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Classic sounds from France -- a mix of chanson, French pop, Saravah sounds, and more -- work from Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Fontaine, France Gall, and others!


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Michel ColombierLes Onze Mille Verges ... LP
EMI (France), 1975. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A great mix of the groovy and the romantic – and one of the best soundtracks ever from mad French arranger Michel Colombier! The album kicks off with Colombier's famous "Batucada Erotica" – a darkly jagged number that brings together percussion and voices into a really striking groove, one that's made the track a favorite for years in the jazz dance crowd. Other tracks move into a style that's either mellower or more orchestral – the mellower cuts dipping along with a style that's half French (ala Francis Lai's 70s work), and half like some of the best mellow Italian soundtrack work of the same period. A few tunes have weird chorus vocals – almost in a Carmina Burana mode – and titles include "Les 11,000 Verges", "Wanda E Nadege", "Batucada Erotica", "Natacha", "Port Arthur", and "Strip Tease Pour Un Japonais". (Soundtracks, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful original copy!)

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✨✧ MahjunMahjun (1973) (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
One of the grooviest records to come from the French scene of the 70s – a set by a group who are partly prog, partly free jazz, but also have the key kind of criss-crossing of styles that made them perfect for the Saravah Records label at the time! The music's got some vocals, but the main focus is the collaborative instrumental performances by the group – never in a way that's too-jamming or forced, ala some of their contemporaries – but instead nicely organic, almost as if the group were out in some farm house in the country, coming up with new ideas in each others' company. Titles include "Ces Family Valse", "Shaviravi", "Chez Planos", "La Fanfare A Rigaud", "Les Enfants Sauva", and "Le Jus De La Figue". (Rock, French) 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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Catherine Deneuve/Serge GainsbourgSouviens-toi De M'oublier ... LP
Philips (France), 1981. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Quite a nice record, and one that has actress Catherine Deneuve singing songs written by Serge Gainsbourg – with backing by Alan Hawkshaw, in a style that's very similar to the work he did with Jane Birkin! In fact, this could well be a Jane Birkin record, with the sound of it! Lots of smooth sexy arrangements, wth classic Serge-style songs, and some nice compressed guitar riffs over the top. Titles include "Digital Delay", "Alice Helas", "Oh Soliman", "Overseas Telegram", "Epsilon", and 2 duets with Serge Gainsbourg! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original French pressing.)

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Serge GainsbourgGainsbourg Percussions (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips (France), 1964. Used Gatefold ... $7.99
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

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Serge Gainsbourg & OthersIntegrale Serge Gainsbourg et Ses Interpretes Vol 1 – 1957 to 1960 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $16.99 29.99
A massive document of the early years of the great Serge Gainsbourg – presented both in his original recordings, and performances of his songs by some of his hipper contemporaries! The set's about 50% Serge – with material from the early EP and single releases for Philips – and the rest is really great work that features unusual takes on Gainsbourg songs – some by instrumental groups, some by male or female singers, and some by vocal groups as well! It's great to hear all the different interpretations of Gainsbourg's tunes – and the way these singers take on his witty and sometimes controversial lyrics – set to instrumentation that includes lots of the jazz and Latin touches that Serge was using in his own work. Highlights include a number of jazz instrumentals by Alain Goraguer – and vocal titles that include "Ronsard 58" by Michelle Arnaud, "Le Poinconneur De Lilas" by Les Freres Jacques, Douze Belles Dans La Peau" by Simone Bartel, "Devense D'Afficher" by Pia Colombo, "Le Claquer De Doigts" by Trumpet Boy, "Douze Belles Dans La Peau" by Jacques Lasry, "Mambo Miam Miam" by Los Goragueros, "Mes Petites Odalisques" by Hugues Aufray, "La Recettte De L'Amour Fou" by Michele Arnaud, and "Ell N'Avait Que Dix Sept Ans" by Francis Lemarque with Serge Gainsbourg. 66 tracks in all – a great 3CD package – with 13 tracks on CD for the first time! CD

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Serge GainsbourgDu Chant A La Une Vol 1 & 2 ... LP
Philips/Mercury/Doxy, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... About November 1, 2016
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 GainsbourgLe Cinema De Serge Gainsbourg (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 5CD ... On October 21, 2016 (delayed)
The coolest collection we've ever seen to focus on the soundtrack work of the great Serge Gainsbourg – and the most complete as well! The 5CD package really digs deep – and seems to offer up tracks from just about every single film that Gainsbourg was involved with – from his own compositions, to partnerships with greats like Alain Goraguer, Michel Colombier, and the mighty Jean-Claude Vannier – all of whom come up with very groovy, often funky instrumentation that rivals Serge's own releases! In fact, we might well even say that we find the Gainsbourg soundtrack material to be even cooler – as the films often gave Serge a chance to experiment, and try out new ideas he wouldn't do on his own records. The package includes selections (usually more than one) from dozens of films that include Vidocq, Toutes Folles De Lui, L'Eau A La Bouche, Strip-Tease, Le Jardinier D'Argenteuil, Ce Sacre Grand Pere, Manon 70, L'Horizon, L'Une Et L'Autre, Cannabis, La Horse, Sex Shop, Le Pacha, Slogan, Tapage Nocturne, Melancholy Baby, Projection Privee, and lots lots more. Plus, also includes bonus tracks with Anna Karina, Juliette Greco, Fred Pallem, and even Nico! CD

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✨✧ LiminanasMalamore (with download) ... LP
HoZac, 2016. New Copy ... About October 25, 2016
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