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!


Jacqueline Taieb
Merlins Nose (Germany), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
The debut album from Jacqueline Taieb – the groovy female singer who rocked the French scene of the 60s with some really wonderful tunes! Jacqueline's music has a charm that really matches her image on the front cover – a bit less polished than some of her contemporaries, in a way that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lost Loves
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$8.99 13.99
A joint compilation of material by a pair of French pop icons – Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – with some great Gainsbourg material, plus some of the earliest Bardot vocal recordings! It's a bunch of great early 60s material all around, stuff from the Bonne Annee Brigitte French ... CD
L'Incendie (180 gram pressing)
BYG, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Great work by the team of Brigitte Fontaine and Areski Belcam – two of the most enigmatic talents you'll ever hear on record! The album's the only one they ever recorded that wasn't issued by the Saravah label – and it's a fantastic blend of otherworldly vocals with spare ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1958. New Copy
Some of the coolest work we've ever heard from the great French singer Henri Salvador – and some of his jazziest, too! Much of the work is in a vocalese style, popularized by American singers like Jon Hendricks or Eddie Jefferson – in which Salvador provides his own lyrics to familiar ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
The crumbling of the 19th Century colonial empires may have hurt the European economy a bit – but it also did wonders for their music – as artists and styles got mixed up even more than before, and a strong wave of new sounds from the south and west started to have a big impact on the ... 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
Sound – The Fury
RPM (UK), 1960/1961. New Copy
CD...$8.99 13.99
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
Bell/Vocalion (UK), 1974. New Copy
Quite an unusual album for Michel Legrand – a suite of tracks based around 20th Century standards – starting with older evergreens, and moving into some very hip tunes from the 60s! The orchestrations are amazing – with tones, colors, and rhythmic approaches that surpass ... 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
Warner, 2017. New Copy
A wonderful setting for the great Jane Birkin – working here with a full symphony orchestra, in very fresh interpretations of the classic songs of her onetime partner, Serge Gainsbourg! The orchestrations are wonderful – never sleepy, and always nicely light – so that Jane's ... CD
Saravah/Sony (Japan), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy
A beautiful tribute to Pierre Barouh – the French singer who probably did more for other artists than he ever did for himself – thanks to the early royalty monies he used to start the Saravah Records label! Yet amidst important Saravah releases by artists like Brigitte Fontaine or ... CD
Volver
Universal (France), 2017. New Copy
Incredible work from Benjamin Biolay – maybe the only contemporary French singer that we'd dare compare to the legacy of Serge Gainsbourg, and one who's really at the top of his game here! We've always loved Biolay's music, but there's a special sort of crackle to this set that reminds us of ... CD
Philips/Mercury (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A great Serge Gainsbourg album from 1973 – one that we'd rank right up there with his best work! The record's got a slinky funky groove that's right in a perfect post-Melody Nelson mode – music written by Serge, and played by a hip small combo that includes lots of great guitar from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sony (Japan), 2017. New Copy
Wonderful work from Michel Legrand – the French composer, musician, and singer who first rose to fame in the 50s – and has managed to keep his creativity flowing strongly over the decades! This set is exactly what's promised by the title and cover – an album that features Legrand ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy 13CD
Serge Reggiani's a hell of a talent in French music – a singer/songwriter with a huge legacy of greatness, from his first few years in the 50s, up to equally great contemporary work – much of which is collected in this set! Reggiani matured strongly over the years – in ways that ... CD
Trois Hommes Sur La Photo (4CDs & DVD)
Universal (France), 1969. New Copy 4CD & DVD
A fantastic package based around a legendary meeting of three of the greatest minds in French music in the 60s – singer/songwriters Jacques Brel, George Brassens, and Leo Ferre – who shared a space for a famous discussion on the state of music and culture at the time! The package ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. 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 ... CD
Polnabest
Universal, Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy
A special collection of work from Michel Polnareff – one of our favorite French pop talents from the end of the 60s! Polnareff's got this quality that's unlike anyone else we can think of – very expressive, but without being overly emotive – sometimes crafting the lyrics with ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1956/1962. New Copy
Excellent early work from Gilbert Becaud – one of the most important French songwriters and singers of the late 50s and 60s – captured here in a live setting that's a nice change from the studio sounds of some of his bigger hits! The first half of the set is especially interesting, as ... CD
RCA/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
Sylvie Vartan was one of the grooviest singers in France during the 60s – part of that great wave of female talent that also included Francoise Hardy and France Gall – and although her French recordings are very well-remembered and reissued, she also cut a number of more obscure English ... CD
 
Updated August 20, 2017


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