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Les Chats Noirs (The Black Cats)

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Original Recording Format: DSD 128
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Les Chats Noir (The Black Cats) is the self-titled debut album by this unique group from France.  It’s on the Forward Music Italy label and brings together many musical styles and genres from the French Music Scene: Chanson, Jazz, Swing and even the group’s version of Video Killed The Radio Star!

The album is based on an idea by Renato Gattone. It features an accordion, a manouche guitar and a double bass.  Les Chats Noirs’ first album mixes traditional atmospheres and new musical horizons. It’s an album full of Parisian feeling, evoked by a sinuous voice that warms the contemporary taste, also underlined by a Rhodes piano. A narration weaving together music and poetry, moving from Baudelaire’s verses to the pop music of a century later.

Forward Music Italy invites you to “Take a trip to the Paris of the 40s with Les Chats Noirs (The Black Cats).  An elegant quartet that plays the most famous French melodies such as la vie en rose, the mer, that reste-t-il de nos amours and even lesser known favorites. A voice, an accordion, a manouche guitar and a double bass create a light, fun and “absolument délicieuse” atmosphere.”

Les Chats Noir (The Black Cats)
Clara Simonoviez – Vocals
Renato Gattone – Double Bass
Primiano Di Biase – Harmonica
Augusto Creni – Guitar


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Les Chats Noirs (The Black Cats)
La Chanson (The Song)
Come Prima (Like Before)
Les Copains D'Abord (Friends First)
Video Killed The Radio Star
Bei Dir War Immer So Schon (With You, It Was Always Like That)
La Foule (The Crowd)
Lu Fraff
Un Reve Sans Fin (An Endless Dream)

Total time: 00:46:04

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Hapi, Merging Technologies

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DSD 256 & DSD 512 downloads created by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab in Marshfield, MA


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Original Recording Format


Renato Gattone

Recording Location

Forward Studios, Rome, Italy

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 128

Release DateAugust 3, 2018

Press reviews

NativeDSD Listener

I am listening to the DSD512 version of Les Chats Noirs as I write this, using my JRiver Media Center program on my laptop as the source, my Chord Hugo2, and my Focal Utopia headphones.

The reproduction and music are just fantastic. I really love the new format.

NativeDSD Listener

Lovely and gypsyish (is there such a word?) Fun and rhythmic. Great musicianship from all. Love the album. Clear; no compromise in sound. I’m listening in DSD 256fs stereo mode, and use my lovely Apple as the streaming device… into a sweet sounding amp, now 28 years old and it has never sounded better. Also Tannoy speakers.. small towers plus subwoofer. Huge sound.

1 review for Les Chats Noirs (The Black Cats) [Pure DSD]

    I did not expect to enjoy this album as much as I do. The sound quality is exceptional as is with all albums from this label. If you need a French flavored album in your collection then this is ABSOLUTELY the one. This is especially so if your significant other gets in a romantic mood with French music.

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