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Classic sounds from France -- a mix of chanson, French pop, Saravah sounds, and more -- work from Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Fontaine, France Gall, and others!


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Clio
Ugo & Play/Think (Japan), 2016. New Copy
Dreamy French pop from Clio – a contemporary singer, but one who hearkens back to our favorite chanteuses of years past – especially the hip wave of Parisian talents in the late 60s! The approach here is gentle and laidback – a bit in the pace of Jane Birkin, but maybe set to ... CD
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Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Fantastic stuff – and a record that may well be the greatest ever from the mighty Serge Gainsbourg – high praise indeed, considering the greatness of Gainsbourg's other music! The album is one long suite built around a spare, electric bass-driven theme – a slow funk riff that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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RPM (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
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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
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Sound – The Fury
RPM (UK), 1960/1961. New Copy
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Hard-rocking work from the earliest years of Johnny Hallyday – material pulled from early French singles that still show Johnny as the true European descendent of the sound of Johnny Burnette and Eddie Cochran! The tracks are mostly very upbeat and driving – a groove that's maybe more ... CD
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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
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Saravah (Japan), 1983. New Copy
A great little live set from one of our favorite French singers – recorded in 1983, with backing by a small Japanese combo, very much in the manner of work on his album Le Pollen. Given that the album is such a studio-oriented session, it's interesting to hear the style of the work performed ... CD
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Universal (France), 1985. New Copy 2 CDs
A previously-unreleased live performance from Serge Gainsbourg – recorded in the mid 80s, and presented here in a nicely expanded package! Serge is right at his Love On The Beat period here – working with some groovy arrangements that could cross over a bit to the dancefloor, and which ... CD
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Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1963. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s. New Copy 3CD
The early years of rock and roll in France – served up here in an extra-big set that's overflowing with fresh musical discoveries! We've known and loved French sounds from the 60s and 70s for many years – but we've hardly had the chance to hear French rock from the decade before – ... CD
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Saravah (Japan), 1971. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Parlophone, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A sweet 70s album from Francoise Hardy – one that still leaves plenty of room for the lovely vocals and acoustic guitar work we loved in her work from the previous decade, but which also adds in some cool contemporary elements too! Much of the album was recorded in London, with backing by a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1950s. New Copy 2 CDs
The title certainly gets it right – as the lovely Juliette Greco was perhaps the most distinct voice on the left bank of Paris in the postwar years – a singer who forever helped transform the sound of chanson, and pave the way for the sexy styles of other singers to come in the 60s! ... CD
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Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy
Incredible female pop from 60s France – not weepy ballads or old school Paris numbers, but the kind of hip-snapping, all-groovy material that made the 60s French scene so great! Loads of these tracks are new to our ears (and we love French grooves a lot!) – and this volume of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Vivre
Core Port/Saravah (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Rare late 60s work from the legendary Pierre Barouh – a set that's possibly one of his greatest albums ever, and one that really shows the love of jazz and Brazilian music that he explored on his groundbreaking Saravah label! The instrumentation here is relatively simple on most tracks ... CD
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Universal (France), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 13 CDs
A huge collection of work from Claude Francois – a French singer who might have been one of the classier male artists on their scene in the 60s – as you can probably guess from his stylish look on some of these album covers! Claude always worked at a level that was a cut above – ... CD
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Universal (France), 2016. New Copy
Wonderful work from Keren Ann – a French singer we first fell in love with on her albums done with producer Benjamin Biolay – working here with a different talent at the helm, but a sound that's equally sublime! Keren's also making a big step towards a global market here, too – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Anna (180 gram pressing with download)
Philips (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A late 60s soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg – but a record that's easily as great as any of his studio albums from the same time! The bulk of the album has a spare, punctuated groove that's somewhat funky – quite a bit like Melody Nelson in its sense of space and timing – and its ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Saravah (France), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Some of the rarest work from one of the coolest labels of all time – the legendary Saravah Records, home to a groundbreaking array of jazz, African, folk, blues, and French pop material! The company was started back in the 60s by singer Pierre Barouh – with monies made from his work on ... CD
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Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur?
Rambling (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy
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! First up is the duo's fab music for the film Le Pacha – a wonderful blend of trippy touches and more subtle jazzy moments, plus ... CD
 
Updated September 29, 2016


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