An important early release of Brel's best work in the US – titled in a way that references the hit musical based on his songs, and Rod McKuen's butchered translation of "Ne Me Quitte Pas". Fortunately, the album includes the original Brel recording of "Ne Me Quitte Pas", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the heavy gatefold cover – with booklet and gold medal!)
Early 70s recordings of some of Brel's greatest classics – done in versions that update the sound and enliven the spirit! The session dates from 1972, and features arrangements and orchestrations by longtime Brel collaborator Francois Rauber – plus beautifully somber piano by Gerard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maurice Chevalier —
Today ... LP MGM, Late 50s. Near Mint- ...
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 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
France Gall —
1968 ... LP Philips (France), 1967. Near Mint- ...
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
(180 gram vinyl.)
France Gall —
Baby Pop ... LP Philips (France), 1966. Near Mint- ...
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
(Recent 180 gram pressing.)
Juliette Greco —
Mon Homme ... LP Philips (France), Mid 60s. Very Good+ ...
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Francoise Hardy —
Francoise ... LP 4 Corners Of The World, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ...
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(Mono white label promo! Label has a small sticker.)
One of Francoise's early Vogue recordings, with Marcel Hendrix and orchestra. Includes "Le Permier Bonheur Du Jour", "Saurai-Je", "Toi Je Ne T'oublierai Pas", "Comme Tant D'autres", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting in the bottom seam, edge wear, and ink stamp on front.)
US issue of some of Francoise's early Vogue recordings, classic French pop in the "yeh yeh" vein! The album features Francoise playing guitar and singing French ditties in her lovely voice – and titles include "Bien Longtemps", "Je Veux Qu'il Revienne", "Et ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing in fantastic shape!)
Francoise Hardy —
Star ... LP Peters, 1977. Near Mint- ...
A cool 70s recording from Francoise Hardy – one that shows a deeper, more mature side of her talents! The backings are Euro-lush, and handled by Gabriel Yared – in ways that are never cheesy, but couch the older pop star with some airy backdrops that let the vocals drift along in a ... 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
Dreamy sounds from the legendary Michel Legrand – working here in a mode that's maybe a bit more lush and romantic than some of his later soundtrack work – yet at a level that's still head and shoulders above most of his 50s instrumental contemporaries! The set's got a melancholy vibe ... (Jazz, French)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)
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
(Mono 6 eye pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some 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
Classic vocal material by Michel Legrand, an artist who's better known to the world for his groovy writing and arranging for soundtracks and instrumental pop albums. Legrand's singing is quite nice, though – and he's got a sweetly raspy voice that has an honest quality that's extremely ... 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.)
Beautifully groovy work from mid 60s France – all by a singer who's every bit as great as France Gall, Francoise Hardy, or other French greats of the time – but not nearly as well known! This cool collection should correct that fact, as it finally gives worldwide exposure to this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a small split in the spine.)
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
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Sylvie Vartan – the French female singer of the 60s who had a distinct rock and roll sound! Sylvie's vocals are sweet, but the backings she gets here – either from Eddie Vartan or Mickey Baker – have a harder 60s rockin edge that make ... 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
One of the coolest volumes in this always-great series – and one that's a bit different than the rest, and not just because the music is all in French! Previous editions all focused on older music from the glory days of AOR and smooth soul production – but the tracks here are all ... (Funky Compilations, French)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