [03:14] 5.9.png Édith Piaf - C’Était Pas Moi [live ’63] (Robert Gall, Francis Lai) Crooner / Cabaret
A6 [03:14] 4.9.png Édith Piaf - Margot Cœur Gros [live ’63] (Michèle Vendôme, Florence Véran) Crooner / Cabaret
B1 [02:49] 4.1.png Théo Sarapo - Defense De… [live ’63] (Charles Dumont, Édith Giovanna Gassion) Crooner / Cabaret
B2 [02:37] 3.7.png Théo Sarapo - Les Mains [live ’63] (Francis Lai, Édith Giovanna Gassion) Crooner / Cabaret
B3 [03:36] 4.9.png Théo Sarapo - La Bande En Noir [live ’63] (Florence Véran, Édith Giovanna Gassion) Pop
B4 [03:30] 4.2.png Théo Sarapo - Un Dimanche A Londres [live ’63] (Florence Véran, Édith Giovanna Gassion) Crooner / Cabaret
B5 [05:20] 4.8.png Théo Sarapo - Chez Sabinex [live ’63] (Florence Véran, Édith Giovanna Gassion) Pop
B6 [02:57] 3.8.png Édith Piaf with Théo Sarapo - A Quoi Ça Sert L’Amour [live ’63] (Michel Emer) Crooner / Cabaret
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