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✨✧ Laurence Vanay (Jacqueline Thibault)Galaxies (180 2LP gram pressing) (with bonus tracks) ... LP
SFP/Lion, 1974. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Totally wonderful sounds from Laurance Vanay (aka Jacqueline Thibault) – an album that's heavy on keyboard sounds throughout – including these really moody Hammond organ lines that are handled in a style that's a lot closer to work on Fender Rhodes! The album's neither jazz nor prog – but has this really special sort of feel that's completely unique – very personal and poetic, while still having the power of some of the best rock instrumental sets of the time! Jacqueline sings a bit on the record – often in these soft, gentle spots – but overall the main focus is on the instrumentation, with some added drums, guitars, and a bit of flute and percussion. Titles include "Le Loup Qui Pleure", "La Grand Voile", "Soleil Rouge", "Le Coeur Lourd", and "Galaxies". Include a bonus LP, too –with extra material that includes include "L'Ete En Cage", "Glaciers Interdits" (a whole side of alternate versions), "4 Nuages", "Chris Chant", and "Catalepsie" (as Nanajo). (Rock, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies. Includes a 4-panel of notes & photos – plus second LP of extra material!)

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✨✧ Laurence Vanay (Jacqueline Thibault)La Petite Fenetre ... LP
Lion, Late 70s. Used (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Never-heard sounds from French experimentalist Jacqueline Thibault – aka Laurence Vanay – and music that's every bit as wonderful as those on her other rare few records! The tracks here all appear for the first time ever – pulled from original tapes by Lion Productions, who've done such a great job with reissues of Jacqueline's other music – and the spirit here is a beautiful blend of jazzy currents, eletronic melodies, and some more tuneful moments – almost all instrumental, and done with the warmly trippy styles that Thibault was creating at the French Chateau D'Herouville studio in the 70s. As with other Lion projects, the history here is as compelling as the music – and the package has very detailed notes, and interview material as well – alongside titles that include "L'Oiseau De Lune", "La Petite Fenetre", "L'Avenir", "Lettre A Ma Petit Fille", "Requiem En Blue", "Arc En Ciel", and "Chantal". (Rock, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert.)

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✨✧ Laurence Vanay (Jacqueline Thibault)La Petite Fenetre (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Lion, Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Never-heard sounds from French experimentalist Jacqueline Thibault – aka Laurence Vanay – and music that's every bit as wonderful as those on her other rare few records! The tracks here all appear for the first time ever – pulled from original tapes by Lion Productions, who've done such a great job with reissues of Jacqueline's other music – and the spirit here is a beautiful blend of jazzy currents, eletronic melodies, and some more tuneful moments – almost all instrumental, and done with the warmly trippy styles that Thibault was creating at the French Chateau D'Herouville studio in the 70s. As with other Lion projects, the history here is as compelling as the music – and the package has very detailed notes, and interview material as well – alongside titles that include "L'Oiseau De Lune", "La Petite Fenetre", "L'Avenir", "Lettre A Ma Petit Fille", "Requiem En Blue", "Arc En Ciel", and "Chantal". CD features 8 more bonus tracks not on the LP! (Rock, Sound Library) CD
(Limited edition of 500!)
 
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Modern Sound Quartet (Oscar Rocchi)Horoscope (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Edizioni Minstrel/Spettro (Italy), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
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)... $24.99
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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Alan TewHanged Man/Drama Suite Parts 1 & 2/Themes International Compilation ... CD
Vocalion (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... $9.99
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
(Out of print.)

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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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✨✧ VariousSounds Of The Times – From The KPM & Conroy Music Libraries 1970 to 1977 ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of Brit sound library work – most of it from the legendary KPM 1000 Series, plus assorted bits from the Conroy label as well! The work here leans heavily towards funky jazz – those fuzzy, hard-driving tunes that always made KPM sides a key choice for action films and cop shows – and which have made digging through sound library records such a delight all these many decades later! The compilers did a really wonderful job with this set – creating a feel that's a bit different than the usual sound library collection – because although funky overall, the package also features some jazzy moments too – key cuts that are interspersed with the action moments to create a really fleshed-out sense of mood and feeling. Plus, the set list is huge – 25 tracks in all, running for well over 70 minutes – truly the treasure trove we promised at the start of this review, with titles that include "Soul For Sale" and "Tycoon" by Keith Mansfield, "Block Buster" and "Head In The Clouds" by Johnny Pearson, "Loco Motion" and "Soul Foot Strut" by Dave Gold, "Traffic" and "Challenger" by Alan Hawkshaw, "Short Cut" by James Clarke, "Heavy Traffic" by James Cameron, "Speculation" by David Lindup, "Vegas To LA" by Dick Doerschuk, "Tough Assignment" by Chris Gunning, "Speedway" by Nick Ingman, "String Boogie" by Brian Bennett, and "The Double Take" by Steve Gray. CD

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✨✧ Francis MonkmanClassical Concussion/Predictions ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of late 70s sound library sets from Brit composer Francis Monkman – back to back on a single CD! First up is Classical Concussion – a set that's maybe not nearly as "classical" as you'd guess from the title, even though Monkman uses a nice batch of strings in the instrumentation – but working with cool elements that often have a 70s film action sort of vibe – not entirely funky, but often upbeat and soaring – with some nice electric instrumentation in the grooves! Some titles are presented in shorter snippets with a few variations, some in one longer take – and titles include "Risk Runner", "Power Games", "Air Streams", "Sheer Release", "Release Of Energy", and "Power Pulse". Predictions is one of the most electric sets we've ever heard from Francis Monkman – a set that's got a fair bit of sweet keyboards in the mix, all with a nicely lean late 70s vibe! The approach is a bit like horror soundtrack material at times, but maybe a bit brighter overall – in keeping with some of Monkman's other sound library material for KPM – with a few bolder, more action-driven themes, alongside mellower, moodier, spacier moments. Titles include "Island Universe", "Hyperdrive", "Hypercharge", "Passajig", "Starbirth", "Prelude", and "Leading The Field". CD

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✨✧ Francis Monkman/Paul HartEnergism/Futurism ... CD
Bruton Music/Vocalion (UK), 1978/1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet keyboard work from the UK sound library scene at the end of the 70s – two very forward-thinking records with lots of space age touches! First up is Energism – a set that's heavy on keyboards, moog, and synth from Francis Monkman – all played with a tight rhythm section that keeps things driving throughout – with a vibe that's different than some of the more spare electronic sound library records of previous years! There's a style here that almost prefaces 80s film scoring – especially horror and crime – and Monkman isn't afraid to use the synth in a very dramatic way, which is a real plus with us. Titles include "Perpetual Motion", "The Achievements Of Man", "Man & Superman", "The Ascent Of Man", and "Bionics". Futurism features lots more keyboards from Paul Hart – played in a mix of eerie, cosmic lines and more forward-moving moments – all with the dynamism of a great action soundtrack, and with a good ear for a melody as well! Hart's kind of in the second generation of Brit electronic theme music here – post Doctor Who, but still with all the great elements of those years. Titles include "Pace Of Change", "Nucleus", "Futurism", "Prospect", "Times To Come", and "Speed Factor". CD
 
 
 



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