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Swingle SingersBachanalia (Jazz Sebastian Bach 1 & 2) ... LP
Philips, Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
A fantastic bit of vocal jazz, sung by the legendary Swingle Singers in a style that shaped easy listening and soundtrack music for years to come! The French group had roots in vocalese jazz traditions – from groups like Lambert Hendricks & Ross or Les Double Six – but for this groundbreaking album, they moved into a semi-classical vein, and did these great jazzy takes on compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. The whole thing sounds hokey, but it's plenty groovy – and it was a huuuuge influence on easy and soundtrack work for decades to come, including the wonderful work of I Cantori Moderni and some of the groovier French composers. This 2LP set brings together both volumes of their Jazz Sebastian Bach series – with titles that include "Gigue", "prelude No 19", "Preambule", "Badinerie", "Fugue In D Minor", "Bouree", and "Aria". (Vocalists, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a light stain at the bottom.)

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