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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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Hugues AufrayAufray Chante Dylan ... LP
Barclay (France), Mid 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
Cool French takes on the songs of Bob Dylan – set to arrangements by Christian Chevallier! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Pierre BarouhLe Pollen (with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Saravah/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard from Pierre Barouh – a rare Japanese recording done in the early 80s, with a sound that's quite different from his earlier work – but equally great! The album's never too poppy, or overdone – certainly quite far from conventional ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jane BirkinArabesque ... CD
EMI (France), 2003. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest albums we've heard from Jane Birkin in years – a haunting set that revisits older classics, with a whole new sound! Jane's working here with titles written by longtime partner Serge Gainsbourg – classics like "Valse De Melody", "Elisa", "Coul ... read more CD

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Jane BirkinDi Doo Dah ... LP
Fontana/Light In The Attic, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 30.99
Sweet sweet work from Jane Birkin – an early solo set that steps strongly off of her classic duets with Serge Gainsbourg! In a way, this album's as much a record by Serge as it is by Jane – since Serge wrote almost all the tracks, and since the arrangements are handled by the legendary ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Jane BirkinJane Birkin Au Palace ... CD
Capitol (France), 2009. New Copy ... $4.99 16.99
A majestic later live set from the great Jane Birkin – a set that has her taking on some classics done with Serge Gainsbourg, and plenty of her own tunes too – all with backing from a large ensemble who do a great job of updating the music, but without losing its edge at all! There's ... read more CD

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Jane BirkinMes Images Privees De Serge (2CD & DVD) ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs & DVD ... $26.99
A moving tribute to the late, great Serge Gainsbourg – served up in a mix of film and songs from his famous partner Jane Birkin! The set features a DVD directed by Jane – a 40 minute documentary filled with private images of Serge, laid out in a very loving tribute – and it's ... read more CD
(DVD is NTSC coded, All Region.)

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Jane Birkin & Serge GainsbourgLe Symphonique ... LP
Parlophone (France), 2017. Sealed ... $14.99
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Jacques BrelLe Grand Jacques ... CD
Barclay (France), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
One of the earliest full albums of work by Jacques Brel – recorded during his "moustache phase" pictured on the cover! The tunes are fantastic – already that mode of completely expressive songwriting and biting wit that made Brel one of the most revolutionary talents of the ... read more CD
Also available Le Grand Jacques ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Jacques BrelLe Grand Jacques ... CD
Barclay (France), 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... $4.99
One of the earliest full albums of work by Jacques Brel – recorded during his "moustache phase" pictured on the cover! The tunes are fantastic – already that mode of completely expressive songwriting and biting wit that made Brel one of the most revolutionary talents of the ... read more CD
Also available Le Grand Jacques ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Alan ClaysonSerge Gainsbourg – A View From The Exterior ... Book
Sanctuary (UK), 1998. New Copy Book ... $2.99 12.95
One of the few English language looks we've ever seen at the music of Serge Gainsbourg – a well-penned biography that covers all of his classic years in a fair bit of detail! Author Alan Clayson does a good job of paying as much attention to the music as he does to Serge's celebrity – ... (Books, French) read more Book

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Michel ColombierCapot Pointu (colored vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Play Time (France), 1969. New Copy ... $21.99
One of the grooviest albums ever by this baroque French arranger! Michel Colombier has cut some pretty great stuff in his time – but this album's probably the greatest, and it swings with a bouncy late 60s French pop sound that recalls some of the hippest work of Serge Gainsbourg, Michel ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 700 – on colored vinyl!)

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Francois De RoubaixDernier Domicile Connu/Une Aller Simple (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Universal (France), Late 60s. New Copy ... $34.99 39.99
Two tremendous soundtracks from the mighty Francois De Roubaix – easily one of our favorite film composers of all time! Dernier Domicile Connu is wonderful – with a famous theme that mixes stepping strings and funky drums in this really magnificent way – before moving between ... (Soundtracks, French) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Brigitte FontaineBrigitte Fontaine Est ... CD
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99
The Saravah Records debut from this amazing French singer – done with a wonderful sound that really links two generations of French music! At some level, the album's got a slightly more standard feel – bits of jazz, but inflected freshly – almost like the sublime Jeanne Moreau ... read more CD

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Brigitte Fontaine & AreskiTheatre Musical (purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Monster Melodies (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $33.99
One of the most obscure recordings by this amazing duo – singers Brigitte Fontaine and Areski, who you might know best from their work on the legendary Saravah Records at the start of the 70s! The work here isn't musical theater, but was instead recorded for French radio in 1973 – and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1000 – on purple vinyl – with bonus poster!)

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Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of ChicagoComme A La Radio ... LP
Saravah/Superior Viaduct, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $20.99
One of the coolest albums ever recorded – a legendary meeting between the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and inventive French singer Brigitte Fontaine! The set was recorded at the end of the 60s in Paris, and it perfectly sums up all of the incredible energy bubbling out of the post-68 years – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Charlotte Gainsbourg5:55 ... CD
Because/Vice, 2006. Used ... $3.99
Beautiful work from Charlotte Gainsbourg – the kind of record that would have made her old man proud! The album's got a sense of depth and texture that ranks right up there with the senior Gainsbourg's classics – a breathy approach to the music that's filled with subtle sensuality and ... read more CD

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Serge GainsbourgComme Un Boomerang – Best Of Serge Gainsbourg ... LP
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $42.99
A very well done compilation truly including some of the very Best Of Serge Gainsbourg – programmed chronologically starting with the late 50s – not only some of the best of Serge, but some of the most provocative, innovative and creatively fearless popular music ever! From the more ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Serge GainsbourgIntegrale (limited edition 20CD box set plus 48-page book) ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 20CDs & Book ... $139.99 149.99
An amazing collection of work from Serge Gainsbourg – a set that definitely lives up to the "integrale" promise in the title, as it includes every single album he ever recorded, plus loads more singles and rare bits too – all packaged in a really lavish set! Even if you've ... read more CD

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Serge GainsbourgL'Album De Sa Vie – 100 Titres (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 5CD ... $36.99
A massive collection of music from one of our favorite singers of all time – the legendary Serge Gainsbourg, a French vocalist who worked equally well in jazzy, funk, and groovy modes – always with a groundbreaking quality that had Serge taking his lyrics to places that few previous ... read more CD
(Please Note – This copy has a small tear on the bottom corner from shipping. The packaging is still intact and sealed.)

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Serge GainsbourgLes Plus Belles Chansons De Serge Gainsbourg ... CD
Clarton, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $4.99 14.99
Maybe not the most beautiful songs ever sung by Serge Gainsbourg, but a great collection of the early material that instantly set him apart from any other singer in France – material that's heavy on influences from American jazz and Latin modes, but which also has a very Parisian sense of wit ... read more CD

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Serge Gainsbourg & Jean Claude VannierLes Chemins De Katmandou ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A lost chapter in the legendary legacy of music from the team of Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier – the pair who created Serge's fantastic Melody Nelson album, and also did the funky soundtracks for the films Cannabis, La Horse, and Sex Shop! This set is every bit as groovy as those ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Serge Gainsbourg & Jean Claude VannierLes Chemins De Katmandou/Paris N'Existe Pas/La Bete Noire ... CD
Music Box (France), 1969/1983. New Copy ... $24.99 34.99
Great soundtrack work from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – working here instrumentally alongside Jean Claude Vannier – the musical partner who helped Serge sound so funky at the end of the 60s! The set begins with 10 tracks from Les Chemins De Katmandou – a lost chapter in the ... (Soundtracks, French) read more CD

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Juliette GrecoLive In Paris 1956 to 1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Rare live work from the lovely Juliette Greco – recorded right during the height of her career, when her hip style of chanson was really transforming the sound of French music from the left bank scene! The tracks here are all very well-recorded, and feature Juliette working with a small ... read more CD

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Johnny HallydayAnthologie 1964 to 1966 ... CD
Mercury/Universal (France), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
A great little collection of early work from Johnny Hallyday – one of the first big rockers to emerge from the French scene in the 60s – and an artist who's really coming into his own with tracks! Some titles have Hallyday taking on American or Anglo material, with new French lyrics ... read more CD

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✨✧ Francoise HardyFrancoise Hardy (La Maison Ou J'Ai Grande) ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1966. New Copy ... $5.99 14.98
A very groovy record from the legendary Francoise Hardy – a set that's not only got the lovely lady out front on vocals and acoustic guitar, but one that also features totally great arrangements from Brit maestro Johnny Harris – who gives most of the record a slightly different vibe ... read more CD

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Francoise HardyFrancoise Hardy (Le Premiere Bonheur Du Jour) ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1963. New Copy ... $5.99 14.98
Really lovely sounds from the young Francoise Hardy – easily one of the coolest, most confident female singers in France at the time! Hardy is neither the emotive style of postwar passionate singers, nor the too-cool style of the left bank – and instead, she's got this way of mixing ... read more CD

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Francoise HardyFrancoise Hardy (Mon Amie La Rose) ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1964. New Copy ... $5.99 14.98
A real step forward for the amazing Francoise Hardy – a singer who was already great at the start, but who reaches out a bit more globally here – as she works with Brit arranger Charles Blackwell, in a mode that's got a bit of groovy 60s London in the mix! The tracks include many ... read more CD

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Nancy HollowayNancy Holloway – Le Perle Noire Des Sixties ... CD
Ulysse (France), Early 60s. New Copy ... $2.99
American soul, recorded in France – some of the first work of the 60s by singer Nancy Holloway, who'd made a key relocation to Paris at the time! Much of this work is a cross between pop and soul – with strong influences from the New York Brill Building scene of the time, but also some ... (Soul, French) read more CD

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KennlischKennlisch ... LP
Le Kiosque D'Orphee/Wah Wah (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 30.98
A wonderfully weird French album from the 70s – and like some of the other underground greats of the scene at the time, a record that feels very much out of step with the rest of the world! Kennlisch are the duo of brothers Jean-Francois and Philippe Machery – the former of whom plays ... (Rock, French) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – in a silkscreened sleeve! Includes bonus book of notes, too.)

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Francis Lai/Brigitte BardotLes Petroleuses (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
LMLR (France), 1971. New Copy ... $23.99 24.98
Les Petroleuses has a nice variety of sounds – some of the slinky, sexy, Euro-styled numbers you'd expect from Lai in the early 70s, and from a film starring Brigitte Bardot – mixed with other tracks that seem to foreground a version of the old west that's a bit playful – using ... (Soundtracks, French) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Michel LegrandHoliday In Rome ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
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(Mono 6 Eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, gloss peel along the opening, and a half split bottom seam.)

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Les Double SixLes Double Six ... LP
Columbia (France), 1962. Very Good ... $19.99
Great early stuff by this swingin' French vocal group! These guys swung as hard as American groups, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross – but they stuck to hipper, jazzier material, and had a driving sound that never let up! The group is led by singer Mimi Perrin, who also handed the ... (Vocalists, French) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Original French mono pressing, in a flipback cover! Cover has some light wear around the edges, but this is a nice copy overall.)

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✨✧ Liminanas & Laurent GarnierDe Pelicula ... CD
Virgin, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A fantastic collaboration between two contemporary legends in French music – both artists we love on their own, but who maybe sound even more amazing here together! We've loved and stocked records by the Liminanas for years – a duo who have a great way of reviving an older style of ... read more CD
Also available De Pelicula ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Liminanas & Laurent GarnierDe Pelicula ... LP
Virgin, 2021. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 29.99
A fantastic collaboration between two contemporary legends in French music – both artists we love on their own, but who maybe sound even more amazing here together! We've loved and stocked records by the Liminanas for years – a duo who have a great way of reviving an older style of ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available De Pelicula ... CD 12.99

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Jacques LoussierPlay Bach 1 ... CD
Decca/Universal (France), 1959. Used ... $9.99
A groundbreaking album for the Paris jazz scene – a fusion of classical styles with jazz playing, perfect for selling American music to a snooty European audience! Although Loussier's formula was often copied during the 60s, at the time of these recordings, his mix of jazz and classical ... (Jazz, French) read more CD

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Michel MagneLes Tontons Flingueurs ... LP
Le Pop Club (France), 1963. New Copy ... $34.99
Very groovy work from the mighty Michel Magne – an early 60s soundtrack on the French scene, and one that showed that music like this was soon going to rival all the cool changes going on in Italian cinema too! There's a nice blend of jazzy and mod elements going on here – older ... (Soundtracks, French) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Michel Magne/Bernard GerardLes Tontons Flingueurs Et Autres Films De Georges Lautner ... LP
Universal (France), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $33.99 36.99
A great collection of work from Michel Magne – one of the hippest French soundtrack talents of the 60s! Most of side one features music for the film Les Tontons Flinguers – an early 60s soundtrack on the French scene, and one that showed that music like this was soon going to rival all ... (Soundtracks, French) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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MarevaUkuyeye ... CD
Rambling (Japan), 2006. Used ... $18.99
A great return to the glory days of 60s French pop – that jagged, jaunty time when so many Parisian singers had a really "yeh yeh" sort of groove! The production and arrangements here are contemporary, but most of the tunes are older numbers from both the US and France – ... read more CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Michel PolnareffLa Folie Des Grandeurs (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Universal (France), 1971. New Copy ... $11.99
An obscure French period comedy from 1971 – with a surprisingly groovy score from Michel Polnareff! The film starred Luis De Funes and Yves Montand, and although Montand sings on a track or two, the main groove of the set is in the mode of Polnareff's groovy work from the late 60s. ... (Soundtracks, French) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Henri SalvadorHomme Studio ... CD
Born Bad (France), 1970s. New Copy ... $13.99
The title's a bit of a pun – that's "home studio", not homme studio – a reference to the fact that most of this work was recorded by 60s French pop star Henri Salvador in his own private studio – music that makes for some of the most interesting sounds in his career, at ... read more CD

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Henri SalvadorS'Amuse ... CD
EMI (France), 1960s. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)

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Henri SalvadorSes Plus Grandes Chansons ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99 18.99
A great little set that collects 36 tracks by singer Henri Salvador – one of the darlings of the Parisian postwar scene, and a very talented vocalist with a range of styles that runs from Latin jazz to breezy ballads to more tropical-inflected work. The package is a great introduction to ... read more CD

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TitaL'Incomparable Tita ... CD
Barclay/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Beautiful bossa from late 60s France – a really lovely session that mixes the vocals of Tita with jazzy backings from Trio Camara – who we know from their own legendary album on the Saravah label! The sound here is a bit different than bossa from Brazil – somewhat darker at ... (Brazil, French) read more CD

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Jean Claude VannierL'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches (UK pressing) ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99
A baroque instrumental masterpiece from Jean Claude Vannier – Serge Gainsbourg's right hand man at the start of the 70s, and a key figure in the legendary Histoire De Melody Nelson album! The feel here is very much along the lines of work that Serge was doing at the time – larger ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited 10th anniversary repress.)

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Pierre VassiliuPierre Vassiliu En Voyages ... LP
Born Bad (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $18.99
A really great selection of work from a French singer with a wide and interesting resume – one that definitely warrants the voyages mentioned in the title! Pierre Vassiliu is maybe best known to our ears as a member of Les Masques – that groovy French vocal group who cut a great bossa ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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VariousAnthologie Sonore De La Publicite 1930 to 1962 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 29.99
A very unusual collection – one that features all sorts of rare French advertisements from the previous century – a good number of which are songs performed by some of the bigger names of the time! The set's got an unusual format, in that it mixes straight radio ads with songs and ... read more CD

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VariousChebran – French Boogie 1980 to 1985 ... CD
Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
Very cool sounds from the French scene of the post-disco years – music that reflects that growing embrace of boogie rhythms on European dancefloors, but in ways that are often inflected with new wave and electro soul styles too! The music here is leaner and a lot more creative than the ... (Funky Compilations, French) read more CD

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VariousPsyche France Vol 7 – 1970s (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Warner/Parlophone (France), Early 70s. New Copy ... $23.99
A really cool entry in this ultra-hip series – a volume that moves a bit more into the 70s than previous ones, but still hangs onto all the wonderfully wild touches that makes the music so great! As you'd guess by the "psyche" in the title, there's certainly some psychedelic ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSaint-Germain-Des-Pres – L'Existentialisme ... CD
Suave, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 3 CDs ... $8.99
A wonderful snapshot of the post-war Parisian scene that features music from Yves Montand, Leo Ferre, Juliette Greco, Cora Vaucaire, Renee Labas, Lester Young, Django Reinhardt, Henri Salvador, Sidney Bechet, and more! CD

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VariousUltra Chicks Vol 1 – Filles In The Garage ... CD
Get Hip, Late 60s. Used ... $18.99
Lots of great French female tracks on this set – mod numbers from that great 60s stretch that created so many wonderful records in France – brought together here in a jaw-dropping array of excellent tunes! We've always thought we knew most of the great stuff from Paris at the time ... read more CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousUltra Chicks Vol 2 – Lolita Ya Ya ... CD
Get Hip, Mid 60s. Used ... $18.99
Lots of great French female tracks on this set – mod numbers from that great 60s stretch that created so many wonderful records in France – brought together here in a jaw-dropping array of excellent tunes! We've always thought we knew most of the great stuff from Paris at the time ... read more CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousUltra Chicks Vol 4 – Ye Ye Girls ... CD
Get Hip, Mid 60s. Used ... $18.99
Lots of great French female tracks on this set – mod numbers from that great 60s stretch that created so many wonderful records in France – brought together here in a jaw-dropping array of excellent tunes! We've always thought we knew most of the great stuff from Paris at the time ... read more CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousWizzz Vol 3 – Psychorama Francais 1967 to 1970 ... LP
Born Bad (France), Late 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Fab French grooves from the end of the 60s – funky, trippy, and a whole lot more – and a set that goes way beyond the sorts of familiar French tracks you'll know from your local coffee shop or bistro! Instead, these tunes really dig deep – very obscure work by artists who were ... (Funky Compilations, French) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a very cool booklet of notes, too!)

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VariousWizzz Vol 4 – Psychorama Francais 1966 to 1974 ... CD
Born Bad (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
A great entry in one of our favorite-ever collections of groovy French music – a series that hasn't given the world many volumes over the past two decades, but only because the label really takes their time to come up with really unusual tunes! The tracks here move into a hinterland of ... (Funky Compilations, French) read more CD
 
 



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