…the concept of this disc, the choice of music and the performances make this an interesting contribution to the growing Vivaldi discography.
William Friedkin's gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France.
New York narcotics detective Popeye Doyle follows the trail of the French connection smuggling ring to France where he teams up with the gendarmes to hunt down the ringleader.
Don Ellis was a hot item in 1971. He had done a few big band albums that sounded like Doc Severson plugged into Frank Zappa'a sound system, and was opening a lot of rock shows, back in the era when you could get rock and roll kids to listen to and appreciate jazz. So, Billy Friedkin makes French Connection, and gets Don to score it. Billy must have known he had a hit on his hands, and wanted a big name to put on the composer credit. Ellis does an entire, half hour score for the movie. Not a lot of this music made it into the film: evidently, Billy wanted to have a gritty film with lots of street noises, and, tastefully edited Don's score to bare bones. It works in the movie, but a lot of really good music never saw the light of day.
French Connection is a French greatest hits album by Belgian singer Kate Ryan on ARS Entertainment. The album was released in Canada on October 13, 2009, before being released in Ryan's native country of Belgium on October 23, 2009.
Kate's trademark is to remake big French hits from the past. Many of her versions even became bigger hits than the original. The new Kate Ryan concept album French Connection includes the floorfilling "Kate Ryan-treatments" of Voyage, Voyage, Desenchantee and Libertine, but also the worldwide hitsingle Ella Elle L'a and Babacar. French Connection also features remakes of other well known French tracks such as Les Divas Du Dancing, Sage Comme une Image, Toute Premiere Fois and Kate's breathtaking version of Evidemment.