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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!


Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy
Incredible female pop from 60s France – not weepy ballads or old school Paris numbers, but the kind of hip-snapping, all-groovy material that made the 60s French scene so great! Loads of these tracks are new to our ears (and we love French grooves a lot!) – and this volume of the ... 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), 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 10CD & 2DVD set
CD...$89.99 126.99
A huge amount of music, and the first-ever collection to really do justice to the huge amount of vocal material recorded by the lovely Jeanne Moreau – a figure that most folks know as an actress on screen, famous for her work in French film starting in the new wave generation! Moreau sang a ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 6CD
The complete early works of the great Charles Aznavour – the French singer who first rose to fame as a songwriter for Edith Piaf, then took off strongly when he was able to record his own material – as you'll hear here in this huge set of work from a 15 year span in his career! ... CD

Brigitte Fontaine & Areski

Theatre Musical 2
Monster Melodies (France), 1973. New Copy
The second chapter of one of the most obscure set 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Liminanas & Laurent Garnier

De Pelicula
Virgin, 2021. New Copy 2LP
A fantastic collaboration between two contemporary legends in French music – both artists we love on their own, but who maybe sound even more amazing here together! We've loved and stocked records by the Liminanas for years – a duo who have a great way of reviving an older style of ... 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

Annie Girardot

Vivre Pour Vivre
Polydor/Universal (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A very groovy record from the lovely Annie Girardot – done at a time when she was appearing onscreen in the Claude Lelouch film that's named in the title, but steps out here in an even wider range of modes than we might expect! The arrangements are great – handled by Maurice Vander and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

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

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

Henri Salvador

Homme Studio
Born Bad (France), 1970s. New Copy
The title's a bit of a pun – that's "home studio", not homme studio – a reference to the fact that most of this work was recorded by 60s French pop star Henri Salvador in his own private studio – music that makes for some of the most interesting sounds in his career, at ... 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

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

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
Philips (France), 1983. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
A later album from Jane B, but one that's still pretty darn groovy, thanks to arrangements from Alan Hawkshaw! The overall sound is somewhat in keeping with the date – keyboards and rhythms that sound more 80s than 70s – but the tunes themselves have all the breathy, sensual qualities ... CD

Serge Gainsbourg

Aux Armes Et Caetera
Philips (France), 1979. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
A great little album from Serge – possibly his last truly genius record, and one with a very unusual twist! The album was recorded in Jamaica with production from Sly & Robbie – very much in the late 70s, big-business reggae mode – but done with Serge's usual flair for the ... CD
Philips (France), 1971. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
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

Liminanas & Laurent Garnier

De Pelicula
Virgin, 2021. New Copy
A fantastic collaboration between two contemporary legends in French music – both artists we love on their own, but who maybe sound even more amazing here together! We've loved and stocked records by the Liminanas for years – a duo who have a great way of reviving an older style of ... CD

Benjamin Biolay

Palermo Hollywood
Universal (France), 2016. New Copy
CD...$4.99 14.99
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

Nino Ferrer

Nino Ferrer
Barclay/Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
CD...$4.99 14.99
A strong span of work from the very groovy Nino Ferrer – a French singer who started out in very soulful modes in the 60s, then really kept on growing and changing in the 70s – at a level that made him one of the most compelling French vocalists of his generation! The set focuses most ... CD
Philips (France), Mid 40s/1950s/1960s/Mid 70s. Very Good+ 4LP Box
Features Graeme Allwright, Jean Arnulf, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Johnny Hallyday, Michel Legrand, Edith Piaf, Mort Shumann, and more! LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), 2001. Near Mint-
The groovy French pop of Serge Gainsbourg gets the remix treatment! After years of being sampled by hip hoppers, referenced by post-rockers, and claimed as an influence by a wide range of singers and instrumentalists – Serge Gainsbourg's finally breaking into the mainstream of modern music ... LP, Vinyl record album

Marie Laforet

Marie Laforet (1973)
Polydor (France), 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Danielle Licari

Melodies Pour Une Voix
Musart (Mexico), 1969. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Alain Bashung

Pizza
Philips (France), 1981. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Georges Moustaki

Georges Moustaki
Polydor, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold
Titles include "Le Meteque", "La Mer M'A Donne", "Natalia", "Voyage", "Ma Solitude", and "Le Temps De Vivre". LP, Vinyl record album

Francoise Marie-Vigne

Je Marche Dans Paris
RCA (France), 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Reggiani

Album No 2 – Bobino
Polydor (France), 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold
Great work from Serge Reggiani – the actor who became a singer late in life! Features arrangements by Michel Legrand and Alain Goraguer! LP, Vinyl record album

Charles Aznavour

Aznavour '83
Polydor, 1983. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1980. Very Good
Excellent late-period Yves Montand, and a record that's produced with the same sort of smokey feel as some of the later Sinatra albums from the 70's. Yves is in a very relaxed studio setting here, and he easily slides through a nice set of easy-going tracks with the confidence of a master ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vox, Early 50s. Very Good+
An early American release by the lovely lady from Paris – with backings by Paul Durand and Guy Luypaerts! LP, Vinyl record album

Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago

Comme A La Radio
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1970. Used
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 – ... CD

Jacques Brel

Master Serie
Polygram (France), 1960s/1970s. Used
... CD

Les Primitifs Du Futur

World Musette
Sketch (France), 1999. Used
... CD

Henri Salvador

Reverence
Circular Moves, 2007. Used
One of the best albums in years from Henri Salvador – a set that still has some of the French Caribbean touches of other albums, but which also shows a bit of a Brazilian influence as well! The album was co-produced by bossa maestro Jacques Morelenbaum – who brings in some great guest ... CD

Claude Nougaro

La Note Bleue
Blue Note (France), 2004. Used
The Blue Note debut of vocalist Claude Nougaro – and a long-overdue reward for his rich contributions to French jazz over the years! Nougaro was one of the first (and best) French singers to take on the styles of American vocalese – and during the 60s and 70s, penned his own lyrics to ... CD

Edwige Morgen

Quelque Chose Dans L'Air
Edwige Morgen (France), 2009. Used
... CD
Verve, 1960s/1970s. Used
The original tracks used for the recent Monsieur Gainsbourg "remake" project – and a great little collection of work by the legendary Serge Gainsbourg! Tracks here span the best years of Serge in the studio – from the late 50s through the 60s and 70s – and as you might ... CD

Camille

Ilo Veyou
EMI/Virgin (France), 2011. Used
... CD

Francoise Hardy

Preferences
EMI (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used
... CD
New Mantra (France), 1995/2002. Used
Wild stuff – and a great collection of new versions of classic tracks by the legendary Serge Gainsbourg! The bulk of the set was recorded in Japan in the mid 90s – in a mode that's quite appreciative of the sound of the originals, but with some freshly modern twists – almost in ... CD
Virgin (France), 2005. Used
A lovely set of modern French work from Camille – done in a style that mixes the earthy with the electronic – in a way that's vaguely reminiscent of the modes used by Benjamin Biolay or Keren Ann, but which has a spirit that's clearly its own as well! Camille has a very strong vocal ... CD
Fuel, 1950s. Used
... CD
 
Updated May 25, 2022


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