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Benjamin BiolayTrash Yeye ... CD
EMI (France), 2007. Used ... $4.99
Benjamin Biolay's looking a bit strung out on the cover, but the music here is as warmly charming as ever – a sublime modern French take on territory first explored by Serge Gainsbourg in the 60s! Biolay's production, as always, is impeccable – a beautiful blend of warmth and grit, acoustic and electric, sampled and live instrumentation – all delivered with an understated quality that makes us love it even more. And the vocals are great too – often spoken more than sung, with a raspy, whispering quality that reminds us of brother Serge, yet which still has plenty of Biolay's own songwriting at play too. Titles include "Bien Avant", "Doloureux Dedans", "Dans La Merco Benz", "La Garconniere", "La Chambre D'Amis", and "Rendez-Vous Qui Sait". CD

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Serge GainsbourgTenue De Soiree ... CD
Philips/Music Box (France), 1986. New Copy ... $6.99
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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Christiane LegrandOf Smiles And Tears ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Brazilian rhythms meet French pop – all in an incredible album from the lovely Christiane Legrand! Christiane's probably best known for her work in the Swingle Singers – or for being the sister of the famous Michel Legrand, who she helped on a few soundtracks – but she sounds especially wonderful here, in a set of early 70s tracks based around the compositions of Marcos Valle, Milton Nascimento, Baden Powell, and other Brazilian artists! The music here is really the best blend of all elements involved – some of the lighter jazziness you might expect from a score penned by brother Michel, a few of the more ambitious touches from baroque Brazilian pop, and the sweetly soaring vocals that you'll recognize from Christiane's work in her famous group. MPB interpreted by Parisians always has a special quality – and we'd rank this one right up there with similar Brazilian experiments of the 70s by Claude Nougaro or Pierre Barouh! Titles include "Rome (Children's Games)", "La Riziere (Cancao Do Sol)", "Catavento", "Vai (Canto De Ossanha)", "Cent Mille Poissons Dans Ton Filet (O Cafona)", "Avec Des Je Avec Des Ja (Voce E Eu)", and "Deux Camarades (Morro Velo)". CD

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Jeanne MoreauJeanne Chante Jeanne ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful record by the great French actress Jeanne Moreau – and proof that she was a pretty great vocalist too! This unique album has Jean singing a sweet batch of original compositions (we had no idea she was a songwriter too!) – set to musical arrangements written for the album by Jacques Datin and Antoine Duhamel. The sound is beautiful, and way better than you'd ever expect – somewhat dreamy, with echoes of bossa nova that slide in alongside more familiar French pop modes. The orchestrations include vibist Guy Boyer in the tight combo that backs Jeanne up, and his vibes are super-sweet, and bring this haunting quality to the session that recalls some of the early Tim Buckley albums. Titles include "La Celebrite – La Publicite", "Les Voyages", "Notre Ile, Ton Ile, Mon Ile", "Quelle Histoire", and "Le Vrai Scandale C'est La Mort". CD

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Annie PhilippeSensationnel! – Ye Ye Bonbons 1965 to 1968 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
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". CD
Also available Sensationnel! – Ye Ye Bonbons 1965 to 1968 ... LP 19.99

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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
Also available Sensationnel! – Ye Ye Bonbons 1965 to 1968 ... CD 14.99

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Michel PolnareffLe Bal Des Laze ... CD
Disc AZ/Universal (France), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Mindblowing work from a young Michel Polnareff – spacey pop from late 60s France, with a sound that's completely sublime! Polnareff's never been taken up as strongly as Serge Gainsbourg or Jane Birkin by English-speaking audiences, but we think his music is equally great – a baroquely beautiful pastiche of groovy rhythms, acoustic guitar lines, and lots of tripped-out touches – as you might expect from French pop of the time! Production often has Michel's vocals echo out a bit – a slightly spaced-out quality that rings out in really unique tones that highlight his songcraft beautifully. Titles include "Ta Ta Ta Ta", "Jour Apres Jour", "Mes Regrets", "Piplette", "Ame Caline", "Le Bal De Laz", "Oh Louis", and "Les Grands Sentiments Humains". CD
 
 
 



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