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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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Le Pop Musik (Germany), 2016. New Copy
New sounds from the contemporary French music scene – a huge amount of excellent tracks you might not come across on your own! Unlike some of the previous volumes in the Le Pop series, which might have skewed towards more classic-sounding music – the range of styles here is pretty ... CD
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Du Chant A La Une Vol 1 & 2
Philips/Doxy, 1958. New Copy (reissue)
Some of Serge Gainsbourg's first recordings – a mixture of left bank chic, jazzy rhythms, and some of the strangest songwriting to grace the Parisian scene! All titles feature great backings by Alain Goraguer, Serge's longtime musical partner, who brings in some wonderful elements to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Philips/4 Men With Beards, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic Serge Gainsbourg album – and the BB initials in the title belong to Brigitte Bardot! This rare gem from 1968 is a second set of tracks that Serge cut with Brigitte Bardot – and it's a doozy! The record repeats a few tracks from their other effort (Bonnie & Clyde) ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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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
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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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Le Pop Musik (Germany), 2016. New Copy 2LP
New sounds from the contemporary French music scene – a huge amount of excellent tracks you might not come across on your own! Unlike some of the previous volumes in the Le Pop series, which might have skewed towards more classic-sounding music – the range of styles here is pretty ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1960/1961. New Copy
Rare live material from the great Jacques Brel – almost all of which has never been issued before, and stands as a much-needed addition to his catalog of classics in the 60s! The recordings are great – done for radio, and re-presented here with fidelity that's every bit as rich as Brel' ... CD
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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
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Universal (France), 2016. New Copy 2CD
One of the coolest artists working on the French music scene in recent years – and one of the few who can really take us back to the days of older giants like Serge Gainsbourg or Jean-Claude Vannier! Biolay's got a reputation that's every bit as strong as both of them – two decades of ... CD
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Lolita Go Home
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin take Jane's ever-growing trash rock aesthetic into the Euro club world of the 70s – and the result is an insane batch of tracks that are among Birkin's craziest work of the decade! She sings with an incredibly deadpan style – as you'll hear especially ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Comme D'Habitude
Philips/Elemental (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
Very groovy work from French singer Claude Francois – and a set that's got all the mod touches you might expect from his image on the cover! Claude gets some strong UK help here from arrangers Reg Guest and David Whitaker, who both give the tunes a nice sort of London punch – some ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Electro Rapide
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Rare and unreleased instrumentals from the great French orchestral pop composer Jean Claude Vannier – amazing stuff from his personal archive that ranges from loosely haunting passes to more grandly orchestrated bits – funky psych rock backdrops to heavy, tribal percussion numbers! ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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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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
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Universal (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 12CD
A special set that focuses on the second half of the career of Dalida – a huge French singer who first got her start in the 50s, but who here is working on material from the 70s and beyond – all handled by her brother and artistic director, Orlando! Dalida was already a fully-formed ... CD
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France Gall (1964)
Philips/Twitchin Beat (Germany), 1964. New Copy (reissue)
Early work by one of the grooviest singers in the French pop scene of the 60s – the lovely France Gall, working here with some very swinging arrangements from Alain Gouraguer! The grooves are wonderful throughout – sometimes jazzy, sometimes more in a "yeh yeh" pop vein ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 13CD
One of the greatest singers to ever grace the French language – and a hell of a songsmith, too – given that the music of Jacques Brel has gone onto influence generations to come! Brel burst on the scene in the 50s – fresh from his native Belgium – and immediately took the ... CD
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Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 3CD
A whopping collection that features a wealth of soundtrack material recorded by Serge Gainsbourg! Serge is certainly famous enough for his pop recordings of the 60s and 70s – but he also turned his talents to countless films over the years, penning great sexy and groovy tunes that were among ... CD
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Palermo Hollywood
Universal (France), 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the coolest artists working on the French music scene in recent years – and one of the few who can really take us back to the days of older giants like Serge Gainsbourg or Jean-Claude Vannier! Biolay's got a reputation that's every bit as strong as both of them – two decades of ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated December 10, 2016


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