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AntoineElucubrations – Antoine On 45 1965 to 1966 ... CD
Vogue/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy .... $13.99
Wonderfully groovy work from Antoine – one of the hipper French singers of the mid 60s, and an artist who mixed headier sounds with some of the upbeat French pop modes of the time! The rhythms and instrumentation are often in the best jaunty mode we love from Parisian record of the period – lots of jerky mod grooves, mixed with fuzzy guitars and sweet organ lines – all to support Antoine's upfront, to-the-point presentation of the lyrics. A few tunes throw in a bit more acoustic guitar – ala Francoise Hardy – and a bit of Dylan-esque harmonica too – and the collection brings together all the tracks from Antoine's highly collectible EP release of the time, plus a rare British single in English too. Titles include "Votez Pour Moi", "La Guerre", "Un Jour C'Est Longtemps Pour Nous Deux", "N T'En Fais Pas", "Pourquoi Ces Canons", "Nadine", "An Elephant's Looking At Me", and "Before The Good Thing". CD
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Jacques Brel & Francois RauberChansons Et Musiques De Films ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD .... $19.99
A great look at a much lesser-known side of the career of French singer Jacques Brel – his key performances in films of the late 60s and early 70s, most of which received strong musical backing from his longtime arranger Francois Rauber! Brel didn't always sing on screen – he was a surprisingly great actor, too – especially in comedies – but his movies often featured a vocal number or two as part of the package, and Rauber was often on hand to provide some deft touches to the score! This 2CD package is the first to explore this lost legacy in Brel's career, and is a really great balance between his own vocal performances and instrumental numbers from Rauber – 42 tracks from films that include Le Far West, Le Panier A Crabes, Mon Oncle Benjamin, L'Emmerdeur, Le Bar De La Fourche, Tintin Et Le Temple Du Soleil, La Bande A Bonnot, and others. CD

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New Serge GainsbourgVu De L' Exterieur (French LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips (France), 1973. Used Gatefold .... $14.99
A great Serge Gainsbourg album from 1973 – one that we'd rank right up there with his best work! The record's got a slinky funky groove that's right in a perfect post-Melody Nelson mode – music written by Serge, and played by a hip small combo that includes lots of great guitar from Alan Parker and sweet electric keyboards and organ from the great Alan Hawkshaw – both of whom really help keep the sound great! Many tracks have that mellow funk groove that's become the best-remembered Gainsbourg sound over the years – and as with many of his other albums of the time, this one's brimming over with potential samples and riffs to steal. Titles include "Panpan Cucul", "Sensuelle Et Sans Suite", "Pamela Popo", "Titicaca", and "Par Hasard Et Pas Rase". Nice cover, too, with Serge pictured amidst a bunch of photographs of monkeys! CD

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Serge Gainsbourg/Michele Arnaud/Jean Claude PascalSongs On Page One ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s. New Copy .... $6.99
Very early work from Serge Gainsbourg – plus some other French pop of the time! First up is material from Gainsbourg's album Du Chant A La Une – some of Serge's first recordings, and a mixture of left bank chic, jazzy rhythms, and some of the strangest songwriting to grace the Parisian scene! All titles feature great backings by Alain Goraguer, Serge's longtime musical partner, who brings in some wonderful elements to the songs – embellishing them with cool vibes, offbeat piano, snapping snare drum, and bubbling bass to match the oddly-crafted lyrics of the tunes. Titles include "Ronsard", "Ce Mortel Ennui", "Le Poinconneur Des Lilas", "Douze Belles Dans La Peau", "Charleston Des Demanageurs De Piano", and "L'Alcool". CD also includes a rare Radio France performance of "Mes Petites Odalisques". The package then moves into completely different territory – by offering up 6 sweeter tracks by Michele Arnaud – some versions of Gainsbourg tunes like "Douze Belles Dans La Peau", "Ronsard 58", and "La Recette De L'Amour Fou" – a very nice comparison, but handled very differently. The set closes with 2 more Gainsbourg tunes sung by Jean Claude Pascal – versions of "La Recette De L'Amour Fou" and "Douze Belles Dans La Peau". CD