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Qobuz’s experts gather all the essentials of each genre. These albums have marked music history and become major landmarks.

With the Ideal Discography you (re)discover legendary recordings, all whilst building on your musical knowledge.

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Pop - Released October 6, 2011 | Parlophone (France)

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Rock - Released November 24, 2010 | Parlophone (France)

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Influenced by the deaths of his father, former bandmate Daniel Roux (Aubert ‘n' Ko), and longtime friend Fred Chichin (Les Rita Mitsouko), Roc' Eclair is the unsurprisingly melancholic seventh studio album from former Téléphone frontman Jean-Louis Aubert. The follow-up to 2005's Ideal Standard pursues a more folk-rock direction than previous releases and includes the single "Demain Sera Parfait." © Jon O'Brien /TiVo
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Pop - Released September 8, 2010 | Parlophone (France)

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Pop - Released July 9, 2010 | Parlophone (France)

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Pop - Released November 14, 2005 | Parlophone (France)

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After many stubborn years in the pop desert with an ever-dwindling fan base, Telephone's former frontman scores not only with critics, but wins back older fans and garners new ones with Ideal Standard. The album is a solid pop/rock showcase for Jean-Louis Aubert's humanist concerns; it also contains a musical setting to Arthur Rimbaud's poem "Sensation" as the album closer. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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Pop - Released September 30, 2005 | Parlophone (France)

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After his 2003 debut album, L’Amour Parfait, which contained the benchmark single "C'est Quand le Bonheur?," Cali became one of the brightest of France’s emerging pop stars. After a couple of live releases, this set, Menteur, his sophomore studio effort, hit the streets in the fall of 2005. Some editions include the bonus track “La Lettre.” © Steve Leggett /TiVo
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Pop - Released October 24, 2003 | Parlophone (France)

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The third studio album from French pop superstar -M- (aka Mathieu Chédid) features 15 cuts, all of which help to reinforce the idiosyncratic, award-winning artist’s reputation for crafting truly adventurous rock/jazz/pop songs with an international flair. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Pop - Released August 18, 2003 | Parlophone (France)

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Pop - Released April 7, 2003 | Parlophone (France)

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Pop - Released October 28, 2002 | Parlophone (France)

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While cynics have put Jane Birkin's motivations for this concert recording in question, their suspicions say more about them than about this music. Arabesque, which is finally available in America, is singer and actress Birkin's tribute to the music of the late Serge Gainsbourg, her mentor, late (and ex) husband, and producer. Recorded in March 2002 at the Olympia Theater in Paris, Arabesque puts the music of Gainsbourg, one of France's most unlikely and beloved national heroes, into an altogether different context: North African folk music as it meets new age exotica. And does it ever work. With a quintet of Arabic musicians backing her, Birkin uses her austere French to give new utterance and meaning to Gainsbourg's tunes, from the stunningly beautiful and heartbreaking read of "Elisa," which feels like the sunrise on a desert plain, to the forlorn, lilting violin of Djamel Ben Yelles over keyboards and hand percussion that poetically inform "L'Amour de Moi" as they entwine the duet vocals of Birkin and Memouen. "Couleur Café," a Gainsbourg classic, is decorated with Caribbean and Latin percussion, and Birkin's dry delivery is nonetheless full of off-color suggestive delight. "Valse de Melody" is full of arid and prayerful intonations by Memouen before Birkin enters to sing backup on this gorgeous song of desolation and mourning. Birkin's radical reworking of these songs would no doubt have pleased Gainsbourg, because she infuses them with the soul of an innocent who longs to be a rake, and one who understands implicitly their worth as both pop songs and works of erotic and necessary poetry. Her reading of "Amours des Feintes" is colored by an aching, long-suffering grace that voices its disbelief in the absence of the Beloved. As the set ends first with "Baby Alone in Babylone" (sic) and finally with the a cappella "La Javanaise," Birkin's transformation of Gainsbourg is complete; she has rendered his music universally communicable, accessible to any audience whether or not they speak French. It is the music of passion, of heartbreak, of loneliness, and of longing, and given the musical framework she has chosen, these songs come across as poetry that flows effortlessly from the font in the dark rivers of the heart. Arabesque is a sensual and musical triumph as well as an aesthetic treasure. Hopefully the album -- and the DVD which is also available -- will make Gainsbourg's music known by scores who would not otherwise have been blessed to encounter him. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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Pop - Released October 5, 2001 | Parlophone (France)

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Pop - Released October 15, 2000 | Parlophone (France)

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Henri Salvador was born in 1917 in Cayenne, French Guiana. He studied music in Paris and played with Django Reinhardt on one occasion. He started playing guitar seriously in Paris in 1935. His stay in the interior of Brazil is evident in much of his music. His sound is a combination of Parisian cabaret, Brazilian bossa nova, and French Antillean influences. This particular album shows his range of influences very well. His unguent vocals infuse an ambience of sensuous silk and soft tropical breezes. He also displays his great sense of humor in his lyrics, for which he is renowned in France and his homeland. "Jardin d'Hiver" tells of all the images he would like to have inhabit his winter garden. It is a touching portrait and sung very soulfully. The instrumental accompaniment throughout the album is very much muted but exceptional in its evocation of the ambience that his voice creates. The duet with Françoise Hardy on "Le Fou de la Reine" is a fine example of the finesse of both artists. The album won the Victoire de la Musique award in France for the year 2000. A highly recommended introduction to this prolific artist. [This album was re-released under the title Room with a View in early 2002 on the Blue Note label, including a bonus track.] © Mark Romano /TiVo