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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!


Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot

Bonnie & Clyde (180 gram pressing)
Fontana (France), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... 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
Parlophone, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever from Francoise Hardy – a set that has her working with Brazilian arranger Tuca, who brings a very different vibe to her music – a mode that wraps together acoustic guitar, post-bossa arrangements, and some dark-tinged vocals from Francoise – all in a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy 24CD
CD...$104.99 134.99
A huge amount of recordings from one of our favorite singers ever – the incredible Claude Nougaro, a French vocalist of the postwar years, and a master of many styles that included jazz, samba, and bossa nova! Nougaro had a unique talent for penning French lyrics to American and Brazilian ... CD

Nino Ferrer

Rats & Rolls
Barclay/On Sale Music (Italy), 1970. New Copy
One of the coolest albums we've ever heard from French funk legend Nino Ferrer – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love his records of the 60s! Nino first started out as one of the few continental cats whose energy could match that of the funkiest soul singers in the US at the time ... 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
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
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
RPM (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$3.99 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

Benjamin Biolay

Vengeance
Naive (France), 2013. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
Beautiful work from Benjamin Biolay – easily one of our favorite French artists of the 21st Century – even though we've been following his work since the previous one! Benjamin's got a sound that's just perfect if you, like us, dig an older generation of French work by artists like ... LP, Vinyl record album

Charlotte Gainsbourg

5:55
Because/Warner (France), 2006. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Edith Piaf

Great Edith Piaf
Columbia, 1950s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Edith Piaf

Piaf At The Olympia
Capitol, 1962. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Michel Polnaref

Polnarevolution load)
Disques AZ (France), 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold
Killer work from Michel Polnareff – one of our favorite French pop singers ever – and one of the few who could mix in a trippy style with some of the more upbeat modes of a few years before! Backings here are from a very cool combo – Dynastie Crisis – who use heavy drums, ... 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

Catherine Deneuve/Serge Gainsbourg

Souviens-toi De M'oublier
Philips (France), 1981. Very Good+
Quite a nice record, and one that has actress Catherine Deneuve singing songs written by Serge Gainsbourg – with backing by Alan Hawkshaw, in a style that's very similar to the work he did with Jane Birkin! In fact, this could well be a Jane Birkin record, with the sound of it! Lots of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lou Doillon

Places
Barclay (France), 2012. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Disneyland, 1966. Sealed Gatefold
... 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
Urania, Late 50s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA (France), 1983. Near Mint- 2LP
... LP, Vinyl record album
Barclay (France), 1962. Very Good Gatefold
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

Bambou

Made In China
Philips, 1989. Very Good-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Maurice Chevalier

Chevalier Chante Paris
RCA (France), 1966. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips (France), 1964. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Audio Fidelity, 1960. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jacques Brel

Mijn Vlakke Land
Barclay (Netherlands), 1976. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia (France), 1958. Very Good+ (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
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

Alain Barriere

Bobino 66
RCA (France), 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+
Groovy arrangements are the key here – thanks to help from Michel Legrand and Andre Popp! 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

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin – Serge Gainsbourg
Fontana/Mercury (France), 1969. Used
A landmark collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin – his paramour at the time, and a much younger woman! The pair come together beautifully here in a set of sensuous duets – tunes that have an open, honest approach to the relations between the sexes – yet ... CD

Claudia Hommel with Johnny Frigo

Romance Language
Maison Clobert, 2002. Used
... CD
Saravah (Japan), 2016. Used
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

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
 
Updated January 26, 2020


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