CD The Best of Saint Tropez: Fill My Life With Love * (CD 373737), Audio Other
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The Best of Saint Tropez: Fill My Life With Love *

  • 1. Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus
    2. Violation
    3. On a Rien a Perdre
    4. Symphonie Africaine, La
    5. Fill My Life With Love
    6. One More Minute
    7. Hold on to Love
    8. Think I'm Gonna Fall in Love With You
    9. Belle de Jour
    10. Love Stealers, The
    11. Save This Night for Love
    12. Femmes Fatales
    13. Bein' With You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79

  • Credits
    ProducerClive Scott; Fiachra Trench; Ian Levine; Laurin Rinder; Paul Klein; Paul Klein (Compilation)
    EngineerColin Green; Craig Milliner; Timothy Eames; John Davies; Robin Sellars

    Personnel: Jean-Paul Vignon, Lyndie White, Lisa Roberts, Marilyn Jackson, Phyllis Rhodes, Louis Aldebert, Venette Gloud, Pam Feener, Monalisa Young, Myrna Matthews, Carmen Twillie (vocals); Erwin Keiles, Bob Etoll (guitar); William Henderson (strings, horns); Snake Davis (flute, saxophone); Fiachra Trench, Nigel Stock, John Mealing (keyboards); Laurin Rinder (drums, timpani, percussion); Gary Ferguson (drums); John Davies , Timothy Eames (programming); Vicki Brown, Sharon Rose, Erica Harrold, Rebecca Leigh-White, Jackie Rawe, Helen Chappelle, John Reid, Katie Kissoon, Liza Strike, Miriam Stockley, Pat Lewis, Tracie Ackerman, Billy Griffin, Kay Garner (background vocals).
    Recording information: Producers Workshop, CA; Scratch Studios, England; Trident Studios, London, England; Tropicana Studios.
    Photographers: Lisa Powers; Phillip Dixon.
    Arrangers: Fiachra Trench; Nigel Stock; Ian Levine; John Mealing.
    This thorough compilation covers the recording career of Saint Tropez, a disco ensemble put together by prolific dance music producers Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis. Although the group was American in origin, their work pursued a Euro-disco style built on rich orchestrations and a continental jet-set feel (several of the songs are sung in French). Good examples of the group's Euro-disco-flavored sound are "Violation," which fleshes out its elegant piano melody with sumptuous strings while its female singers sing French lyrics in a sultry half-whisper, and "Belle de Jour," a sexy psychodrama that features male and female voices trading monologues in French over a dramatic orchestrated backdrop full of swirling strings and lush brass. These are balanced by up-tempo tunes that play up pop hooks in a direct, dance-friendly style: "One More Minute" layers lush strings and horns over a frenetic, clavinet-driven beat and "Fill My Life With Love" is a slickly harmonized invitation to love that features a wonderful instrumental break where the piano and sax trade licks over throbbing Latin percussion. There is also an effective cover of "Je Taime (Moi Non Plus)" that updates this classic French ballad to the disco style with an arrangement that starts as a ballad but shifts into a faster, upbeat dance mode at the halfway point. Later numbers like "The Love Stealers" and "Save This Night for Love" downplay the Euro-disco stylings in favor a stripped-down, Chic-like sound that isn't as satisfying, but this is a minor quibble when one considers the generous amount of slick orchestral disco gems on this collection. In short, The Best of Saint Tropez: Fill My Life With Love is a solid portrait of this group and offers plenty of decadent delights for the Euro-disco fanatic. ~ Donald A. Guarisco

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