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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!


Warner/Parlophone (France), Early 70s. New Copy
A really cool entry in this ultra-hip series – a volume that moves a bit more into the 70s than previous ones, but still hangs onto all the wonderfully wild touches that makes the music so great! As you'd guess by the "psyche" in the title, there's certainly some psychedelic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 20CDs & Book
An amazing collection of work from Serge Gainsbourg – a set that definitely lives up to the "integrale" promise in the title, as it includes every single album he ever recorded, plus loads more singles and rare bits too – all packaged in a really lavish set! Even if you've ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A very well done compilation truly including some of the very Best Of Serge Gainsbourg – programmed chronologically starting with the late 50s – not only some of the best of Serge, but some of the most provocative, innovative and creatively fearless popular music ever! From the more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 5CD
A massive collection of music from one of our favorite singers of all time – the legendary Serge Gainsbourg, a French vocalist who worked equally well in jazzy, funk, and groovy modes – always with a groundbreaking quality that had Serge taking his lyrics to places that few previous ... 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

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

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
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

Jane Birkin

Di Doo Dah
Fontana/Light In The Attic, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Sweet sweet work from Jane Birkin – an early solo set that steps strongly off of her classic duets with Serge Gainsbourg! In a way, this album's as much a record by Serge as it is by Jane – since Serge wrote almost all the tracks, and since the arrangements are handled by the legendary ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brigitte Fontaine

Brigitte Fontaine Est Folle
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

Henri Salvador

Ses Plus Grandes Chansons
Universal (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$6.99 18.99
A great little set that collects 36 tracks by singer Henri Salvador – one of the darlings of the Parisian postwar scene, and a very talented vocalist with a range of styles that runs from Latin jazz to breezy ballads to more tropical-inflected work. The package is a great introduction to ... CD
Clarton, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$4.99 14.99
Maybe not the most beautiful songs ever sung by Serge Gainsbourg, but a great collection of the early material that instantly set him apart from any other singer in France – material that's heavy on influences from American jazz and Latin modes, but which also has a very Parisian sense of wit ... 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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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

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

Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago

Comme A La Radio
Saravah/Superior Viaduct, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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
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

Jane Birkin

Oh Pardon Tu Dormais
Universal (France), 2021. New Copy
Wonderful work from the legendary Jane Birkin – and proof that true musical legends never die! Jane's sounding every bit as tremendous as on her 70s recordings for Philips – working here with Ettiene Daho and Jean Louis Pierot on production and songwriting – in a mode that uses ... 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

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
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

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

Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg

Le Symphonique
Parlophone (France), 2017. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
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), Mid 60s. Near Mint-
Cool French takes on the songs of Bob Dylan – set to arrangements by Christian Chevallier! LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1959. Very Good (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, & Leo Ferre

Trois Hommes Sur La Photo (4CDs & DVD)
Universal (France), 1969. Used 4CD & DVD
A fantastic package based around a legendary meeting of three of the greatest minds in French music in the 60s – singer/songwriters Jacques Brel, George Brassens, and Leo Ferre – who shared a space for a famous discussion on the state of music and culture at the time! The package ... CD

Carla Bruni

Quelqu'un M'a Dit
V2/Naive (UK), 2004. Used
Gentle French pop from the lovely Carla Bruni – sung to a strummed guitar, and recorded with a really intimate, personal feel. There's traces here of early Francoise Hardy, but Carla's approach is a bit more folksy – yet produced in a way that's still appealing to more modern ears! ... CD
Sunnyside, 2002. Used
Music from Lakasha, Paris Combo, Serge Gainsbourg, Diana Krall, Yuri Buenaventura, Nery, Eartha Kitt, Chet, Brigitte Bardot, Isabelle Aubret, Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie, Nico, and more. CD

Francoise Hardy

Collection
Vogue/BMG (UK), Late 60s. Used
A sweet selection of effervescent French pop from chanteuse Francoise Hardy – early material from the early-to-mid 60s! Some of the tracks are fairly stripped down, with small combo backing and others bear the string accented cinematic pop sweep of the more swinging later 60s. It's a very ... CD
Sony (France), Late 60s/1970s. Used
... CD

Les Negresses Vertes

Mlah
Rhythm King, 1989. Used
... CD

Thomas Fersen

Thom4s Ferson
Tot Ou Tard/Warner (France), 1995. Used
... 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
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 ... 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
 
Updated June 13, 2021


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