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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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Brigitte Fontaine (1972)
Saravah (France), 1972. New Copy
A fantastic album by this enigmatic French singer – one of her first truly experimental albums! The record differs from some of her other albums quite a bit – and has a very strange mix of styles that go from straight ahead (only a track or two), to wildly experimental – very ... CD
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Le Bonheur
Saravah (France), 1975. New Copy
Perhaps one of the most hauntingly beautiful albums by the team of Brigitte Fontaine and Areski – although we'll admit that we love all of them almost equally well! If you haven't heard their records, we can't even begin to describe them – but let us just say that they feature fragile ... CD
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Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme – Fontaine 4
Saravah (France), 1973. New Copy
Beautiful duets between Brigitte Fontaine and Areski – and an album that's filled with loads of short little tracks that stand with some of their greatest work ever! Instrumentation is spare, but incredibly haunting – a bit jazzy at times, slightly experimental at others – but ... CD
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Vous Et Nous
Saravah (France), 1977. New Copy
A brilliant collaboration between these two dark moody French singers – every bit as great as their classics from the early 70s! Recorded in 1977, with enough material to make up 2 LPs, this set features 33 tracks that slip and slide into each other with cool sounds, spare instrumentation, ... CD
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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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Jacques Higelin & Areski
Saravah (France), Early 70s. New Copy
Beautifully quirky work from two of the most enigmatic French singer/songwriters of the 70s! You may know Areski's work from his albums with Brigitte Fontaine – but this album has a strangely different sound, one that's punctuated by Higelin's whimsy and madness – creating an approach ... CD
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Le Pollen
Saravah (France), 1982. New Copy
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard from Pierre Barouh – a rare Japanese recording done in the early 80s, with a sound that's quite different from his earlier work – but equally great! The album's never too poppy, or overdone – certainly quite far from conventional ... CD
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Philips/Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 60s. New Copy 3 CDs
The complete work of Les Parisiennes – a lovely female French pop group from the 60s – supervised by pianist Claude Bolling! The 3CD package brings together all the quartet's music for Philips Records in the mid 60s – a surprisingly big batch of recordings, given that most of ... CD
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Saravah/Sony (Japan), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy
A wonderful collection of female French work from the excellent Saravah label – an assortment of lesser-known tracks that show that the imprint has way more to offer than just their famous records by Brigitte Fontaine! Most of the work here is from the same crucial period when Fontaine ... 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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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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Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1963. New Copy
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 ... 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 – ... CD
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Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Anthologys (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold
An excellent batch of work 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 ... CD
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Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 20CD
An amazing collection of work from Serge Gainsbourg – a set that definitely lives up to the "integrale" promise in the title, as it includes every single album he ever recorded, plus loads more singles and rare bits too – all packaged in a really lavish set! Even if you've ... CD
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Saravah/Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 60s/Early 70s/Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy 2 CDs
A beautiful tribute to the legendary French label Saravah – founded by songwriter Pierre Barouh with his royalties from the worldwide hit "A Man & A Woman" – then run for decades as a model of recording innovation and collaborative creativity! The sound of Saravah is ... CD
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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 Pierre Barouh! Barouh was the ultimate left bank hipster in the postwar years ... CD
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Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1964. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A real step forward for the amazing Francoise Hardy – a singer who was already great at the start, but who reaches out a bit more globally here – as she works with Brit arranger Charles Blackwell, in a mode that's got a bit of groovy 60s London in the mix! The tracks include many ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
 
Updated May 30, 2016


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