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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!


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
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
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Sweet sweet work from Jane Birkin – an early solo set that steps strongly off of her classic duets with Serge Gainsbourg! In a way, this album's as much a record by Serge as it is by Jane – since Serge wrote almost all the tracks, and since the arrangements are handled by the legendary ... CD
Warner (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Fantastic French funk and psych – a very cool collection that goes way past the obvious hits of the 60s – to bring together some of the trippier tracks of the time! Despite the date range in the title, there's also some cuts here from the early 70s – the kind of wild numbers from ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Malamore
HoZac, 2016. New Copy
The Liminanas are looking hipper than ever on the cover of this album – and sounding hipper than ever too – really opening up that amazing sound that's made them one of our favorite French acts of the past decade or so! All the fuzz of previous records is still in place, but the vocals ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 December 16, 2017


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