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XSound library funk, grooves, and breaks -- from Italy, France, England, and beyond -- on labels like KPM, DeWolfe, and Bruton!

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Modern Sound Quartet (Oscar Rocchi)Horoscope (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Edizioni Minstrel/Spettro (Italy), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A fantastic trip into the twelve signs of the Zodiac, courtesy of the Modern Sound Quartet – a very funky instrumental group that features lots of sweet keyboards from Oscar Rocchi! The music follows a similar format to other great zodiac funk records of the 70s – in that each of the tracks has a different spirit, designed to match the mood of the horoscope sign – although given that each of them gets a 70s electric approach, there's still a nicely unified feel to the set! Grooves run from funky cop/crime work to some more sophisticated modes – and titles include "Lion", "Virgin", "Cancer", "Scorpion", "The Gemini", "Balance", "Fishes", and "Aries". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)
 
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Janko NilovicChorus ... LP
Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
Very groovy work from the legendary Janko Nilovic – a set that's every bit as funky as some of his other records, but one that has a slightly different twist as well! The "chorus" in the title is appropriate – as there's a flurry of wordless vocals in the mix of this one – a group who draw from some surprisingly soulful currents to appear on some of the album's best tracks with a style that's more groovy soul ensemble than other uses of chorus styles at the time! Given the mod styles of the tunes, the whole thing almost feels like some lost funky Galt MacDermot stage production – especially as the lead female singer in the group has an especially great range, and might even be a better-known soul singer working without any credit on the date. Janko's blend of keyboards, basslines, and other instrumentation is wonderful – and titles include "Boom Bang", "Ilion", "One Together", "Third Power", "Mrs Brown", "Down Down", and "Magical World". LP, Vinyl record album

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Vampires Sound Incorporation (Manfred Huebler & SiPsychedelic Dance Party ... LP
Mercury/Wah Wah (Spain), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Not a real set of vampires working together to make music – but instead a mad studio collaboration from groovy German funkmeisters Manfred Huebler & Sigi Schwab – and one of the albums that formed the musical blueprint for the famous Vampyros Lesbos films from Jess Franco! This set's a very cool concept album – issued by Mercury at the end of the 60s in Germany, and immediately lost to the shifting sands of time – but with a vibe that easily rivals both the best sound library funk albums of the period, and some of the most unique German experiments to combine funk and psych! Given Huebler and Schwab's contemporary work on a lot of those projects they're perfect for the record – which mixes funky drums with Sigi's tripped-out guitars, Manfred's keyboards, and lots of other great work on electric sitar, Hammond, flutes, and lots of weird percussion. There's some cool voices that kind of drift in and out of the mix, at an abstracted level – but the whole thing's really an instrumental outing – and titles include "The Lions & The Cucumbers", "Ghosts Or Good & Bad Onions", "Drug CX9", "Psycho Contact (parts 1 to 5)", "The Message", and "Countdown To Nowhere". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000! Includes booklet of notes, and movie poster too.)

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✨✧ John Cameron QuartetOff Centre ... CD
Deram/Vocalion (UK), 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
A landmark session from the British scene of the late 60s – one of the few small group jazz recordings done by pianist/arranger John Cameron, and a cracker of a set from start to finish! The record's got a very angular, very rhythmic groove – one that almost reminds us of the best 60s work of Roland Kirk at times – which is no surprise, as the great Kirk-influenced Harold McNair performs on the session with some lovely work on flute and tenor! But there's also a deeper sense of color and tone here than most of Roland's work – one that's informed by Cameron's rich array of work in the soundtrack and sound library scene – and which comes off with a gentle, casual quality that makes for some extremely compelling tunes. The record's got some fantastic modal numbers that are right up there in the best Gilles Peterson Impressed vein – and titles include "Troublemaker", "Go Away Come Back Another Day", "Off Centre", "Dafina Querida", "Omah Cheyenne", and "Splat". (Jazz, Sound Library) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ray Davies & The Button Down BrassThemes From The Exorcist, The French Connection, The Sting, & Other Great Films/Flashpoint ... CD
Pye/Vocalion (UK), 1974/1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two great albums from Ray "funky trumpet" Davies – not the lead singer of The Kinks, but a heck of a groovy British bandleader from the 70s! First up is an album of Themes From The Exorcist and other films – all familiar movie themes from the early 70s, penned by artists like Michel Legrand and Lalo Schifrin – but served up here by Ray's Button Down Brass in a very cool style – compressed funk, ala the best crime/cop modes of the time – but with lots of individual touches that make the songs very different than the original versions! Titles include "Point Blank", "Enter The Dragon", "Klute", "French Connection", "Tubular Bells", "Cops & Robbers", and "Beyond Tomorrow". Flashpoint continues with some great film themes again served up in the magic Ray Davies mode – a funky big band approach that makes the record every bit as compelling as the American Cop Shows album from Henry Mancini – but maybe groovier, too. Titles include "Kojak", "Big Boss", "Man With The Golden Gun", "Mr Majestyk", "Magnum Force", "Fist Of Fury", and "Airport 1975". (Now Sound, Sound Library) CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works in standard players!)

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✨✧ Steve Gray, Johnny Pearson, & Keith MansfieldGood Life – Sophisticated Sounds From The Bruton Music Library 1978 to 1985 ... CD
Bruton Music/Vocalion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sophisticated sounds, indeed – pulled from a time when the British sound library scene was really moving to the next level – and finding a strong identity that was all their own! There's plenty of sound library funk in the mix here, but there's also some deeper sophistication too – a shift that's almost like the change that CTI brought to jazz funk in the 70s – collected from some of the best Bruton Music library albums of the late 70s! Keyboard lines abound, and the horn passages are pretty darn great too – often cool and compressed, and soaring out nicely with the music. Composers include Keith Mansfield, Steve Gray, Robert Folk, Johnny Pearson, David Lindup, and others – and titles include "Night Games", "Sunshine Drive", "Hazy Days", "Golden Groove", "Flying Bird", "Vacation", "Honeymoon", "Early Riser", "Billowing Sails", "Chique", and "Voulez Vous". CD

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✨✧ VariousTime To Fly – Easy Listening From the KPM 1000 Series 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Vocalion (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Soaring grooves from the legendary KPM Sound Library – a set of tunes that sparkles with all the charm and glamour of early 70s air travel! The title and cover really fit the spirit of the music here – as most of the tracks are upbeat and sky-flying – the sorts of numbers that go way beyond the sleepier side of easy listening, and really show the way that Easy maestros of the 70s were picking up plenty of funky elements in their music! There's no hard funk tracks here – as you might find on other sound library sets – but there's definitely an undercurrent of groove, thanks to some well-chosen rhythms, strong use of electric bass, and an overall sense of flow in most of the orchestrations – a feel that reminds us a lot of some of the excellent Brigade Mondaine compilations from a few years back. The package really offers up a different look than usual at KPM – and the tunes are as classy as anything we might have loved years ago, on the legendary Sound Library collections. Titles include "Sun Lover", "The Great Outdoors", "Husky Birdsong", and "Towards The Sun" by Keith Mansfield; "Holiday People", "Soft Memories", "Gentle Breeze", "Summer Dreams", "Summer Season", and "Friendly Faces" by James Clarke; "Paradise Found" by Dick Doerschuk, "Silk Stream" by David Gold, "Busy Spectacle" and "Fun In The Sun" by Neil Richardson, "Sunseekers" by David Lindup, and "A Tender Touch" by Steve Gray. CD

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✨✧ Alan TewHanged Man/Drama Suite Parts 1 & 2/Themes International Compilation ... CD
Vocalion (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A legendary TV soundtrack – music for a show that only ran for 8 episodes, but which has lived on for decades past the original program! The Hanged Man features some of the funkiest grooves to ever come from the Themes International sound library label – cuts scored by Alan Tew, and played by the label's hip group of session musicians – including Alan Hawkshaw on keyboards and Alan Parker on guitar! Although originally billed to a group named Bullet, the recordings are actually straight sound library sessions – but funky enough to match the best cop/crime work of the time – similar to DeWolfe music used in The Sweeney! There's an armful of samples on here, and even more great funky instrumentals – and the set not only features the cuts issued as The Hanged Man soundtrack, but also the albums Drama Suite Vol 1 & 2 – the original sound library records that created the music. The CD features a whopping 47 tracks in all – including lots of short cuts never on any other Hanged Man releases – with titles that include "The Rub Contract Man", "Helicop", "Money Runner", "The Detectives", "Night Watch", "The Fence", "Total Silence", "Eyes", "Master Plan", "Big One Prelude", "Snout", "Car Patrol", and "The Heister". CD
 
 
 



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