Paul Mauriat — you may remember him for his big hit “Love Is Blue” which hit Number One in 1968 — must have been a very busy man in 1967 when this album came out — he released six that year! I would bet that most of them do not sound very good — hell, side two of this album doesn’t even sound good — but side one sure does.
We gave it a sonic grade of A++ for the better sounding tracks on that side. It’s Super Hot all right, 3-D and Tubey Magical like you will not believe. If you have a big, rich, even lush-sounding system, this record is going to blow your mind!
Try tracks 2,3 and 5; talk about fun ’60s pop with great sound!
Side one A++
Side two No Grade, way too shrill and smeary
The album should play Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus or so. Although it has not been carefully play-graded, it is guaranteed to satisfy or we will happily pay the domestic shipping for its return.
In 1965 Mauriat established Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat, and released hundreds of recordings and compilations through the Philips label for the next 28 years. Mauriat recorded many of these albums in both Paris and London, utilising several English classical musicians in these recordings.
In 1968 his cover of the Andre Popp/Pierre Cour tune “L’Amour Est Bleu” (“Love Is Blue”) became a number 1 hit in the U.S.. The song spent five weeks at the top of the charts. Two other Mauriat singles also made the charts in the U.S – “Love in Every Room” and the title theme from the movie “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang”.
“Love Is Blue” was the first instrumental to hit number 1 on the Billboard charts since the Tornados hit with “Telstar” in 1962 and the only American number-one single to be recorded in France. The success of the song and the album on which it appeared, Blooming Hits, established Mauriat as an international recording star.