BACKGROUND INFO: This is a 'very best of/all-time greatest hits' style UK promo audio CD. With tracks 1 to 7 performed live by Petula Clark at the Olympia, Paris, 28th September 2003. It is Volume One of a two CD set - the second CD (Volume Two) is listed separately.
If you would like to find out more about the sell-out concert that these tracks were taken from, see:
- For photos and the set list: http://www.petulaclark.net/live/2000/olympia.html
- The original hand written program (in French) and its English translation: http://www.petulaclark.net/live/2000/olympiaprogram.html
- For a copy of the original article and a translation of Le Parisien’s review (a French newspaper) of this concert http://www.petulaclark.net/live/2000/olympiareview.html
- The BBC's review : http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/wb25
For more information, and to put this performance into context, please refer to the final section of this listing.
STYLE OF MUSIC & GENRE: Popular music, pop, theatre, film, soundtrack
TRACKLIST (followed by approximate running time of each song):
2. Dont Sleep In The Subway
3. Tell Me It's Not True (from “Blood Brothers”)
4. Kiss Me Goodbye
5. Look To The Rainbow (From”Finian’s Rainbow”)
6. Sign Of The Times
7. With One Look (from “Sunset Boulevard”)
All above tracks performed by Petula Clark
Bonus tracks (a flavour of Villa Rosa Music):
8. Looking Down
9. Bird Song
10. Close To The Flame
14. Red Sun
15. 6th Sense
NB. My personal favourites are tracks 1, 2 and 6.
FORMAT: CD promo album in illustrated card gatefold case (as pictured).
PUBLISHED BY: Silva Screen Records / Upfront / Sunday Express (2007)
CATALOGUE NUMBER: PCUP1
CONDITION: This not a brand new CD. As such there may be signs of wear. It is an original product (not counterfeit). If we have more than one copy these are sent on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with those in the best condition sent to whoever buys first. Each CD is tested to ensure perfect playback.
POSTAGE & PACKING: Sent from the UK. FREE SHIPPING TO ALL COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE!!!
PETULA’S HISTORY IN RELATION TO THIS CONCERT: In a career dating back to the early 1940s, Petula Clark has succeeded in various aspects of show business in various countries, and many are reflected in this Parisian concert, made when she was 70 (but sounding at least 20-years-younger). Beginning as a child star on radio in the U.K., she branched out into television and films in the 1950s as a juvenile, then moved to France and became a French pop star in the late '50s and early '60s. In 1964, she remade herself with the help of songwriter/producer Tony Hatch, and scored a series of British and American hits over the next few years, starting with "Downtown," the period for which she is best-known in English speaking countries. By the late '60s, she had moved back into film with Finian's Rainbow and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and she later established herself in the musical theatre with appearances in such shows as Sunset Boulevard and Blood Brothers. She addresses much of this history in concert, explaining herself in French before reprising some of her French hits, which in several cases turn out to be familiar to American/British listeners For this concert, she also sung many of her transatlantic pop hits of the '60s and songs from her films and shows. Petula’s performance was almost uniformly impressive. Clark sings pop, rock, and show tunes equally well, and she has the gift of great song interpreters to make even mediocre material sound good; notably "Tell Me It's Not True" from Blood Brothers.