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Francis Cabrel

Varied as it is, the music of Francis Cabrel never strays far from his basic songwriting tools: the acoustic guitar and gentle reflections on life. His clear voice and clean guitar are ever the focus of his songs. Around this core he weaves contemporary folk, blues rock, French pop, smooth jazz, and even classical sounds. His lyrics have received much attention among French-speaking audiences and critics, and his albums sell well in those circles. His style has also sparked a revival of interest in acoustic music in France. Cabrel's involvement in music began at his lycée (secondary school) in southwestern France. Inspired by Bob Dylan's music, he taught himself to play guitar. He joined up with a group called the Maïna Pub (later changed to les Virginys) which covered songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix. The group eventually sublimated, and Cabrel began performing solo and working on his own material. In 1974, he entered a contest for singer/songwriters in the southwest France and walked away with first place. The stated prize was the opportunity to record a 45 single, but the judges were so impressed that they asked him to record an LP instead. The resulting album, Les Murs de Poussière, was released in 1977. Cabrel and his record company were displeased with the sound and success (respectively) of the album, but Cabrel moved to Paris and continued to perform in public. He released his second album, Les Chemins de Traverse, in 1979. The second single from the album, "Je l'Aime à Mourir," gained the attention of French listeners, and Cabrel became nationally recognized. In the early '80s, Cabrel released Fragile (1980), Carte Postale (1981), and Quelqu'un de l'Intérieure (1983); these albums generated hits and sold well in France. During these years Cabrel built an audience in Quebec also by touring both solo and with a band. Having garnered considerable success with his three previous albums, Cabrel changed his pace and approach in the mid-'80s. He released a live album (Cabrel Public) in 1984, a studio album (Photos de Voyages) in 1985 and a compilation (w-87) in 1987. He moved back to southwestern France, set up his own studio, turned more of his attention to his family, and released albums of new material at a leisurely pace. He continued this pattern in the late '80s and through the '90s with Sarbacane (1989), d'Une Ombre à l'Autre (a 1991 live three-disc set), and Samedi Soir sur la Terre (1994). Each release was greatly anticipated in France and Quebec, and all sold well. The two albums of original material (Sarbacane and Samedi Soir sur la Terre) did particularly well, and each went multi-platinum. Hors-Saison was released in 1999 following a 5-year break and Cabrel supported it with a national tour and an impressive 10-day stint at the Olympia in Paris. During the early part of the noughties, Cabrel took part in a series of concerts entitled Autour du Blues alongside international artists such as Patrick Verbeke, Tanya Saint Val and David Johnson. Following these shows his tenth record, Les Beaux Dégâts, was released in 2004. The album featured a new dynamic to Cabrel’s sound with a brass section bringing his songs to life and included a guest performance from Autor du Blues tour-mate David Johnson. Carbel returned in 2008 with Des Roses et des Orties which undertook an array of political and social issues that resonate strongly throughout the entire record. He also included a handful of French adaptations of work by Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival and J.J. Cale. ~ Samuel Johnson, Rovi
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He is one of the best of all time!!
snow_mitchel l
I like the title for his song Elle n'est pas venue. Pandora put Hell Nep Avenue.
La Corrida est belle et très triste.
Je l'adore!
Cabrel est un dieu de la poesie moderne..sa voix claire, ces chansons inspiratione l l e s incitent le coeur pensant a trouver ses ailes..
adams.james6 8 4
I first heard l' edition special in the movie Broadcast News and loved it so much and remembered it so well that I finally had the opportunity years later to seek out the artist--whic h wasn't easy because I didn't know the title of the song! But I finally learned it was Francis Cabrel and listened to his songs on Amazon and YouTube and have been in love with his music ever since.
adams.james6 8 4
Francis Cabrel is wonderful.
gerrypez
Great artist
kaijajeantet
On est alle voir Cabrel a Annecy il y a plus de vingt ans. Quelle nostalgie!
Je les aime a F. Cabrel y sa musique!
How is it that his music is the thread between a woman of a certain age, African-Amer i c a n , Episcopalian , progressive/ a c t i v i s t , Native Californian, not really French speaker and an amazing poet. songwriter. acoustic genius who loves Howlin' Wolf, old school blues, who lives in the s.france? We have to meet! I have to see him LIVE!
Francis Cabrel est l'homme a suivre si t'es amoureux... Lui et son guitar sont incomparable et j'y suis un fan depuis des annees ...
C'est l'hiver dans le fond de mon coeur...et qui
Cabrel C'est un monstre !!!
craig.people s
La chanson, Je T'aime, Je T'aimais et Je T'aimerai est la plus belle chanson, en Francais, du monde.
francesca.m
je l'adore depuis son 1er disque (yes disque)...le s murs de poussiere in 1977!
papomoi38
I love Francis Cabrel's music and lyrics since I was introduced to his music in 1994 when I lived in Lausanne, Switzerland. He's the BEST!
J'ai toujours aimé Francis Cabrel, mon inspiration
Francis Cabrel, que je l'aime!
I have loved Francis Cabrel since living in Switzerland and France 1975-84; seen him several times, often in intimate venues seated on the floor. I speak French so understand the amazing lyrics - his diction is excellent, facilitating this!
His music is timeless and tres bien!
talbanese
JE AMI BOCUL
This music is fabulous! I love his music!
ftiayon
Fabulous! And thanks to Pandora for giving us this great opportunity to be able to find out our beloved artist, wherever we are in the world! Keep up with the great job Pandora!FIT
Sa musique s'adapte au temps. Je l'ecoute depuis son debut (les annees 80) et ne m'en lasse toujours pas. So dernier album, des roses et des orties, est tres bon.
He is a real poet!
J'avais apprecie la musique de Francis Cabrel quand j'ai vecu en France dans les annees '80. Je l'apprecie meme de plus ces jours-ci! Tres bien, Francis!!

Catherine

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