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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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Serge GainsbourgL'Essential Des Albums Studio – 14 Albums Originaux 1958 to 1987 (12 CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 12CD ... $36.99
Amazing music – at an equally amazing price! The set features every studio album ever recorded by Serge Gainsbourg – monumental sounds that completely transformed the world of French music in the 60s and 70s, and have gone on to have a global impact well into the 21st Century! The sounds here are amazing right from the start – a mix of jazz, Latin, and other hip modes – all set to playfully sinister lyrics by Serge – which get even better as the 60s move on, and Gainsbourg dips into fuzz, funk, and other amazing elements to push out some far frontiers in his music! The 70s sees some great electronics, classic collaborations with Sly & Robbie, and gives way to some surprisingly great 80s material towards the end of Serge's too-short career. Box features 14 albums on 12 CDs – with records that include Du Chant A La Une, No 2, L'Etonnant Serge Gainsbourg, No 4, Gainsbourg Percussions, Initials BB, Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg, Histoire De Melody Nelson, Vu De L'Exterieur, L'Homme A Tete De Chou, Aux Armes Et Caetera, Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Etoiles, Love On The Beat, and You're Under Arrest. CD

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Serge Gainsbourg/Jean-Claude VannierSex Shop/Je Vous Aime ... CD
Rambling (Japan), 1972/1980. New Copy ... $22.99
Two groovy soundtracks by Serge Gainsbourg – back to back on a single CD! First up is the ultra-cool score for Sex Shop from 1972 – co-written with Jean-Claude Vannier, and done in a style that draws heavily from the previous funky work by the pair – sweet, slinky, and very much in the best early 70s Gainsbourg mode! Serge sings a bit on the soundtrack, as does Jane Birkin – but the real charm almost comes from Vannier's instrumentation – which blends funky drums with strutting basslines, moody keyboards, and other cool bits! Je Vous Aime is from 1980, and really shows some of the Gainsbourg styles of the time – bits of pop, rock, and dub all filtered together, often with an ironic undercurrent, even when seemingly straight. Gainsbourg stars in the film, as do Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve – all of whom get a chance to sing in the score, most strikingly Depardieu, since he plays a rocker in the story. Sex Shop tracks include "Fontaine Des Innocents", "Sex Shop", "Sex Radio Suite", "La Decadanse", and "Club Love" – and Je Vous Aime tracks include "La Fautive", "La P'tite Agathe", "Je Pense Queue", "Mermoz", "Papa Nono", and "Je Vous Salue Marie". CD

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Anne PigalleEverything Could Be So Perfect ... LP
ZTT (UK), 1985. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of the more unusual albums on ZTT from the 80s, but one of the most compelling too – the only full length set we've ever seen from singer Anne Pigalle, a vocalist who moves easily between French and English lyrics, in a lush summation of the best continental pop of the time! The sound is a lot less electronic than usual for ZTT – orchestrations arranged by Richard Niles, topped with great work on piano and organ from Nick Plytas – all to set up Anne's breathy vocals with an early 80s new romantic take on French chanson. There's a nicely world-weary feel to the whole thing, one that makes for a bit more depth of feeling than usual for ZTT – and titles include "The 1000 Colours Waltz", "He Stranger", "Looking For Love", "Why Does It Have To Be This Way", "A Crack In The Ocean", and "Via Vagabond". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Everything Could Be So Perfect (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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Anne PigalleEverything Could Be So Perfect (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
ZTT/Salvo (UK), 1985. New Copy 2 CDs ... $11.99
One of the more unusual albums on ZTT from the 80s, but one of the most compelling too – the only full length set we've ever seen from singer Anne Pigalle, a vocalist who moves easily between French and English lyrics, in a lush summation of the best continental pop of the time! The sound is a lot less electronic than usual for ZTT – orchestrations arranged by Richard Niles, topped with great work on piano and organ from Nick Plytas – all to set up Anne's breathy vocals with an early 80s new romantic take on French chanson. There's a nicely world-weary feel to the whole thing, one that makes for a bit more depth of feeling than usual for ZTT – and titles include "The 1000 Colours Waltz", "He Stranger", "Looking For Love", "Why Does It Have To Be This Way", "A Crack In The Ocean", and "Via Vagabond". 2CD version features 15 more bonus tracks – including "He Stranger (redirected by Trevor Horn)", "Johnny", "Intermission (mix songuer)", "Souvenir D'Un Paris (mix aguicheur)", "Like We Do", "Looking For Love (spring 84)", "Crack In The Ocean (spring 84)", "1000 Colours Waltz (spring 84)", "He Stranger (plight return)", and "Stranger (than fiction)". CD
Also available Everything Could Be So Perfect ... LP 9.99
 
 
 



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