The “folk” label on the top of the album cover combined with the Reprise Records promotional sticker at the bottom make me think that some radio station staffer liquidated part of the radio station’s library for some cold hard cash. I feel bad for the listeners, since this is a good album, and I am not a radio broadcaster who serves their metro area:
The third track on side two – “Times Passing By” – is my pick for the A-side of the first single from this strong collection of songs recorded in Paris and released in 1970.
This album would appear to be the fourth in a quick succession of albums for Reprise beginning in 1968 with the release of her US self-titled debut, which contains some classic tracks, such as “Voilà” & “Qui Peut Dire” (A & B sides, respectively, of a European single released September 1967) among others. Click here to consult an extensive discography of recordings by Françoise Hardy – from 1962-2007.
Below is a TV appearance by Hardy, where she sings another track from Alone – “Song of Winter” – accompanied by striking visual imagery:
Hold Onto Your Hat: “Song of Winter” was co-written by (pre-) Foreigner’s Mick Jones.
“Song of Winter” would also serve as the B-side for Hardy’s take on Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” – but only for the New Zealand market, it would appear.