Material recorded late in the years after Josephine Baker left our shores for Paris – with tracks that include "Te Voyo Benn", "Olele Olela", "Pecadora", "Minuit", "Barina", "Santa Chiare", and "Serenade Celeste". (Vocalists, French)LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a piece of black tape in one corner.)
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
(Still sealed, with some shop sticker remnants.)
Maurice Chevalier —
Today ... LP MGM, Late 50s. Near Mint- ...
Rare US issue of this amazing album by the legendary French vocal group Les Double Six. The group included a core of the early Swingle Singers, and featured members Ward Swingle and Christine Legrand, two of France's best jazz vocalists at the time. On this LP, the group runs through a tightly ... (Vocalists, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic album by this enigmatic French singer – one of her first truly experimental albums! The record differs from some of her other albums quite a bit – and has a very strange mix of styles that go from straight ahead (only a track or two), to wildly experimental – very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing.)
Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago —
Comme A La Radio ... LP Saravah/Superior Viaduct, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
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
Fantastic stuff, and one of our favorite soundtracks of all time! The score is filled with beautiful haunting melodies by Francis Lai, and the instrumentation includes spare spooky electric keyboards and organ, swirling churning strings, and a lone lonely trumpet. Plus, a few tracks have some very ... (Soundtracks, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sparkling postwar musical fantasy of Paris – one made up of a host of famous themes from French pop music of the 20th century, all set to lush string arrangements by a young Michel Legrand! The album's not as upbeat or jazzy as some of Legrand's later soundtrack work, but it's got a ... (Jazz, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
One of the first moments of grooviness from Michel Legrand in the 60s – a set that takes his older orchestral style and fits it to a really mod set of rhythms! The album's filled with jaunty grooves – leaping sort of numbers that almost have a "yeh yeh" French pop approach, ... 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.)
A set of tracks released by Capitol as part of its Capitol Of The World series – recorded in France with backing by Robert Castella. Tracks include "Battling Joe", "Coeur De Mon Coeur", "A Paris", "Ma Gosse, Ma P'Tite Mome", "Sanguien", " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has a vintage price sticker.)
(Red label stereo pressing, including the booklet. Cover has a cutout hole.)
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
The long hair and casual image on the cover really says a lot about the sound of the record – as vocalist Catherine Ribeiro works here with some very open, experimental grooves from Alpes – all at a level that has that freewheeling, open-minded sound of the French scene at the time! A ... (Rock, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those records that you might not know anything about, but which hardly also needs any introduction – because from the very first moment, the sound will tell you that you're onto something completely different and special! There's no easy way to describe the music of Catherine Ribeiro ... (Rock, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those key records that shows the really unique side of the French scene at the start of the 70s – an underground world that was a bit hippie, certainly trippy, and very open to other ideas too – wrapped up in a sound that was both cosmic and intellectual at the same time! ... (Rock, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet AOR grooves from Gilles Rivard – a Canadian singer from the start of the 80s, and one who works here with a very jazzy vibe! The lyrics are all in French, but it's clear that Gilles is a hell of a songwriter – able to come up with songs that are smartly structured, as well as ... (Rock, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition of 500 copies – with download!)
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
Kind of a nothing cover – but the set features some great material – including "Chanson D'Helen" from Les Choses De La Vie, sung by Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli – plus "Le Tourbillon" from Jules Et Jim by Jeanne Moreau, "L'Eau A La Bouche" by ... (Soundtracks, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic French femmes from the 60s – and a great illustration of the way that girl power really took over the sound of the Parisian scene at the time! These tunes have a punch that few American or British tracks of the period could ever hope to match – a way of staying sweet, yet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Totally amazing music – and nothing at all like the "our enfants" tag on the cover might make you expect! The sounds here come from the small Chevance label – an imprint that was part of the larger Chant Du Monde imprint, but had a very special sort of sound – one that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally fresh take on French sounds of the late 60s – served up here with a sound that's as revolutionary as the image on the cover! This isn't the dreamy strings of familiar Paris in the Spring – but instead, the sound of change that happened in and around 1968 – as a whole ... (Funky Compilations, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weird and wonderful music – more than enough so to live up to the cover's image of a communist Antoine Doinel in a film by Jean-Luc Godard! The music here has little to do with cinema, but is part of that same new sense of freedom that was sweeping the French scene in the 60s – with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovy gals from 60s France – a power-packed array of Parisian pop nuggets that goes way beyond most other compilations of this nature! Some of the big names are here, but there's way more obscure numbers too – the cool kind of French femmes that made a bit splash during the "yeh ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album