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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!


Francoise Hardy

Francoise Hardy (L'Amitie)
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1965. New Copy
CD...$5.99 15.98
Sweet and lovely pop from Francoise Hardy – one of the best early albums she recorded in France, and a sparkling batch of all-original tracks that show that Hardy was as much of a songwriter as she was a singer – something that most of her contemporaries couldn't claim! Francoise has ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1966. New Copy
CD...$5.99 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...$5.99 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...$5.99 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
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
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

France Gall

1968
Third Man, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Play Time (France), 1969. New Copy
One of the grooviest albums ever by this baroque French arranger! Michel Colombier has cut some pretty great stuff in his time – but this album's probably the greatest, and it swings with a bouncy late 60s French pop sound that recalls some of the hippest work of Serge Gainsbourg, Michel ... 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
Philips/Mercury (France), 1980. New Copy 2CD
A fantastic live set from Serge Gainsbourg – and a record that stands as a concert accompaniment to his famous albums Aux Armes Et Cetera and Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Etoiles – both done in a reggae mode with work from Sly & Robbie! The famous Jamaican duo are part of the group here ... CD

Benjamin Biolay

Grand Prix
Universal (France), 2020. New Copy
Rock-solid work from the mighty Benjamin Biolay – one of the few contemporary French talents who moves us as much as his counterparts from the 60s scene – and an artist who's maybe now got a legacy that's even larger than some of his earlier heroes! The album's got a sound that's as ... 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

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), 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 ... 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
RCA, 1962. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague
Peacefrog (UK), 2004. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Hugues Aufray

Aufray Chante Dylan
Barclay (France), Late 60s. Near Mint-
Cool French takes on the songs of Bob Dylan – set to arrangements by Christian Chevallier! LP, Vinyl record album

Francoise Hardy

Soleil
Gamma (Mexico), 1970. Very Good-
Titles include "Des Ronds Dans L'Eau", "San Salvador", "Mon Amor Adieu", "Soleil", "Ma Jeunesse Fout Le Camp", and "Je Fais Puzzles" – plus a version of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

Jacques Brel

Jacques Brel
Reprise, Early 60s. Very Good+
An early American release of the work of one of France's greatest singers – featuring tracks recorded with the orchestra of Francois Rauber, who was Brel's accompanist on some of his best recordings ever. The package includes many classic numbers like "Jef", "Madeline", ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jaques Brel

If You Go Away
Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold
Beautiful US album that features some of Brel's most famous tracks, served up in a lovingly-packaged edition that includes a gatefold cover, and a handsome inner booklet with notes and translations of the songs. The whole thing's a great way to get into Brel's work – and was the record that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Yves Montand

Yves Montand's Paris
Columbia, 1964. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Maurice Chevalier

Lerner & Loewe & Chevalier
MGM, Late 50s. Near Mint-
Arranged by Joe Harnell, with titles including "Camelot", "My Fair Lady", "Gigi", "Paint Your Wagon", "Brigadoon", and "Day Before Spring". LP, Vinyl record album
Barclay (France), 1963. Very Good (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Nouvelle Vague

Version Francaise
Kwaidan (France), 2010. Used
... CD
Source/Blue Note, 2000. Used
A beautiful album of French bossa nova tracks – sung by vocalist Henri Salvador, and backed with some light jazzy guitar and piano, very much in the style of backings you'd hear on a classic album by Joao Gilberto. Salvador's voice is wonderful – with that warm, honest quality you'd ... CD
EMI (Netherlands), Late 30s/1940s. Used
... CD
Universal (France), 2001. Used
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 ... CD

Serge Gainsbourg

Love On The Beat
Philips (France), 1984. Used
One of Serge Gainsbourg's biggest international albums – and kind of an 80s update of his earlier erotic sound! There's something of a clubby vibe to the record – and most of the album was recorded in the US, with a fair bit of synthesizer and guitar, in kind of a colder post-new wave ... CD

Les Champions

45 Tours Collection
Musidisc (France), Early 60s. Used
... CD
Souvenir/Esoldun (France), 1946/1947. Used
... CD
Virgin, 1993. Used
... CD
 
Updated January 21, 2021


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