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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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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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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
(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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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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