Paul Mauriat was a hugely successful easy listener purveyor on a par with those other giants of the easy listening genre Bert Kaempfert, James Last and Herb Alpert. His canvas was popular hits of the time and on many of his albums he covered many Beatles songs. In fact one such album, released in Japan, was devoted exclusively to Beatles songs and the cover was a pastiche of the Fab’s “Let It Be” cover. Japanese audiences loved Mr Mauriat, he was the only international artists to sell out the Budokan stadium twice in one day.
For those who are perhaps having their first taste of Paul Mauriat in this LP here are some tips for catching the full flavour. Try it tonight with your coffee after dinner, relaxing in a softly lit room. First let the warm romantic bouquet of the music drift round you before you sip at the individual tracks and savour them, for they have subtle gradations of flavour – each one excitingly different, yet all unmistakably vintage Mauriat. You will find, as in all fine liqueurs, that the basic sweetness is counterbalanced in every number by a special piquancy which lingers warmly long after the track is over. Like Mauriat himself, it is something very French yet as completely international as fine champagne or cognac. A lot goes into the fine blend of a Mauriat arrangement for the Mauriat orchestra. The connoisseur, who recognises Mauriat’s music as something unique in the world of popular music, can sense ingredients that have been maturing for a lot longer than Mauriat’s lifetime. This dual element in his arrangements, for instance – this element of contrast with a small group of instruments such as guitars, piano and harpsichord in the foreground adding the piquant element to the larger body of strings (hear it on the first track “A taste of honey”; – has roots in the concerti grossi of the seventeenth-century composer Corelli and of Handel and in the Brandenburg Concertos of Bach. Surprising?
Label: Philips XL2 88218 DY