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We parlez plenty about this section -- and pride ourselves on an elite selection of French music treasures!


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Brigitte Fontaine (1972)
Superior Viaduct, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Trash Yeye
EMI (France), 2007. Used
Benjamin Biolay's looking a bit strung out on the cover, but the music here is as warmly charming as ever – a sublime modern French take on territory first explored by Serge Gainsbourg in the 60s! Biolay's production, as always, is impeccable – a beautiful blend of warmth and grit, ... CD
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RPM (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Rare rockers from the earliest days of the French scene – work that's often much more tied to American styles than French material from a few years later – but in a really great way that hangs onto all the best raw and rockabilly modes of the late 50s! Lyrics are often in French, and ... CD
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Barclay (France), 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold
Titles include "Les Fenetres", "Les Bigotes", "La Fanete", "Au Suivant", "Les Bonbons", "Le Dernier Repas", and "Les Filles Et Les Chiens". LP, Vinyl record album
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Putumayo, 2006. Used
No description available. CD
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Universal/Jacques Canetti (France), 1963. Used
A classic album of vocal tracks from one of France's greatest actresses – the lovely Jeanne Moreau, who's also a fantastic singer! The set is packaged with images from many of Jean's classic films – Jules et Jim, Ascenseur Pour L'Echaufaud, La Notte – all set inside a gatefold ... CD
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L'Origine
EMI (France), 2005. Used
Enormously compelling work from Benjamin Biolay – easily one of the freshest talents working on the French scene of the past 20 years – and a key figure in the transformation of the sound of pop over the past few! The album's one of Biolay's strongest musical statements to date – ... CD
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Entre 2 Gares
EMI (Canada), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. Used 2CD
No description available. CD
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Rose Kennedy
Virgin (France), 2002. Used
A wonderful set of moody pop numbers – recorded by Benjamin Biolay, one of France's greatest pop producers of recent years! Biolay's had a hand in work by Keren Ann and Coralie Clement – and on his own, as a singer, he sounds every bit as great as those two artists – working in a ... CD
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Clara Et Moi
EMI (France), 2004. Used
A beautiful little CD that displays the full range of talents of Benjamin Biolay – one of our favorite new French singers and producers since the 70s! Biolay's got a classic sound that takes us back to the best of Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, and Michel Polnareff – and his music for ... CD
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Of Smiles And Tears
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Brazilian rhythms meet French pop – all in an incredible album from the lovely Christiane Legrand! Christiane's probably best known for her work in the Swingle Singers – or for being the sister of the famous Michel Legrand, who she helped on a few soundtracks – but she sounds ... CD
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Philips (France), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Serge Gainsbourg reinvents "La Marseillaise" into a surprisingly great reggae groover – heard here in a host of mixes that further expand on its original genius! The 1979 recording was done at Dynamic Sounds in Kingston – with help from Sly & Robbie, and a host of top ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Philips (France), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest, grooviest tunes from Serge Gainsbourg's crucial period of experimentation with reggae rhythms – a tune that's gone onto be one of the best from his Kingston stretch of recording – thanks to an approach that makes the cut work equally well as a dubby, stepping number ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Jeanne Chante Jeanne
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy
A wonderful record by the great French actress Jeanne Moreau – and proof that she was a pretty great vocalist too! This unique album has Jean singing a sweet batch of original compositions (we had no idea she was a songwriter too!) – set to musical arrangements written for the album by ... CD
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Trouble In Mind, Late 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy Gatefold
A much-needed collection of all the cool little extra bits from this extra-hip French duo – a group we've loved for their previous records on the Trouble In Mind label, and who really come through with this extra serving of goodies! The sound here is just what we love from the pair – ... 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 ... 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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Fontana/Light In The Attic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme – Fontaine 4
Saravah/Superior Viaduct, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated August 02, 2015


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