The Sound of Criss Cross was an alias for French jazz musician, composer and conductor Jean Bouchéty, aka Johnny Glider. This track was taken from his one and only Sound of Criss Cross album, first released in 1973 and then re-issued under verious different names throughout the seventies.
Over a decade earlier Bouchéty had arranged a cover of La Bamba for Les Chaussettes Noires (The Black Socks), one of France’s first rock and roll bands. Les Chaussettes Noires singer, Eddy Mitchell, went solo in 1963 and whilst playing in London was often accompanied by Big Jim Sullivan and Jimmy Page on guitar, and in 2005 he was the voice of Flappy (Dylan) in the French version of The Magic Roundabout.
The Barber of Seville was a comic opera composed by Gioachino Rossini, first performed in 1816 and based on a play of the same name written by Pierre Beaumarchais in 1775. The first recording of the opera was not for over a hundred years since its first stage performance and appeared in 1919.