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Classic 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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Francoise HardyEt Si Je M'En Vais Avant Toi (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Parlophone, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 21.99
A sweet 70s album from Francoise Hardy – one that still leaves plenty of room for the lovely vocals and acoustic guitar work we loved in her work from the previous decade, but which also adds in some cool contemporary elements too! Much of the album was recorded in London, with backing by a small group led by pianist Tony Cox – who really brings out that special singer-songwriter quality in Hardy's music – that key compositional difference that always set her apart from the start – given that most of her French contemporaries were always singing other peoples' songs. Titles include "Bowm Bowm Bowm", "La Berlue", "Pardon", "L'Eclairage", "Cafard", "Soir", "Bruit De Fond", and "Ou Est-Il". LP, Vinyl record album

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Christiane LegrandOf Smiles And Tears ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $9.99
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)". CD

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Michel LegrandParis Rome Vienna (aka I Love Paris – plus bonus cuts) ... CD
Columbia/El (UK), 1954. New Copy ... $3.99
String-heavy early genius from a young Michel Legrand – tracks from some of his best travelogue albums for Columbia from the 50s! The first half of the set is Legrand's original I Love Paris album – a sparkling postwar musical fantasy of Paris, made up of a host of famous themes from French pop music of the 20th century, all set to lush string arrangements! 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 16 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. Next up are 11 more tracks from another postwar site – Italian themes from Legrand's Holiday In Rome record, done in a similar style to the Paris session – with titles that include "Vieni Vieni", "Aveva Un Bavero", "Fiorin Fiorello", "Torna A Surriento", and "Funiculi Funicula". The travels are completed in Vienna – with 3 more titles from Legrand's Vienna Holiday album, including "Vilia", "Third Man Theme", and "The Cafe Mozart Waltz". (Jazz, French) CD

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MayaJazz A Go Go (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Think (Japan), 2015. New Copy Gatefold ... $24.99
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
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Michel PolnareffLe Bal Des Laze ... CD
Disc AZ/Universal (France), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD
 
 
 



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