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Gino ConteNell'Anno Della Luna (with bonus CD) ... LP
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
A very cool little soundtrack, and a set that's maybe a bit different than some of the bigger-name Italian film scores from the giants of the golden age! Gino Conte is a much more obscure figure, and he's clearly opening himself up to a range of sounds that really fit the shifting modes of the movie – in a way that maybe makes the whole record feel more like a sound library selection of jazzy instrumentals than a much more unified film score – with a great sense of variety that really keeps things interesting throughout! There's a few familiar names here – as Nora Orlandi and the 4+4 vocal group provide cool scatting vocals on a few tracks – while other moments are more instrumental, and work in a warmly funky take on bossa, Latin, and jazzy modes of the 60s – on titles that include "Nell'Anno Della Luna", "Tema Giochi", "Swing For Six", "Samba Querida", "Beat Mania", "Afro Swing", "Alla Brasiliana", and "Magico 2 E 2 Bis". (Soundtracks, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of entire album, plus the bonus tracks that were on the CD version!)

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Fabio FaborMr Diabolicus/Mr Mysterious ... CD
Fonovideo/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy ... $9.99
Weird sounds that definitely live up to the diabolicus and mysterious names promised in the title – as these instrumentals all feel like they've been pulled from some very spooky films from the 60s! The music here is sometimes a bit darker than other records you'll know from Fabio Fabor – but in a way that only makes things even more interesting – especially when Fabor uses familiar instruments in unfamiliar ways – getting weird tunings from piano strings or vibes, making waves of sound with organ, and finding a way to create tension, while still keeping things relatively melodic and tuneful overall! There's a really great, really unique sound to the whole set – not one of those too-atonal Italian sound library records, but also never that light or dreamy either. Titles include "Fantastic Gallop", "Sea Melody", "Onde Magnetiche", "Idillo Cosmico", "Tensione Atmosferica", "Reverberations", and "Neutroni". CD

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David H Kimball (Peymont)Atmosfere No 1/2 (with bonus download) ... LP
Cinedelic (Italy), 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $18.99
Weird electronics, spacey trumpet, and lots more going on too – all in a set that seems to bridge the gap between early analogue electronic experiments of the postwar years, and some of the ambient sounds to come at the end of the 70s! The music here is never too obtuse, but often does move past simple tunefulness – really exploring space with waves of electric sound, but with focused statements that give each track an individual spirit – and some of our favorite moments even move into territory of early 80s German groups, like Der Plan or Pyrolator, but with a sound here that's a decade ahead of its time! In keeping with the "atmospheres" title, you might think of each track as a visit to a tiny musical planet – with names that include "Congresso A Babilonia", "Inchiesta Sul Futuro", "Sogno Dionisiaco", "Sesso E Droga", "LSD Viaggio Nel Passato", "Incubo Di Isabel", "Venezia Oggi", "Apres L'Amour", and "Meditazione Yoga". LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition of 600 – includes download!)

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✨✧ Emilio Aparicio MoogExpansion Galactica ... CD
Mental Experience (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Really great sounds from an artist with "moog" in his name – and a fair bit in his music as well! Emilio Aparicio Moog recorded these tracks on the Guatemala scene in the 70s – and the titles were mostly issued as ultra-rare 45s, but are brought together here in one heck of a great album of moogy madness – a set that rivals all the late 60s brilliance of better-known artists like Mort Garson or Jean Jacques Perry – with equally groovy results! Like the best of the moog purveyors of his time, Emilio Aparicio works at a level that's very unique – not just moogy covers of familiar pop hits, but new tunes that really make the most of the space age instrument – at a level that's filled with upbeat, very rhythmic tunes that have the keyboard exploding with analogue charms at every twist and turn. Titles include "La Ceremonia", "Expansion Galactica", "Brujeira", "Bo Bo Bo Beau", "Transfiguracion Del Iniciado", "Paren La Contaminacion Del Aire", "El Misterio De Tiahuanaco", and "Los Visitantes De Sirio". CD

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Arp LifeZ Bezpieczna Szybkoscia ... LP
Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A record that you might spend a week trying to pronounce, but one that will grab you right away with its sound! Arp Life stick strongly in their best clubby modes here – mixing the keyboards of their name with some sweet disco-styled rhythms, and the occasional female chorus vocal, in a style that's pretty great if you dig the dancefloor sounds coming from France, Germany, and Italy in the late 70s. Most tracks are instrumentals – the set includes solos on alto sax and harmonica at times – and the album was only ever issued as a cassette back in the 70s, which makes this version a great surprise. Titles include "Akwarele", "Papagayo", "Bam Bam Bam", "San Jose", "Klik Klak", "Slon I Mrowka", and "Tango Mundial". LP, Vinyl record album

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Astral Dimension (Fabio Fabor)Galassia M81 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Edizioni Minstrel/Spettro (Italy), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Lost sound library genius from Fabio Fabor – working here under the name of The Astral Dimension – which is a very good tag for the sound on the set! Although recorded in 1981, the record has all the warmth of some of Fabor's 70s material – lots of swirling, spacey keyboards – some in these streams of color that are really beautiful, and make you feel like you're taking a trip through the stars, with everything slowing down at warp speed – others in more spare, linear passages that evoke a slightly different mood, and balance things out nicely. The whole thing almost feels like a later update of the old "trip to space" genre for mood music records – and titles include "Antares", "Via Lattea", "Nebulosa", "Beta 700", "Stella Nova", "Monte Palomar", "Eclisse", and "Saturno". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)

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BBC Radiophonic Workshop21 Years (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
BBC/Silva Screen, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 36.98
A glorious celebration of the first 21 years of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – an institution attached to a major broadcasting network, but one that also served as a crucial place of experimentation in electronic music! The album was issued in 1979, and brings together a huge amount of short experimental snippets of sounds – some of which were done for commercial broadcasting, either as themes or sound effects – but others which feel like they might have been way too far out for even radio or TV! The collection mixes together some big names in electronic music and some lesser-known talents – and the way that the short tunes fit together, the whole thing feels like some mad electronic collage in sound. Includes contributions from Delia Derbyshire, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Malcolm Clarke, Maddalena Fagandini, Desmond Briscoe, Keith Salmon, Tony Askew, Jimmy Burnett, Phil Young, and others. LP, Vinyl record album
(First pressing of 1000 is on lilac vinyl!)

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Rino De FilippiArte Marziale (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cometa (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Maybe not the sound of kung fu fighting that you're used to from the big martial arts boom of the 70s – but a fantastic little record that still fits very well underneath that movement's themes of the time! Rino De Filippi's maybe going for a style here that's an imaginative take on kung fu – with some moments that are shamelessly orientalist, mixed with others that evoke a more upbeat action vibe – almost as if you folded together the different soundtrack styles used on Enter The Dragon and the Kung Fu TV show! Yet as with lots of the Cometa library material of the period, there's also some much deeper ideas going on, too – some moments of surprising sonic complexity that mix woodwinds and offbeat percussion in very cool ways – which really makes for a compelling album as the set moves on. Titles include "Bulli Orientaleggianti", "Sospensivo", "Effetto Flauto", "Antiche Mura", "Sommossa", "Bimbi Orientali", and "Judoisti In Allenamento". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Emma DeAngelisEmma DeAngelis EP (Forgiveness/Trip/Plankton) ... 7-inch
Finders Keepers (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99
You might know the DeAngelis name from other funky Italian work of the 70s – thanks to the soundtrack genius of Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis – but this DeAngelis is their sister Emma, who had a much shorter career – but one that was equally groovy overall! The set begins with the funk monster "Forgiveness" – a track that has to hardly ask for its title, as any funk fan would be grateful to have this gem in their collection – thanks to romping drums and some wickedly funky guitar! "Trip" is moodier – kind of a slow-building number with mellow piano tripping over keyboard waves that flow up and down – with a real superdope vibe overall! "Plankton" is still funky, but very trippy too – loose string plucking that almost feels more like piano strings being strummed than a guitar, but with these slow waves of sound that are mighty nice! (Funky 45's, Sound Library) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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Gokcen KaynatanGokcen Kaynatan ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
You may not be able to say his name that easily, but you'll definitely be singing the praises of Gokcen Kaynatan after you hear this groovy little record – a totally amazing bit of moogy electronics recorded on the Turkish scene in the 60s and 70s! There's plenty of guitar in the mix, too – but the real charm comes from the bubbling, percolated electronics – which seem to include some tape tricks along with the analogue synthesizer, and also some great drum machine rhythms too – but all in the best early chunky 70s modes, and not the later sort of 80s drum machine styles! There's only a slight hint of some of the more familiar Turkish rock styles of the period – as the songs here, while tuneful, are usually devoid of lyrics – and would most likely be more at home in the world of Perry & Kingsley than Ersen or Baris Manco. A fantastic discovery from the Finders Keepers folks – with titles that include "Lost Island", "Doganin Otesi", "Evren (unreleased ext version)", "Madimak", "Beyoglu'Nda Gezersin", and "Cennet Dunyamiz". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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