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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!


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

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
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
Born Bad (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Totally amazing music – and nothing at all like the "our enfants" tag on the cover might make you expect! The sounds here come from the small Chevance label – an imprint that was part of the larger Chant Du Monde imprint, but had a very special sort of sound – one that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Rare live work from the lovely Juliette Greco – recorded right during the height of her career, when her hip style of chanson was really transforming the sound of French music from the left bank scene! The tracks here are all very well-recorded, and feature Juliette working with a small ... CD
Barclay/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 19.98
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
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
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
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
Rev-Ola (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
A really cool collection of work from Sylvie Vartan – the female French singer who really helped set the scene on fire back in the 60s – and stood as one of the first to bridge the new rocking modes with an older style of French pop! As important as the music of Edith Piaf, Juliette ... CD

Pierre Barouh

Ca Va, Ca Vient
Saravah (France), 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold
Genius early work from Pierre Barouh – the artist best known for his contribution to the film A Man & A Woman, but also the owner of the legendary Saravah Records label – one of the grooviest imprints around! The set is a real move forward from Barouh's earlier material, which was ... LP, Vinyl record album

Maurice Chevalier

Chevalier Chante Paris
RCA (France), 1966. Near Mint-
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Urania, Late 50s. Near Mint-
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Philips (France), 1983. Very Good+
A later album from Jane B, but one that's still pretty darn groovy, thanks to arrangements from Alan Hawkshaw! The overall sound is somewhat in keeping with the date – keyboards and rhythms that sound more 80s than 70s – but the tunes themselves have all the breathy, sensual qualities ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), Mid 60s. Near Mint-
Features backings by Henri Patterson – and work by a small group that includes Jacques Liebrard on guitar, Noel Morales on accordion, and Marcel Dutrieux on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
Barclay (France), 1969. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Carla Bruni

Little French Songs
Barclay (France), 2013. Near Mint- Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

France Gall

1968
Philips (France), 1967. Near Mint-
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

France Gall

France Gall (1964)
Philips (France), 1964. Near Mint-
Early work by one of the grooviest singers in the French pop scene of the 60s – the lovely France Gall, working here with some very swinging arrangements from Alain Gouraguer! The grooves are wonderful throughout – sometimes jazzy, sometimes more in a "yeh yeh" pop vein ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sasha Monett (France), Late 60s. Near Mint-
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Francoise Hardy

Je Vous Aime
4 Corners Of The World, Mid 60s. Near Mint-
US issue of some of Francoise's early Vogue recordings, classic French pop in the "yeh yeh" vein! The album features Francoise playing guitar and singing French ditties in her lovely voice – and titles include "Bien Longtemps", "Je Veux Qu'il Revienne", "Et ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lou Doillon

Places
Barclay (France), 2012. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ronnie Bird

Ronnie Bird
Universal (France), 1965. Near Mint-
Mid 60s French mod rock from Ronnie Bird – groovy, groovy stuff with a raw and rollicking edge to it without sacrificing any easy, groovy charm! On this early material, he's working very well with some of the Brit Invasion sounds that were sweeping the globe at the time, with some nods to ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA (France), 1983. Near Mint- 2LP
... LP, Vinyl record album

Elli & Jacno

Tout Va Sauter
Vogue (France), 1980. Near Mint-
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Sylvie Vartan

Sylvie
RCA (France), 1963. Near Mint-
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Sylvie Vartan – the French female singer of the 60s who had a distinct rock and roll sound! Sylvie's vocals are sweet, but the backings she gets here – either from Eddie Vartan or Mickey Baker – have a harder 60s rockin edge that make ... LP, Vinyl record album

Yves Montand

Le Paris De Montand
Columbia, 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold
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Boris Vian

Boris Vian
Philips (France), 1955/1956. Near Mint-
Very strange stuff by one of France's greatest poets! Vian's recording here with wild off-kilter backing by the legendary Andre Popp and by the combo of Jimmy Walter – both of whom give Vian's lyrics a stranger sound than we would have expected! Titles include "Le Deserteur", ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sylvie Vartan

1961 - 1962
Doxy, Early 60s. Sealed
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Sylvie Vartan – the French female singer of the 60s who had a distinct rock and roll sound! Sylvie's vocals are sweet, but the backings she gets here – either from Eddie Vartan or Mickey Baker – have a harder 60s rockin edge that make ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1964. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jacques Brel

Mijn Vlakke Land
Barclay (Netherlands), 1976. Near Mint-
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Juliette Greco

Face A Face
Philips (France), Late 60s. Very Good
Backings by Francois Rauber, Alain Goraguer, and Gerard Jouannest – on titles that include "J'Arrive", "Trois Petites Notes De Musique", "Ta Main", "Dans Ton Lit De Cristal", and "Face A Face" – plus Serge Gainsbourg's "Le Sixiem ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, Late 60s. Very Good+
Lovely vocals from Mireille, backed by the orchestra of Paul Mauriat! Includes an excellent take on "Chant Olympique" – from Francis Lai's score to 13 Jours En France – plus "L'Amour", "Ponts De Paris", "La Vielle Barque", "La Derniere ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nana Mouskouri

C'es Bon La Vie
Fontana (France), 1980. Near Mint- 2LP
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Juliette Greco

Je Suis Comme Je Suis
Philips (France), 1968. Very Good+
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Jacques Brel

Le Disque D'Or
Philips (France), 1960s. Very Good+
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Odeon (France), Early 50s. Very Good-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jacques Brel

Brel
Barclay (France), 1977. Very Good Gatefold
This was Brel's last album before his death, and it's an oft-overlooked piece of work that's fantastically different from his better-known 60's oevre, but also every bit as great as that stuff. The tracks on here have an amazingly sombre quality, and are filled with deep swells of emotion that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alain Barriere

Bobino 66
RCA (France), 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold
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Columbia (France), 1958. Very Good+ (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Barclay (France), 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold
Repackaging of Brel's 1967 LP – featuring some of his lesser known work from the late 60s, set to arrangements by longtime accompanist Francois Rauber. The tracks are still quite strong, and if anything, Brel's writing has only gotten sharper by this point. Titles include "Le Gaz" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Barclay (France), 1962. Very Good
Brel at his best – delivered with the biting tone that made Brel one of the most brilliant social commentators of the 20th Century, yet with a warmth that offset his critical vision with a real love of life! Arrangements and orchestrations are by the mighty Francois Rauber – a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mireille Mathieu

Mireille Mathieu
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+
Dreamy pop from Mireille – featuring the tracks "Les Bicyclettes De Belsize", "Celui Que J'Aime", "Quand Tu T'En Iras", "Un Homme Et Une Femme", and "Ensemble". LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor (Canada), 1968. Very Good
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Juliette Greco

Mon Homme
Philips (France), Mid 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Juliette Greco

Und Ihre Groben Chansons
Philips (Germany), 1969. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Claude Francois

Le Lundi Au Soleil
Fleche (France), 1972. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Mireille Mathieu

Romantiquement Votre
Ariola (Germany), 1979. Very Good Gatefold
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Sacha Distel

Sacha Show A L'Olympia
La Voix De Son Maitre (France), 1966. Very Good-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jacques Brel

Encore
Reprise, 1967. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated November 22, 2019


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