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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!


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
RPM (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$3.99 13.99
Rare rockers from the earliest days of the French scene – work that's often much more tied to American styles than French material from a few years later – but in a really great way that hangs onto all the best raw and rockabilly modes of the late 50s! Lyrics are often in French, and ... CD

Serge Gainsbourg/Michel Colombier

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
Fontana/Light In The Attic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin – his paramour at the time, and a much younger woman! The pair come together beautifully here in a set of sensuous duets – tunes that have an open, honest approach to the relations between the sexes – yet ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1964. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
A real step forward for the amazing Francoise Hardy – a singer who was already great at the start, but who reaches out a bit more globally here – as she works with Brit arranger Charles Blackwell, in a mode that's got a bit of groovy 60s London in the mix! The tracks include many ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1966. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
A very groovy record from the legendary Francoise Hardy – a set that's not only got the lovely lady out front on vocals and acoustic guitar, but one that also features totally great arrangements from Brit maestro Johnny Harris – who gives most of the record a slightly different vibe ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1963. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
Really lovely sounds from the young Francoise Hardy – easily one of the coolest, most confident female singers in France at the time! Hardy is neither the emotive style of postwar passionate singers, nor the too-cool style of the left bank – and instead, she's got this way of mixing ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1962. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
A seminal debut from the young Francoise Hardy, and a record that set the tone for a whole generation of French music to come! The album's a remarkable achievement – especially considering that Francoise was 18 at the time – filled with original tunes that have a really fresh ... 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
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

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
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

France Gall

1968
Philips (France), 1967. Used
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 ... CD
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
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
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

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

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
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A very cool little package – one that's got one CD of early work by French singer Francois Hardy – and two more CDs that feature lots of fantastic jazz material from Sacha Distel! CD1 features Hardy at her early best – singing blue-tinged French pop on both her debut album, and ... 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
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

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
Spacetalk (UK), 1980s. New Copy
A really cool concept for a compilation – one that returns to a specific mood of music on the French scene – work that's post-punk, a bit electro, and usually a lot better put-together than some of the bigger hits in Paris at the time! This work draws heavily on UK electronic styles of ... CD
Universal (France), 1963/1966. New Copy 2CD & 2DVD
Two vintage performances by one of the greatest French language singers of all time – presented here both on CD, and on DVD – the latter of which features filmed performances that are simply amazing! Brel was one of the sharpest, smartest songwriters of his generation – hailed by ... CD
INA (France), Mid 60s. New Copy
Unreleased material from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – recorded for French radio in the 60s, and with a different style than some of his more familiar studio work! Gone are the large, full arrangements – and in their place is an intimate approach that has Serge on piano alongside ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jacqueline Francois

Les Grandes Chansons Vol 4
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1950s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin – Serge Gainsbourg
Fontana, 1969. Very Good+
A landmark collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin – his paramour at the time, and a much younger woman! This album is perhaps the archetypal Gainsbourg erotic effort – and it's filled with wonderful duets set to breathy, bouncy orchestrations – tunes that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Gainsbourg

You're Under Arrest
Philips/Mercury (France), 1987. Very Good+
Serge Gainsbourg's last studio album – but a record that's still very much in the bad boy mode of earlier years! The sound is quite 80s-oriented – with more electric rhythms and a fair bit of keyboards – but Serge makes the best of the sound by delivering the lyrics in his older ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mireille Mathieu

Mireille Mireille (Ariola)
Ariola (Germany), Late 70s. Very Good Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Gainsbourg

Le Zenith De Gainsbourg
Philips (France), 1989. Very Good+ 2LP
... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Gainsbourg

Initials SG
Universal (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Very Good+ 2LP
One of the grooviest collections of work by Serge Gainsbourg we've ever seen – a 23 track set that features most of his coolest numbers! In case you don't know Serge, he's one of the most incredible singers ever – a sexy Frenchman with a good talent for a groove, with a sound that was ... LP, Vinyl record album

Edith Piaf

Edity Piaf
Decca (UK), 1963. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1979. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Gainsbourg

Je Vous Aime
Philips (France), 1980. Near Mint-
A strange late soundtrack for this film that starred Serge, Catherine Deneuve, and Gerard Depardieu! The score features the main theme "La Fautive" – in both a vocal version by Serge, plus two instrumental readings that have a mellower tone. Other tracks include the duet with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1980. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

David McNeil

David McNeil
Saravah (France), Mid 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold
One of the most obscure 70s albums on the legendary Saravah label – recorded by David McNeil, who's playing a saxophone on the front – but who also sings and plays a host of other instruments too! The set's got a very genre-crossing vibe, in the best Saravah mode – and also ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lulu Gainsbourg

From Gainsbourg To Lulu
Universal (France), 2011. Near Mint- 2LP
A new generation of the Gainsbourg family line comes into the musical fold – with results that are surprisingly nice! Lulu's an offspring of Serge, of a generation past Charlotte Gainsbourg – but he's still equally well-suited to pay tribute to his pop – as you'll hear in this ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gaumont (France), 1983. Near Mint- (pic cover)
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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

Rock Around The Bunker
Philips (France), 1975. Very Good+
Brother Serge shocked the world when he released this album of Nazi Rock in the mid 70s – but as might be expected, the whole thing's an ironic take on fascism – and not really the overt celebration you might think! That aspect of the record becomes a bit clearer when you consider ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1985. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Taylor Et Les Strangers

Johnny Taylor Et Les Strangers
Vega (France), 1963. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Decca (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Mireille Mathieu

En Direct De L'Olympia
Barclay (France), Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Chevalier At 80
Epic, 1968. Sealed Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Patachou

Tiens...!
Barclay (France), 1974. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Claude Nougaro

Chansons Nettes
Barclay (France), 1981. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Maurice Chevalier

This Is Maurice Chevalier
RCA, 1950s/1960s. Sealed 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated July 12, 2020


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