Francis Cabrel: L'Essentiel (1977-2007)
Francis Cabrel is a French singer-songwriter, composer and guitarist who has been one of the most influential and popular artists in the French-speaking world for over three decades. His songs, which blend folk, country, blues and rock influences, have touched millions of listeners with their poetic lyrics and catchy melodies. In 2007, to celebrate his 30th anniversary of his debut album, he released a compilation album titled L'Essentiel (1977-2007), which contains 37 of his best songs from his 11 studio albums and some live and rare tracks.
The album covers the whole span of Cabrel's career, from his first hit single "Petite Marie" in 1977, which was dedicated to his wife Mariette, to his latest songs such as "Les Yeux bleus pleurant sous la pluie", a cover of Willie Nelson's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", and "Le Gorille", a tribute to Georges Brassens, one of his main influences. The album also features some of his most famous songs, such as "Je l'aime à mourir", which was covered by Shakira in French and Spanish, "La Corrida", which denounces bullfighting, "Sarbacane", which showcases his bluesy side, and "Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai", which is considered one of the most beautiful love songs in French.
The album also includes some collaborations with other artists, such as "Vengo a ofrecer mi corazón", a duet with Mercedes Sosa, the legendary Argentine singer and activist, "Il faudra leur dire", a song performed with a children's choir for a humanitarian cause, and "Quand jaime une fois jaime pour toujours", a cover of Richard Desjardins's song about the plight of the Native Americans. The album also contains some live versions of his songs, such as "Samedi soir sur la terre", "Les Passantes" and "La Dame de Haute-Savoie", which showcase his talent as a performer and his connection with his audience.
L'Essentiel (1977-2007) is a must-have for any fan of Francis Cabrel or anyone who wants to discover his music. It is a testament to his artistic vision, his musical diversity and his lyrical genius. It is also a reflection of his human values, his social engagement and his respect for nature and culture. It is an album that celebrates the essence of Cabrel's work: the power of words and music to touch people's hearts.