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Henk Badings & Dick RaaijmakersEvolutions, Contrasts, & Electronic Music ... LP
Fantome Phonographique (Italy), Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A treasure trove of early electronic music from these two Dutch giants of the field – both every bit as important as the more widely-circulated French artists of the musique concrete generation! Badings is featured here on a number of great tracks – including the sublime "Capriccio", which takes off on older violin sonata modes, by having a solo violin play next to two electronic tracks! "Genese" is even bolder, and uses five oscillators to create the tracks in three different movements! "Evolutions" is a ballet suite by Badings – short electronic pieces that point the way towards some of the dance experiments by Pierre Henry. Raaijmakers is featured in a number of shorter, more playful tracks – almost more along the lines of the 60s moog generation – with titles that include "Night Train Blue", "Song Of The Second Moon", "Contrasts", and "Colonel Bogey". (Out Sound, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)

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Rob Franken ElectrificationFunctional Stereo Music (Together/Six Seven Eight/Don't Stop/Colours & Images/Absorbed Love/Blue Sky Fingers) (3CD set) ... CD
678 Records (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99
An amazing package of rare work on Fender Rhodes – a 3CD set that brings together six full albums that were recorded in the 70s, but never saw the light of day until vinyl issued in recent years! Pianist Rob Franken is totally great – maybe one of the hippest cats on the Dutch scene of the 70s when it came to the Fender Rhodes! Rob's a master of the instrument here – playing it jazzily, but also with this open flow that's really wonderful – and which really makes the best use of the instrument's potential, and doesn't drown it in too much jamming, which could sometimes be the case with other European musicians who handled the instrument! Instead, Franken lets the space between the notes do as much as the notes themselves – which really keeps things soulful throughout – and although most of the cuts feature an augmented trio, sometimes with added percussion or keyboards – a few of the tracks feature Ferdinand Povel on flute and tenor, and Jiggs Whigham on trombone. But even without the horns, the keys are more than enough – as they step out and soar on a whopping 70 tracks in all – including a few bonus tracks too! CD

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Mort GarsonMusic From Patch Cord Productions ... LP
Sacred Bones, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A tremendous collection of work from moog maestro Mort Garson – a name you might know from projects like the Wozard Of Iz, Lucifer, or Ataraxia – stepping out here on some much more obscure recordings, including some that appear here for the first time ever! Garson was easily one of the hippest and most talented artists to work with the moog and related analogue electronics – and his music was always a cut above some of the more simple moog pop instrumentals – as Mort brought in lots of original ideas and compositions to his recordings, while also using the electronics for melody as much as for effect. That blend is very much in place here – on tracks from a number of different projects, including some cool advertising work – and at times, there's a slinky sensuality to Garson's electronics that almost sound like the Italian cinema work of Stelvio Cipriani. Titles include "Killers Of The Wild", "Music For Advertising 2", "Is He Trying To Tell Us Something (inst)", "Geisha Girl", "Space Walker", "Dragonfly", "Cathedral Of Pleasure", "Realizations Of An Aeropolis", and "Son Of Blob Theme". (Now Sound, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album

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Craig KupkaCrystals – New Music For Relaxation 2 ... CD
Folkways, 1982. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Beautiful sounds from the overlooked minimalist composer Craig Kupka – a set that features two very different tracks, each issued by Folkways Records – with a presentation that's both far away from the more academic records of the time, and some of the self-released work of the growing New Age underground! Side one features the long "Trombones Of Lithia" – piece that's heavy on the resonant sound of the trombone, but stretched out in this really longform way – nicely meditative, and clearly processed with a bit of electronics, but still with a warmly acoustic core. Side two features "Crystals" – a tune that has more keys, but a mix of 70s analogue and early 80s digital – again given some elements in the background that make the whole thing feel a lot warmer than you might expect, yet still with some of the experimental elements of earlier electronic composition. (Out Sound, Sound Library) CD
Also available Crystals – New Music For Relaxation 2 ... LP 18.99

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Craig KupkaCrystals – New Music For Relaxation 2 ... LP
Folkways, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 24.99
Beautiful sounds from the overlooked minimalist composer Craig Kupka – a set that features two very different tracks, each issued by Folkways Records – with a presentation that's both far away from the more academic records of the time, and some of the self-released work of the growing New Age underground! Side one features the long "Trombones Of Lithia" – piece that's heavy on the resonant sound of the trombone, but stretched out in this really longform way – nicely meditative, and clearly processed with a bit of electronics, but still with a warmly acoustic core. Side two features "Crystals" – a tune that has more keys, but a mix of 70s analogue and early 80s digital – again given some elements in the background that make the whole thing feel a lot warmer than you might expect, yet still with some of the experimental elements of earlier electronic composition. (Out Sound, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy reissue – done just like an original Folkways album!)
Also available Crystals – New Music For Relaxation 2 ... CD 12.99

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Francis LaiPop Story – The Best Psychedelic Themes By The Master Of French Film Music ... LP
Play Time (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $32.99
Some of the funkiest, grooviest sounds we've ever heard from Francis Lai – the French film composer who gave the world the soundtracks for Love Story and A Man & A Woman – but who comes across here in a style that's more like some of the best British and Italian sound library material of his generation! Most tracks have a mod, upbeat groove – jerking rhythms, sweet soulful instrumentation, and occasional chorus vocals that round things out with a very cool vibe. We recognize a few of these tracks from some of Lai's ultra-rare soundtracks (some never issued on vinyl at all) – but others are more obscure – and the set features the tracks "Keep It Cool", "Party Music", "Whitechapel", "Las Vegas Circus Ballet", "Saint Tropez", and "Cinq Pour L'Aventure". Also features two cuts with lead vocals – "Seule" sung by Nanette Workman, and "Ballet Du Voyou" sung by Victor Upshaw. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Verne LangdonMusic For Magicians ... LP
Electric Lemon, 1974. Near Mint- ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small center split in the top seam.)

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Henrik NielsenCapitol Media Music Vol 7 – Calypso/Trinidad/Hawaii ... LP
Capitol, 1960s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Henrik NielsenMedia Music Release No 3 – Bossa Nova/Tijuana Fiesta ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
A cool entry in the early 60s sound library series from Capitol Records – with bossa nova instrumentals on side one! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Jonny Trunk/Jerry Dammers (intro)Music Library – Graphic Art & Sound (revised & expanded) ... Book
Fuel Design (UK), 2005. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible guide to sound library music around the world – one that features artwork from countless different labels, and brief notes on their history and output! The package is quite unique – not really a discography, not really an art book – but kind of a mix of both – and the only resource so far we've seen for tracking down the elusive musical gems that have come out of sound library sources of the 50s, 60s, and 70s! The book lists hundreds of records from 230 different labels – each presented alphabetically, with information and history on each label – alongside a huge amount of color images of the covers that are as beautiful as the music contained within. Trunk Records head Jonny Trunk put the whole thing together – and this huge second edition is twice as big as the first – really showing the full scope of new information on some of the more obscure labels that have come into play in recent years. 248 pages, hardcover, full color – and beautiful! (Books, Sound Library) Book

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VariousMusax Background Music Library Vol 1 (with bonus download) ... LP
Musax/Farfalla (France), Late 70s. New Copy ... $34.99
A first-ever look at the tiny Musax sound library of the late 70s – a small company that only recorded a handful of records, but managed to create some great groovers that really competed with some of the bigger names of the time – like KPM or DeWolfe! This set brings together some of the best from Musax – tracks recorded in 1978 and 1979, mostly in a funky jazz mode – but with al these cool little twists and turns – such as scatting vocals on one cut, or cool processing on another – and a great ear for overall sound that makes all these selections feel like way more than just a few funky musicians getting together in the studio to knock off a quick cut. Speaking of musicians, we didn't recognize any of the names listed in the lineup – save for drummer Daniel Humair, and if he's in the mix, that's more than enough of a pedigree for the rest. Titles include "Liberia Land", "Peter", "My Wooden Cross", "Trois Caros", "Pictures Of My Soul", "Iceberg", "Marchaleco", "Ghost March", "Man Fly", and "Watery Stars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500 – with download!)

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VariousUndercurrents – From The Joseph Weinberger, Programme Music, & Impress Libraries 1967 to 1985 ... LP
Buried Treasure (Germany), New Copy ... About February 5, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Brian BennettDrama Montage Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Bruton Music/Vocalion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99
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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VariousBruton Brutoff – The Ambient, Electronic, & Pastoral Sounds Of The Bruton Library Catalogue (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Bruton Music/Trunk (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... About November 20, 2020 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – on clear vinyl!)
 
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✨✧ Braen's MachineTemi Ritmici E Dinamici (with bonus CD) ... LP
Liuto/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
Maybe the coolest and grooviest music we've heard from the obscure Braen's Machine sound library project from early 70s Italy – a record that's less tripped out than its predecessors, and instead has this great style that's heavy on bossa elements and funky jazz! The vibe's a bit like the best Italian soundtracks of the period – especially work by Morricone or Trovajoli – and the group still apparently features contributions from Alessandro Alessandroni, working with Piero Umiliani – which gives the whole thing a very strong soundtrack pedigree! Instrumentation includes some mighty nice keyboards – both Hammond and electric piano – and lots of great production on familiar instruments, which can give things like a snare drum a very odd crackle, or a flute this weirdly spacious sound. Titles include "Movimento", "Dinimica", "Gara", "Passeggiata", "Aspetti Grotteschi", "Esercizi Ginnici", "Ritmica Sportiva", and "Rinuncia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of full album!)

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Sandro BrugnoliniAbstract Forms – A Selection Of Electronic Moods & Atmospheres ... LP
Musica Per Immagini/Sonor (Italy), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $34.99
Late work from Italian sound library giant Sandro Brugnolini, but great work too – a set that shifts a bit in the styles of instrumentation used, but which follows lots of the same dark passages that Sandro explored in the 70s! The keyboards and electronics are more digital than analog, but never have that cheesy, tinny sound of mainstream work from the time – proof that Brugnolini is a real master of sound, with an ear tuned towards bringing out the richest possibilities from his instruments! A few titles have a more mainstream soundtrack vibe, while others are in a more atonal mode – and titles include "Vapor Killer", "Barbarel", "Omen Nemo", "I Remember Sax", "Young Clan", "Baby Gang", and a number of titles dedicated to the Russian painter, variations on "Kandinsky". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sandro Brugnolini/Stefano TorossiMusica Per Commenti Sonori (with bonus CD) ... LP
Carosello/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 32.99
An Italian funk double-header – a sweet little set from the end of the 60s, and one that features killer cuts from both Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi! We love either artist on their other own records, but there also seems to be something about putting them together here that makes them even better than before – certainly funkier, as the album's full of the kind of sharp, hard-grooving titles that first made us fall in love with sound library records in the first place! The date of the album's 1969, and both musicians make nice use of psych elements in their instrumentation – adding a bit of fuzz, wah-wah, or trippy guitar in just the right spaces – never going over the top, or getting too indulgent – but just moving in a groove that's tightly jazz funky at the bottom, and maybe a bit freaky at the top. Wonderful work throughout – and titles include "Sweet Beat", "Repetition", "Starter", and "Makkaresh" by Stefano Torossi – and "Wawa", "Motuproprio", "Polyphony", and "Flyer" by Sandro Brugnolini. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD with entire album!)

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Calibro 35High Tension Vol 35 – Calibro 35 Plays Lesiman ... LP
AMS (Italy), 2019. New Copy ... $32.99
Maybe one of the coolest records we've ever heard from Calibro 35 – and certainly one of the funkiest – thanks in part to a selection of tracks that are pulled from the catalog of Italian sound library genius Lesiman! The music is very hip – unusual sonic touches alongside tight basslines, great drums, and riffing guitar – all recorded with a mode that seems more open, airy, and inventive than any other Calibro 35 record too! And oddly, even though the group are reaching for a more direct reference to a sound and style they've already been exploring, the whole thing is maybe their most individual album overall – and the group's greatest calling card to date. Titles include "Milano 7", "Play Car", "Players/Bagliori", "Moto Centripeto", "Macchine Nello Spazio", "Schegge", and "Ricognizione Sulle Macerie". (Deep Funk, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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