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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!


Warner/Parlophone (France), Early 70s. New Copy
A really cool entry in this ultra-hip series – a volume that moves a bit more into the 70s than previous ones, but still hangs onto all the wonderfully wild touches that makes the music so great! As you'd guess by the "psyche" in the title, there's certainly some psychedelic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A very well done compilation truly including some of the very Best Of Serge Gainsbourg – programmed chronologically starting with the late 50s – not only some of the best of Serge, but some of the most provocative, innovative and creatively fearless popular music ever! From the more ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brigitte Fontaine & Areski

Theatre Musical (purple vinyl pressing)
Monster Melodies (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most obscure recordings by this amazing duo – singers Brigitte Fontaine and Areski, who you might know best from their work on the legendary Saravah Records at the start of the 70s! The work here isn't musical theater, but was instead recorded for French radio in 1973 – and ... 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
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

Jane Birkin

Di Doo Dah
Fontana/Light In The Attic, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Sweet sweet work from Jane Birkin – an early solo set that steps strongly off of her classic duets with Serge Gainsbourg! In a way, this album's as much a record by Serge as it is by Jane – since Serge wrote almost all the tracks, and since the arrangements are handled by the legendary ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
A very unusual collection – one that features all sorts of rare French advertisements from the previous century – a good number of which are songs performed by some of the bigger names of the time! The set's got an unusual format, in that it mixes straight radio ads with songs and ... 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

Pierre Vassiliu

Pierre Vassiliu En Voyages
Born Bad (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy
A really great selection of work from a French singer with a wide and interesting resume – one that definitely warrants the voyages mentioned in the title! Pierre Vassiliu is maybe best known to our ears as a member of Les Masques – that groovy French vocal group who cut a great bossa ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Hallyday

Anthologie 1964 to 1966
Mercury/Universal (France), Mid 60s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 12.99
A great little collection of early work from Johnny Hallyday – one of the first big rockers to emerge from the French scene in the 60s – and an artist who's really coming into his own with tracks! Some titles have Hallyday taking on American or Anglo material, with new French lyrics ... CD

Jacques Brel

Le Grand Jacques
Barclay (France), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
One of the earliest full albums of work by Jacques Brel – recorded during his "moustache phase" pictured on the cover! The tunes are fantastic – already that mode of completely expressive songwriting and biting wit that made Brel one of the most revolutionary talents of the ... CD
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1964. New Copy
CD...$5.99 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, 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

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin Au Palace
Capitol (France), 2009. New Copy
CD...$4.99 16.99
A majestic later live set from the great Jane Birkin – a set that has her taking on some classics done with Serge Gainsbourg, and plenty of her own tunes too – all with backing from a large ensemble who do a great job of updating the music, but without losing its edge at all! There's ... CD
Clarton, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$4.99 14.99
Maybe not the most beautiful songs ever sung by Serge Gainsbourg, but a great collection of the early material that instantly set him apart from any other singer in France – material that's heavy on influences from American jazz and Latin modes, but which also has a very Parisian sense of wit ... CD
Saravah/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard from Pierre Barouh – a rare Japanese recording done in the early 80s, with a sound that's quite different from his earlier work – but equally great! The album's never too poppy, or overdone – certainly quite far from conventional ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 20CDs & Book
CD...$139.99 149.99
An amazing collection of work from Serge Gainsbourg – a set that definitely lives up to the "integrale" promise in the title, as it includes every single album he ever recorded, plus loads more singles and rare bits too – all packaged in a really lavish set! Even if you've ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 5CD
A massive collection of music from one of our favorite singers of all time – the legendary Serge Gainsbourg, a French vocalist who worked equally well in jazzy, funk, and groovy modes – always with a groundbreaking quality that had Serge taking his lyrics to places that few previous ... 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
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
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

Brigitte Fontaine

Brigitte Fontaine Est
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1968. New Copy
The Saravah Records debut from this amazing French singer – done with a wonderful sound that really links two generations of French music! At some level, the album's got a slightly more standard feel – bits of jazz, but inflected freshly – almost like the sublime Jeanne Moreau ... CD

Henri Salvador

Homme Studio
Born Bad (France), 1970s. New Copy
The title's a bit of a pun – that's "home studio", not homme studio – a reference to the fact that most of this work was recorded by 60s French pop star Henri Salvador in his own private studio – music that makes for some of the most interesting sounds in his career, at ... CD

Henri Salvador

Ses Plus Grandes Chansons
Universal (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$6.99 18.99
A great little set that collects 36 tracks by singer Henri Salvador – one of the darlings of the Parisian postwar scene, and a very talented vocalist with a range of styles that runs from Latin jazz to breezy ballads to more tropical-inflected work. The package is a great introduction to ... CD

Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg

Le Symphonique
Parlophone (France), 2017. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Hugues Aufray

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

Jacques Brel

Le Grand Jacques
Barclay (France), 1950s/Early 60s. Used
One of the earliest full albums of work by Jacques Brel – recorded during his "moustache phase" pictured on the cover! The tunes are fantastic – already that mode of completely expressive songwriting and biting wit that made Brel one of the most revolutionary talents of the ... CD

Mareva

Ukuyeye
Rambling (Japan), 2006. Used
A great return to the glory days of 60s French pop – that jagged, jaunty time when so many Parisian singers had a really "yeh yeh" sort of groove! The production and arrangements here are contemporary, but most of the tunes are older numbers from both the US and France – ... CD
Get Hip, Late 60s. Used
Lots of great French female tracks on this set – mod numbers from that great 60s stretch that created so many wonderful records in France – brought together here in a jaw-dropping array of excellent tunes! We've always thought we knew most of the great stuff from Paris at the time ... CD
Get Hip, Mid 60s. Used
Lots of great French female tracks on this set – mod numbers from that great 60s stretch that created so many wonderful records in France – brought together here in a jaw-dropping array of excellent tunes! We've always thought we knew most of the great stuff from Paris at the time ... CD
Get Hip, Mid 60s. Used
Lots of great French female tracks on this set – mod numbers from that great 60s stretch that created so many wonderful records in France – brought together here in a jaw-dropping array of excellent tunes! We've always thought we knew most of the great stuff from Paris at the time ... CD
Suave, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 3 CDs
A wonderful snapshot of the post-war Parisian scene that features music from Yves Montand, Leo Ferre, Juliette Greco, Cora Vaucaire, Renee Labas, Lester Young, Django Reinhardt, Henri Salvador, Sidney Bechet, and more! CD

Henri Salvador

S'Amuse
EMI (France), 1960s. Used
... CD

Charlotte Gainsbourg

5:55
Because/Vice, 2006. Used
Beautiful work from Charlotte Gainsbourg – the kind of record that would have made her old man proud! The album's got a sense of depth and texture that ranks right up there with the senior Gainsbourg's classics – a breathy approach to the music that's filled with subtle sensuality and ... CD
 
Updated September 22, 2021


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