Real story of singing nun
Sad story. She gave all of her earnings to her convent but left the order in the late sixties to pursue a musical career that never took off. She owed 50,000$ in back taxes, and was hounded because she had no receipts to prove that her earnings went to her convent. She and her lesbian lover tried opening a school in Belgium. In despair, she and her lover comitted suicide with an overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills. A very unhappy woman. If you don't believe these facts, check it out on Wikipedia or her website.
Not the original, but good none the less
By the answer
While it has been written that this is not the early 60's original, it still has a nice sound. I would recommend that if you want the original, go to Amazon, where you will find many copies of the original music to purchase. If you just want, for nostalgia purposes, the original " Dominique " and you don't like the newer versions, you can with a little searching, find a well done tribute web site that offers the original for download as a MP3 and in the process learn a little bit about the " Singing Nun ".
Not the original Dominique
Duped again. iTunes might consider warning buyers when the song they want to purchase is not the original recording. Booo! Although not the original Dominique, it sounds clear and is well done.
In spite of the later problems this woman had, she had a simplistic, yet beautiful voice which honored the Lord. Jesus lived a simple life, and this woman's music certainly honors Him still.
Not what I was looking for
The earlier reviewer is right. I still have my old record of Soeur Sourire The Singing Nun. I listened to it to compare this version of Dominique with the original version, and it is not the same. Also, the other songs on this CD are competely different from the songs on my record. Of course this does not claim to be a remastering of the original, but a completedly different recording called Soeur Sourire Dominiuqe, so I quess there should be no reason to expect the same recording.
Not the 1963 release
By Here Comes Mars!
Jeanine Deckers, aka Sister Luc-Gabrielle, released a 12-song LP titled "The Singing Nun" on Philips Records in 1963 under the name Soeur Sourire. One of the songs, "Dominique", was an AM hit both in Europe and the States. Her post-Dominique life was remarkable--she adopted radical stances, ran a school for autistic children, and lived an openly gay life with an old college friend. Tragically her life collapased into addiction and ended in 1985 in suicide.
Anyway, I would love to be able to download the original "Domique" and maybe some of the other songs from her original 1963 release, which was the first pop album I owned. Unfortunately this isn't it, and I have no idea what exactly it is--presumably re-recordings from some later time. I hate these sneaky re-creations of old hits.
Simply refreshing and Pure
A lovely Voice
More than just a novelty. Sourire was a gifted vocalist & songwriter. I would classify this as Folk rather than Pop.
Clean, Clear and Refreshing
I am so happy to find this recording of "the singing nun" that my mother used to play, especially around Holiday time. It's uplifting and heartwarming in all it's simple honesty. The quality of sound is clean, and resonates a pure spirit. Like the best cooking, it takes quality ingredients to create perfection. Soeur Adele doesn't need any additives!
wow. just wow.
now, i've heard many a french pop song in my day, but this one really takes the cake. i mean, this is just absolutely fantastic. Soeur Sourire is just such an inspirational singer, and her songs really touch my soul. i mean come on! this stuff is amazing! Her best song has to be Dominique. its so raw and deep. i love it. although this isn't exactly, "tous les garcons et les filles" it still is regarded as some pretty damn good french pop.