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Ernest BerkElectronic Music For Two Ballets – Initiation/Gemini ... LP
Trunk (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $25.99
Two rare pieces in the very small genre of "electronic ballet" – a postwar mode in which electronic music was used with dancers! Ernest Berk hardly issued any records at all – but his work on side one, for the ballet "Initiation", is really incredible – at a level that matches all the most inventive aspects of Pierre Henry in the 60s, including that composer's ability to move effortlessly between dark textures and more tuneful moments! "Gemini" is on side two – music that has even more shifts in sonic quality and melody, so much so that it almost works as a narrative unto itself – very unusual for this sort of composition, as if the electronics are telling a story for the dancers! (Out Sound, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Black TieMusic For An Affair ... LP
Johnson, Late 70s. Very Good ... $39.99
We don't know much about this, but it's a pretty sweet sound library set! A one-sided LP with a bunch of slinky instrumentals, leading up to an "affair" – done in kind of a Love Unlimited Orchestra way – finished by a sweet song at the end, with soulful female vocals. LP, Vinyl record album
(In the foil cover, with surface wear.)

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Hampshire & FoatNightshade – Library Music Vol 1 ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $8.99
Every time we hear a new project from the team of Warren Hampshire & Greg Foat, we feel like they've raised the bar a little bit, and this homage to sound library jazz might be their best yet! Creative as they are, Hampshire & Foat don't merely cover or adapt the compositions of any legendary 60s or 70s sound library publishers, instead putting together their own moody original material that's inspired by it. There's a loosely moody quality here with a pretty expansive vibe! The duo handles guitars, autoharp, keys, effects and the direction of a stellar band that brings sax, harmonica, flute, strings and drums to the mix. We're really happy this billed as Volume 1 – we're eager for more! Includes "Jasmine", "Mariposa", "Antonio's Theme", "Coastal Drive", "Lost In Nostalgia", "Echo Flute & Bowed Bass", "Pizzicato Strings", "Solo Stremes", "Main Theme", "Solo Fender Rhodes", "Walking Bass & Echo Flute" and more. (Jazz, Sound Library) CD
Also available Nightshade – Library Music Vol 1 ... LP 22.99

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Hampshire & FoatNightshade – Library Music Vol 1 ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Every time we hear a new project from the team of Warren Hampshire & Greg Foat, we feel like they've raised the bar a little bit, and this homage to sound library jazz might be their best yet! Creative as they are, Hampshire & Foat don't merely cover or adapt the compositions of any legendary 60s or 70s sound library publishers, instead putting together their own moody original material that's inspired by it. There's a loosely moody quality here with a pretty expansive vibe! The duo handles guitars, autoharp, keys, effects and the direction of a stellar band that brings sax, harmonica, flute, strings and drums to the mix. We're really happy this billed as Volume 1 – we're eager for more! Includes "Jasmine", "Mariposa", "Antonio's Theme", "Coastal Drive", "Lost In Nostalgia", "Echo Flute & Bowed Bass", "Pizzicato Strings", "Solo Stremes", "Main Theme", "Solo Fender Rhodes", "Walking Bass & Echo Flute" and more. (Jazz, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Nightshade – Library Music Vol 1 ... CD 8.99

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Hampshire & FoatNightshade – Library Music Vol 1 ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
Every time we hear a new project from the team of Warren Hampshire & Greg Foat, we feel like they've raised the bar a little bit, and this homage to sound library jazz might be their best yet! Creative as they are, Hampshire & Foat don't merely cover or adapt the compositions of any legendary 60s or 70s sound library publishers, instead putting together their own moody original material that's inspired by it. There's a loosely moody quality here with a pretty expansive vibe! The duo handles guitars, autoharp, keys, effects and the direction of a stellar band that brings sax, harmonica, flute, strings and drums to the mix. We're really happy this billed as Volume 1 – we're eager for more! Includes "Jasmine", "Mariposa", "Antonio's Theme", "Coastal Drive", "Lost In Nostalgia", "Echo Flute & Bowed Bass", "Pizzicato Strings", "Solo Stremes", "Main Theme", "Solo Fender Rhodes", "Walking Bass & Echo Flute" and more. (Jazz, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Nightshade – Library Music Vol 1 ... CD 8.99

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Dave KarrMostly Jazz – Instant Production Music Vol 13 ... LP
Electrosonic Studio, 1979. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A cool mist of sound library and jazz – with woodwinds from Dave Karr, and piano from Herb Pilhofer – another American sound library talent! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall.)

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Oliver LomaxMood Modern – The Story Of Two Of The World's Greatest Recorded Music Libraries – KPM & Bruton Music ... Book
Vocalion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $32.99 33.99
Maybe the best book we've ever seen on the secret world of sound library music – those non-commercial recordings that are made away from the public, then lent out for later use in radio, film, and TV! Over the years, crate-diggers have brought a new sort of appreciation to sound library albums – and two of the best labels of the genre are the important KPM and Bruton labels in the UK – both home to fantastic sounds from artists who include Keith Mansfield, Syd Dale, David Lindup, Johnny Pearson, and many others! Records by these artists have achieved great fame in recent years – but because these guys weren't rock stars, or jazz musicians, their stories – and the stories of their studios and labels – have really been overlooked. Writer Oliver Lomax – who's also reissued many sound library gems via the Vocalion label – really does a great job of looking at KPM and Bruton – with a huge amount of historical detail, countless interviews with key figures, and even helpful details on the larger recording scene in the UK. The book features two sections of images – one color, one black and white – but it's very different than sound library album cover books, as the main focus here is on text, which spans 465 pages in great detail. (Books, Sound Library) Book

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Charlie Perry with Mal WaldronFun With Drumsticks – Jazz Band Music Minus One Drummer ... LP
Music Minus One, Mid 60s. Near Mint- Box Set ... $9.99
(Jazz, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut box, including the booklet, but missing sticks.)
 
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Brian BennettDrama Montage Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Bruton Music/Vocalion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99
Hard-driving work from UK sound library hero Brian Bennett – an artist who gave us so much great funky work at the start of the 70s, and who's still going strong here at the other end of the decade! Both records are mighty nice – a mixture of familiar funk with some deeper tones that are equally compelling – almost with the full flourish of a film soundtrack in scope,a nd with a good focus on some of the strongest standout numbers, which are occasionally presented with a bit of variation. Instrumentation is a mix of keyboards, guitar, horns, and some great low-end elements – and the package features both albums, with titles that include "Eye Opener", "Girl Alone", "Pussy Foot", "In Danger", "Routine Check", "Villain", "Hip Joint", "Psychopath", "Thrash", and "Heavy Traffic". CD

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Charlie Perry with Mal WaldronFun With Brushes – The Sound Of Jazz Is The Sound Of Brushes ... LP
Music Minus One, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Very cool – a special Music Minus One set based around the use of jazz brushes on drums! One side features solo brush work by drummer Charlie Perry – the other features him in a trio with Mal Waldron on piano and either Wilbur Ware or Addison Farmer on bass! (Jazz, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
(In the grey die-cut cover variant, includes inserts but missing the brush.)
 
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Francois BayleElectrucs ... LP
Transversales Disques (France), 1974. New Copy ... $19.99
Boy, that cover alone is more than enough to draw us in – a frizzy-headed guy sitting amidst a whole host of 70s studio gear – but we've also always loved the music of Francois Bayle, which has always been some of the most striking in the French electronic tradition! The work here is all previously unreleased – and side one features a host of spare, stark tracks that has Bayle working with a portable set of 70s electronics – with a feel that's more intimate than the scope of the image on the cover might make you expect – as Bayle creates all these weird and wonderful cycles of sound on the album's short tracks. Titles include "Ennemi Intime", "Voltage Stomp", "Quadrille", "Crepuscule", "Train Noir", and "La Chose". The work on side two is maybe a bit closer to a tradition that would include Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer – and titles include "Marpege", "Foliophonie", and "Cinq Dessins En Rosace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Brian Bennett/Alan Hawkshaw/John FiddyHot Wax – KPM 1177 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Some definite hot wax from the British sound library world of the 70s – even if the record wasn't issued to the public at the time! Brian Bennett, Alan Hawkshaw, and John Fiddy each serve up tunes to match the title's promise of "the latest trends in production music" – which follows in the same funky electric modes of other KPM library records of the 70s, but also maybe throws in a bit of the new clubbier styles too – hints of disco here and there in the rhythms, even though the instrumentation is still in the tight KPM mode of keyboards, riffing guitars, pulsing bass, and heavy drums – all with a very cool cop/crime vibe on most numbers. Titles include "Full Throttle", "Wallop", "Capitol City", "Name Of The Game", "Big Haul", "Taste For Living", "Fresh Start", "Hop Boppin", "Bop On The Rocks", and "All Time Greats". LP, Vinyl record album

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Birds & BrassSoundsational Sort Of Soul (Soundsational/Birds & Brass Are Back) ... CD
Rediffusion/RPM (UK), Early 70s. Used ... $6.99
Birds, brass, and plenty of grooves – two sublime UK sound library sets, back to back on a single CD! "Birds" here is used in the UK slang for women – and the combo sports wordless female vocals sliding along with the grooves – sneaking in and out of the brassier bits on the top with a "yeh yeh" sort of chorus approach, but one that's pretty musical overall! The best part of the music, though, is below the birds and the brass – the bottom, which is often quite funky, and has a soundtrack-styled sort of groove – rolling bass, snapping drums, bits of keyboards – all used in the best gently funky ways of the glory days of the Brit Easy scene. Most of the work here is the brainchild of arranger Keith Roberts – a lesser-known UK sound library figure, one who did a bit of work on Scott Walker's fourth album, but who really shines brightly here on his own. Titles include "Sort Of Soul", "Return To Montana", "Sunspot", "All Souled Out", "Time Key", "Pop Off The Tops", "New Dawn", "Melanie", "Sugar Sugar", "Funky Splanky", "The Kung Fu Kid", "Mexico Fiesta", "Fritzy Baby", and "Swamp Water". CD

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Alessandro AlessandroniPrisma Sonora ... LP
Roundtable (Australia), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 36.99
A dream of a record from the legendary Alessandro Alessandroni – an obscure sound library set, but one that we'd rank right up there with our favorite Italian soundtrack classics of the time! Alessandroni's going for a very Morricone-like feel here – lots of spacious rhythms, isolated instruments, and a feel that's watery, but never sleepy – kind of a liquid groove that's really beautiful throughout! Instruments are nice and compressed – way down in the rhythms, and stepping along with a La Donna Invisible quality that's really sublime – just a few electric touches, but mostly acoustic, and with an equal sense of grace and groove. Titles include "Dialoghi D'Amore", "Punti Di Vista", "Breve Dialettica", "Vocali Sul Pentagramma", and "Aspetti Musicali". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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