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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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Maurice JarreSoleil Rouge ... LP
Motors (France), 1971. Near Mint- ... $36.99
Maurice Jarre penned the soundtrack to one of the oddest westerns of its time – a strange samurai-western starring Charles Bronson, Ursula Andress, and Toshiro Mifune! The overall score has that rich, dramatic style that Jarre used often in his more famous work of the 60s – with a few triumphant themes, but also a number of darker, moodier tracks that have a really haunting quality, and some odd instrumentation that's distinctly un-Jarre-like! Titles include "Poursuite", "Commanches", "Red Sun", "Vers La Montagne", and "Seduction". (Soundtracks, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(Rare original – in beautiful shape!)

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Michel LegrandMichel Legrand Sings ... LP
Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Classic vocal material by Michel Legrand, an artist who's better known to the world for his groovy writing and arranging for soundtracks and instrumental pop albums. Legrand's singing is quite nice, though – and he's got a sweetly raspy voice that has an honest quality that's extremely capitivating, and which doesn't have the over-emotional approach of other French singers from the time. The record also features instrumentation by Legrand's orchestra, which means that the tracks have a nice jazzy sound to them. Titles include "Quand Ca Balance", "L'Amour En Scie", "Qui Es-Tu?", "Mois Je Suis La", and "Regarde Le Mort". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, with deep groove. Cover has a sticker spot.)

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Michel LegrandParis Rome Vienna (aka I Love Paris – plus bonus cuts) ... CD
Columbia/El (UK), 1954. New Copy ... $1.99
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
(HQ Hi Quality CD pressing.)

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Annie PhilippeSensationnel! – Ye Ye Bonbons 1965 to 1968 ... LP
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Beautifully groovy work from mid 60s France – all by a singer who's every bit as great as France Gall, Francoise Hardy, or other French greats of the time – but not nearly as well known! This cool collection should correct that fact, as it finally gives worldwide exposure to this brilliant material from Annie Philippe – a bold-voiced female singer whose delivery of the songs is superb throughout – augmented by early arrangements from the likes of Jean-Claude Vannier, Paul Mauriat, Christian Gaubert, and others! Almost all the numbers have a romping quality that lives up to the "ye ye" promise of the title – but there's also a vibe that's deeper than throwaway pop, as Philippe manages to bring a lot of punch to the tunes without ever losing her cool – as you'll hear on tunes that include "pas De Taxi", "Pour La Gloire", "Plus Rien", "C'Est La Mode", "On M'A Toujours Dit", "Sensational Jeffry", "J'Ai Rate Mon Bac", "Un Petite Croix", "Le Mannequin", "Bonjour Bonsoir Et Au Revoir", and "J'Ai Tant De Peine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Henri SalvadorChambre Avec Vue (aka Room With A View) ... CD
Source/Virgin (France), 2000. Used ... $3.99
A beautiful album of French bossa nova tracks – sung by vocalist Henri Salvador, and backed with some light jazzy guitar and piano, very much in the style of backings you'd hear on a classic album by Joao Gilberto. Salvador's voice is wonderful – with that warm, honest quality you'd hear in the vocals of Gilberto or Jobim – and he's joined on a few tracks by guests like Toots Thielemans or Francoise Hardy. Titles include "Mademoiselle", "Jardin D'Hiver", "Il Fait Dimanche", "Jazz Mediterranee", "Vagabond", "Un Tour De Manege", and "J'Ai Vu". CD
 
 
 



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