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We don't know how the curators of this extensive release managed to assemble such a perfect collection of performances from Edith Piaf's 30-year career, but we're glad they did. Her silvery voice sends chills down our spine on both her French version of the ballad "Hymne à l'amour" and its English counterpart, "Hymn to Love", as well as the dual versions of her impassioned “La vie en rose”. And the defiant tone of Piaf’s 1962 performance of "Le droit d'aimer" burns like pure musical fire.


Born: 19 December 1915 in Paris, France

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Edith Piaf is almost universally regarded as France's greatest popular singer. Still revered as an icon decades after her death, "the Sparrow" served as a touchstone for virtually every chansonnier, male or female, who followed her. Her greatest strength wasn't so much her technique, or the purity of her voice, but the raw, passionate power of her singing. (Given her extraordinarily petite size, audiences marveled all the more at the force of her vocals.) Her style epitomized that of the classic...
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