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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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Charles AznavourLive In Paris – 3 Avril 1962 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1962. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
A fantastic live recording of the legendary Charles Aznavour – done at a time when he'd already had a huge run of postwar hits for other French singers, and was finally getting a chance to shine in the spotlight on his own! Almost all the material here is original work by Charles, and the performances are often different than on some of his studio records from the era – leaner overall, with small group instrumentation that often has a touch of jazz – and maybe less of the lush tones of the orchestrations that were often used to back up the lyrics of Aznavour. Charles is fantastic vocally – with that quality that nobody else can even match, and which really fits the expressive lyrics of his tunes. The recording quality is great, too – crystal clear, on 23 tracks that include "Tu N'As Plus", "J'Ai Perdu La Tete", "Lucie", "On Ne Sait Jamais", "Je M'Voyais Deja", "Parce Que", "Esperanza", "L'Enfant Prodigue", "Alleluia", "Deux Guitares", "Tu Te Laisses Aller", and "Le Carillonneur". CD

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France GallFrance Gall (1964) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $29.99
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". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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France GallMade In France – France Gall's Baby Pop ... CD
Philips/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... About April 1, 2018
Incredibly groovy work from France Gall – easily one of our favorite French singers of the 60s! France has a sound that's really unique – one that comes from the Frenchified pop of the "yeh yeh" generation, but which really packs a lot more punch than her contemporaries – a bold, proud, loud quality that's really wonderful – and which makes just about every number from the time a total killer! Part of the help here comes from Serge Gainsbourg – who wrote a good number of tracks for the young Gall – but the style's also quite different than that of Serge, too – often with an emphasis on punchy drums at the bottom, which creates a hint of funk – bringing a nice nasty feel to France's little girl vocals. The set's a great one – overflowing with key cuts from singles of the 60s – and titles include "Made In France", "Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son", "Laisse Tomber Les Filles", "Quand On Est Ensemble", "Rue De L'Abricot", "Bloody Jack", "Le Temps De La Rentree", "Mon Bateau De Nuit", "Baby Pop", and "Les Sucettes". 22 tracks in all! CD

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Francis LaiFrancis Lai Story (14 CD set) ... CD
Play Time (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 14 CDs ... $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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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 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
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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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