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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!


Brigitte Fontaine & Areski

Theatre Musical (purple vinyl pressing)
Monster Melodies (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs & DVD
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 ... CD
Born Bad (France), Early 60s. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Born Bad (France), Early 60s. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Born Bad (France), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
A really cool combination of styles – bossa nova rhythms from Brazil, mixed with French language vocals – often given some very cool twists and turns in the arrangements that really make the music sound unique! Make no mistake, there's a definite Brazilian vibe to these cuts – ... CD
Born Bad (France), Early 60s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Rare English language recordings from the sublime Francoise Hardy – music that's every bit as wonderful as her famous French recordings – and even more compelling to our Anglo-styled ears! The vocals are wonderful – sung with this sense of darkness that's almost got an echo of ... CD

Johnny Hallyday

Anthologie 1964 to 1966
Mercury/Universal (France), Mid 60s. New Copy
CD...$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 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Born Bad (France), Early 60s. New Copy
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 ... CD

Serge Gainsbourg & Jean Claude Vannier

Les Chemins De Katmandou
Finders Keepers (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Poppy/RPM (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy 2LP
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! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Play Time (France), 1969. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD
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 3CD set is overflowing with gems – and ... CD

Jean Claude Vannier

Electro Rapide
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! ... LP, Vinyl record album

Benjamin Biolay

Grand Prix
Universal (France), 2020. New Copy
Rock-solid work from the mighty Benjamin Biolay – one of the few contemporary French talents who moves us as much as his counterparts from the 60s scene – and an artist who's maybe now got a legacy that's even larger than some of his earlier heroes! The album's got a sound that's as ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1910s/1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A cool little record for lovers of cats – or, more specifically, lovers of cats with a command of the French language – as all the tunes here are from French records from midcentury – a really cool blend of chanson, jazz, pop, classical, and other modes – brought together in ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy
Incredible female pop from 60s France – not weepy ballads or old school Paris numbers, but the kind of hip-snapping, all-groovy material that made the 60s French scene so great! Loads of these tracks are new to our ears (and we love French grooves a lot!) – and this volume of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brigitte Bardot

La Belle Et Le Blues
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Brigitte Bardot's best known on these shores as an actress, but during the 60s she cut some really fantastic work on the scene in Paris – including a fair bit of groovers that were done with help from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg! Bardot provided a fantastic new voice in the world of pop ... CD

Brigitte Fontaine

Brigitte Fontaine Est
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1968. New Copy
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 ... CD
Europe 1/Universal (France), 1969. New Copy 2CD
CD...$6.99 18.99
A very cool look at the sound of 1969 – not as it was on our side of the Atlantic, but as it played out on radio in France! The 2CD set is a very hip mix of music – some French tunes mixed with American and British rock and soul, plus some other European cuts too – all of which ... CD

Jacques Brel

Le Grand Jacques
Barclay (France), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$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 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
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 ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1959. Very Good (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Barclay (France), 1962. Near Mint- Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hugues Aufray

Aufray Chante Dylan
Barclay (France), Late 60s. Near Mint-
Cool French takes on the songs of Bob Dylan – set to arrangements by Christian Chevallier! LP, Vinyl record album

Chatherine Clouzot/Jacques Rousseau

French Songs For Children
Spoken Arts, 1962. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jacques Brel

Jacques Brel
Reprise, Early 60s. Very Good+
An early American release of the work of one of France's greatest singers – featuring tracks recorded with the orchestra of Francois Rauber, who was Brel's accompanist on some of his best recordings ever. The package includes many classic numbers like "Jef", "Madeline", ... LP, Vinyl record album
EMI (UK), Mid 60s. Used
Fab female pop from the French scene of the 60s – a wonderful collection of tunes that features a fair number of artists that we've never heard before! The set goes way past the over-compiled, too-familiar French hits of the time – and moves into the world of the hippest jangle pop and ... CD

Yves Montand

La Bicyclette
Philips (France), 1968. Used
A great 60s album by Yves Montand – recorded during the height of his career as an actor, but still showing quite a serious approach to the music. The songs are extremely smart and well-chosen, and Montand delivers the material with his trademark warmth and emotion, and a touch of jazz. ... CD

Serge Gainsbourg

Love On The Beat
Philips (France), 1984. Used
One of Serge Gainsbourg's biggest international albums – and kind of an 80s update of his earlier erotic sound! There's something of a clubby vibe to the record – and most of the album was recorded in the US, with a fair bit of synthesizer and guitar, in kind of a colder post-new wave ... CD

Les Negresses Vertes

Mlah
Rhythm King, 1989. Used
... CD

Les Champions

45 Tours Collection
Musidisc (France), Early 60s. Used
... CD
EMI (Netherlands), Late 30s/1940s. Used
... CD

Thomas Fersen

Thom4s Ferson
Tot Ou Tard/Warner (France), 1995. Used
... CD
Virgin, 1993. Used
... CD
 
Updated April 11, 2021


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