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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Africa - Released March 23, 2018 | World Circuit

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French Music - Released April 8, 2003 | Believe

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French Music - Released January 1, 1974 | Believe

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French Music - Released January 1, 2006 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released October 19, 2009 | Naive

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Hailed as the wunderkind of a new generation of French songwriters, Benjamin Biolay has often divided opinion, as his undeniable talents are not always exempt from narcissism. His sprawling double-album La Superbe will provide both admirers and critics with plenty of ammunition. While many contemporary French artists have unabashedly attempted to present themselves as the natural heir to Serge Gainsbourg, Biolay is arguably the strongest contender to the throne. He is a consummate master of the sultry boy/girl dialogue against an ostinato motif of swirling strings that Gainsbourg patented in the '60s, and that since the '90s has seemingly become the Holy Grail of a hefty chuck of the alternative scene (Pulp, Divine Comedy, Tindersticks, Blur, Portishead, Placebo, Suede, etc.). Nowhere is this more evident in La Superbe than in "Brandt Rhapsodie," where Biolay and Jeanne Cherhal act out an entire French film of the "couple conversation" genre inside of a five-minute pop song, with results that are -- much like those films -- as seductive as they can be infuriating. The same applies for much of this album. Biolay is clearly at the top of his game as a composer and arranger, and indeed La Superbe sounds like the ultimate decalogue of French sensuality, but there is a limit as to how many long-winded, cinematic, spoken monologues on sex, the futility of life, and languid bitterness a record can hold. This ambitious but definitely self-indulgent project plays almost like a suite and can too easily become a sensuous sonic blur, one where it becomes hard to discern individually memorable songs. It should be noted, however, that La Superbe was greeted with rave reviews in France, many judging it to be Biolay's masterpiece. Still, in spite of its impeccable realization, one cannot help but to recommend the perfect pop conciseness of early Biolay albums, such as Rose Kennedy or L'Origine, to the lush abandon and excess of La Superbe. ~ Mariano Prunes

French Music - Released November 24, 1973 | WM France

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French Music - Released January 1, 2011 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released January 1, 1971 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 2007 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released January 1, 2011 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released January 1, 2011 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released September 7, 2015 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

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French Music - Released January 1, 2010 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Marianne Mélodie

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French Music - Released January 1, 2007 | Marianne Mélodie

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Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released January 1, 1967 | Philips

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Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released January 8, 2015 | Ariola

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Released in 1999, Na Pressão (Under Pressure) was a key album in Lenine’s career and the symbol of the successful transition of mpb (música popular brasileira – Brazilian popular music) into the new millennium. This musician from Recife is the natural heir to Chico Science, who passed away in 1997 and was the leader of the band Nação Zumbi and instigator of the mangue bit movement that promoted and practiced a mix of cultural heritage and modernity. On his second solo album, Lenine perfectly synthesises the ingredients and eclectic and asserted influences that make up his grammar as a composer. Rural traditions from Pernambuco, international urban music (rock, hip-hop, electro-pop), languid ballades inherited from bossa nova and collages inspired by the Tropicália movement: everything blends or takes turns in an unexpected and exciting flow. Twenty years later, these compositions have proved timeless, the interpretation and arrangements still sound good and the production, which cleverly blends acoustic sounds and digital effects, has not aged one bit. A postmodern classic that could only originate from Brazil, a country where external influences are expertly recycled without losing its own identity. © BM/Qobuz

Africa - Released December 8, 2014 | Analog Africa

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French Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Division Barclay

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LA BOHEME takes, however loosely, inspiration from the opera of Parisian bohemian life, but this is neither a recasting of Puccini's work nor a cohesive work in its own right. Aznavour's songs--as always, he wrote or co-wrote the lot--are neither as proudly, defiantly outcast as those of his mentor, Edith Piaf, nor a creepily salacious as his most obvious pupil, Serge Gainsbourg. There's a dignity to even Aznavour's most maudlin tales, helped immensely by his less-than-perfect but infinitely expressive voice, which meshes beautifully with Paul Mauriat's lush but never overpowering orchestrations. Americans and others who only know Aznavour from Reprise Records' misguided attempt to turn him into the French Perry Como--at home, he's a national treasure--would do well to start here for the beginning of their reappraisal.
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Ska & Rocksteady - Released October 18, 2014 | Gorgon Records

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