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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!


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
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
Claude Lombard Chante
Sommor (Spain), 1969. New Copy (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 ... CD
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 – ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
RPM (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 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
Un Beau Matin
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold
Areski on his own, without Brigitte Fontaine – but sounding equally wonderful, and with a really haunting sound! The albums' recorded with very minimal backings – a bit of cello, flute, and bass – all in an echoey space that makes Areski's raspy, poetic vocals ring out ... CD
Bonnie & Clyde (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy
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 ... 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/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
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
RCA/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
Sylvie Vartan was one of the grooviest singers in France during the 60s – part of that great wave of female talent that also included Francoise Hardy and France Gall – and although her French recordings are very well-remembered and reissued, she also cut a number of more obscure English ... CD
Charles Trenet
DRG, 1979. Near Mint- 2LP
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Paris After Hours
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Mon Copain Gilbert Becaud
DRG, 1983. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Je Vous Attends
Barclay (France), 1974. Near Mint-
Very nice material from Juliette Greco's later years – with backings by Francois Rauber, and titles that include "L'Enfance", "L'Ermite", "Valentin", "La Novelle Grece", "Au Jardin D'Amour", and "C'Est L'Hiver". 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
Favorites (10 inch LP)
Vox, Early 50s. Very Good
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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
London, Late 60s. Near Mint-
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Chansons De Charme (10 inch LP)
Vox, Early 50s. Very Good
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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
Yves Montand
CBS (France), Mid/Late 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
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Bell, 1974. Very Good+ 2LP Box
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pierre Bachelet (1983)
Polydor (France), 1983. Very Good+
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Parlophone/Warner (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. Used 30 CDs
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Polnabest
Universal, Late 60s/1970s/1980s. Used
A special collection of work from Michel Polnareff – one of our favorite French pop talents from the end of the 60s! Polnareff's got this quality that's unlike anyone else we can think of – very expressive, but without being overly emotive – sometimes crafting the lyrics with ... 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
GSI (Canada), 1970s. Used
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Le Pecheur
RCA (France), 1979. Used
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Warner, 2017. Used
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
Naive (France), 2011. Used
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Updated November 14, 2018


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