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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 BirkinEx Fan Des Sixties (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $31.99
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 ... $31.99
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". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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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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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 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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