Benjamin Biolay —
Negatif ... CD Virgin (France), 2003. Used 2CD ...
Brilliant work from one of the most exciting talents in French music of the past decade – the amazing Benjamin Biolay, a singer with a sound that's steeped in the traditions of Serge Gainsbourg, and a producer with a style that brings together countless classic French pop elements! This 2CD ... read moreCD
Benjamin Biolay —
Vengeance ... CD Naive (France), 2013. Used Gatefold ...
Beautiful work from Benjamin Biolay – easily one of our favorite French artists of the 21st Century – even though we've been following his work since the previous one! Benjamin's got a sound that's just perfect if you, like us, dig an older generation of French work by artists like ... read moreCD
Benjamin Biolay & Chiara Mastroianni —
Home ... CD Virgin (France), 2004. Used ...
A wonderful record that rivals the best traditions of Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – and quite possibly the strongest to date from French producer/songwriter Benjamin Biolay! The set was co-produced by Benjamin and his wife Chiara Mastroianni – done in a mellow approach that ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Jane Birkin – working very firmly here away from the ghost of Serge Gainsbourg, in a mix of English and French language tunes arranged by Gonzales, and featuring contributions from Beth Gibbons, Johnny Marr, Jamie Lidell, Mocky, and others! The sound has some nice touches ... read moreCD
There's a nice undercurrent of fuzz in this lovely album from Francoiz Breut – kind of a rumbling, brooding sound that's a wonderful counterbalance for her softer-styled vocals! The fuzz comes not just from guitar, but from keyboards too – rumbling up from the bottom to create a ... read moreCD
Lovely French pop – with a stripped-down retro groove that's really delightful! Coralie's got a breathy vocal style that reminds us of a young Jane Birkin – and the backing on the set is in a small combo mode, with guitar, organ, bass, drums, and sax – grooving in a mode that's ... read moreCD
Completely charming work from Coralie Clement – one of our favorite French singers of the past decade! The set's another amazing collaboration between Clement and producer Benjamin Biolay – who wrote all the tunes on the set, and really brings a lot of his own wonderful sound to the ... read moreCD
Contemporary genius from the enigmatic Brigitte Fontaine – an artist we first learned to love for her groundbreaking albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and one who still sounds completely unique all these many years later! The work here is mostly co-composed with Fontaine's old recording ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from French singer Elodie Frege – an artist whose music is as lovely as she looks on the cover! Elodie's working here under the direction of producer Benjamin Biolay – the artist whose talents had such a strong effect on the sound of Keren Ann and Coralie Clement – ... read moreCD
A great little album from Serge – possibly his last truly genius record, and one with a very unusual twist! The album was recorded in Jamaica with production from Sly & Robbie – very much in the late 70s, big-business reggae mode – but done with Serge's usual flair for the ... read moreCD
More rare stuff from Serge's mid 60's years – most of which was only released on singles or e.p.s, and almost none of which is on the other full albums we stock. The set focuses on stuff that has a Latin jazz sound to it, and is a great look at a lesser-known (but very great) side of Serge ... read moreCD
Groovy groovy groovy! A rare early session by Serge Gainsbourg, recorded with French jazz great Alain Gouraguer – and done with a really wonderful Latin-esque sound! The album's one of Serge's greatest from the early years – a sublime blend of Left Bank jazz and American Latin rhythms ... read moreCD
France Gall —
1968 ... CD Philips (France), 1967. Used ...
A record as revolutionary as the French year in which it was recorded – an amazing batch of late 60s grooves from Parisian pop madame France Gall! The set's upbeat and jaunty, with plenty of fuzz – almost a psyche pop sound, with lots of groovy guitars that make the album sparkle with ... read moreCD
No baby pop here, as France Gall is all-woman throughout – one of the best of the French female pop singers of the mid 60s, working here with an upbeat, groovy sound throughout! Backings are by the great Alain Gouraguer, who gives the record a tightly jerking kind of feel – a sound ... read moreCD
A totally excellent album from France Gall! The record's one of her earliest full LPs – but France's groovy 60s pop style is already firmly in place, and the songs are all pretty darn great. Alain Gouraguer handled all the arrangements – and the tracks are filled with loads of ... read moreCD
Groovy! This is an excellent "best of" selection the focuses on the work of the excellent French 60s star France Gall. The set's pulled from the larger 4 CD box set, and features packaging that works along similar lines. There's a total of 23 cuts in all, and if you've been looking for ... read moreCD
One of our favorite French singers ever! Nougaro is a vastly underrecognized talent – and a singer who managed to mix a lot of American jazz influences with the wit and emotion of French songwriting. The result is a unique style unlike anyone else we can think of, and it's documented nicely ... read moreCD
Effervescent French pop from German born Mary Roos – ultra catchy, sweetly arranged numbers from the early-to-mid 70s! There's an early 70s easy listening vibe here that's wholly top notch, with the voice and melodies leading the way, with punchy rhythms, and a more soaring numbers with ... read moreCD
The groove here is definitely irresistible – dreamy French pop from the key early years of Sylvie Vartan – an overstuffed batch of gems from the mid 60s Parisian scene, and one of the best collections we've ever seen of Sylvie's work! Vartan was one of the greatest things in her ... read moreCD
The groovy French pop of Serge Gainsbourg gets the remix treatment! After years of being sampled by hip hoppers, referenced by post-rockers, and claimed as an influence by a wide range of singers and instrumentalists – Serge Gainsbourg's finally breaking into the mainstream of modern music ... read moreCD