Patricia KAAS – Scene De Vie 1990

Patricia KAAS – Scene De Vie 1990

Jazz

In 1990 Kaas began her first world tour, which lasted 16 months in total. She sang in front of about 750,000 fans in over 196 concerts in 12 countries. Among others Kaas sang daily for a week in Olympia and Zenith, one of the most famous concert halls in Paris. The concerts were sold out four months before they began. Kaas also gave other successful concerts in New York and Washington D.C. in the U.S.. At the end of the tour Mademoiselle chante… had sold 1 million copies in France alone and had achieved diamond status. Kaas received the Goldene Europa, one of the biggest German music awards.

In 1990 Kaas moved from her former record company Polydor to CBS/Sony. Cyril Prieur and Richard Walter of the firm Talent Sorcier from Paris replaced Bernard Schwartz to become her managers in 1987. Prieur and Walter contributed significantly to the singer’s success, in return for which Kaas referred to them as her “family”.
With a new record company she produced “Scène de vie” (Eng: Moments in Life) in 1990. It reached the top of the French charts and stayed there for 10 weeks, going diamond in the process as “Mademoiselle chante…” had done before it. With the song “Kennedy Rose” Kaas again worked with Elisabeth Depardieu and François Bernheim; this collaboration was more successful than Jalouse, reaching 34th place in the French singles charts. The song was dedicated to Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy clan and mother of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy.

While on the “Scène de vie” tour the singer performed 210 concerts before 650,000 spectators in 13 countries, among them Japan, Canada and the USSR, where she sang in Moscow and Leningrad. At the end of 1991 her first live album Carnet de scène (Eng: Memories) appeared, which achieved popularity beyond her dedicated fans. 13 years later Sony also published the album as a live DVD.

In 1991 Kaas received two further internationally renowned music awards, the World Music Award and a Bambi. In the following year she received 3rd place in the category of ‘Best International Female Singer’ at the ECHO awards in Cologne, nominated alongside Cher (who received first place), Tina Turner, Madonna and Whitney Houston, four of the biggest names in the music business.
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As a fan of singing in general and Patrica Kaas’ earlier work, I was disappointed in this album. Although Ms. Kaas’ voice is as seductive as ever, much of the material here lacks the originality or emotional energy required to make the listener want to play the CD again and again. The result is mere “mood music” for which any easy-listening track could be substituted. From a commercial perspective, few if any of the songs have a “hook” that would endear them to the short attention spans of today’s radio audience. I would suggest that those interested in Ms. Kaas’ music should refer to her earlier works.
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After the success of Mademoiselle Chante and the change of the record company, Patricia Kaas managed to make another brilliant record. The whole CD is very laid back, retro, American. You can hear the songs, like L’Heure Du Jazz, Ou Vont Les Coeurs Brises, Regarde Les Riches, Tropic Blues Bar, Une Derniere Semaine A New York, with American jazz music as the background music. When you are listening to the CD, you feel you are in the United States in the 60s, 70s. Other powerful ballet songs are Les Mannequins D’Osier, Les Hommes Qui Passent, Bessie. Patricia Kaas is undoubtedly a diva in France. Her powerful and deep voice helps to express her rich feelings. This CD n Je Te Dis Vous/Tour De Charme are her best CDs of all. If you love Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, Patricia Kaas should/will be your another favourite female artist. She has the most beautiful voice among all French female artists after Edith Piaf.
By  Vince W.M. Chan.
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01. Générique 1:00
Arranged By – Thierry Durbet
Music By – François Bernheim
02. Les Mannequins D’Osier 3:51
Arranged By – Thierry Durbet
Guitar – Kamil Rustam
Lyrics By – Didier Barbelivien
Music By – François Bernheim
Saxophone – Patrick Bourgoin
03. L’Heure Du Jazz 3:59
Arranged By – Jean-Yves D’Angelo , Kamil Rustam
Contrabass – Jean-Pierre Celea
Drums – André Ceccarelli
Guitar – Kamil Rustam
Lyrics By – Jean-François Collo
Music By – Didier Barbelivien , François Bernheim
Piano, Organ – Jean-Yves D’Angelo
Trumpet – A. Russo
04. Coeurs Brisés 3:22
Arranged By – Claude Samard
Drums – Claude Salmieri
Guitar – Claude Samard
Lyrics By – Thierry Delianis
Music By – Charles France
Piano – Jean-Yves D’Angelo
Saxophone – Patrick Bourgoin
Synthesizer – J. Gueguen
05. Regarde Les Riches 3:41
Arranged By – Claude Samard
Backing Vocals – François Bernheim , J. Mercier , S. Batteux
Bass – G. Delacroix
Drums – Claude Salmieri
Guitar – Claude Samard
Harmonica – Jean-Jacques Milteau
Lyrics By – Didier Barbelivien , François Bernheim
Music By – Didier Barbelivien
Piano – Jean-Yves D’Angelo , J. Gueguen
Saxophone – Serge Roux
06. Les Hommes Qui Passent 3:46
Arranged By – Jean-Yves D’Angelo , Kamil Rustam
Guitar – Kamil Rustam
Lyrics By – Didier Barbelivien
Music By – François Bernheim
07. Bessie 4:07
Arranged By, Producer [Realization] – B. Chatenet , Frank Langolff , P. Osman
Backing Vocals – A. Macina , A. Calvert
Engineer – B. Chatenet
Engineer [Assistant] – R. Letang , S. Masson
Engineer [Vocals, Assistant], Mixed By [Assistant] – Jacques Romensky
Engineer [Vocals], Mixed By – Bruno Lambert
Lyrics By – Pierre Grosz
Music By – Frank Langolff
Programmed By, Synthesizer, Guitar – P. Osman
08. Tropic Blues Bar 4:00
Arranged By – Claude Samard
Bass – G. Delacroix
Engineer – B. Fourrier , Bruno Lambert
Lyrics By – Joëlle Kopf
Mixed By – Bruno Lambert
Mixed By [Assistant] – Jacques Romensky
Music By – Jerry Lipkins
Piano – Jean-Yves D’Angelo
Saxophone – Patrick Bourgoin
09. A L’Enterrement De Sidney Bechet 3:07
Arranged By – Jean-Yves D’Angelo , Kamil Rustam
Guitar – Kamil Rustam
Lyrics By – Didier Barbelivien
Music By – François Bernheim
Saxophone [Soprano] – P. Gossez
10. Kennedy Rose 3:21
Arranged By – Jean-Yves D’Angelo , Kamil Rustam
Lyrics By – Elizabeth Depardieu*
Music By – Didier Barbelivien , François Bernheim
11. Une Dernière Semaine À New York 3:04
Arranged By – Thierry Durbet
Guitar – Claude Samard , Kamil Rustam
Lyrics By – Didier Barbelivien
Music By – François Bernheim
12. Patou Blues 3:51
Arranged By – Claude Samard
Drums – Claude Salmieri
Guitar – Claude Samard
Harmonica – Jean-Jacques Milteau
Lyrics By – Didier Barbelivien
Music By – François Bernheim
13. Générique (Orchestral) 1:00
Arranged By – Thierry Durbet
Music By – François Bernheim
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2 Responses to “Patricia KAAS – Scene De Vie 1990”

  1. I bought this CD when it was hot off the presses: I taught French for years and liked to get a lot of music into the classroom as both language and as culture. Kass became increasingly commercial but there is still some interesting material in her oeuvre, my favourite being track 3 on this disc, L’heure du jazz, whose text I used for all manner of language stuff, then as a visualization/writing exercise where this track was followed by about twenty minutes of Kind of Blue. I got some blank stares and pages, but also some interesting pictures in words from students with imagination and a bit of languag. The principal walked in one day while this was going on, needing a brief consultation, but stayed for the whole thing, both because he liked the music, but also because he found it so different from most of the traditional language curriculum. Feliz Navidad, y muchas gracias por la musica!

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