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XClassic 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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✨✧ MahjunMahjun (1973) (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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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Serge Gainsbourg/Alain Goraguer/Michel ColombierSerge Gainsbourg Et Le Cinema ... LP
Doxy (Russia), Late 50s/Early 60s. Sealed ... $13.99
Early film music from the great Serge Gainsbourg – nice work from a stretch before Serge got totally funky in the movies, but could still bring some very groovy elements to a picture! The work here features arrangements by Alain Goraguer and Michel Colombier – both of whom helped unlock the coolest sides of Serge's talents – and music is often jazzy, with a hint of Latin or exotic elements too – and many of the tracks here are instrumental, but still wonderfully haunting! Juliette Greco sings on "Strip Tease", and Serge sings on "L'Eau A Bouche" and "Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur" – and other titles include "No Love For Daddy", "Erotico Tico", "Wake Me At Five", "Black March", "Cha Cha Du Loup", and "Rocking Horse". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousVive Le Rock & Roll – The Unruly World Of French Rock & Roll 1956 to 1962 ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare rockers from the earliest days of the French scene – work that's often much more tied to American styles than French material from a few years later – but in a really great way that hangs onto all the best raw and rockabilly modes of the late 50s! Lyrics are often in French, and most tracks are original – but there's definitely a strong current of influence from Sun Records and other points south in the use of thumping acoustic bass, skittish small drum kits, and fast-riffing guitar – all to accompany the wonderful vocals in the lead. The track list is great, with 22 numbers that go way past early French rock hits – and titles include "Oncle John" by El Toro Et Les Cyclones, "Ils Croient A Leur Danse" by Gelou, "Mon Mari C'Est Frankenstein" by Nicole Paquin, "Rock A Billy" by Les 6 Trognes, "Rock Rock" by Charles Verstaete, "39 De Fievre" by Gabriel Dalar, "Gong Gong" by Danyel Gerard, "Le Rhythme Du Rock" by Jackie Seven, "Twist A Saint Tropez" by Les Chats Sauvages, and "Hello Josephine" by Les Daltons. CD

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Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of ChicagoComme A La Radio ... CD
Saravah (France), 1970. Used ... $9.99
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 (2LP 10 inch special edition with download) ... LP
Philips/Mercury (France), 1958. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99
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 (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Philips (France), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
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! 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 ... $26.99
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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✨✧ Serge GainsbourgTenue De Soiree ... CD
Philips/Music Box (France), 1986. Used ... $2.99
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 GallSalut Les Copains ... CD
Polydor (France), 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
One of the greatest French female singers of the 60s – presented here in a double length collection of work! If you've gotta dig one gal vocalist of the Parisian scene of the time, Gall is definitely your girl – as her brash, bold style of singing really sums up the hippest, grooviest French styles of the time! Many tracks here were penned by some of the best French arrangers and composers of the period – including Serge Gainsbourg, Alain Goraguer, and Michel Colombier – all of whom really help Gall find her groove on the cuts. There's even a few funky numbers in the mix, and the rest mostly have a modly snapping 60s groove – of the sort that's being heavily revived these days. 38 tracks in all – and titles include "Jazz A Go Go", "Boom Boom", "Baby Pop", "Les Sucettes", "Celui Que J'Aime", "Bonsoir John John", "Ne Sois Pas Si Bete", "Si J'Etais Garcon", "Le Coeur Qui Jazze", "L'Amerique", "Dady Da Da", "Avant La Bagarre", "Made In France", and "Mes Premieres Vrais Vacances". CD

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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 them were done in the space of four short years – and presented here with an equally big range of styles to match! Some of the tunes are done in that older-styled, jazz boogie mode that Bolling used in his own instrumental work – but others are sweeter, lighter, and show echoes of the other pop modes going down in Paris during the 60s. The group's an under-discovered gem from these key French pop years – and the 71 track package features titles that include "Je Te Desteste", "Ce Soir A St Tropez", "Les Parisiennes", "File Le Temps", "Il Flotte", "Paris Je T'Aime D'Amor", "Theme De Borsalino", "Bonnie & Clyde", "Boom Band A Bang", "Jimmy Brown", "Les Zozos", "Le Tunnel Sous La Manche", "Les Frites", "La Salade", "Hans", "Mickey Tintin Et Spirou", and "Dans La Poche Du Kangourou". CD

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MC SolaarMC Solaar ... CD
Polygram (France), 1998. Used ... $4.99
The latest from everybody's favorite French hip hopper! Tracks include "Je Me Souviens", "La 5eme Saison", "Galaktika", "Onziem Commandement", and "Nouvelle Genese". (Hip Hop, French) CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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