Perhaps it was all Paul Mauriat's doing. After his version of "L'Amour Est Bleu", retitled "Love Is Blue" for its late-1967 release on this side of the pond, spent five weeks at #1, the American record industry must have sensed that there was a market for French instrumental pop although this really doesn't explain how Kapp Records' tiny "international" label got this song released the very day "Love Is Blue" first topped the charts. More to the point, "Soul Coaxing", a title inflicted on us because we presumably couldn't pronounce "Ame Câline", is a better song, an insistent piano tune surrounded by strings and wordless voices and more strings, and unlike the sappy words forced upon "Love Is Blue", composer Michel Polnareff's original French lyric is heartbreakingly lovely, even in English translation:
The caressing soul searches for a free heart
All day, all night, for its life
The caressing soul searches for a nest
By the sun, by the stars, for its home.
For life, or for perhaps more,
For life, or for perhaps less....
As for Raymond Lefevre himself, he released dozens of records in his native France, though only a handful managed to reach an audience in the United States rather like Paul Mauriat, come to think of it.
Where can I get this on CD?
The Eric label has this out on a CD called Hard to Find Orchestral Instrumentals (CD 11507). Coincidentally, "Love Is Blue" is on there too. And in the spring of '07, someone uploaded it to YouTube: no visuals, but good mono sound.
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