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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 ... $18.99
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
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Wladyslaw KomendarekHibernacja Nr 1 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pronit/GAD (Poland), 1990. New Copy ... $16.99
Wladyslaw Komendarek looks like a bit of a madman on the back cover of this release – sitting at a very dated keyboard, ironically wearing a surfing sweatshirt, and posed with mirrored sunglasses, a shaggy beard, and a military cap! None of those elements seem to match at all – and that's a bit like the vibe here – because the album, although recorded in 1990, feels maybe a bit out of time – keyboard tracks that begin at a point when the sound library scene was embracing more electronic instrumentation overall – but also maybe at a level that's absorbed all the electronic advances in the 80s generation of both soundtrack and mainstream music too. The tunes are all instrumental – often melodic, but not without their darker corners – and titles include "Symfonia Istnien", "Plynaca Plazma", "Trzeci Test", "Hibernacja Nr 1", and "Zamknieta Galaktyka". CD also features a full 21 minute version of "Symfonia Istnien", and a long live take of "Hibernacja Nr 1". CD
 
 
 



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