Dali (Dalida album)

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Dali
Studio album by Dalida
Released 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre World music, pop, new wave, adult contemporary
Label Orlando International Shows, Carrere Records
Dalida chronology
Les p'tits mots
(1983)
Dali
(1984)
Le visage de l'amour
(1986)

Dali is a French-language album released in 1984 by French singer Dalida.

This album sees new collaborations with French song writers like Didier Barbelivien, Claude Barzotti, and François Valéry among others. Also Dalida decided to record a lot of covers for this album, huge international hits like I Just Called to Say I Love You (Pour te dire je t'aime), Against All Odds (Toutes ces heures loin de toi), Baby, Come to Me (C'etait mon ami) and Kalimba de Luna.

Releasing 3 main singles from it, Dalida was present almost every other week on French television during 1984. She also enjoyed many TV appearances on German TV and went back to Italy for a few TV shows after a 4-year break from Italian television. Dalida also launched her last big tour in France performing every night in front of sell-out crowds all over the French countryside.

To promote the album, a television special later released on VHS called Dalida Idéale was filmed in 1984, and directed by then highly rated director Jean-Christophe Averty. Although highly campy, this television special includes Dalida singing in 7 languages and dancing her way through a huge number of her earlier hits, all with the best video effects available at the time. Dalida also had a prestigious wardrobe during this show, changing more than 40 outfits from the best French and international fashion designers, showing off her amazing mannequin body for a woman of her age and keeping her "Glamour" and "DIVA" trademark gained during the disco era in the late seventies.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Pour te dire je t'aime
  2. Là où je t'aime
  3. Une vie d'homme
  4. Toutes ces heures loin de toi
  5. Kalimba de luna
  6. La Pensione Bianca
  7. C'était mon ami
  8. Pour en arriver là
  9. Mon Italie
  10. Soleil

Singles[edit]

Album singles[edit]

  • 1984 L'innamorata / Soleil

It was "Soleil" that gained favorable reviews and popularity especially in the French-speaking world where it became an all time favorite summer hit. "L'Innamorata" was not included in the album though it was performed on many TV shows in France.

  • 1984 Soleil soleil (New Mix) / Mediterraneo

Dalida recorded "Soleil" in Italian and went on to promote the single in Italy performing it in 2 TV shows. This marks the last TV appearance of Dalida on Italian television.

  • 1984 Kalimba de luna

"Kalimba de Luna" was released in the last quarter of 1984. Like "Femme", Dalida had a dancing routine for this song and was usually surrounded by 4 dancers for her TV performances of this song. This marks the last "dance" single released by Dalida and the last time Dalida performs a dance routine for a new release. The song like the other single releases of this year failed to get huge sales although it was a radio hit and widely publicized with Dalida promoting it on various TV appearances in France, Belgium and Canada.

Her end of year release of the cover "Pour te dire je t'aime" became her last big hit and was number one on NRJ radio FM. The song got a lot of TV promotion from the end of 1984 through 1985, getting Dalida yet another gold record.

Non-album singles[edit]

  • 1984 Nein zärtlich bist du nich / Worte nur Worte (with Harald Juhnke)

Dalida recorded during 1984 another German version of her famous "Paroles Paroles" with Harald Juhnke for a TV special. She released subsequently the song with a new German single called "Nein zärtlich bist du nich" and did one German TV appearance to promote both singles.

During 1985, Dalida didn't release a new album, but she did release a summer single, another cover of a huge hit: "Last Christmas" became "Reviens moi". The song was a minor hit and Dalida only promoted it for a couple of months in France and Belgium. The B-side was an album song by Didier Barbelivien called "La pensiona Bianca". Promotional singles of this song were published and TV promotion of the song was done on many TV shows by Dalida.

  • 1987 Pour en arriver là

One of the best songs on the album, "Pour en arriver là" was not picked up as a single during 1984 but was released as a farewell single after Dalida's death in 1987. The song being autobiographical, the beautiful lyrics tell the story of fame of Dalida and how she lost her private life in order to maintain her fame status. The song describes perfectly Dalida's state during the last difficult years of her existence and sums it up in a beautiful tragic way, thus paving the way to be released as a postmortem single.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • L’argus Dalida: Discographie mondiale et cotations, by Daniel Lesueur, Éditions Alternatives, 2004. ISBN 2862274283 and ISBN 978-2862274287. (French)
  • Dalida official website (English) (French)

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