Hugues Aufray – En Direct de L’Olympia (Barclay 80 310) (1966)

American-style folk/country roots music performed entirely in French and recorded live down a Parisian phone line. Aufray is reputedly the foremost French interpreter of Bob Dylan and, indeed, things get pretty Royal Albert Hall Concert on “Guidez Mes Pas”. His version of “Girl From the North Country” makes the most sense, while the punked-up fuzz guitar take on “Mr. Tambourine Man” is simply bizarre. Somewhat cheekily, Aufray gives himself co-writing credit for “Les Temps Changent”, “La Fille du Nord” “L’homme Orchestra” and “Cauchemar Psychomoteur”. Well, I suppose changing “Mr. Tambourine Man” to “Man Orchestra” does constitute some fairly heavy re-writing.

Published in: on June 1, 2011 at 7:35 am  Leave a Comment  

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