PARIS 70's "MELODIE EN SOUL SOL" The Story of Mélodie en SOUL sol Confronted by the somewhat brash girls, in vintage Argèles Plage (circa 73) string bikinis, waving from the technicolour covers of old vinyl records, the average, uniformed amateur antiques hunter just keeps on walking. On the other hand, the record collector knows he has stumbled upon something special, possibly quite unique. In fact, beyond the chipped crockery of songs like "Le Zizi" and inevitable "A La Pêche Aux Moules", the stylus reveals totally unknown tracks such as "Saramina" or "Blacknight". In shock, your turntable faithfully renders that sound - with added dust at no extra cost - killer bass lines, Fender Rhodes piano, surreal string arrangements, wah-wah guitar, tight brass ensembles conjuring up alchemical cocktails of popular music and jazz. That’s French jazz, funk, and soul: it’s rich, powerful, and elegantly kitsch; a basement record collection from Paris and it’s provinces which has been maturing to perfection in the cellar for some twenty years. Mélodie en SOUL-sol’s story is born in the voluptuous atmosphere of seventies Paris. This first release, Mélodie en soul-sol Paris 70’s lifts the veil on a rich and precious collection of previously unreleased French soul, jazz and funk recordings. Tight, subtle orchestrations and arrangements, and colourful, captivating and authentic melodies, come together to reveal the talents of both brilliant artists, such as Martial Solal, Daniel Janin, Vladimir Cosma, as well as a host of other musicians driven by some mysterious force which could not have remained undiscovered for much longer. In other words, soul melodies (mélodies en soul), skilful, swinging, smart music which was destined to resurface, and make itself heard. * sous-sol (soo-sol) in French means basement or cellar, hence the play on words Soul-sol as Soul is pronounced sool.