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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!


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
Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1956/1962. New Copy
Excellent early work from Gilbert Becaud – one of the most important French songwriters and singers of the late 50s and 60s – captured here in a live setting that's a nice change from the studio sounds of some of his bigger hits! The first half of the set is especially interesting, as ... CD
Mercury (France), Mid 60s. New Copy
A set of music that's as groovy as you'd expect from the look of the cover – a quartet of French female singers, all working with legendary jazz arranger Claude Bolling – on work that's quite an unusual mix of modes! At some level, the quartet format makes for a jaunty approach to ... CD
Philips/Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 60s. New Copy 3 CDs
The complete work of Les Parisiennes – a lovely female French pop group from the 60s – supervised by pianist Claude Bolling! The 3CD package brings together all the quartet's music for Philips Records in the mid 60s – a surprisingly big batch of recordings, given that most of ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 5CD
The coolest collection we've ever seen to focus on the soundtrack work of the great Serge Gainsbourg – and the most complete as well! The 5CD package really digs deep – and seems to offer up tracks from just about every single film that Gainsbourg was involved with – from his own ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A very groovy record from the legendary Francoise Hardy – a set that's not only got the lovely lady out front on vocals and acoustic guitar, but one that also features totally great arrangements from Brit maestro Johnny Harris – who gives most of the record a slightly different vibe ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
Sylvie Vartan was one of the grooviest singers in France during the 60s – part of that great wave of female talent that also included Francoise Hardy and France Gall – and although her French recordings are very well-remembered and reissued, she also cut a number of more obscure English ... CD
L'Incendie (180 gram pressing)
BYG, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Great work by the team of Brigitte Fontaine and Areski Belcam – two of the most enigmatic talents you'll ever hear on record! The album's the only one they ever recorded that wasn't issued by the Saravah label – and it's a fantastic blend of otherworldly vocals with spare ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Philips/Mercury (France), 1962. New Copy (reissue)
Serge's 4th album – and another wonderful gem from his early years! The record's like some of the others from the time, mixing together jazz, Latin rhythms, and all the offbeat existentialism of the postwar Paris scene. The record was originally only ever issued as a 10" LP – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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) ... LP, Vinyl record album
Le Pop Musik (Germany), 2016. New Copy
New sounds from the contemporary French music scene – a huge amount of excellent tracks you might not come across on your own! Unlike some of the previous volumes in the Le Pop series, which might have skewed towards more classic-sounding music – the range of styles here is pretty ... CD
Anthologys (France), 1960s. New Copy
A great look at a much-neglected side of the 60s pop scene in Paris – the male contribution to the yeh-yeh pop years, often overlooked in favor of more famous work by female artists! The groove here is great – very much in the style of the excellent Femme De Paris series – with a ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1960/1961. New Copy
Rare live material from the great Jacques Brel – almost all of which has never been issued before, and stands as a much-needed addition to his catalog of classics in the 60s! The recordings are great – done for radio, and re-presented here with fidelity that's every bit as rich as Brel' ... CD
Comme D'Habitude
Philips/Elemental (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
Very groovy work from French singer Claude Francois – and a set that's got all the mod touches you might expect from his image on the cover! Claude gets some strong UK help here from arrangers Reg Guest and David Whitaker, who both give the tunes a nice sort of London punch – some ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), 2016. New Copy 2CD
One of the coolest artists working on the French music scene in recent years – and one of the few who can really take us back to the days of older giants like Serge Gainsbourg or Jean-Claude Vannier! Biolay's got a reputation that's every bit as strong as both of them – two decades of ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 3CD
A whopping collection that features a wealth of soundtrack material recorded by Serge Gainsbourg! Serge is certainly famous enough for his pop recordings of the 60s and 70s – but he also turned his talents to countless films over the years, penning great sexy and groovy tunes that were among ... CD
Philips/Mercury (France), 1958. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Some of Serge Gainsbourg's first recordings – a mixture of left bank chic, jazzy rhythms, and some of the strangest songwriting to grace the Parisian scene! All titles feature great backings by Alain Goraguer, Serge's longtime musical partner, who brings in some wonderful elements to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
 
Updated March 28, 2017


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