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Laurence Vanay (Jacqueline Thibault)La Petite Fenetre (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Lion, Late 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
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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✨✧ Laurence Vanay (Jacqueline Thibault)Les Soleile De La Vie (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Lion, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The never-heard follow-up to Laurence Vanay's Evening Colours album – material recorded in 1977, and appearing here for the first time ever – as part of Lion Production's wonderful exposition of work by the artist who was actually Jacqueline Thibault! As with Evening Colours, the style here is one that begins with spare electronics and keyboards, but expands things out a bit more – not into territory that's actually proggish, but which does feature a slightly more jamming sensibility, and the addition of bass and drums to really move things forward! There's no vocals at all – save for occasional "vocalizations" that are more part of the music – and Thibault recorded most of the work by overdubbing on a Revox, then adding in the drums, guitar, and a bit of flute. For a project that was never released, the album's got a wonderful sense of cohesion – and the full story is told in the detailed notes included! Titles include "Majunga", "Oualidia", "Des Eclats De Lune", "Chant De Loire Et De Mer", "Quatre Nuages", "Les Soleils De La Vie", "Mor", "L'Ete En Cage", and "L'Etoile De L'Au Dela". CD features 6 more bonus tracks – including "Mini Danse", "Petit Prince", "Porteur De Lumiere", and "Mon Vaisseau De Pierre". (Rock, Sound Library) CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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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)Les Soleile De La Vie (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Lion, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The never-heard follow-up to Laurence Vanay's Evening Colours album – material recorded in 1977, and appearing here for the first time ever – as part of Lion Production's wonderful exposition of work by the artist who was actually Jacqueline Thibault! As with Evening Colours, the style here is one that begins with spare electronics and keyboards, but expands things out a bit more – not into territory that's actually proggish, but which does feature a slightly more jamming sensibility, and the addition of bass and drums to really move things forward! There's no vocals at all – save for occasional "vocalizations" that are more part of the music – and Thibault recorded most of the work by overdubbing on a Revox, then adding in the drums, guitar, and a bit of flute. For a project that was never released, the album's got a wonderful sense of cohesion – and the full story is told in the detailed notes included! Titles include "Majunga", "Oualidia", "Des Eclats De Lune", "Chant De Loire Et De Mer", "Quatre Nuages", "Les Soleils De La Vie", "Mor", "L'Ete En Cage", and "L'Etoile De L'Au Dela". (Rock, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies, housed in a tip on jacket.)
 
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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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Roger Webb, Pete Moore, & OthersHustlers – Dramatic Music From The Chappell Library 1970 to 1977 ... CD
Chappell/Vocalion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
Dramatic music, but pretty darn groovy music as well – served up here in a set of work from the under-reissued Chappell sound library in the UK! The work here is full of jazzy currents, but often set to tight larger arrangements that have all the best appeal of the sorts of soundtrack material you'd get in 70s TV work – really appealing themes mixed with sharper action moments – served up in this wonderful blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation that easily rivals the best soundtrack material from the time by folks like Lalo Schifrin or Henry Mancini! We'd not heard most of these tunes before, and every one's a winner – in a set list of 23 tracks that include "Sky Diver" by Lee Mason, "The Bright Lights" by Roger Webb, "Countdown" by Cy Payne, "Magazine" by Jack Arel, "Rainbow Bridge" by Roger Webb, "The Sun Seekers" by James Clarke, "Top Gear" by Lee Mason, "Black Fire" by Cy Payne, "Downtown Incident" by Roger Webb, "Black Shadow" by Pete Moore, "Breakaway" by Tony Osborne, and "The Hustlers" by Roger Webb. CD

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✨✧ Pasquale CastiglioneClouds ... LP
Spettro (Italy), New Copy (reissue)... About September 30, 2016
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✨✧ John ScottTheme Sets/Life's Ritual ... CD
Bruton Music/Vocalion (UK), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two nicely dramatic sound library sets from Johnny Scott – who you may know better from his jazzy work of the 60s! Scott really shows his evolution into a wider-ranging soundtrack artist with Theme Sets – a record that mixes exotic themes, military themes, thriller themes, and the kind of proud musical themes you might find in a 70s promotional film – all handled with acoustic instrumentation that's often undercut with slight electric elements for great dramatic emphasis. Titles include "Ominous Surroundings", "Proud Surroundings", "War Games", "Thrilling Surroundings", "Pentagon", and "One Step Ahead". Life's Ritual is a mix of sound library funk and exotic elements – almost in the territory of the great Mandingo records from the 70s, but with a more open vibe that often allows for mellower moments in the mix – flute lines which then get followed by more dramatic basslines, or a jazzy bit that then leads into something mellow or more moody. Titles include "Utopia Revisited", "Nature's Ritual", "Nature's Revelations", "Relentless Approach", and "Habitat". CD

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✨✧ James Clarke, Steve Gray, & Keith MansfieldGirl On The Beach/Gentle Sounds ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Gentle grooves from the KPM sound library – two great albums back to back on a single CD! First up is Girl On The Beach – soft, seductive grooves from James Clarke – delivered with a nicely mature feel, and one that really takes Easy up a few notches from conventional 60s forms! There's a subtle Brit feel here that's miles beyond American work of this nature – a way of giving things a gentle sort of funk, even when mellow – thanks to stepping electric bass in the background, really making magic behind some vibes, guitar, and jazzy horns. There's almost a Euro erotic feel to some numbers – and titles include "Little Racer", "Girl On The Beach", "Edge Of The World", "Running Away", "Feet In The Sea", and "Nocturne". Gentle Sounds is a set that definitely lives up to its title – and a record that features great KPM work from Johnny Pearson, Keith Mansfield, and Steve Gray! There's some subtle rhythms on most tracks – grooves, but gentle ones – often with some Latin or bossa percussion elements in the mix, blended with other instrumentation that includes acoustic guitar, flute, trumpet, and marimbas – all delivered with a beautifully mature style. This is grown-up late 60s Easy at its best – the kind that hit the best acoustics of the FM dial, for adults who really knew how to choose their sounds wisely. Titles include "The End Of The Day", "Please Mr Pearson", "Quiet Interlude", "Soft Sell", "Floating Bossa", and "Quiet Waltz". CD

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✨✧ David Gold, John Cameron, Alan Hawkshaw, et alBig City Suite & KPM 1000 Series Compilation 1972 to 1978 ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet KPM funk from the 70s – a set that features the legendary "Big City Suite" from David Gold, plus 20 other groovers from rare KPM sound library albums of the time! Gold's suite is really great – a hip mix of keyboards, wah wah guitar, and strings – all wrapped together warmly in a portrait of a city from a variety of angles, in a variety of moods. The work's almost an update of 50s city-symphony albums, but is put together here with a much hipper 70s soundtrack mode – lots of subtle elements that really keep things interesting! Other tracks offer up a mix of jazz, soundtrack, and sound library funk – hand-picked from KPM classics like Jazzrock, Synthesis, Sounds Of The Times, Trendsetters, and other legendary albums – really packed in here with a huge amount of cuts that are totally great! Titles include "Good Vibrations" and "Trial Of Strength" by Keith Mansfield, "Testing Time" by David Lindup, "Four O'Clock Earthquake" and "Smokey Joe's Dilemma" by John Cameron, "Watchful Eye" by James Clarke, "Sunshine Special" and "Get Ready Get Set Fly" by Alan Hawkshaw, "Open Roads" by Nick Ingman, "Go Getter" by John Cameron, "City Airscape" and "City Police" by David Gold, and "Lap Of Honour" by Clive Hicks. CD

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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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ VariousFlying Start – KPM 1000 Series Compilation 1968 to 1978 ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection from the KPM Sound Library – and a set that shows that the label didn't just put out crime and cop-styled funk! Instead, these tracks represent a nicely sophisticated array of sounds – tracks that offer up a bit of jazz, a touch of electronics, and some of the deeper themes you'd expect from some of the bigger names in 70s soundtrack composition – all mixed with groovy elements that keeps the whole thing as lively as the other sound library collections from Vocalion! There's a nicely light vibe to some cuts – billed here with themes that include "miniature moods", "industry/awards", "metropolis", and "dramatic backgrounds" – and the package features a whopping 28 tracks in all – including "Rat Race" by Nick Ingman, "World Series" by Keith Mansfield, "Guide Path" by Neil Richardson, "Fight For Survival" by Johnny Pearson, "Love Poem" by Keith Mansfield, "Computology" by John Cameron, "Flying Start" by David Lindup, "Sublimation" by Stan Tracey, "Sunny Start" by James Clarke, "Automation" by Nick Ingman, "Mood Macabre" by Stan Tracey, and "Tension" by John Dankworth. CD

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✨✧ VariousLiquid Sunshine – Easy Listening From The KPM 1000 Series 1970 to 1978 ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Easy listening, but done the KPM Sound Library way – which means that most of the cuts here have a great undercurrent of funk! Given that KPM often employed the same artists who recorded the style of funky easy featured on the famous Sound Gallery compilations, you can bet that this set's a wicked winner – none of the sleepy sounds you'd get from American easy listening, and instead plenty of cool keyboards, slinky rhythms, and sweetly jazzy instrumentation – the best modes learned by the sound library scene in the 60s, taken here to some warmer 70s territory! Titles include "Airport People" by James Clarke, "Finding My Feet" by Steve Gray, "Scenic Route" by Dick Doerschuk, "Scenic Journey" by Keith Mansfield, "Summer Setting" by Keith Mansfield, "Light Preparation" by Nick Ingman, "Natural Blonde" by David Gold, "Sun Goddess" by Keith Mansfield, "Just Another Day" by David Lindup, "Sweet Summer" by Alan Parker, and "Liquid Sunshine" by John Cameron. CD
 
 
 



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