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For the first time beyond its borders, Vive Le Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Unruly World of French Rock ‘n’ Roll 1956 to 1962 celebrates how France made rock ‘n’ roll its own. A rowdy era where anything went!

A companion to RPM International’s best-selling and glowingly reviewed collection of early Johnny Hallyday recordings The Sound, The Fury (Retro 949), Vive Le Rock ‘n’ Roll takes a wild ride through an exotic musical world like no other. 

Definitive liner notes by MOJO magazine’s Kieron Tyler in the illustrated booklet reveal the two phases of French rock ‘n’ roll: before and after Johnny Hallyday’s 1960 eruption over France. 

The album takes in Johnny Hallyday’s first home recordings from 1958, the earliest French tracks by Vince Taylor, the leather-clad maverick France adopted as their own, Jacques Dutronc’s group El Toro el les Cyclones, Mad Men soundtrack starlet Gillian Hills and French icons Eddy Mitchell and Dick Rivers when they were at their most rowdy with Les Chaussettes Noires and Les Chats Sauvages. 

RPM International’s latest journey to France, follows definitive releases by Antoine, Jacques Dutronc, Emily, France Gall, Chantal Goya, Johnny Hallyday, Pussy Cat, Stella and Sylvie Vartan. RPM International is the authoritative home of the greatest music from France’s past.

N.B This title is released 18th May and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1. TWIST A SAINT-TROPEZ – Les Chats Sauvages
2. SI SEULEMENT – Les Chaussettes Noires
3. HELLO JOSEPHINE – Les Daltons avec Long Chris
4. BABY LET’S PLAY HOUSE – Vince Taylor et ses Play-Boys
5. LE RYTHME DU ROCK  – Jackie Seven
6. OH, LES FILLES! – Les Pingouins 
7. GONG-GONG (I’M BLUE) – Danyel Gérard accompagné par les Danger’s
8. 39° DE FIÈVRE – Gabriel Dalar
9. ROCK AND ROLL MOPS – Henry Cording and his Original Rock and Roll Boys
10. ROCK ROCK  – Charles Verstraëte et son ensemble Musette
11. ROCK À BILLY – Les 6 Trognes et leur ensemble Bastringue
12. EN DANSANT LE TWIST  – Gillian Hills
15. DALTON CITY – Les Daltons
16. REBUH – Mike and the Bonds
17. SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN – Vince Taylor et ses Play-Boys
18. ONCLE JOHN – El Toro el les Cyclones
19. BE BOP A LULA – Les Chaussettes Noires
20. LE JOUR “J” – Les Chats Sauvages
21. JE ME SENS SEUL – Johnny Hallyday
22. TUTTI FRUTTI – Johnny Hallyday
Weight 200 kg


Track listing as above.


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