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Pierre BarouhDites 33 Vol 2 – Concert A L'Espace Pierre Cardin ... CD
Saravah (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $16.99
A great little live set from one of our favorite French singers – recorded in 1983, with backing by a small Japanese combo, very much in the manner of work on his album Le Pollen. Given that the album is such a studio-oriented session, it's interesting to hear the style of the work performed ... read more CD

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Pierre BarouhSur Une Boule Qui Roule Dans L'Infinie – En Hommage A Pierre ... CD
Saravah/Sony (Japan), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy ... $24.99
A beautiful tribute to Pierre Barouh – the French singer who probably did more for other artists than he ever did for himself – thanks to the early royalty monies he used to start the Saravah Records label! Yet amidst important Saravah releases by artists like Brigitte Fontaine or ... read more CD

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Gilbert BecaudLive In Paris 1956 to 1962 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1956/1962. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Excellent early work from Gilbert Becaud – one of the most important French songwriters and singers of the late 50s and 60s – captured here in a live setting that's a nice change from the studio sounds of some of his bigger hits! The first half of the set is especially interesting, as ... read more CD

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Benjamin BiolayVolver ... CD
Universal (France), 2017. New Copy ... $19.99
Incredible work from Benjamin Biolay – maybe the only contemporary French singer that we'd dare compare to the legacy of Serge Gainsbourg, and one who's really at the top of his game here! We've always loved Biolay's music, but there's a special sort of crackle to this set that reminds us of ... read more CD

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Jane BirkinBirkin Gainsbourg – Le Symphonique ... CD
Warner, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
A wonderful setting for the great Jane Birkin – working here with a full symphony orchestra, in very fresh interpretations of the classic songs of her onetime partner, Serge Gainsbourg! The orchestrations are wonderful – never sleepy, and always nicely light – so that Jane's ... read more CD

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Jacques BrelLive In Paris 1960/1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1960/1961. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
Rare live material from the great Jacques Brel – almost all of which has never been issued before, and stands as a much-needed addition to his catalog of classics in the 60s! The recordings are great – done for radio, and re-presented here with fidelity that's every bit as rich as Brel' ... read more CD

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Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, & Leo FerreTrois Hommes Sur La Photo (4CDs & DVD) ... CD
Universal (France), 1969. New Copy 4CD & DVD ... $19.99
A fantastic package based around a legendary meeting of three of the greatest minds in French music in the 60s – singer/songwriters Jacques Brel, George Brassens, and Leo Ferre – who shared a space for a famous discussion on the state of music and culture at the time! The package ... read more CD

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Francois De Roubaix/Brigitte BardotBoulevard Du Rhum (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A groovy French soundtrack from the great Francois De Roubaix – composed for a film set in the 20s, starring Brigitte Bardot and Lino Ventura – but done in a range of compelling styles, with lots of the odd instrumental twists and turns we love in Francois' music for film! There's only ... (Soundtracks, French) read more CD

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Brigitte FontaineBrigitte Fontaine Est ... CD
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1968. New Copy ... $9.99
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 ... read more CD

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Brigitte Fontaine et AreskiJe Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme – Fontaine 4 ... CD
Saravah (France), 1973. New Copy ... $9.99
Beautiful duets between Brigitte Fontaine and Areski – and an album that's filled with loads of short little tracks that stand with some of their greatest work ever! Instrumentation is spare, but incredibly haunting – a bit jazzy at times, slightly experimental at others – but ... read more CD

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Serge GainsbourgLe Cinema De Serge Gainsbourg – Musiques De Films 1959-1990 (3CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 3CD ... $34.99 59.99
A whopping collection that features a wealth of soundtrack material recorded by Serge Gainsbourg! Serge is certainly famous enough for his pop recordings of the 60s and 70s – but he also turned his talents to countless films over the years, penning great sexy and groovy tunes that were among ... read more CD

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Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte BardotLost Loves ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
A joint compilation of material by a pair of French pop icons – Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – with some great Gainsbourg material, plus some of the earliest Bardot vocal recordings! It's a bunch of great early 60s material all around, stuff from the Bonne Annee Brigitte French ... read more CD

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Serge Gainsbourg/Jean-Claude VannierCannabis/Ce Sacre Grand Pere ... CD
Universal (France), 1970. New Copy ... $9.99
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 ... read more CD

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Johnny HallydaySound – The Fury ... CD
RPM (UK), 1960/1961. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
Hard-rocking work from the earliest years of Johnny Hallyday – material pulled from early French singles that still show Johnny as the true European descendent of the sound of Johnny Burnette and Eddie Cochran! The tracks are mostly very upbeat and driving – a groove that's maybe more ... read more CD

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Francis LaiFrancis Lai Story (14 CD set) ... CD
Play Time (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 14CD ... $59.99
An incredible collection – and the first to ever really dig deeply into the rich body of work from soundtrack composer Francis Lai! Lai's known best to the non-French world for a handful of movie hits – music for A Man & A Woman, Love Story, and a few other films – but over ... (Soundtracks, French) read more CD

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Francis LaiUn Homme Et Une Femme (aka A Man & A Woman) (remastered edition) ... CD
Saravah/Sony (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the greatest soundtracks ever – an archetypal album from French composer Francis Lai, and a record that set the tone for countless other imitations to come – yet which is still the best! The groove here is really unique – a spare blend of bossa influences, jazzy organ ... (Soundtracks, French) read more CD
(Features new remastering for 2016 – in mono.)

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Michel LegrandMichel Legrand Et Ses Amis ... CD
Sony (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $28.99
Wonderful work from Michel Legrand – the French composer, musician, and singer who first rose to fame in the 50s – and has managed to keep his creativity flowing strongly over the decades! This set is exactly what's promised by the title and cover – an album that features Legrand ... read more CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing!)

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Michel LegrandTwenty Songs Of The Century ... CD
Bell/Vocalion (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Quite an unusual album for Michel Legrand – a suite of tracks based around 20th Century standards – starting with older evergreens, and moving into some very hip tunes from the 60s! The orchestrations are amazing – with tones, colors, and rhythmic approaches that surpass ... read more CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – works on standard CD players too!)

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Les ParisiennesL'Integrale 1964 to 1969 (3CD) ... CD
Philips/Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $18.99 29.99
The complete work of Les Parisiennes – a lovely female French pop group from the 60s – supervised by pianist Claude Bolling! The 3CD package brings together all the quartet's music for Philips Records in the mid 60s – a surprisingly big batch of recordings, given that most of ... read more CD

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Les ParisiennesLes Parisiennes Et Claude Bolling ... CD
Mercury (France), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
A set of music that's as groovy as you'd expect from the look of the cover – a quartet of French female singers, all working with legendary jazz arranger Claude Bolling – on work that's quite an unusual mix of modes! At some level, the quartet format makes for a jaunty approach to ... read more CD
 
 



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