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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!


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
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

France Gall

Best Of France Gall
Universal (France), 1960s. New Copy
One of the greatest French female singers of the 60s – presented here in a classic collection of work! If you've gotta dig one gal vocalist of the Parisian scene of the time, Gall is definitely your girl – as her brash, bold style of singing really sums up the hippest, grooviest French ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nino Ferrer

Rats & Rolls
Barclay/On Sale Music (Italy), 1970. New Copy
One of the coolest albums we've ever heard from French funk legend Nino Ferrer – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love his records of the 60s! Nino first started out as one of the few continental cats whose energy could match that of the funkiest soul singers in the US at the time ... CD

Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot

Bonnie & Clyde (180 gram pressing)
Fontana (France), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – one of Serge's first duet albums ever – and a gem all the way through! In the year before he cut "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus" with Jane Birkin, Serge recorded this great album with Brigitte Bardot in which ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pierre Vassiliu

Pierre Vassiliu En Voyages
Born Bad (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy
A really great selection of work from a French singer with a wide and interesting resume – one that definitely warrants the voyages mentioned in the title! Pierre Vassiliu is maybe best known to our ears as a member of Les Masques – that groovy French vocal group who cut a great bossa ... CD
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

France Gall

1968
Third Man, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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

Serge Gainsbourg & Others

Serge Gainsbourg & Friends (4CD set)
Wagram (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD
A very cool little collection – one that not just offers up a huge amount of important early work by the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – but a set that also includes a fair bit of his contemporaries singing his songs! When Serge first sprang onto the scene in the late 50s, he brought a ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
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 vinyl volume 1 brings together rare tracks by ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Taylor Et Les Strangers

Johnny Taylor Et Les Strangers
Vega (France), 1963. Near Mint-
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Jane Birkin

Quoi
Philips (France), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Very Good+
A groovy compilation of some of Jane Birkin's best slinky tracks! The record features a huge batch of tracks that were either done with Serge Gainsbourg, written by Serge, or arranged by him (or all three!) Titles include the classic "Je T'Aime . . . Moi Non Plus", "69 Anne ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
Interpretations of legendary Serge Gainsbourg numbers from the late 50s onward – including a few featuring Serge himself cooing along with his chanteuses Bridget Bardot and Jane Birkin, plus those beautifully ladies covering Serge solo – plus versions by Michelle Arnaud, Juliette Greco, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Zizi Jeanmaire

Zizi Jeanmaire
Philips, Late 50s. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Gainsbourg

Histoire De Melody Nelson
Philips (France), 1971. Sealed 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

Serge Gainsbourg/Alain Goraguer/Michel Colombier

Serge Gainsbourg Et Le Cinema
Doxy (Russia), Late 50s/Early 60s. Sealed
Early film music from the great Serge Gainsbourg – nice work from a stretch before Serge got totally funky in the movies, but could still bring some very groovy elements to a picture! The work here features arrangements by Alain Goraguer and Michel Colombier – both of whom helped ... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Gainsbourg

Tenue De Soiree
Apache (France), 1986. Near Mint-
An overlooked Serge Gainsbourg soundtrack from the 80s – surprisingly well-done, and at a level that both reflects Serge's earlier styles and a much deeper ear for film scoring! There's a main theme that's delivered with this beautifully echoey piano line – sometimes playful, sometimes ... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Gainsbourg & Jean Claude Vannier

Les Chemins De Katmandou
Finders Keepers (UK), 1969. Near Mint-
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

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte For Ever
Philips (France), 1986. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Charlotte Gainsbourg

IRM
Because/Warner, 2010. Very Good 2LP
A stunner from Charlotte Gainsbourg – in keeping with her style of crafting a diverse body of avant pop sounds by working with stellar collaborators – this time with producer/composer Beck, and it's her best to date! A few tunes are sung in French and have a kind of dramatic French pop ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago

Comme A La Radio
Saravah (France), 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Decca (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Near Mint-
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Michel Polnaref

Polnarevolution load)
Disques AZ (France), 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold
Killer work from Michel Polnareff – one of our favorite French pop singers ever – and one of the few who could mix in a trippy style with some of the more upbeat modes of a few years before! Backings here are from a very cool combo – Dynastie Crisis – who use heavy drums, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Disneyland, 1966. Sealed Gatefold
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Lou Doillon

Places
Barclay (France), 2012. Near Mint-
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Columbia, 1958. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Edith Piaf

But Not Forgotten
Philips, 1950s. Sealed Gatefold
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Philips (France), Early 60s. Very Good
Lots of early gems – and arrangements by Francois Rauber, Andre Popp, and Michel Legrand! LP, Vinyl record album

Juliette Greco

Juliette Greco (1960)
Columbia, 1960. Very Good
Features backings by Michel Legrand on some tracks – and titles that include "Tu Me Dirais", "Les Cloches", "Dieu Est Negre", "Les Crois", "Chanson Pour L'Auvergnat", "L'Ombre", and "Les Dames De La Poste". LP, Vinyl record album

Maurice Chevalier

Chevalier Chante Paris
RCA (France), 1966. Near Mint-
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Audio Fidelity, 1960. Near Mint-
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Philips (France), 1964. Near Mint-
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Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+
Groovy arrangements are the key here – thanks to help from Michel Legrand and Andre Popp! LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1971. Used
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 ... CD
Polydor (France), Mid 60s. Used
Groovy! This is an excellent "best of" selection the focuses on the work of the excellent French 60s star France Gall. The set's pulled from the larger 4 CD box set, and features packaging that works along similar lines. There's a total of 23 cuts in all, and if you've been looking for ... CD

Jean Claude Vannier

L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches
B- Music/Finders Keepers, 1972. Used
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 ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s. Used
A never-ending batch of wonderful tunes – the 5th volume in this amazing series of 60s French pop! If your ears have been a bit lazy lately, pick up this set and prepare to have your mind blown – as it's filled with loads of groovy little tunes you've probably never heard, all stacked ... CD
Vogue/BMG (France), 1966. Used
Sweet and lovely pop from Francoise Hardy – one of the best early albums she recorded in France, and a sparkling batch of all-original tracks that show that Hardy was as much of a songwriter as she was a singer – something that most of her contemporaries couldn't claim! Francoise has ... CD
Saravah (Japan), 2016. Used
A beautiful tribute to the legendary Saravah label – one that features all-new recordings of some of the label's groundbreaking classics – all handled by a younger generation who definitely get the spirit right! Songs are by some of the greats who recorded for Saravah in the 60s and ... CD
Virgin (Netherlands), 1972. Used
A sweet 70s album from Francoise Hardy – one that still leaves plenty of room for the lovely vocals and acoustic guitar work we loved in her work from the previous decade, but which also adds in some cool contemporary elements too! Much of the album was recorded in London, with backing by a ... CD

Claudia Hommel with Johnny Frigo

Romance Language
Maison Clobert, 2002. Used
... CD
Philips/Third Man, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
France Gall won the Eurovision song contest with the title track of this one – and for good reason too, given that the tune is totally groovy! The rest of the work here really follows suit – romping, jerking, and grooving in that wonderful mix of mod rhythms that made France's 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album

France Gall

Baby Pop
Philips/Third Man, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
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

Pierre Barouh

Viking Bank
Saravah (France), 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold
An obscure 70s gem by French singer/songwriter Pierre Barouh – best known for his famous work on the soundtrack to A Man & A Woman – but still sounding pretty great here! The record's got style that's kind of hard to define – in keeping with Barouh's many musical backgrounds ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated March 29, 2020


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