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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!


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Salut Les Copains
Polydor (France), 1960s. New Copy 2CD
One of the greatest French female singers of the 60s – presented here in a double length collection of work! If you've gotta dig one gal vocalist of the Parisian scene of the time, Gall is definitely your girl – as her brash, bold style of singing really sums up the hippest, grooviest ... 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
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
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
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), 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
Mercury (France), Mid 60s. New Copy
A set of music that's as groovy as you'd expect from the look of the cover – a quartet of French female singers, all working with legendary jazz arranger Claude Bolling – on work that's quite an unusual mix of modes! At some level, the quartet format makes for a jaunty approach to ... 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
Vogue/Light In The Attic, 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A very groovy record from the legendary Francoise Hardy – a set that's not only got the lovely lady out front on vocals and acoustic guitar, but one that also features totally great arrangements from Brit maestro Johnny Harris – who gives most of the record a slightly different vibe ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Brigitte Fontaine Est
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1968. New Copy
The Saravah Records debut from this amazing French singer – done with a wonderful sound that really links two generations of French music! At some level, the album's got a slightly more standard feel – bits of jazz, but inflected freshly – almost like the sublime Jeanne Moreau ... CD
 
Updated April 30, 2017


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