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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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Jane BirkinLolita Go Home ... LP
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin take Jane's ever-growing trash rock aesthetic into the Euro club world of the 70s – and the result is an insane batch of tracks that are among Birkin's craziest work of the decade! She sings with an incredibly deadpan style – as you'll hear especially on the English-language versions of "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Where Or When" – and the arrangements by J-P Sabar have a spare electric quality that work perfectly with Jane's flat voice. A real oddity, but the kind of oddity that kept Birkin a compelling artist throughout her career – and proof that style goes a lot farther than substance in the world of Euro pop! Tunes are almost all originals written by Serge Gainsbourg – and titles include "French Graffiti", "Just Me & You", "La Fille Aux Claquettes", and "Rien Pour Rien". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)

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✨✧ Jacques BrelBrel ... LP
Barclay (France), 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
This was Brel's last album before his death, and it's an oft-overlooked piece of work that's fantastically different from his better-known 60's oevre, but also every bit as great as that stuff. The tracks on here have an amazingly sombre quality, and are filled with deep swells of emotion that probably made Scott Walker, Mort Shuman, and all the rest wish that they'd waited another 15 years to cover Brel's work! And because this stuff missed the big 60's wave of English translation, it's a lot less familiar, which makes it even more important to have in the original format. Titles include "Jojo", "Jaures", "La Ville S'Endormait", "Voir Un Ami Pleurer", and "Les F...". Fantastic, and a fitting last testament to one of the world's greatest artists! LP, Vinyl record album

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France GallFrance Gall (1964) ... LP
Philips/Twitchin Beat (Germany), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
Early work by one of the grooviest singers in the French pop scene of the 60s – the lovely France Gall, working here with some very swinging arrangements from Alain Gouraguer! The grooves are wonderful throughout – sometimes jazzy, sometimes more in a "yeh yeh" pop vein – but always upbeat, lively, and youthful! Gall's voice has a lightly dreamy quality that skips along nicely over the top of the rhythms – not really a little girl mode, given her sense of command on the lyrics – but as cutely flirtatious enough to match the sexy spirit of the record! Titles include "Jazz A Gogo", "Soyons Sages", "Pense A Moi", "La Cloche", "Ca Va Je T'Aime", "Ne Dis Pas Aux Copains", "Mes Premieres Vraies Vacances", and "N'Ecoute Pas Les Idoles". LP, Vinyl record album

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Francoise HardyEt Si Je M'En Vais Avant Toi (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Parlophone, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 21.99
A sweet 70s album from Francoise Hardy – one that still leaves plenty of room for the lovely vocals and acoustic guitar work we loved in her work from the previous decade, but which also adds in some cool contemporary elements too! Much of the album was recorded in London, with backing by a small group led by pianist Tony Cox – who really brings out that special singer-songwriter quality in Hardy's music – that key compositional difference that always set her apart from the start – given that most of her French contemporaries were always singing other peoples' songs. Titles include "Bowm Bowm Bowm", "La Berlue", "Pardon", "L'Eclairage", "Cafard", "Soir", "Bruit De Fond", and "Ou Est-Il". LP, Vinyl record album

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Francoise HardyFrancosie Hardy Canta Per Voi In Italiano (pic disc) (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Vogue/Doxy (Italy), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
A rare set that has chanteuse Francoise Hardy changing up her lyrics entirely – using Italian instead of French, in a way that was not uncommon for other European singers of her time! The vibe is similar to her French work of the time – a beautiful blend of dreamy female vocals and some slight rockish touches – the latter of which are always underplayed, so as to keep the youthful quality of Hardy in the lead. Titles include "Ci Sto", "Per Tanto Tempo", "Io Vorrei", "E Alla'Amore Che Penso", and "L'Eta Dell'Amore". LP, Vinyl record album

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MahjunMahjun (1974) (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
A wonderful record from a group that's incredibly hard to peg – a combo that we might dub as prog from the start, but who also manage to bring in bits of folk, avant jazz, and other unusual styles to their music! The set was recorded in the studios of Saravah Records – and definitely has the same free-thinking, open-minded quality of their other great albums from the early 70s – maybe a bit more organic than the work of someone like Brigitte Fontaine or Pierre Barouh, but definitely in a similar spirit. Titles include "Fin Janvier", "La Ville Pue", "Bourree", "Denise", and "Fils A Colin Maillard". (Rock, French) LP, Vinyl record album

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MayaJazz A Go Go (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Think (Japan), 2015. New Copy Gatefold ... $24.99
Jazz a go go, and Paris a go go too – as singer Maya served up a wonderful tribute to female French pop of the late 60s – done at a level that's mostly jazz-based at the core, but which often hits all the right groovy rhythms to fit the tunes! Most of the lyrics here are in French – although there are a few English language tunes too – and the cool combo in the back uses a cool mix of piano, organ, guitar, flute, tenor, and accordion in shifting ways – all to illuminate the tunes with the right sort of rhythms and instrumental touches, as Maya steps back for modes that recall older work by singers like France Gall, Christiane Legrand, Nicole Croisille, and Francoise Hardy. Titles include "Jazz A Gogo", "Comment T Dire Adieu", "I Will Wait For You", "Paroles Paroles", "L'Amour C'Est Pour Rien", and "Les Champs Elysees". (Vocalists, French) CD
(HQ Hi Quality CD pressing.)

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Annie PhilippeSensationnel! – Ye Ye Bonbons 1965 to 1968 ... LP
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Beautifully groovy work from mid 60s France – all by a singer who's every bit as great as France Gall, Francoise Hardy, or other French greats of the time – but not nearly as well known! This cool collection should correct that fact, as it finally gives worldwide exposure to this brilliant material from Annie Philippe – a bold-voiced female singer whose delivery of the songs is superb throughout – augmented by early arrangements from the likes of Jean-Claude Vannier, Paul Mauriat, Christian Gaubert, and others! Almost all the numbers have a romping quality that lives up to the "ye ye" promise of the title – but there's also a vibe that's deeper than throwaway pop, as Philippe manages to bring a lot of punch to the tunes without ever losing her cool – as you'll hear on tunes that include "pas De Taxi", "Pour La Gloire", "Plus Rien", "C'Est La Mode", "On M'A Toujours Dit", "Sensational Jeffry", "J'Ai Rate Mon Bac", "Un Petite Croix", "Le Mannequin", "Bonjour Bonsoir Et Au Revoir", and "J'Ai Tant De Peine". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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