FANNY AUDRET, Chanson d´Orphee, 1959Posted: January 26, 2011
Back when I still lived in Hamburg I loved to shop in a little thrift store near my appartement called Hamburgs kleinstes Kaufhaus (Hamburg´s smallest department store). It was very well-organized and also cheap, so many poor people from the neighborhood came to the store to buy household stuff like pots and pans. When I visited my old home the last time, I noticed that the original poor population has largely been driven out of the area. But the store still exists. It´s where I found this record in the early 90s.
I never knew much about it until recently, when I researched a bit. Nothing on Fanny Audret or the Carrousel label on the Internet but I found information about the songs. Chanson d´Orphee is the title track to the film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus in 1959. I had seen the movie and I even have the French soundtrack EP, but I still didn´t recognize the song. Probably because this version has a different tempo.
Le Train Bleu was a luxury French night express train which carried wealthy and famous passengers between Calais and the French Riviera in the 1920s and 30s. It was dubbed “The Blue Train” because of its dark blue sleeping cars. Luis Mariano recorded Un train bleu dans la nuit in 1959 as a tribute to the train. Caterina Valente also recorded a version the same year. According to French Wikipedia Un train bleu dans la nuit is a version of “Blue Train in the Night” by legendary Bebop double-bassist Ray Brown with French lyrics by Pierre Delanoë. But for some reason I couldn´t find a Ray Brown song called “Blue Train In The Night”. Anyway, it is a beautiful song:
As a side-note that would tie the two sides of this record together, here´s Ray Brown performing a bass solo of Black Orpheus in 2001: