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Braen & Raskovich (Alessandro Alessandroni/GiulianDrammatico (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Panda/Sonor (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
They're not kidding with the title of this one – as the album leaps off to a very dramatic style, right from the start – with a surprisingly noisy sound titled after the incubation of the heavens! That noise moves aside a bit as the album moves on, but the whole thing still stays very strongly in the fuzzy, freaky territory you might know from other Italian rarities issued under the name of Braen and Raskovich – which were both studio pseudonyms for Alessandro Alessandroni and Giuliano Sorgini! Yet despite the fame of both of those artists in other settings, they're very much in a different space here – not just psych-inspired sound library modes, but also pre-industrial sounds too – of a style that seems to hint at the darker depths of the British underground in the post-punk years. At times, if we told you the album was a project by Throbbing Gristle, you wouldn't be surprised – and like TG, there's some surprisingly tuneful points amidst the noisier moments. Titles include "Dispersi", "Accerchiamento", "Linea Di Resistenza", "Insidia", "Ultimo Istante", and "Avanzata". LP, Vinyl record album

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Braen's MachineTemi Ritmici E Dinamici (with bonus CD) ... LP
Liuto/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
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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Gino ConteNell'Anno Della Luna (with bonus CD) ... LP
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
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!)
Also available Nell'Anno Della Luna (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Gino ConteNell'Anno Della Luna (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
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". Features 5 bonus alternate takes in mono, too! (Soundtracks, Sound Library) CD
Also available Nell'Anno Della Luna (with bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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Fabio FaborMr Diabolicus/Mr Mysterious ... CD
Fonovideo/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
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
Also available Mr Diabolicus/Mr Mysterious (with bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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Fabio FaborMr Diabolicus/Mr Mysterious (with bonus CD) ... LP
Fonovideo/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD!)
Also available Mr Diabolicus/Mr Mysterious ... CD 16.99

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Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova ConsonanzaNuova Consonanza ... CD
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... $18.99
Some of the most striking work we've ever heard from this legendary Italian group – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the power of their work in the 60s and 70s! The assemblage features important avant garde sounds from Ennio Morricone – and offers up a real look at the roots of the atonal and offbeat musical elements that he'd explore on his famous horror soundtracks – but in a setting that's right out there with the farthest reaches of the experimental scene at the time! As the group's name implies, there's a lot of improvisation going on here – played by musicians who include Morricone on trumpet, Frederic Rzewski on piano, Mario Bertoncini on percussion, John Heineman on trombone, Roland Kayn on Hammond and vibes, Franco Evangelisti on piano and percussion, and Ivan Vandor on tenor sax. Yet the sound is hardly free jazz, either – as there's more of a avant compositional vibe going on – a bit like the sense of chance in the music of John Cage, especially as the instruments and players shift from track to track. Titles include "Quartetto", "Trio Di Fiati", "Improvvisazione Per Cinque", "Improvvisazione Per Otto", "RKBA 1675/1", and the haunting "Cantata", which just features voices processed through filters and reverb! (Out Sound, Sound Library) CD
Also available Nuova Consonanza (with bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova ConsonanzaNuova Consonanza (with bonus CD) ... LP
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
Some of the most striking work we've ever heard from this legendary Italian group – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the power of their work in the 60s and 70s! The assemblage features important avant garde sounds from Ennio Morricone – and offers up a real look at the roots of the atonal and offbeat musical elements that he'd explore on his famous horror soundtracks – but in a setting that's right out there with the farthest reaches of the experimental scene at the time! As the group's name implies, there's a lot of improvisation going on here – played by musicians who include Morricone on trumpet, Frederic Rzewski on piano, Mario Bertoncini on percussion, John Heineman on trombone, Roland Kayn on Hammond and vibes, Franco Evangelisti on piano and percussion, and Ivan Vandor on tenor sax. Yet the sound is hardly free jazz, either – as there's more of a avant compositional vibe going on – a bit like the sense of chance in the music of John Cage, especially as the instruments and players shift from track to track. Titles include "Quartetto", "Trio Di Fiati", "Improvvisazione Per Cinque", "Improvvisazione Per Otto", "RKBA 1675/1", and the haunting "Cantata", which just features voices processed through filters and reverb! (Out Sound, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD with entire album!)
Also available Nuova Consonanza ... CD 18.99

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David H Kimball (Peymont)Atmosfere No 1/2 (with bonus download) ... LP
Cinedelic (Italy), 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $24.99
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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Arp LifeZ Bezpieczna Szybkoscia ... LP
Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
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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Bixio-Frizzi-TemperaMagnetic Systems ... CD
Cinevox/Finders Keepers (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
A tremendous trio from the Italian soundtrack scene of the 70s – Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi, and Vince Tempera – all great talents on their own, but a real powerhouse of grooves when they got together on work like this! The Bixio-Fizzi-Tempera name always meant something extra-groovy on a record – either an extra-funky soundtrack with lots of weird touches, or the kind of cool Italian single that might be somewhere between sound library funk and more progressive material – a really rich array of sounds that came from the trio during their years working together in the mid 70s! This package brings together some of the best cuts from those days, with an extra special Finders Keepers/Andy Votel ear for the weirdest and most unusual sounds – which creates an album that's plenty funky, but in ways that are very different from the usual US or European styles of the time. Basslines, heavy drums, spacey keyboards, and odd guitar sounds abound – and titles include "Electronic Sound", "Avangiu", "Godzilla", "Allucinazione Mistiche", "Death's Song", "Escape", "Vai Gorilla", "Night Club Dance", "The Hunt Down", and "Concessioni Naturali". (Soundtracks, Sound Library) CD

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Rino De FilippiArte Marziale (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cometa (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $31.99
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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Nico Fidenco (Donimak)Stati D'Animo Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CAM/Sonor (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A beautifully groovy sound library album – one that's in our favorite kind of mode – the same sort of funky and jazzy style as the best soundtrack work of the time! Film maestro Nico Fidenco put together the music – under the name of Donimak – the the sounds have maybe even more punch and funk in the mix than some of his sexy soundtrack material of the 70s – plus some cool instrumental flourishes on funky flute, distorted guitar, and Hammond organ – and occasional sweet wordless vocals too! Titles include "Vocal Theme", "Psycho Feeling", "Celestial Feeling", "Young Feeling", "Dedicated To The Beatles", "Indian Feeling", "Obsessiv Feeling", and "Industrial Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)
 
 
 



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