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Frank AlamoDa Doo Ron Ron/File, File, File/Pas De Larmes/Il Y Avait Toi ... 7-inch
Barclay (France), 1963. Very Good (pic cover)... $0.99
7-inch, Vinyl record

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Alain BarriereAlain Barriere ... LP
RCA, 1969. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Features backings from Armand Migiani, Jacques Denjean, and Jean Claudric! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg1973 (Di Doo Dah/Vu De L'Exterieur/A Bout Portant/bonus tracks) (2CD/DVD) ... CD
Universal (France), 1973. New Copy 3CD & DVD ... $30.99
A really great package – one that sums up this key year in the careers of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin – with two full albums, lots of bonus tracks, and a whole film too! First up is Birkin's excellent album Di Doo Dah – sweet sweet work from Jane – an early solo set that steps strongly off of her classic duets with Serge Gainsbourg! In a way, this album's as much a record by Serge as it is by Jane – since Serge wrote almost all the tracks, and since the arrangements are handled by the legendary Jean-Claude Vannier – who worked famously with Gainsbourg on Melody Nelson and other funky recordings! The set's got a slow, sexy, funky vibe – very similar to the Gainsbourg/Vannier collaborations – and maybe even sexier, given the way that Jane Birkin handles her breathy vocals. There's some sweet guitar bits that go great with Jane's delivery of the material – and the whole thing's an essential part of the Gainsbourg/Birkin canon. Tracks include "Help Camionneur!", "Banana Boat", "Kawasaki", "Leur Plaisir Sans Moi", and "Les Capotes Anglaises". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "La Decadanse" and "Les Langues De Chat". Next is Vu De L'Exterieur – 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". CD features loads of bonus tracks – 10 whole more tunes added to the album – including "Les Papiers Qui Collent Aux Bonbons", "Titicaca (inst)", "L'Hippodrome (inst)", "Panpan Cucul (working version with different lyrics)", "Pamela Popo (inst)", "Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M'En Vais (complete)", and "Tout Mou Tout Doux (2014 rmx)". Comes in a great book-style cover – with notes and loads of gorgeous photos – and a DVD that features the film A Bout Portant – a 51 minute film, black and white, shot in 1973! CD
(DVD is PAL.)

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Francoiz BreutA L'Aveuglette ... CD
T Rec (France), 2008. Used ... $7.99
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 sinister backdrop for Breut's French language vocals – which sets them apart from the sweeter styles we hear in a lot of other contemporary French pop. There's plenty here to appeal to listeners coming at the record from an English perspective – a vibe that hooks you in, even if you can't understand the lyrics – and titles include "Golo", "Dunkerque", "Terre D'Ombre", "La Conciergerie", "Les Jeunes Pousses", "Mouchoir De Poche", and "A L'Aveuglette". CD

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Coralie ClementToystore ... CD
Compass, 2009. Used ... $5.99
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 record – a breathy, raspy sort of groove that's as revolutionary in contemporary French pop as Serge Gainsbourg's work was back in the 60s. There's a few surprising English language tunes – which might hopefully find Coralie the American audience she deserves – and instrumentation is a blend of light guitar lines, cool piano bits (including a few toy piano parts), and gentle percussion that moves the album with the softness of a bossa record – yet in ways that are unlike bossa at all. Titles include "Houlala", "Paris Dix Heures Du Soir", "L'Effet Jakari", "C'Est La Vie", "Share The Day", "Tu Seras A Moi", and "So Long Babylone". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of ChicagoComme A La Radio ... CD
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the coolest albums ever recorded – a legendary meeting between the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and inventive French singer Brigitte Fontaine! The set was recorded at the end of the 60s in Paris, and it perfectly sums up all of the incredible energy bubbling out of the post-68 years – an openness to new music, new ideas, and new forms of expression – presented here in an open, honest way that only the Saravah label could muster! Fontaine's vocals are wonderful – soft-sung and spoken, with a style that's like that of a more artful and poetic Jane Birkin – and the backings from the Art Ensemble are some of their most sensitive ever – very balanced and conscious of sound, in ways that make us wish they'd recorded a lot more like this. There's never a dull moment on the record, and the set is honestly one of the reasons we first got into this business in the first place – the kind of life-changing record that's a real honor for us to stock. Frequent Fontaine partner Areski joins in on a few tracks, and titles include "Comme A La Radio", "L'Ete L'Ete", "Le Brouillard", "Tanka II", "Leo", and "Les Petits Chevaux". CD

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Serge GainsbourgDu Chant A La Une (10 inch LP) ... LP
Philips/Mercury (France), 1958. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Some of Serge Gainsbourg's first recordings – 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 58", "Ce Mortel Ennui", "Le Poinconneur Des Lilas", "Douze Belles Dans La Peau", "Charleston Des Demanageurs De Piano", and "L'Alcool". LP, Vinyl record album

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Serge GainsbourgGainsbourg Percussions (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1964. Used ... $18.99
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 – all topped off by Gainsbourg's darkly compelling vocals. Gouraguer's especially great on the set – creating these moody and rhythmic passages that are really Serge's first attempt to hit a groove! Titles include "New York USA", "Coco & Co", "Les Sambassadeurs", "Machins Choses", "Les Yeux Doux", "Pauvre Lola", "Quand Mon", "Tatou Jeremie", and more! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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Serge GainsbourgTenue De Soiree ... CD
Philips/Music Box (France), 1986. New Copy ... $11.99
An overlooked Serge Gainsbourg soundtrack from the 80s – surprisingly well-done, and at a level that both reflects Serge's earlier styles and a much deeper ear for film scoring! There's a main theme that's delivered with this beautifully echoey piano line – sometimes playful, sometimes somber – almost like a melody from a Francis Lai film score – and balanced with some more stylized 80s elements that reflect the instrumental sounds in Gainsbourg's own records of the time – almost a reworking of older 70s trash modes, but towards more comedic ends for the film. The piano passages are especially wonderful – and a real revelation, as they show an emotive quality we don't normally associate with Serge – and titles include "Travelo", "Traverse", "Traveste", "Trave", "Travaux", "Traviolta One", "Travelling", and "Travers". CD also features 6 rare bonus cuts too! CD

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France Gall1968 ... CD
Philips (France), 1967. Used ... $5.99
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 plenty of razor-sharp notes! Gall's vocals are as wonderful as ever, and almost sound a bit more sinister in this setting – thanks to arrangements by Alain Gouraguer and the great David Whitaker. There's plenty of France Gall classics here – including versions of the Serge Gainsbourg tunes "Nefertiti" and "Teenie Weenie Boppie" – plus "Toi Que Je Veux", "Made In France", "Bebe Requin", and "Avant La Bagarre". CD
(Out of print.)

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France GallBaby Pop ... CD
Polygram (France), 1966. Used ... $7.99
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 that's the Paris contribution to the same sort of mod grooves that were coming out of the London scene at the time. The album's filled with classics by Gall, all sung in a sweet voice that's a great contrast to the music – wonderful stuff throughout, with titles that include "Baby Pop", "Cet Air La", "L'Amerique", "Mon Bateau De Nuit", and "Deux Oiseaux". CD
(Out of print.)

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France GallLes Sucettes ... CD
Philips (France), Mid 60s. Used ... $16.99
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 swinging instrumentation, from electric harpsichord, to jangly guitars, to brassy big band finishes. Over the top, France's lovely voice rings out loud and true – and the CD's a delight from start to finish. Titles include "Tu N'As Pas Le Droit", "Il Niege", "J'ai Retrouve Mon Chen", "Bonsoir John John", "L'Echo", "Quand On Est Ensemble", and Serge Gainsbourg's "Les Sucettes". CD
(Out of print.)

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Juliette GrecoFace A Face ... LP
Philips (France), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $18.99
Backings by Francois Rauber, Alain Goraguer, and Gerard Jouannest – on titles that include "J'Arrive", "Trois Petites Notes De Musique", "Ta Main", "Dans Ton Lit De Cristal", and "Face A Face" – plus Serge Gainsbourg's "Le Sixiem Sens". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover seams are slightly unglued – but cover is nice overall.)

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Francoise HardyMidnight Blues – Paris/London 1968 to 1972 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99
Rare English language recordings from the sublime Francoise Hardy – music that's every bit as wonderful as her famous French recordings – and even more compelling to our Anglo-styled ears! The vocals are wonderful – sung with this sense of darkness that's almost got an echo of Nico at points, given the accent – set to backings that balance this darkness with a bit more light, but never in ways that are overly poppy – and which definitely continue that more sophisticated style that Hardy always brought to her music! There's less "yeh yeh" to the tracks than a few years before – and Francoise is definitely digging deeper music at this point in her career – sometimes with a breathy brilliance that's a bit like Jane Birkin too. Titles include "Bown Bown Bown", "Till The Morning Comes", "Loving You", "In The Sky", "Midnight Blues", "Magic Horse", "Song Of Winter", "Strange Shadows", "Ocean", "The Garden Of Jane Delawney", "Sometimes", "Let My Name Be Sorrow", "Times Passing By", "I Just Want To Be Alone", and "Suzanne". CD

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