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La Maison Ou J'ai Grandi
LP $24.50

01/08/2016 826853061810 


CD $15.50

11/20/2015 826853061827 


***Received an 8.7 rating from Pitchfork. Between 1962 and 1966, FRANCOISE HARDY released one French-language album per year. Each, strictly speaking, was eponymously titled and each was collected from a series of contemporary four-track, seven-inch, picture-sleeve EPs–pop music’s main format in France, known as le super 45. In them, we see the maturing of one of the decade’s most singular talents—a pop singer with the heart of a chanteuse, a singer-songwriter in an age before such a thing was known, and a style icon who valued privacy and modesty. Remastered from the original tapes, Future Days presents the first five Françoise Hardy albums in their original French format, on deluxe LP and CD. 
Hardy’s fifth album was a collection of English-language recordings. For her next, released in October 1966, the focus was back on her home market in France, where things were changing quickly. Writing much of her own material was no longer a novelty–her future partner, Jacques Dutronc, was doing the same, and artists like Antoine were following Dylan’s lead. 
1966 was the year Hardy met Dylan, who demanded an audience with her at his Paris gig and later performed for her at a party. “It was only later that it occurred to me that he was singing ‘I Want You’ because he actually wanted me,” she says. Françoise said Dylan was not part of her world. As La Maison Ou J’Ai Grandi proved, Hardy’s world was perfect and fleshed out and set–five albums in, she had a sound, mood, and feel all her own. 
Recorded in London, the hit “La Maison Ou J’Ai Grandi” solidified what Hardy did best: marrying French chanson songs to epic production influenced by Phil Spector, Dusty Springfield, and George Martin; the toweringly powerful “Je Changerais D’avis,” which opens the LP, is a prime example.