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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!

Oldays (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Revolutionary pop from 60s Paris – a seminal set by one of our favorite French artists ever! Michel Polnareff sounds every bit as great as he looks on the cover – a slightly long-haired singer who plays acoustic guitar along with his vocals – but never in any familiar folksy ways ... CD
Oldays (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy
Some of the coolest, grooviest work from the French scene of the 60s – recordings by the lovely Chantal Goya – a stunning presence both on record and on screen at the time! Goya's maybe best remembered for her role on Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin/Feminin – where she almost plays a ... CD
Oldays (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Haunting work from Salvatore Adamo – one of the dreamier French pop singers of the 60s, with a magnificent voice that's captured perfectly here! The arrangements are full, but never sleepy – and Adamo's style is a nice contrast to some of the "yeh yeh" French pop to come ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
Marcel Azzola is a great French talent on the musette (aka accordion) – one who glides along with the best breezy modes of bigger postwar players like Gus Viseur or Jo Privat! The distinction of musette here is important – as this isn't the clunky instrument of the polka scene, nor the ... CD
Rest (with bonus CD)
Atlantic, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from Charlotte Gainsbourg – a singer we first fell in love with through her father, the famous Serge – but who we've really come to love tremendously over the years – both through her work on screen and in the studio! Charlotte's got this sense of presence that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
La Lichere/Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1990s. New Copy 3CD
Recordings from the 90s, but which evoke the classic years of the Paris musette – the instrument that's also known as an accordion to folks on our side of the Atlantic! Yet if you know the sound of Paris, you'll know that the musette is quite different than any sort of American squeezebox ... CD
Le Pacha (with bonus tracks)
We Want Sounds (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
Stunning sounds from the team of Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier – and maybe the most perfect example of why Gainsbourg soundtracks can be so great! Le Pacha is a wonderful blend of trippy touches and more subtle jazzy moments, plus bits of electric sitar and bassy funk – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy
One of the grooviest Brigitte Bardot albums ever recorded – a stellar set of tracks with some ultra-chic arrangements from the great Alain Gouraguer! The album swings like the best of Paris pop in the 60s – tight and outta site, with loads of jaunty pop tunes that bring out the best in ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy
Classic 60s work from Brigitte Bardot – the roots of French female pop, with a set of tracks that mix together bits of rock, pop, and lively jazz-based arrangements – all in a unique blend that's totally great, and every bit as wonderful as you might expect! We might go so far as to ... CD
AZ/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy
One of the greatest Brigitte Bardot albums you could ever buy – some of the grooviest, sexiest work the famous French actress ever cut! The album's overflowing with excellent original material written by Bardot by Serge Gainsbourg and Francis Lai – two of our favorite French composers ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1962. New Copy
A great celebration of a dance groove that first broke big in the US – but then found an even stronger home in France – especially during the year of 1962! You probably know the "Madison" from Ray Bryant's famous single "It's Madison Time" – a romping ... CD
Saravah (Japan), 2016. New Copy
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
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy
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 ... CD
Barclay/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
Totally groovy work from French singer Gillian Hills – an artist who was initially best known for her work in film, thanks to movies like Beat Girl or Les Liaisons Dangereuses – but one who grew to become one of the cooler singers in Parisian pop during the 60s! Gillian's work here is ... CD
One Man Show
Columbia, 1958. Very Good
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Recital 1961
Columbia (France), 1961. Very Good+
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Of Smiles And Tears
Philips (France), 1972. Near Mint-
Brazilian rhythms meet French pop – all in an incredible album from the lovely Christiane Legrand! Christiane's probably best known for her work in the Swingle Singers – or for being the sister of the famous Michel Legrand, who she helped on a few soundtracks – but she sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album
Locomotive D'Or (2LP)
Philips (France), 1974. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
A very hip album from one of the hippest-ever French singers – a set that really has Claude Nougaro moving past some of his styles of the 60s! There's a really complicated range of rhythms going on here – some of the earlier Brazilian bits that would show up on other Nougaro records, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bell (Japan), Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold
Very nice album of moody vocal tracks recorded by the great French soundtrack composer. Michel's voice is lovely and fragile, and he sings with a raspy sound that makes these tracks come alive in ways we didn't expect. Most tracks are originals, and music direction is by Armand Migiani. With the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mercury, 1984. Near Mint-
Later work from Serge – one of his last big singles, issued here in an extended 8 minute version on a rare US promo! The track's got a slightly plodding electronic 80s club feel, but still has good ol Serge whispering the lyrics in a really classic way! 12-inch, Vinyl record
Michel Legrand Sings
Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good
Classic vocal material by Michel Legrand, an artist who's better known to the world for his groovy writing and arranging for soundtracks and instrumental pop albums. Legrand's singing is quite nice, though – and he's got a sweetly raspy voice that has an honest quality that's extremely ... LP, Vinyl record album
Favorites (10 inch LP)
Vox, Early 50s. Very Good
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Patachou Sings
Columbia, 1960s. Very Good+
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Columbia (France), 1961. Very Good
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Audio Fidelity, 1962. Very Good+
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Mon Copain Gilbert Becaud
DRG, 1983. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
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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
Verve, Mid 60s. Very Good+
An unusual Verve Records issue of material from one of the greatest French singers of the postwar years! Titles include "Le Petit Mome", "Le Puits", "Monsieur Petit Louis", "Calcutti Calcutta", "Mon Manege A Moi", and "L'Assassin Du ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pierre Bachelet (1983)
Polydor (France), 1983. Very Good+
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Rym Musique (France), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 3CD
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EMI, 2003. Used
One of the greatest albums we've heard from Jane Birkin in years – a haunting set that revisits older classics, with a whole new sound! Jane's working here with titles written by longtime partner Serge Gainsbourg – classics like "Valse De Melody", "Elisa", "Coul ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1956/1962. Used
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
Claude Lombard Chante
Sommor (Spain), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The stunning debut album from the lovely Claude Lombard – a Belgian singer, but one whose work here resonates with the grooviest French records by singers like Sylvie Vartan or Francois Hardy! Lombard is probably less pop than either of those artists – and almost has a way of opening ... LP, Vinyl record album
Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme – Fontaine 4
Saravah (France), 1973. Used Gatefold
Beautiful duets between Brigitte Fontaine and Areski – and an album that's filled with loads of short little tracks that stand with some of their greatest work ever! Instrumentation is spare, but incredibly haunting – a bit jazzy at times, slightly experimental at others – but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1960. Used
Juliette Greco at her best – wry, dry, and with a trace of whimsy that shows that her cool exterior has some appealing soft spots. The arrangements on the set are by Andre Popp – working here at the height of his powers – and tracks include "On N'oublie Rien", "La ... LP, Vinyl record album
Updated January 19, 2019

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