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We parlez plenty about this section -- and pride ourselves on an elite selection of French music treasures!

Cannabis/Ce Sacre Grand Pere
Universal (France), 1970. New Copy
2 incredible soundtracks from Serge Gainsbourg – both of them from his best period of work! Cannabis is a tremendously funky set of tunes – and some real standout soundtrack material from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg! Serge is working here with some great help from Jean-Claude ... CD
Universal (France), Mid 60s. New Copy
Some of the grooviest soundtrack work ever from Serge Gainsbourg – and that's saying a heck of a lot! The CD begins with the legendary score to Manon 70 – a collaboration between Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier, and one that's graced with some breathy vocals from Serge, and some ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 29CDs & Book
A treasure trove of studio and live recordings by one of our favorite singers ever – the incredible Claude Nougaro, a French vocalist of the postwar years, and a master of many styles that included jazz, samba, and bossa nova! Nougaro had a unique talent for penning French lyrics to American ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs & DVD
A moving tribute to the late, great Serge Gainsbourg – served up in a mix of film and songs from his famous partner Jane Birkin! The set features a DVD directed by Jane – a 40 minute documentary filled with private images of Serge, laid out in a very loving tribute – and it's ... CD
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+
Features arrangements by Jean Claude Vannier, Claude Bolling, and Christian Gaubert! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1973. Used Gatefold
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 ... CD
Vogue/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
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 ... CD
L'Incendie (180 gram pressing)
BYG, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Great work by the team of Brigitte Fontaine and Areski Belcam – two of the most enigmatic talents you'll ever hear on record! The album's the only one they ever recorded that wasn't issued by the Saravah label – and it's a fantastic blend of otherworldly vocals with spare ... LP, Vinyl record album
Keyhole (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Fierce French psych from the end of the 60s – music that goes way beyond the simple guitar lines of the yeh-yeh generation, or the backings used for other French pop singers too! There's a wicked mix of fuzz and French vocals throughout – often in styles that are different than the ... CD
Erotico Nicaud
Barclay/Universal (France), 1970. New Copy
Sexy grooves from 70s France – exactly the kind of record that we'd never find coming out in the US! Philippe Nicaud has this whispering, talking sort of style – kind of a cross between Serge Gainsbourg and Rod McKuen, set to music that's much more in the spirit of the former – ... CD
Francoise Hardy & Her Contemporaries
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
Great groovy work from early 60s France – a wonderful introduction to all the excellent girl singers who made French pop so special at the time! The set begins with a few tracks from Francoise Hardy, but soon steps out to include work by some of her best contemporaries – some big names ... CD
Born Bad (France), 1967. New Copy
Groovy girl pop from late 60s France – a treasure trove of under-discovered numbers from the lovely Clothilde! Clothilde's from the same vintage as France Gall and Francoise Hardy – but she's got a style that's a bit sweeter vocally, yet still set to the mod-styled backings that really ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chansons Et Musiques De Films
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
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 ... CD
El (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
More of a celebration of Brigitte Bardot in general than a straight collection of her own recordings – a really cool 2CD package that features music from famous Bardot films, some tracks sung by Bardot herself, and a few other numbers by different singers too! The orchestrations are lush at ... CD
Vogue/Culture Factory (France), 1969. New Copy Gatefold
Classic work from French pop singer Jacques Dutronc – recorded during his golden years of the late 60s! The album's got a nice summer of love feel – mixing styles of French yeh-yeh pop with a freer style of rock, adding in some great baroque elements on the production that give the set ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1978. New Copy
Beautiful vocal work from Guy Cabay – put together with a strong touch of jazz, and a swirling vibe that's mighty nice! Guy's got a breathy style of singing that works perfect with the backings – and its bits of guitar, alto, flute, and tenor – often used as gently as Cabay's ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Really cool work from Guy Cabay – a singer who's a bit hard to describe accurately in words, but who definitely ranks right up there with some of the hippest French talents of the 70s! Cabay's got a breathy style of singing that's kind of post-Serge Gainsbourg, and a bit in the Saravah ... CD
Songs On Page One
El (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Brigitte Fontaine Est
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1968. New Copy
The Saravah Records debut from this amazing French singer – done with a wonderful sound that really links two generations of French music! At some level, the album's got a slightly more standard feel – bits of jazz, but inflected freshly – almost like the sublime Jeanne Moreau ... CD
Nino Swingue
Universal (France), 1960s. New Copy
Really great work from French singer Nino Ferrer – an artist who never broke big on these shores, but who was definitely one of the coolest cats working on the Paris scene in the 60s! The collection is heavy on jazz and soul recordings made by Nino during his glory days – some of which ... CD
Nino Kids
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Not the kiddie songs you might expect from the title and cover, and instead a really cool collection of hip French grooves from singer Nino Ferrer! There's definitely a youthful touch on some numbers, but most of the tunes have a funky or groovy feel – of the sort that really showcases the ... CD
Universal (France), 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 21CD
An incredible tribute to one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 20th Century – an artist we've loved for decades, and love even more in this wonderfully complete package! The massive edition brings together 21 CDs in a 12" square hardcover book – complete with 60 pages of ... CD
El (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Fuzzy rock singles from French superstar Johnny Hallyday – late 60s material he cut for Phillips – hard driving numbers that find him going all in with influences with some of the heavier psychedelic pop and most thundering mod rock sounds of the time! It's excitingly pulpy, ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Fantastic French femmes from the 60s – and a great illustration of the way that girl power really took over the sound of the Parisian scene at the time! These tunes have a punch that few American or British tracks of the period could ever hope to match – a way of staying sweet, yet ... CD
CBS/Culture Factory (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold
A really joyous groove from Michel Fugain and his Big Bazar group – a sound that's a bit hard to describe, but which really grabs us right away! There's definitely some groovy rhythms going on in the set – and the style is kind of an updated French pop mode from the late 60s – ... CD
Electro Rapide
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Rare and unreleased instrumentals from the great French orchestral pop composer Jean Claude Vannier – amazing stuff from his personal archive that ranges from loosely haunting passes to more grandly orchestrated bits – funky psych rock backdrops to heavy, tribal percussion numbers! ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA/Culture Factory (France), 1963. New Copy
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Sylvie Vartan – the French female singer of the 60s who had a distinct rock and roll sound! Sylvie's vocals are sweet, but the backings she gets here – either from Eddie Vartan or Mickey Baker – have a harder 60s rockin edge that make ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s. New Copy
Cool French grooves from Daniele Vidal – a 60s singer who's not nearly as well-remembered as France Gall or Francoise Hardy, but one who's equally groovy on the tracks on this set! Daniele's music often echoes some of the best styles of Brit girl pop of the time – a bit of Cilla Black ... CD
RCA/Culture Factory (France), 1967. New Copy Gatefold
Sylvie Vartan is nicely spreading her wings here – growing past the simpler pop of earlier years, and hitting a range of hipper late 60s styles! Part of the change is thanks to the arrangers – who include David Whitaker and Arthur Greenslade, in addition to Eddie Vartan – and the ... CD
RCA/Culture Factory (France), 1980. New Copy
Sylvie Vartan's still going strong here into the 80s – working with frequent studio partner Eddie Vartan, who does a great job of balancing out the subtle drama of Sylvie's vocals with his production! The work's got a style that's partly rock, but which still hangs onto the kinds of cooler ... CD
RCA/Culture Factory (France), 1968. New Copy Gatefold
A wonderful collaboration between vocalist Sylvie Vartan and arranger Jean-Claude Vannier – a set that's really a cut above most of her other work of the 60s, thanks to Vannier's genius touch! The style here isn't as tripped-out as some of Vannier's later work, but it's still pretty darn ... CD
Vogue (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 8 CDs
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A treasure trove of work from the legendary Jacques Dutronc – a set that features 7 classic albums, all packaged in miniature LP sleeves, with bonus tracks as well – plus a great live album that's exclusive to the set! The package is wonderful – a fitting tribute to Dutronc's ... CD
Vogue/Culture Factory (France), 1966. New Copy Gatefold
Seminal early work from the groovy French pop singer Jacques Dutronc! Dutronc's part of an elite group of magical French singers that includes France Gall, Michel Polnareff, Serge Gainsbourg, and Jane Birkin – and his work from this time is always pretty darn great. This 1966 album features ... CD
Mireille.... Mireille
Polydor (Canada), 1973. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album
Gift Wrapped From Paris
RCA, 1965. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album
Veronique Sanson
Elektra, 1972. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album
If You Listen
Virgin (France), 1971. Used
Faux Movement
Nettwerk, 2000. Used
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s. Used
Comic Strip
Philips, Late 60s. Used
Great 20 track compilation that focuses on the pivotal years for Serge Gainsbourg – the time when he was turning his twisted French pop into a sound that would forever be remembered, and become an inspiration for so many of today's musicians. The set's got a few tracks that are on other ... CD
From St Tropez To Paree
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used
Delabel (France), 2003/2004. Used CD & DVD
Genre Humain
Virgin (France), 1995. Used
Buda (France), 2008. Used
A really charming little record – one that's hard to describe accurately, but which has really won us over! Tipari hail from the isle of Reunion, but they've also got a sound that's a bit contemporary French – a mix of acoustic guitar, melodica, and percussion – all wrapped up ... CD
Saravah (France), 1992. Used
21 offbeat tracks from the Last Chance Cabaret, performed by Pierre Barouh, Oscar Castro, and Anita Vallejo, plus the troupe of the Theatre Adelph. The sound is very cabaret-oriented, with quirky songs that are acted as much as they are sung. There's a lot of nice tracks that harken back to ... CD
Updated April 24, 2014