In synch to the French tradition of the 60s where the albums included 4 tracks, Rue 66 presents “Partie de Dames”, their first EP.
Rue ’66 is a modern day yé-yé band from San Francisco. The genre known as yé-yé refers to pop music made by French artists in the mid-’60s. Rue ’66 covers this kind of material while presenting a few songs of their own.
Vocals and percussion are handled by Carol Pott and Serena Campbell. Serge Martial (formerly of the French band, Resurrection) also sings and plays guitar and percussion.
The vocalists are backed by veteran musicians Mark Scardello on guitar (formerly of Agency EL84), Donald Ciccone on bass (The Trip, Angel Corpus Christi), Christian Iribarren on keyboards (Hard Rain), and Tim Orr on drums (Zydeco Flames, Royal Deuces). The group is accompanied by a horn section.
Serge Martial passed away last year and the EP is dedicated to his memory. Three of the songs were recorded at historic Hyde Street Studios and one was recorded live. All were mixed in mono by Chris Von Sneidern at Tape Vault, in San Francisco.
- Partie de Dames — Originally done by Liz Brady in ’67. Kind of Herb Alpert meets Motown…in Paris. Carol sings lead, Serena backs her up.
- Ne Me Laisse pas L’aimer – Originally done by Brigitte Bardot. Serena sings lead with Carol backing her.
- Mini Jupe-Buspad – Originally done by Les Sharks. It’s really their arrangement of 20-75, an instrumental by Willie Mitchell on Hi Records.
- My Girl Josephine – A Fats Domino song, but this arrangement comes from Jerry Jaye’s in ’67, who was also on Hi Records. Recorded live at a sold-out show in San Francisco, the final song of the evening and the last one the group performed with Serge, who sings lead.
Where to find the listen to the album :
Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/EP. (EP)