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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!


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

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
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
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

Serge Gainsbourg & Jean Claude Vannier

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), 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), 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
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
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

Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago

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
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
Les Disques Robespierre (Spain), Late 60s. New Copy
Weird and wonderful music – more than enough so to live up to the cover's image of a communist Antoine Doinel in a film by Jean-Luc Godard! The music here has little to do with cinema, but is part of that same new sense of freedom that was sweeping the French scene in the 60s – with a ... 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

Patachou with Michel Legrand

Patachou's Paris
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Edith Piaf

Recital 1961
Columbia (France), 1961. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Claude Nougaro

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

Jean Jacques Goldman

En Public
Epic (France), 1986. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Vox, Early 50s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Edith Piaf

Chansons
Capitol, 1950s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Barclay (France), 1962. Very Good (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Patachou

Patachou Sings
Columbia, 1960s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Audio Fidelity, 1962. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Nouvelle Vague

Live EP
Luaka Bop, 2006. Used
Tracks include live versions of "Making Plans For Nigel", "This Is Not A Love Song", and "Bizarre Love Triangle". CD

Jane Birkin

Arabesque
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
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 March 20, 2019


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