Formed and managed by Claude Bolling in 1964, Les Parisiennes were a kicky French pop vocal quartet whose modest Terpsichorian talents were utilized during carefully choreographed bouts of televised entertainment. During a four year period they concocted no less than four albums for the Philips label. In 2007, Fremeaux & Associes amassed all of these in an unprecedented 71-track triple-disc Parisiennes anthology. Unlike previous samplers and "best-of" collections, this set re-links the group with Bolling and will likely be found listed under his name. Les Parisiennes' campy novelty music is mainly based in the Dixieland/trad jazz pop trend that swept through Europe and the U.K. during the late '50s and early '60s, which accounts for the periodic onset of go-go rock & roll and jet set "twist" arrangements. This means that Les Parisiennes were alternately accompanied by a slaphappy nostalgia band consisting of banjo, tuba, ragtime piano, trumpet, and tailgate trombone or a pop
ock bubblegum studio ensemble. With the exception of the moody "Je Te Deteste," almost all of the tunes are weirdly geeked exercises in corn taken at brisk tempi. The most intriguing episodes are a Japanese routine called "Yamamoto Kakapote," a thrilling revival of a traditional vaudeville music hall favorite retitled as "Tha Ma Ra Boum Di He," and a perfectly proportioned cover of Al Hirt
's lucrative hit "Java." Not for the squeamish.