A key link in the early career of Blossom Dearie – and a fab album of jazzy vocal tracks throughout! Before Blossom recorded some of her 50s sides for Verve in the US, she was living in France and working with The Blue Stars – a cool male/female jazz vocal group that went onto become ... (Vocalists, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover has some oxidation on front and some very light staind along the spine on back.)
The original version of Brel's music, presented to American audiences – with translations by Mort Shuman and Eric Blau – and performances by Shuman, Elly Stone, Shawn Elliott, and Alice Whitfield. (Soundtracks, French)LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Box has light wear and aging.)
Vintage work from Marius Cultier – a singer with roots in the Antilles, but who found a very welcome audience in the French Canadian scene – where he recorded this great little groover at the start of the 70s! Marius has this rich vocal style that's often best set up next to rhythms ... (Global Grooves, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later beige label pressing. Cover has a small peeled spot on back.)
Georges Delerue/Brigitte Bardot/Jeanne Moreau —
Viva Maria ... LP United Artists, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ...
We've got to admit that we've never seen this film – which stars Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau, and which was directed by Louis Malle – but the lovely look of the ladies on the cover was enough to make us pick up the record! The themes are a mixture of French and Mexican styled ... (Soundtracks, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and a peeled spot at the top held down with clear tape.)
(Still in the shrink with hype sticker, including the printed inner sleeve.)
Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago —
Comme A La Radio ... LP Saravah (France), 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue on Superior Viaduct – in a great heavy cover!)
A treasure trove of rare work from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – studio outtakes, alternate versions, and lots of other material that stands as a great addition to the catalog of one of the coolest, grooviest French language singers ever! This vinyl volume 1 brings together rare tracks by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff – and a record that may well be the greatest ever from the mighty Serge Gainsbourg – high praise indeed, considering the greatness of Gainsbourg's other music! The album is one long suite built around a spare, electric bass-driven theme – a slow funk riff that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic Serge Gainsbourg album – and the BB initials in the title belong to Brigitte Bardot! This rare gem from 1968 is a second set of tracks that Serge cut with Brigitte Bardot – and it's a doozy! The record repeats a few tracks from their other effort (Bonnie & Clyde) ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice French reissue pressing, from Universal, numbered and limited – in flipback cover!)
An overlooked Serge Gainsbourg soundtrack from the 80s – surprisingly well-done, and at a level that both reflects Serge's earlier styles and a much deeper ear for film scoring! There's a main theme that's delivered with this beautifully echoey piano line – sometimes playful, sometimes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – one of Serge's first duet albums ever – and a gem all the way through! In the year before he cut "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus" with Jane Birkin, Serge recorded this great album with Brigitte Bardot in which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the mis-spelled "Cayette" cover. Includes the insert.)
Interpretations of legendary Serge Gainsbourg numbers from the late 50s onward – including a few featuring Serge himself cooing along with his chanteuses Bridget Bardot and Jane Birkin, plus those beautifully ladies covering Serge solo – plus versions by Michelle Arnaud, Juliette Greco, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early film music from the great Serge Gainsbourg – nice work from a stretch before Serge got totally funky in the movies, but could still bring some very groovy elements to a picture! The work here features arrangements by Alain Goraguer and Michel Colombier – both of whom helped ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Serge Gainsbourg/Michel Colombier —
Anna ... LP Philips, 1967. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A late 60s soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg – but a record that's easily as great as any of his studio albums from the same time! The bulk of the album has a spare, punctuated groove that's somewhat funky – quite a bit like Melody Nelson in its sense of space and timing – and its ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy French reissue pressing – part of the Universal Back To Black series!)
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
One of the greatest French female singers of the 60s – presented here in a classic collection of work! If you've gotta dig one gal vocalist of the Parisian scene of the time, Gall is definitely your girl – as her brash, bold style of singing really sums up the hippest, grooviest French ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning soundtrack from the legendary Francis Lai – a record that got a fair bit of circulation at the time, as it was a follow up to his huge global hit, A Man & A Woman (aka Un Homme Et Une Femme)! The style here is equally great – a groovy sound that completely changed the ... (Soundtracks, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Shrinkwrap has a small hole on the front.)
The classic meeting of the great French arranger/pianist with American jazz players like Miles Davis, Ben Webster, Milt Hinton, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, and others. The tracks are a beautiful strident blend of Legrand's best arranging styles, and they show his keen talent for letting the soloist ... (Jazz, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing, with deep groove. Cover has split seams, clear tape along the spine, and light surface wear.)
Fantastic! This is the French pressing of the Michel Legrand score to Jaques Demy's incredible 1965 film The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg. Every word of dialogue in the film is sung, and Legrand came up with an amazing array of themes to carry the emotion of the film. Embedded in here are lines that ... (Soundtracks, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michel Legrand revisits themes originally presented in his classic I Love Paris album for Columbia – updating them slightly here for the 60s with touches of styles that were beginning to show up in his later soundtrack work! While the overall feeling is still a romanticized version of Paris ... (Jazz, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)
This is sort of a compilation that features Michel Legrand's great scores for the films Thomas Crown Affair, Young Girls of Rochefort, La Piscine, and Play Dirty. We think that most of the stuff has been re-recorded for this album, but we're not sure. Whatever the case, this is a stellar album of ... (Soundtracks, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic fuzz from a French Canadian combo of the 60s – one of the coolest garage bands we've ever heard from up north at the time, romping here with a style that's equal parts Sunset Strip and some of the hipper Parisian groups of the time! Lyrics are all in French, and the production has ... (Rock, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare bit of Canadian psych from the start of the 70s – served up by a group with a sound that's all their own! Some numbers here are straightforward hard rockers, but others have a more complex approach – not proggy, almost performative – like some of the trippier French ... (Rock, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing. Label has a large drillhole. Cover has a spot of red marker on one corner.)
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
Killer work from Michel Polnareff – one of our favorite French pop singers ever – and one of the few who could mix in a trippy style with some of the more upbeat modes of a few years before! Backings here are from a very cool combo – Dynastie Crisis – who use heavy drums, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, on Sony, from the 70s – in a heavy gatefold cover!)
Popera Cosmic —
Les Esclaves ... LP Columbia/Finders Keepers (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
The group name's got "opera" in the middle, but the set is way more than that – and way more than the usual "rock opera" modes in which the rare album is frequently cited! Instead, the whole thing's a freewheeling bit of French psych – very much tied to the trippier ... (Rock, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michel Roques —
Chorus ... LP Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... (Jazz, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic collection of French political music in many varieties – songs recorded over the space of two decades, not just on the Paris scene – but from Francophone outposts around the world! The styles here are often very hip – unusual crossbreeds of jazz, traditional rhythms, ... (Global Grooves, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a download of the English version of the booklet!)