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Playlist 28.11.11

Stuart Bailie | 12:24 UK time, Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Edith Piaf didn't do subtle in her singing - not when a passionate bleat was acceptable. True, there's a bit of tenderness and quiet observation in a tune like 'Les Amants d'un Jour', but Edith was at her best when she gave it socks. And on 'Hymne A L'Amour' she's emoting like no other, sending out love and pure testimony to the boxer Marcel Cerdan.

The song was first performed in 1949, a month before Marcel was killed in an air crash. The recorded version appeared in 1950 and thereafter it became a thunderous adieu to the guy. It rouses you still.

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Mondays, ten - midnight

David Bowie - Sorrow (EMI)
The Lost Brothers - Pale Moon (white)
Martin John Henry - Ribbon On A Bough (Gargleblast)
Liz Green - French Singer (PIAS)
Edith Piaf - Hymne A L'Amour (EMI)
Nada Surf - Waiting For Something (City Slang)
Runaway Go - Delicate Man (white)
The Dream Academy - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (Warner)
Jackie Leven - Elegy For Johnny Cash (Cooking Vinyl)
Our Krypton Son - Catalonian Love Song (Small Town America)
Kate Bush - Snowed In At Wheeler St (Fish People)

U2 - So Cruel (Island)
Emmy The Great, Tim Wheeler - Sleigh Me (Infectious)
Rebecca Prousky - Give Up Too Easily (NMR)
The Lost Brothers - Bells They Won't Ring (white)
Martin John Henry - I Love Maps (Gargleblast)
Levon Helm - You'll Never Again Be Mine (Columbia)
Robbie Robertson - When The Night Was Young (Fontana)
DJ Shadow - Scale It Back (Island)
Jackie Leven - Birds Leave Shadows (Cooking Vinyl)
Ruth Moody - Winter Waltz (Factor)
Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow (Fish People)

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