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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!


Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
The crumbling of the 19th Century colonial empires may have hurt the European economy a bit – but it also did wonders for their music – as artists and styles got mixed up even more than before, and a strong wave of new sounds from the south and west started to have a big impact on the ... CD
Lost Loves
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$8.99 13.99
A joint compilation of material by a pair of French pop icons – Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – with some great Gainsbourg material, plus some of the earliest Bardot vocal recordings! It's a bunch of great early 60s material all around, stuff from the Bonne Annee Brigitte French ... 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
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
Sound – The Fury
RPM (UK), 1960/1961. New Copy
CD...$8.99 13.99
Hard-rocking work from the earliest years of Johnny Hallyday – material pulled from early French singles that still show Johnny as the true European descendent of the sound of Johnny Burnette and Eddie Cochran! The tracks are mostly very upbeat and driving – a groove that's maybe more ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961/1962. New Copy 3CD
Groovy sounds from 60s France, plus a few Canadian tracks too – all numbers that take off in the globally-popular twist style of the time, but which feature French language lyrics in the lead! The "twist" here is taken in a nicely wide way – more romping rockers that draw ... 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
Bell/Vocalion (UK), 1974. New Copy
Quite an unusual album for Michel Legrand – a suite of tracks based around 20th Century standards – starting with older evergreens, and moving into some very hip tunes from the 60s! The orchestrations are amazing – with tones, colors, and rhythmic approaches that surpass ... CD
Malamore
HoZac, 2016. New Copy
The Liminanas are looking hipper than ever on the cover of this album – and sounding hipper than ever too – really opening up that amazing sound that's made them one of our favorite French acts of the past decade or so! All the fuzz of previous records is still in place, but the vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
The nation of France may well respect its poets more than anywhere else – and the music of Jacques Prevert is a great testament to the role of the writer in mainstream French culture! This set is maybe the best we've ever seen to focus on the music that came from the pen of Prevert – ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1958. New Copy
Some of the coolest work we've ever heard from the great French singer Henri Salvador – and some of his jazziest, too! Much of the work is in a vocalese style, popularized by American singers like Jon Hendricks or Eddie Jefferson – in which Salvador provides his own lyrics to familiar ... CD
Warner, 2017. New Copy
A wonderful setting for the great Jane Birkin – working here with a full symphony orchestra, in very fresh interpretations of the classic songs of her onetime partner, Serge Gainsbourg! The orchestrations are wonderful – never sleepy, and always nicely light – so that Jane's ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A very groovy set that looks at the roots of French pop during the early years of rock and roll – specifically the sounds from Paris that were copies of American styles, but which changed the language and style to fit the scene! The package features both "VO", or voix original, and ... CD
Philips/Mercury (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A great Serge Gainsbourg album from 1973 – one that we'd rank right up there with his best work! The record's got a slinky funky groove that's right in a perfect post-Melody Nelson mode – music written by Serge, and played by a hip small combo that includes lots of great guitar from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Volver
Universal (France), 2017. New Copy
Incredible work from Benjamin Biolay – maybe the only contemporary French singer that we'd dare compare to the legacy of Serge Gainsbourg, and one who's really at the top of his game here! We've always loved Biolay's music, but there's a special sort of crackle to this set that reminds us of ... CD
Crystal Anis
HoZac, 2012. New Copy
Noirish French rock from The Liminanas – the second great record in a row from multi-instrumentalist Lionel and sultry singer/drummer Marie! Crystal Anis is their first album for Hozac – and one that equals, if not tops their underground instant classic debut for Trouble In Mind. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Saravah/Sony (Japan), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy
A beautiful tribute to Pierre Barouh – the French singer who probably did more for other artists than he ever did for himself – thanks to the early royalty monies he used to start the Saravah Records label! Yet amidst important Saravah releases by artists like Brigitte Fontaine or ... 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
Sony (Japan), 2017. New Copy
Wonderful work from Michel Legrand – the French composer, musician, and singer who first rose to fame in the 50s – and has managed to keep his creativity flowing strongly over the decades! This set is exactly what's promised by the title and cover – an album that features Legrand ... CD
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
 
Updated July 21, 2017


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