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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!


Disques AZ/Universal (France), 1972. New Copy 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
Polnareff's (180 gram vinyl)
Disc AZ (France), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the best albums ever by Michel Polnareff – a set that takes his totally wonderful sound and gives it a very groovy extra punch up from the bottom! Polnareff's usual cool style of French pop vocals are stepped up more than usual with some great arrangements by Bill Shepherd and Anthony ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bell/Sony (Japan), 1972. New Copy
A wonderful little record from Michel Legrand – one of his best non-soundtrack albums of the time! The album is titled after the theme to the soppy film Brian's Song – but it's got a lot more to offer than that – and has Legrand performing versions of soundtrack numbers from a ... CD
Barclay/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
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
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
Early work from one of our favorite French singers ever – not only some of his first few recordings, but also a huge host of material by other contemporaries who recorded their own takes on the compositions of Claude Nougaro! Nougaro was the ultimate left bank hipster in the postwar years ... CD
Claude Lombard Chante
Sommor (Spain), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The stunning debut album from the lovely Claude Lombard – a Belgian singer, but one whose work here resonates with the grooviest French records by singers like Sylvie Vartan or Francois Hardy! Lombard is probably less pop than either of those artists – and almost has a way of opening ... LP, Vinyl record album
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), 1990. New Copy
A wonderful return to form from one of the coolest French singers ever – a set recorded at the start of the 90s, but which really just seems to offer up an update of Michel Polnareff's earlier dreamy sound! The instrumentation and rhythms are more electric than before, but the production ... LP, Vinyl record album
Disc AZ/Epic (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Mindblowing work from a young Michel Polnareff – spacey pop from late 60s France, with a sound that's completely sublime! Polnareff's never been taken up as strongly as Serge Gainsbourg or Jane Birkin by English-speaking audiences, but we think his music is equally great – a baroquely ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner/Be With (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet AOR grooves, served up here in French – which makes for a nice change from some of the more familiar American work of the time! Yet even past the language, the album's got a very special highlight in the keyboard work of Marc Moulin – still very funky here, as in his initial 70s ... 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
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
Warner, 2017. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
AZ/Universal (France), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest Brigitte Bardot albums you could ever buy – some of the grooviest, sexiest work the famous French actress ever cut! The album's overflowing with excellent original material written by Bardot by Serge Gainsbourg and Francis Lai – two of our favorite French composers ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips/Mercury (France), 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (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
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
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy
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
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1983. New Copy
A later album from Jane B, but one that's still pretty darn groovy, thanks to arrangements from Alan Hawkshaw! The overall sound is somewhat in keeping with the date – keyboards and rhythms that sound more 80s than 70s – but the tunes themselves have all the breathy, sensual qualities ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
The nation of France may well respect its poets more than anywhere else – and the music of Jacques Prevert is a great testament to the role of the writer in mainstream French culture! This set is maybe the best we've ever seen to focus on the music that came from the pen of Prevert – ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961/1962. New Copy 3CD
Groovy sounds from 60s France, plus a few Canadian tracks too – all numbers that take off in the globally-popular twist style of the time, but which feature French language lyrics in the lead! The "twist" here is taken in a nicely wide way – more romping rockers that draw ... CD
 
Updated October 20, 2017


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