Songs and Marches of the French Foreign Legion. Foreign Legion! Various nations have had “foreign legions” throughout the centuries, but the phrase “foreign legion” really means only one particular legion—the FRENCH Foreign Legion, this Legion of great renown, of great literary fame, of superlative training and elan, and of even greater mystique! The recordings on this CD are not “re-creations” from some Hollywood film or idiotic TV drama. This is the real thing—recorded on location at a Legion caserne–the men of the Legion singing and marching to the powerful, slow-cadence of Legion bands, as called for by Legion tradition. This CD includes: 1. REFRAIN DE LA LEGION; 2. LE SALUT DU CAID; 3. LA LEGION MARCHE; 4. LE CHANT DU REGIMENT ENTRANGER DE CAVALERIE; 5. LA LEGENDE DES BRESLES; 6. MARCHE DE LA LEGION ENTRANGER; 7. LE CRIQUET; 8. FIGUID; 9. LES CHANTS LEGIONNAIRES.
Oakleaf Records, founded in 1971, was the first to make these rare and often suppressed recordings available to American collectors. Over the years others have attempted, without success, to imitate our pioneering efforts. Note: These Oakleaf CDs were all made from the original audio cassettes. Apparently, the studio sometimes treated each “side” – as opposed to each “song” – as a “track”, resulting in only two tracks, even though all the songs are present.