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French — Recently Added

XClassic sounds from France -- a mix of chanson, French pop, Saravah sounds, and more -- work from Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Fontaine, France Gall, and others!


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
Born Bad (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Barclay/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 19.98
Totally groovy work from French singer Gillian Hills – an artist who was initially best known for her work in film, thanks to movies like Beat Girl or Les Liaisons Dangereuses – but one who grew to become one of the cooler singers in Parisian pop during the 60s! Gillian's work here is ... CD
Finders Keepers (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Born Bad (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
A really cool collection of work from Sylvie Vartan – the female French singer who really helped set the scene on fire back in the 60s – and stood as one of the first to bridge the new rocking modes with an older style of French pop! As important as the music of Edith Piaf, Juliette ... CD
Les Disques Robespierre (Spain), Late 60s. New Copy
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 ... 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
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A very cool little package – one that's got one CD of early work by French singer Francois Hardy – and two more CDs that feature lots of fantastic jazz material from Sacha Distel! CD1 features Hardy at her early best – singing blue-tinged French pop on both her debut album, and ... CD
Vogue/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Wonderfully groovy work from Antoine – one of the hipper French singers of the mid 60s, and an artist who mixed headier sounds with some of the upbeat French pop modes of the time! The rhythms and instrumentation are often in the best jaunty mode we love from Parisian record of the period ... CD

Jacques Brel

Ne Me Quitte Pas
Barclay (France), 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

France Gall

Baby Pop
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. Near Mint-
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Charles Aznavour

His Kind Of Love Songs
Reprise, 1966. Very Good-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Juliette Greco

Mon Homme
Philips (France), Mid 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Edith Piaf & Theo Sarapo

Piaf & Sarapo At The Bobino
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

France Gall

1968
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Francoise Hardy

Francoise
4 Corners Of The World, Mid 60s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Francoise Hardy

Je Vous Aime
4 Corners Of The World, Mid 60s. Near Mint-
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Francoise Hardy

Francoise Hardy – FH1
Vogue (France), 1963. Very Good- Gatefold
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

Sylvie Vartan

1961 - 1962
Doxy, Early 60s. Sealed
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Francoise Hardy

Star
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bashung

Play Blessures
Philips (France), 1982. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Angel, Mid 50s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips, Mid 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold
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", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, Early 50s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Barclay (France), 1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, Late 50s. Near Mint-
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", " ... LP, Vinyl record album

Maurice Chevalier

Today
MGM, Late 50s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Fernand Raynaud

Tout Neuf (10 inch LP)
Philips (France), 1960. Very Good-
... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA (Japan), 1969. Used
A obscure all-Italian album from French pop chanteuse Sylvie Vartan – one with some very very groovy numbers! The overall style here is a bit similar to Sylvie's best late 60s work in France – thanks to arrangements that are mostly from Reg Guest and Arthur Greenslade – but the ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1968. Used Gatefold
A wonderful collaboration between vocalist Sylvie Vartan and arranger Jean-Claude Vannier – a set that's really a cut above most of her other work of the 60s, thanks to Vannier's genius touch! The style here isn't as tripped-out as some of Vannier's later work, but it's still pretty darn ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1967. Used Gatefold
Sylvie Vartan is nicely spreading her wings here – growing past the simpler pop of earlier years, and hitting a range of hipper late 60s styles! Part of the change is thanks to the arrangers – who include David Whitaker and Arthur Greenslade, in addition to Eddie Vartan – and the ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1963. Used
Really lovely sounds from the young Francoise Hardy – easily one of the coolest, most confident female singers in France at the time! Hardy is neither the emotive style of postwar passionate singers, nor the too-cool style of the left bank – and instead, she's got this way of mixing ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1964. Used
A real step forward for the amazing Francoise Hardy – a singer who was already great at the start, but who reaches out a bit more globally here – as she works with Brit arranger Charles Blackwell, in a mode that's got a bit of groovy 60s London in the mix! The tracks include many ... CD

Jacques Brel

Infiniment
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. Used 2 CDs
... CD

Paris Combo

Tako Tsubo
DRG, 2017. Used
... CD

Serge Gainsbourg

Histoire De Melody Nelson
Philips (France), 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated September 16, 2019


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