The compilations that I post here were originally made for my own enjoyment and that of my family, but out of the generosity of my heart I want to share them with the world ! They are made with tracks from my own vinyl collection but also from tracks that I've collected trough the years from all over the internet. It's impossible to credit the original poster, but consider yourself utterly thanked.

17 jun. 2017

Monsieur Maurice presents Depressing Songs

Not that these songs are a representation of the mindset of Monsieur Maurice... Oh No. Au Contraire!  Monsieur Maurice is happy as can be.
But songs about love gone wrong, heartbreak, unrequited love are often so so beautiful.
This is the first compilation (yes, there's more) on this subject that I've made. It's mostly female singers (a few exceptions), mainly because a woman can do heartbreak so much better than a man
There's the lovely Nancy Wilson. Queen of heartbreak IMO. And the Aussi sensation Lana Cantrell. Australia's answer to Barbra Streisand. Only a handful of albums in her name, but hey there are some gems to be found there.

It's a Double Feature, so you are in for a 2 hour long journey into the world of melancholia.
I've added my original artwork, with thanks to the great Roy Lichtenstein.
In the 'booklet' you can find some more info on the individual tracks. There I've chosen to provide the original album and date of release to the best of my knowledge. If I've made mistakes, please feel free to correct me in the comment section. I like it when facts are actually factual.

I would love to receive some feedback on these compilations.  Did you like my selection? What's good?  What can be done better? Do you have suggestions ? Please feel free to comment in the comment section.

Now go and grab a pint of ice cream and a spoon, curl up on the couch, and listen...

Disc 1
01 Dave Berry - The Crying Game
02 Claudine Longet - Cry Me a River
03 Blossom Dearie - Yesterday when I was Young
04 Dinah Shore - It is Over
05 Dionne Warwick - (theme from) Valley Of The Dolls
06 Ella Fitzgerald - But Not For Me
07 Nancy Wilson - Guess Who I Saw Today
08 Julie London - The End Of A Love Affair
09 Chris Connor - The Thrill Is Gone
10 Keely Smith - One Less Bell To Answer
11 Lana Cantrell - If You Go Away
12 Nancy Wilson - Glad to be Unhappy
13 Nina Simone - I Can Get Along Without You Very Well
14 Peggy Lee - Is that all there is
15 Lena Horn - Softly As I Leave You
16 Shirley Bassey - A House is Not a Home
17 Eartha Kitt - All by Myself
18 The Guess Who - Undun

Disc 2
01 Sue Raney - How About Me
02 Claudine Longet - The End of the World
03 Bobbie Gentry - I'll Never Fall in Love Again
04 Dionne Warwick - Walking Backwards Down The Road
05 Nancy Wilson - I'll Only Miss Him When I Think of Him
06 Ella Fitzgerald - The Man I Love
07 Peggy Lee - (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me -
08 Frances Faye - I Cried for You
09 Lana Cantrell - Stay
10 Lena Horne - In Love in Vain
11 Nancy Wilson - You Can Have Him
12 Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue
13 Etta James - Willow Weep For Me
14 Peggy Lee - Me And My Shadow
15 Julie London - Can't Get Used to Losing You
16 Julie Wilson - Trav'lin Light
17 Sarah Vaughan - The Thrill Is Gone
18 Hugo Montenegro - Undun

30 mei 2017

MM Digs Simon & Garfunkel

Monsieur Maurice digs lots of things. But the music of Simon and Garfunkel takes him way back when he was a little kittycat and he played the records of his older brother and sisters. There he found the Bridge over Trouble water album, and he loved it. So today he home-baked a  new version of that album and added some extra's.

1  Medley Sound of Silence/Scarborough FairCanticle -The Mystic Moods Orchestra
2  El Condor Pasa - Antony Ventura & His Orchestra
3  So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright - Paul Desmond
4  The Sound of Silence - Carmen McRae
5  Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall - Wout Steenhuis & The Wedgewoods
6  Homeward Bound -The Mystic Moods Orchestra
7  Keep the Customer Satisfied - Marsha Hunt
8 Cecilia - Frank Pourcel
9  April Come She Will - Carlo Monteverdi & his Orchestra
10  The Sound of Silence - Sisters of Charm
11  I Am A Rock - Carlo Monteverdi & his Orchestra
12  Mrs Robinson - David Snell
13  Scarborough Fair - Gershon Kingsley
14  Bridge Over Troubled Water - Enoch Light
15 The Boxer - Terry Baxter
16  For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her - Paul Desmond
17  Scarborough Fair - Tony Mottola
18  Feelin' Groovy - Doris Day
19  Cloudy -The Mystic Moods Orchestra
20  Bye Bye Love - Carlos Piper Orquestra

Let's do it again !

As George Gershwin so eloquently wrote... My friends I'm gonna 'Do it again' !
Today is the new start of Chez Monsieur Maurice 2.0
As you can read in the header, I'm not going to post any full albums anymore. I just want to share my home baked compilations. I know that's not for everybody's taste... but that's how it's gonna be.
Take it or leave it.
I make these compilations mainly for the enjoyment of myself and especially my sister. She asked me a few weeks ago if she was my only fan ? That got me thinking and the idea of starting up the old blog started to brew.
So here it goes.
I will be posting every two weeks or so. The files will be available for 1 month. After that it's Sayonara. No reposts.
As much as I enjoy putting together these compilations, I also enjoy designing the artwork. I'm adding the covers of my own design inside the file. They are made to fit the slim, wraparound, made in China cd boxes that I use.  So cut and crop to make them fit the ones you use if necessary.
I would love some feedback of course. But I especially hope that you all will become my new fans and enjoy this music as much as I do.