When posting French soulcovers, for some reason I forget to include probably the best one: Claudine Longet's take on Ashford & Simpson's Ain't No Mountain High Enough. She translated the lyrics herself to French. The version most people know, by Diana Ross, sounds reassuring, bit motherly. Spiritual, instead of physical. Claudine adds the sexiness, the promise of frilly undies and stockings in her bag, when she crosses mountains and rivers on her high heels.
I might be wrong, but I think Ain't No Mountain is one of the two songs Claudine sang in French. The other is her duet with former husband Andy Williams, Let it Be Me, in which she sang one verse in French. That adds a little playfulness to the sugarcoated song - I always want to brush my teeth after I hear it. More on the bizarre life of Claudine Longet here.
Claudine Longet - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Andy Williams & Claudine Longet - Let it Be Me
By the way, the duet between Andy and Claudine is the kick-off to a whole month of duets en francais. In January, I will post only guys and dolls singing, ranging from Serge & Jane to Louis Bertignac & Carla Bruni. Tips and requests are welcome in the comments.