Angelilo & Hamel —
Complicite ... LP Return To Analog (Canada), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
A jazz record, but one with so much going on it's impossible to pin down – strands of influences from Latin, Brazilian, and other modes – mixed with occasional vocal contributions too! The vibe is a bit like some of those really creative criss-crossings on the French scene of the 70s ... (Jazz, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cool French takes on the songs of Bob Dylan – set to arrangements by Christian Chevallier! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono UK pressing in a non-gatefold cover, with a bumped corner at the top right.)
Jane Birkin —
Di Doo Dah ... LP Fontana/Light In The Attic, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hell of a record from the French scene of the early 70s – released by an artist who'd worked in the backdrop of many famous productions at the time, but who really bursts forth here with his own sort of special genius! The record is definitely a rock set, but often defies categorization, ... (Rock, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brel at his best – delivered with the biting tone that made Brel one of the most brilliant social commentators of the 20th Century, yet with a warmth that offset his critical vision with a real love of life! Arrangements and orchestrations are by the mighty Francois Rauber – a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing in the gatefold fold-over cover, with some wear and aging, partially unglued bottom seam, and a tear in the back panel at the bottom right corner.)
The film soundtrack version of this famous 60s musical, which was based around the sounds of Belgian singer Jacques Brel. The film version shares many similarities to the broadway one – translations by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, vocals by Shuman and Elly Stone – but the overall sound ... (Soundtracks, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A spiritual set from 70s France – but one that has a very different origin than most! Chene Noir come from a theatrical background, and do a wonderful job of mixing up elements – that free-spirited sense of genre-stepping that took place on the French scene after the initial ... (Jazz, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 700 – on colored vinyl!)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1000 – on purple vinyl – with bonus poster!)
France Gall —
1968 ... LP Third Man, 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
A record as revolutionary as the French year in which it was recorded – an amazing batch of late 60s grooves from Parisian pop madame France Gall! The set's upbeat and jaunty, with plenty of fuzz – almost a psyche pop sound, with lots of groovy guitars that make the album sparkle with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
France Gall —
Baby Pop ... LP Philips/Third Man, 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
No baby pop here, as France Gall is all-woman throughout – one of the best of the French female pop singers of the mid 60s, working here with an upbeat, groovy sound throughout! Backings are by the great Alain Gouraguer, who gives the record a tightly jerking kind of feel – a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
France Gall won the Eurovision song contest with the title track of this one – and for good reason too, given that the tune is totally groovy! The rest of the work here really follows suit – romping, jerking, and grooving in that wonderful mix of mod rhythms that made France's 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title certainly gets it right – as the lovely Juliette Greco was perhaps the most distinct voice on the left bank of Paris in the postwar years – a singer who forever helped transform the sound of chanson, and pave the way for the sexy styles of other singers to come in the 60s! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(RSD UK Release.)
Kennlisch ... LP Le Kiosque D'Orphee/Wah Wah (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – in a silkscreened sleeve! Includes bonus book of notes, too.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
I A De Sars ... LP Ventadorn/Finders Keepers (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
An album from the mid 70s, but one that's got an almost timeless sort of vibe – given that it was recorded in the ancient language of Occitan, and set to instrumentation with lots of lightly folksy touches, and a fair bit of jazz-styled phrasing too! The mix almost gives the set the feel of ... (Rock, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Japanese-only collection of work by one of our favorite French singers! Titles include "Computer's Dream", "Ca N'Arrive Qu'Aux Autres", "Tout Tout Pour Ma Cherie", "Ame Caline", "La Pupee Qui Fait Non", "L'Amour Avec Toi", "Love Me ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the very cool booklet!)
Jean Claude Vannier —
Electro Rapide ... LP Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Rare and unreleased instrumentals from the great French orchestral pop composer Jean Claude Vannier – amazing stuff from his personal archive that ranges from loosely haunting passes to more grandly orchestrated bits – funky psych rock backdrops to heavy, tribal percussion numbers! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange mix of Latin rhythms and exotica modes – served up here on a set of recordings from early 60s France that we might not have heard otherwise! Grooves are often in the cha cha mode promised in the title, but other instrumentation is definitely "au harem" – exotic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Includes regional folk songs performed by Jane Paraye, Georges Simon, Pierre Panis, Jean Trolez, Pierre Rochas, Marcel Charles Henri Robillard, Henriot Gwenael, The Men Of Poitou Ensemble, and Edmee Louin. LP, Vinyl record album
A really groovy set of tracks – not just the French cha cha promised by the title, but instead this beautiful mash-up of sounds and styles – often with results that are pretty darn unique! Sure, the rhythms are Latin, and the language is French – but there's also strands of crime ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album