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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✨✧ VariousPunk 45 – Les Punks – The French Connection – First Years Of Punk 1977 to 1980 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A crucial look at the French punk scene in the late 70s – music that never got the global circulation as work from the US and UK – most likely because the difference in language on some of these tracks! However, that quality shouldn't put you off – because even if you can't understand the words, you'll definitely pick up on the energy – as these acts are a natural for the new sounds of the time – and find a way of bringing all the playful sneer and swagger of French rock from the 60s into play with a much sharper edge! If we had to choose, we'd say the music is maybe more like New York punk than the sound of London – especially in the way that some of these acts are very open to other sounds and influences, while still serving up a song with a short sharp shock. Titles include "Paris Maquis" by Metal Urbain, "Photo Coleur" by A3 Dans Les WC, "Planet Comme Un Prive" by Aslpalt Jungle, "Sally" by Gazoline, "Sweet Marilyn" by Metal Boys, "Rien A Dire" by Marie Et Les Garcons, "Wolf City Blues" by Angel Face, "Mind" by Kas Product, "Broken Windows" by Warm Gun, "Electrifie" by Calcinator, "I Don't Wanna Be A Rich" by Guilty Razors, and "Euthenasie" by Les Olivensteins. (Rock, French) CD

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Jane BirkinEx Fan Des Sixties (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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Jane BirkinLolita Go Home (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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✨✧ Jacques BrelBrel ... LP
Barclay (France), 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
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) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... About January 24, 2018
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". CD

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Francis LaiFrancis Lai Story (14 CD set) ... CD
Play Time (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 14CD ... $59.99
An incredible collection – and the first to ever really dig deeply into the rich body of work from soundtrack composer Francis Lai! Lai's known best to the non-French world for a handful of movie hits – music for A Man & A Woman, Love Story, and a few other films – but over the course of nearly 50 years, he wrote a wealth of great soundtracks for a wide variety of cinematic efforts – from directors who include his frequent collaborator Claude Lelouch, plus Rene Clement, Georges Lautner, Jean Delannoy, Dini Risi, Arthur Hiller, and others. This set brings together not just Lai's film music, but some of its "ripples", too – including songs done by French singers, American vocalists, and even Lai himself – plus some rare instrumental music as well! CDs 1 through 5 feature Musiques De Films – 96 tracks that go way beyond the obvious, familiar work by Lai that usually gets compiled. CDs 6 and 7 feature Chansons De Films – 33 vocal numbers from Francis Lai movie soundtracks. CD 8 features Interpretes Internationaux – vocal versions by singers who include Milva, Nick Hamilton, Navah, Tom Jones, Demis Roussous, Perry Como, and others. CD 9 features Francis Lai Chante Francis Lai – the maestro singing his own songs, with an earnest, honest quality that's quite unique. CDs 10 through 13 feature Interpretes Francais – French versions of Lai's tunes – by just about everyone you can think of – from Juliette Greco, to Pierre Barouh, Nana Mouskouri, Edith Piaf, Serge Reggiani, and many others. And CD 14 features Musiques Instrumentals – a set of later instrumental works by Lai – mostly dreamy and introspective! The whole thing's package in a unique binder-like cover – with an index to songs in the back, and notes in English, French, and Japanese. There's not much in the way of detailed notes or images – but the music is plenty, much of it on CD for the first time ever! (Soundtracks, French) CD

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Christiane LegrandOf Smiles And Tears ... LP
Philips (France), 1972. Near Mint- ... $39.99
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)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – hard to find in any format!)

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Alec MansionAlec Mansion (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner/Be With (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
Sweet AOR grooves, served up here in French – which makes for a nice change from some of the more familiar American work of the time! Yet even past the language, the album's got a very special highlight in the keyboard work of Marc Moulin – still very funky here, as in his initial 70s music with Placebo – but tuned more towards the sorts of styles you'd expect from the album's early 80s date – as are the rhythms, which are often delivered with some tight Linn drum styles that fit in very nicely with the album's electro groove! Had the lyrics been in English, we're guessing the whole thing would have been more of an international hit – but it's also that quality that makes the record even more charming overall. Titles include "Toi C'Est Different", "Ou Es Tu", "Maintenant", "Trop Triste", "Quand Je Serai Grand", "Dans L'Eau De Nice", and "Du Tu Au Tout". LP, Vinyl record album

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Michel PolnareffFrench Rock-Blues ... LP
Four Corners, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $14.99
Revolutionary pop from 60s Paris – a seminal set by one of our favorite French artists ever! Michel Polnareff sounds every bit as great as he looks on the cover – a slightly long-haired singer who plays acoustic guitar along with his vocals – but never in any familiar folksy ways you might know from American music. Instead, the sound is pure Paris all the way through – a sublime blend of groovy rhythms that are often heavy on electric bass, produced with echoey touches that often bring in a slightly spacey quality to the music – a mode that really seems to fit well with Polnareff's oft-sunglassed appearance. Backings are by Jean Bouchety and Charles Blackwell – and titles include "Histoire De Coeur", "Love Me Please Love Me", "Ballade Pour Toi", "L'Oiseau De Nuit", "La Poupee Qui Fait Non", "You'll Be On My Mind", and "L'Amour Avec Toi". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp on back.)

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Michel PolnareffMichel Polnareff 2 (Le Bal Des Laze) (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Disc AZ/Epic (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Michel PolnareffPolnabest ... CD
Universal, Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $11.99 17.99
A special collection of work from Michel Polnareff – one of our favorite French pop talents from the end of the 60s! Polnareff's got this quality that's unlike anyone else we can think of – very expressive, but without being overly emotive – sometimes crafting the lyrics with this warble, sometimes with a raspy whisper – and almost always set to these cool baroque arrangements that really push the whole thing over the top! Michel's not nearly as well-known on these shores as some of his contemporaries, but his music is equally wonderful – and this set has a very strong focus on all his best years of the late 60s, with more from the early 70s – and a few key tracks from later years too. Titles include "L'Amour Avec Toi", "La Poupee Qui Fait Non", "Love Me Please Love Me", "Ame Caline", "Le Bal Des Laze", "Holidays", "Je Suis Un Homme", "Qui A Tue Grand Maman", "Le Roi Des Fourmis", "I Love You Because", "Kama Sutra", "On Ira Tous Au Paradis", and "Lettre A France". CD

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