12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sugar Me is a compilation of singles, B-sides and previously unreleased tracks recorded by Claudine Longet during 1972-1975. It opens with “Anytime of the Year,” a traditional Hebrew song that sounds kind of crazy with Longet’s exaggerated Parisian accent singing along with the fiddles, accordions and handclaps. A more fitting cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Guess Who I Saw In Paris” follows with Burt Bacharach-influenced horn arrangements and a lilting chorus of backing singers. Longet turns British girl group the Caravelles’ “You Don’t Have to Be a Baby to Cry” into a playfully flirty romp (especially since she can’t quite pronounce “cry”). She turns the Brenda Lee hit “All Alone Am I” into a sprightly baroque-pop song while Ruby Murray’s “Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye” gets the countrypolitan treatment, replete with shimmering pedal steel and a backdrop of choral singers piping in on the chorus. The Lynsey de Paul penned title-track is played close to the original, save for a psychedelic sounding fuzz-guitar tastefully tucked behind a prominent piano. A melancholy rendition of David Pomeranz’s “If You Walked Away” closes the album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sugar Me is a compilation of singles, B-sides and previously unreleased tracks recorded by Claudine Longet during 1972-1975. It opens with “Anytime of the Year,” a traditional Hebrew song that sounds kind of crazy with Longet’s exaggerated Parisian accent singing along with the fiddles, accordions and handclaps. A more fitting cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Guess Who I Saw In Paris” follows with Burt Bacharach-influenced horn arrangements and a lilting chorus of backing singers. Longet turns British girl group the Caravelles’ “You Don’t Have to Be a Baby to Cry” into a playfully flirty romp (especially since she can’t quite pronounce “cry”). She turns the Brenda Lee hit “All Alone Am I” into a sprightly baroque-pop song while Ruby Murray’s “Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye” gets the countrypolitan treatment, replete with shimmering pedal steel and a backdrop of choral singers piping in on the chorus. The Lynsey de Paul penned title-track is played close to the original, save for a psychedelic sounding fuzz-guitar tastefully tucked behind a prominent piano. A melancholy rendition of David Pomeranz’s “If You Walked Away” closes the album.

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