This week sees the release of Aznavour a massive limited edition 60CD box set celebrating the work and career of French singer/songwriter/actor Charles Azavour.
The Frenchman has suffered over the years with endless compilations hitting the marketplace but this collection, created by Universal Music France, is a serious retrospective and anthology that looks to put this right by including 45 original albums with their correct sleeves and original packaging designs reproduced.
A further 15 discs collect rarities including two CDs devoted to unreleased and alternate versions (30 tracks), a 1963 live performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, four individual discs compiling Italian, English, Spanish and German tracks, and three CDs of duets! In total Aznavour offers over 760 tracks all remastered from the original tapes.
The box (which has a magnetic enclosure) comes with a 96-page booklet written by Bertrand Dicale which is also translated into English
Aznavour is out now.
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- • Amazon GERMANY Order: Anthology (Limited Edition)
Summary of contents
CD 1 to 45: all 45 albums published in 25cm, 30cm and CD covers and original track listing
CD 46: Aznavour and Roche, 6 rarities recorded in 1947 + 12 official titles 1948-1949 + 2 bonus material (unreleased)
CD 47-50: Compilations scattered titles: 45s, B-sides, etc
CD 51: The historic concert March 30, 1963 at Carnegie Hall in New York (unpublished Concert – 22 tracks)
CD 52: the best moments in English – (Includes rare and unreleased versions on CD)
CD 53: the best moments Italian – (Includes rare and unreleased versions on CD)
CD 54: Highlights in Spanish – (Includes rare and unreleased versions on CD) CD 55: the best moments in German – (Includes rare and unreleased versions on CD)
CD 56: rarities, participations, documents, alternate versions, radio archives Switzerland (title 1-8) Also included: Come, give us your hand (BOF What makes David run?) (Unreleased CD) Come cry in the palm of my shoulder (BOF Édith et Marcel) (Version piano voice – unique CD) Unforgettable Geneva (Unreleased) And yawn and sleep (with Jean Jacques Milteau) Yes (If you say “yes”!) and yawn and sleep (with Jean -Yves D’Angelo) Pub Wizard (Unpublished)
CD 57: Alternative Versions unpublished + 1 unreleased track Digitizing 1500 Masters Charles Aznavour has, by careful analysis, to find 15 forgotten treasures! 01 If there were another you (unpublished Version) 02 La bohème (Version singer – unpublished) 03 From you have loved (unpublished version) 04 If I had Millionaire (Unreleased by Charles Aznavour) 05 To make jam (unpublished Version “New Orleans”) 06 My dear (unpublished version) 07 A million times (unpublished Version “Big Band”) 08 Baby, let me love you (Unreleased) 09 We will go to Verona (unpublished Version) 10 But it was yesterday (unpublished Version) 11 I’ll wait (unpublished version) 12 Thank you, Madam life (unpublished Version) 13 I love you (unpublished Version) 14 The old-fashioned pleasures (Unpublished Version. Sung in French-Italian-German- English-Spanish) 15 Love takes us (unpublished version)
CD 58-60: Compilations duets appeared on discs Charles Aznavour but also on albums by other artists around the world with Elton John, Paul Anka Sting, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Johnny Hallyday, Bryan Ferry, Raphael, Dean Martin, Patrick Bruel, Edith Piaf, Grand Corps Malade, Kery James, Liza Minnelli, Mireille Mathieu, Seda Aznavour, Liane Foly, Compay Segundo, Trio Esperança Gerard Darmon, Bratsch, Shaila Durcal, Laura Pausini, Liesbeth List, Julio Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Josh Groban, Carole King, Herbert Grönemeyer, Chico & The Gypsies, Gilles Vigneault, Petula Clark, The Soldiers, Vincent Niclo, Paul Daraîche, Engelbert Humperdinck.La mamma and also with Roberto Alagna (Unreleased) If you love me with Nana Mouskouri (Unreleased) I was not expecting that with you Mama Bea. Taken from the soundtrack Édith et Marcel (Unreleased CD) This is a guy with Mama Bea. Taken from the soundtrack Édith et Marcel (Unreleased CD) For you Armenia with the group of 80 artists (Unreleased CD)