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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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Pierre Bachelet/Stanley MyersHistoire D'O/Histoire D'O #2 ... CD
CAM (Italy), 1975/1984. Used ... $16.99
A cool pairing of 2 different soundtracks – one by Pierre Bachelet and one by Stanley Myers, each to a film chapter of the kinky Story of O! Bachelet's score is the best – with a spacey quality, a dreamy rainy afternoon sound, nice touches of electronics, and a good mellow feel. Titles include "O'Apres", "O'She's A Lady", "O'Et L'Amour A Trois", "O'Et Sir Stephen", and "O'Et La Photo De Jacqueline". The Myers score is more tied to the mid 80s period for which it was written – with some sparkly keyboards, synth percussion effects, and dark emotional strings. Titles for that one include "Triumph Of O", "World Of O", "Young O", and "Initiation of Carole" – but it's all a bit cheesy! (Soundtracks, French) CD
(Out of print.)

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Francis LaiFrancis Lai Story (14 CD set) ... CD
Play Time (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 14CD ... $79.99
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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✨✧ Michel LegrandI Love Paris (Embassy) ... LP
Columbia, 1954. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A sparkling postwar musical fantasy of Paris – one made up of a host of famous themes from French pop music of the 20th century, all set to lush string arrangements by a young Michel Legrand! The album's not as upbeat or jazzy as some of Legrand's later soundtrack work, but it's got a wonderful quality all its own – a warmly romantic vision of a Paris that was still putting the pieces back together less than a decade after WWII, presented in a way that glosses sweet sounds over darker corners with a vaguely eerie feel. The record instantly made Legrand an international favorite, and features 12 tracks that include "Mademoiselle De Paris", "The Last Time I Saw Paris", "Paris Canaille", "Autumn Leaves", "A Paris", "La Vie En Rose", "Under Paris Skies", and "April In Paris". (Jazz, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Italian pressing.)

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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 ... $16.99
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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Michel PolnareffPolnabest ... CD
Universal, Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $16.99 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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