French chanteuse Francoise Hardy gets her yesars with the Vogue label covered in this extensive collection; includes 50 tracks and original artwork.
More so even than her countryman and fellow pop star Serge Gainsbourg did in the 1960s, Francoise Hardy synthesized mainstream pop and rock elements into her take on the French chanson tradition. Influenced by Phil Spector's girl-group sound and the loungy, orchestral pop of commercial radio, Hardy's music of the 1960s is dense and breezy at once, marked by lush, hip production and the chanteuse's measured, bittersweet vocals.
BMG's superb two-disc set, THE VOGUE YEARS, compiles Hardy's work for Vogue during the '60s. With a whopping 50 tracks, well-selected and arranged chronologically, the set provides an excellent overview of the singer's early work, and her maturation during this pivotal period. Everything else about the package--from the liner notes to the vintage photos to the immaculately remastered sound--shines too, making THE VOGUE YEARS the Francoise Hardy collection to have.