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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!


Philips/Mercury (France), 1980. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... 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
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 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
Universal (France), 1963/1966. New Copy 2CD & 2DVD
Two vintage performances by one of the greatest French language singers of all time – presented here both on CD, and on DVD – the latter of which features filmed performances that are simply amazing! Brel was one of the sharpest, smartest songwriters of his generation – hailed by ... 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

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

Serge Gainsbourg & Others

Serge Gainsbourg & Friends (4CD set)
Wagram (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD
A very cool little collection – one that not just offers up a huge amount of important early work by the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – but a set that also includes a fair bit of his contemporaries singing his songs! When Serge first sprang onto the scene in the late 50s, he brought a ... CD
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

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
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD
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 3CD set is overflowing with gems – and ... CD

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

Benjamin Biolay

Grand Prix
Universal (France), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... 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
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. 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 2 brings together rare tracks by ... 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/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

France Gall

Baby Pop
Philips/Third Man, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
No baby pop here, as France Gall is all-woman throughout – one of the best of the French female pop singers of the mid 60s, working here with an upbeat, groovy sound throughout! Backings are by the great Alain Gouraguer, who gives the record a tightly jerking kind of feel – a sound ... 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
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 ... 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
Spacetalk (UK), 1980s. New Copy
A really cool concept for a compilation – one that returns to a specific mood of music on the French scene – work that's post-punk, a bit electro, and usually a lot better put-together than some of the bigger hits in Paris at the time! This work draws heavily on UK electronic styles of ... CD

Francoise Hardy

Francoise Hardy (L'Amitie)
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1965. New Copy
CD...$6.99 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

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Rest
Because (France), 2017. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from Charlotte Gainsbourg – a singer we first fell in love with through her father, the famous Serge – but who we've really come to love tremendously over the years – both through her work on screen and in the studio! Charlotte's got this sense of presence that's ... CD

Yves Montand

Paris Recital
Philips, 1963. Very Good+ Gatefold
Recorded At Le Theatre D'etoile. 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

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

Serge Gainsbourg

Initials SG
Universal (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Very Good+ 2LP
One of the grooviest collections of work by Serge Gainsbourg we've ever seen – a 23 track set that features most of his coolest numbers! In case you don't know Serge, he's one of the most incredible singers ever – a sexy Frenchman with a good talent for a groove, with a sound that was ... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Gainsbourg

Le Zenith De Gainsbourg
Philips (France), 1989. Very Good+ 2LP
... LP, Vinyl record album

Serge Gainsbourg

Je Vous Aime
Philips (France), 1980. Near Mint-
A strange late soundtrack for this film that starred Serge, Catherine Deneuve, and Gerard Depardieu! The score features the main theme "La Fautive" – in both a vocal version by Serge, plus two instrumental readings that have a mellower tone. Other tracks include the duet with ... 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
Gaumont (France), 1983. Near Mint- (pic cover)
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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

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
Philips (France), 1985. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Mireille Mathieu

Mireille Mireille (Ariola)
Ariola (Germany), Late 70s. Very Good Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Mireille Mathieu

Magnifique!
Capitol, Mid 70s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jacqueline Francois

Les Grandes Chansons Vol 4
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Edith Piaf

Unknown Edith Piaf
Philips, 1950s. Very Good+ Gatefold
... 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
London, 1966. Near Mint- 4LP Box Set
... LP, Vinyl record album
Barclay (France), 1963. Very Good (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Johnny Taylor Et Les Strangers

Johnny Taylor Et Les Strangers
Vega (France), 1963. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1950s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Chevalier At 80
Epic, 1968. Sealed Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Patachou

Tiens...!
Barclay (France), 1974. Near Mint-
... 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

France Gall

Best Of France Gall
Universal (France), 1960s. New Copy
One of the greatest French female singers of the 60s – presented here in a classic collection of work! If you've gotta dig one gal vocalist of the Parisian scene of the time, Gall is definitely your girl – as her brash, bold style of singing really sums up the hippest, grooviest French ... LP, Vinyl record album

Edith Piaf

L'Essentiel
Peters, 1950s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 20, 2020


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