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Michel Legrand/Matt Munro/Dusty SpringfieldParis Was Made For Lovers ... LP
ALA, Early 70s. Sealed ... $12.99
A wonderful little soundtrack from Michel Legrand – perhaps not as jazzy or groovy as some of his 60s work, but with some really nice moments! There's no getting over the infectious tune "Paris Was Made For Lovers" – a vocal number sung in English in two versions, both by Michel Legrand, in that fantastic raspy style that he always used back then. Also includes two other vocal gems – "A Place In Paris", sung by Matt Munro, and the dreamy "Sea & Sky", sung by Dusty Springfield. Other tracks are more orchestral, and titles include "Concerto For Cabs", "Pavanne For People", and "The Street Where They Lived". (Soundtracks, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
 
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Claude LombardClaude Lombard Chante ... CD
Sommor (Spain), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... About August 1, 2018
The stunning debut album from the lovely Claude Lombard – a Belgian singer, but one whose work here resonates with the grooviest French records by singers like Sylvie Vartan or Francois Hardy! Lombard is probably less pop than either of those artists – and almost has a way of opening things up with weirder phrasing and more unusual modes – ala some of the artists at Saravah Records. Arrangements are by Willy Albimoor – who did so many other odd projects of the period, including work with Chakachas – and the music features bits of electronics, soaring strings, and even some light bossa inflections – all to make a sound that's every bit as great as you'd guess! Titles include "Polychrome", "Les Enfants Perle", "Midi", "Mais", "La Coupe", "Sleep Well", "L'Usine", "Les Vieux Comptoirs", "Les Musicens", "L'Arbre Et L'oiseau", "La Camarde", and "Petite Frere". CD

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✨✧ Claude LombardClaude Lombard Chante ... LP
Sommor (Spain), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The stunning debut album from the lovely Claude Lombard – a Belgian singer, but one whose work here resonates with the grooviest French records by singers like Sylvie Vartan or Francois Hardy! Lombard is probably less pop than either of those artists – and almost has a way of opening things up with weirder phrasing and more unusual modes – ala some of the artists at Saravah Records. Arrangements are by Willy Albimoor – who did so many other odd projects of the period, including work with Chakachas – and the music features bits of electronics, soaring strings, and even some light bossa inflections – all to make a sound that's every bit as great as you'd guess! Titles include "Polychrome", "Les Enfants Perle", "Midi", "Mais", "La Coupe", "Sleep Well", "L'Usine", "Les Vieux Comptoirs", "Les Musicens", "L'Arbre Et L'oiseau", "La Camarde", and "Petite Frere". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Alan ClaysonSerge Gainsbourg – A View From The Exterior ... Book
Sanctuary (UK), 1998. New Copy Book ... $2.99 12.95
One of the few English language looks we've ever seen at the music of Serge Gainsbourg – a well-penned biography that covers all of his classic years in a fair bit of detail! Author Alan Clayson does a good job of paying as much attention to the music as he does to Serge's celebrity – defining elements that make particular records or musical moments so great – and never getting too bogged down in the more sensational elements of Gainsbourg's life. We really appreciate that – as Serge has always had plenty to offer way past the headlines – and if anything, he's probably best remembered in this century for his key musical contributions much more than his public life. There's a bunch of black and white photos in the middle of the book, but the rest is text – and the softcover edition runs for 244 pages, with a helpful index of Gainsbourg compositions in the back! (Books, French) Book

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Brigitte FontaineLes Palaces ... CD
Virgin (France), 1997. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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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 the way we first felt when we heard his music back at the start of the century – a power that goes beyond language and culture to immediately grab our ears, even when his arrangements are slinky and subtle! Those modes dominate most of the record, but Benjamin's also stepping out on a few stronger grooves from time to time too – and although the set is billed as the part two to his Palermo Hollywood album, it's maybe got a much stronger voice that's all its own. Titles include "Roma", "Happy Hour", "La Memoire", "Le Nuage", "Encore Encore", "Mala Sielpre", "Pardonnez Moi", and "Hypertranquille". CD

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Benjamin BiolayVolver ... LP
Universal (France), New Copy ... About May 19, 2017 (delayed)
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 the way we first felt when we heard his music back at the start of the century – a power that goes beyond language and culture to immediately grab our ears, even when his arrangements are slinky and subtle! Those modes dominate most of the record, but Benjamin's also stepping out on a few stronger grooves from time to time too – and although the set is billed as the part two to his Palermo Hollywood album, it's maybe got a much stronger voice that's all its own. Titles include "Roma", "Happy Hour", "La Memoire", "Le Nuage", "Encore Encore", "Mala Sielpre", "Pardonnez Moi", and "Hypertranquille". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jane BirkinEx Fan Des Sixties (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $31.99
Very groovy solo work by the lovely Jane B – working here with a set of songs by Serge Gainsbourg, and sublime arrangements by Brit Easy/KPM maestro Alan Hawkshaw. The record's got a super-sexy sound, with a lot of whispered Frenchy tracks in a style that's similar to Serge's best work – especially on the duets that him and Jane recorded in earlier years. The songs are very cool, too, and have a dreamy spacey quality to them, with cool lyrics, as you might guess from titles like "Nicotine", "Classee X", "Apolcalypstick", and the groovy "Ex Fan Des Sixties", which is filled with dreamy references to big rock stars! CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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✨✧ CharitoWatch What Happens – Charito Meets Michel Legrand ... CD
CT (Japan), 2008. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A lovely meeting between vocalist Charito and Michel Legrand – a set that not only features a host of Legrand's wonderful compositions, but also some guest vocals and piano from Michel as well! The setting is laidback, and very jazz-based – a nice take on Legrand's music that brings us back to some of the best 70s sessions of this nature – the sort of European vocal takes on his soundtrack themes that almost always sounded better than the original movie versions! Arrangements on 4 tracks are by Legrand, and the others are handled by Alain Mayeras, who also plays piano on those tunes as well – and titles include "Summer Me Winter Me", "The First Time", "Pieces Of Dreams", "Ask Yourself Why", "Quand S'Aime", "How Do You Keep The Music Playing", "Watch What Happens", and "The Summer Knows". (Vocalists, French) CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole. Out of print.)

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Serge GainsbourgVu De L' Exterieur (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Philips/Mercury (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
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! LP, Vinyl record album
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