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XSound library funk, grooves, and breaks -- from Italy, France, England, and beyond -- on labels like KPM, DeWolfe, and Bruton!


Electric Machine

Disco Fashion
Erezioni (Italy), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
The sound is electric, but also pretty darn funky – not the colder electro disco that would dominate the European scene in the 80s, but the earlier mode that often had lots of live instrumentation at the core – then augmented by sweet touches on moog and other keyboards! The ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jean Jacques Perry

Musique Electronique Du Cosmos
MusiCues/Wah Wah (Spain), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic spacey sounds by the young Jean-Jacques Perry – heard here before his more famous American recordings with Gershon Kingsley – in a mode that's maybe even more abstract and modern overall! The sounds are an unusual link between the musique concrete scene in France and some of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield

Beat Incidental – KPM 1043 (180 gram pressing)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Very short themes from these two giants of the Brit sound library scene – some of them funky, some of sweet, all of them pretty darn great! Many numbers have a very stark, spare approach – one drum pattern, a slightly more complicated bassline, then more creative work on keyboards or ... LP, Vinyl record album
KPM/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A straight jazz set from KPM, but a great one too – a record that's a great mix of piano and vibes, handled in an almost MPS-ish sort of way! There's a few funky numbers here, and some great rhythms too – very dynamic grooves that are heavy on modal influences, and which really sparkle ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sexedelic (Manfred Huebler & Sigi Schwab)

Sexedelic
Metronome/Wah Wah (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic record that more than lives up to the promise of its title and cover – and a set that's gone onto legendary fame as part of the music used by director Jess Franco for his Vampyros Lesbos films! The music here comes from the German jazz scene of the early 70s – a sound ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alessandro Alessandroni

Spontaneous (180 gram pressing)
Four Flies (Italy), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Stunning rare work from Alessandro Alessandroni – a soundtrack talent who first flourished in the 60s, but really hit his stride in the sound library scene of the 70s! Alessandroni has a great way here of mixing the warm and the sweet, the funky and the melodic – tunes that are short ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joy Unlimited

Instrumental Impressions
Devega/Sonorama (Germany), 1972. New Copy
Sweet sound library funk from Joy Unlimited – an early 70s German combo heard here on their rarest record ever! As with the group's commercial releases, there's a wicked blend of funky jazz and hard-riffing instrumentation – and unlike other records, this one's got an even leaner, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Montparnasse 2000/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
One of the funkiest records of the French scene of the 70s – a now-legendary sound library album from Jacky Giordano – and one that's filled with amazing keyboards throughout! Jacky stars with grooves that are like some of the best Lalo Schfrin crime/cop modes of the early 70s – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fifth Dimension (Germany), 1969. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
Fantastic funky electronics – a rare sound library set from Cecil Luter, done in a mad mod style that's not unlike some of the cosmic breaks you'd get from fellow Frenchmen Jean-Jacques Perrey or Pierre Henry! Cecil moogs it along fast and funky on a dozen tracks – backed by a small ... CD

Marcello Giombini

Astromusic Synthesizer
Fifth Dimension (Germany), 1981. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
A record that definitely lives up to its name – given its blend of synthesizer sounds, and it's musical approach to the twelve segments of astrology! Each track has a different astrological sign as its title – "Virgo", "Taurus", "Cancer", "Scorpio" ... CD

Nino Nardini

Jungle Obsession
Neuilly/Fifth Dimension (Germany), 1971. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
Mad mad work from the great Nino Nardini – one of the greatest keyboard players to ever grace the sound library scene! This album was never officially issued, but is an incredibly strong bit of "commercial music", created initially for use by radio and TV stations, but just as good ... CD
Fifth Dimension (Germany), 1968. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
Plenty of progressive percussion here – most of it pretty darn funky too! The set's an obscure sound library album, and it's definitely one of that rare breed that's all great, all the way through – filled with groovy little numbers that certainly offer a lot of the drums promised in ... CD
KPM/Be With (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
One of the crowning achievements of British arranger John Cameron – and perfectly titled too – given that John got his start in jazz, but also worked with plenty of British rock acts too – a legacy that comes together perfectly in this ultra-groovy set! The tunes are among some ... LP, Vinyl record album
KPM/Be With (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic set from sound library keyboard genius Alan Hawkshaw – one that's got a very positive, upbeat mix of acoustic and electric elements – and some mighty nice keys from the man himself! Alan's got ears here that open up channels of sound through territory that includes catchy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gold Finger/Sonor (Italy), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet sound library album recorded at the cusp of the 80s – and one that seems to do a very nice job of hanging between two different generations of instrumental modes! Some of the cuts have a straightforward funky vibe that's very much in keeping with the strongest sound library ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ron Geesin

ExpoZoom
Dark Companion (Italy), 1969. New Copy
Rare work from Ron Geesin – that unique British talent whose resume involved hundreds of unusual records – from early exotica sides, to work with Pink Floyd, to a number of famous records that feature his talents in the studio! Here, Ron's an experimental musician – creating ... LP, Vinyl record album
KPM/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Nick Ingman's known to some for his groovy guitar instrumentals of the 60s – but here, he's at the top of the sound library game – serving up bigger group instrumentals in two different styles! Side one features "distinctive themes" – and has Ingman working a big band ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the set's definitely a revolution in Venezuelan music – a very unique album that blends together folkloric elements with 70s electronics, but all in a way that sounds way different than just the sum of its parts! There's some acoustic ... LP, Vinyl record album

Braen's Machine

Underground (with bonus CD)
Liuto/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy
Heavy fuzz with a good deal of funk as well – a very unique set from the Italian sound library scene – and one that comes across with the feel of some lost psych record from the underground! The album was produced by Piero Piccioni – and features soundtrack/sound library maestros ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gokcen Kaynatan

Cehennem
Cacophonic (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
Three long, fantastic tracks from Turkish composer Gokcen Kaynatan – all performed on the EMS synthesizer, and awash in unusual tones and textures throughout! The music here is different than some of the colder, more academic electronics of the previous decade – as Gokcen performs the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gokcen Kaynatan

Gokcen Kaynatan
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

I Marc 4

GLP 1007
Nelson (Italy), 1970. New Copy
One of the coolest albums ever from this legendary Italian combo – a set that's still got all the sound library funk of their other records, but with a vibe that's maybe a bit more complex and jazzy too! Things are never too far out, but there's definitely moments where a key instrumental ... LP, Vinyl record album

Suzanne Ciani

Buchla Concerts 1975
Finders Keepers (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Really beautiful work from electronic musician Suzanne Ciani – two long live performances from 1975 – both on her own Buchla synthesizer, and both in a mode that's quite different from her later material The first side features a performance done for WBAI – and Ciani is amazing ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bruton Music (UK), Early 70s/2019. New Copy
A fresh take on the sound library genius of Bruton – one of the coolest UK commercial studios of the 70s, remixed here by a host of contemporary talents! There's plenty of vintage Bruton tracks that are heavy on soundtrack-styled funk and jazz – and they prove to be a perfect blueprint ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fabio Fabor/Antonio Arena

Superman (180 gram pressing)
Edizioni Minstrel/Spettro (Italy), 1984. New Copy (reissue)
80s keyboards galore – lots of work on Oberheim, Arp, and Polymoog instruments – mixed with a bit of Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano too – all set to lots of beats programmed on a Commodore 64 and early DMX drum machine! This isn't one of those retro-styled albums by a youngster ... LP, Vinyl record album

Massimo Catalano/Remigio Ducros/Daniela Casa

Idee 1 (180 gram pressing)
Flipper/Spettro (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet little sound library album – of the sort that first got us digging for sound library records so many years ago! This one's got it all – some funky moments, some jazzy bits, and a number of cuts that remind us of our favorite Italian soundtracks from the period – served up ... LP, Vinyl record album
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1970s. New Copy
A treasure trove of Brit sound library work – most of it from the legendary KPM 1000 Series, plus assorted bits from the Conroy label as well! The work here leans heavily towards funky jazz – those fuzzy, hard-driving tunes that always made KPM sides a key choice for action films and ... CD
GAD (Poland), Mid 2000s. New Copy
Here's a trip we'd love to take – going around on the world on one of the coolest keyboards ever, served up here in a series of live recordings from Polish electronic musician Jozef Skrezek! The album features two long tracks that pull together material recorded live between 2003 and 2009 ... CD

Krzysztof Duda

Krzysztof Duda Live
GAD (Poland), 1984/1985. New Copy
Very cool sounds from Polish keyboardist Krzystof Duda – two long live tracks recorded in the 80s, but with this freewheeling spirit and sense of space that recalls 70s genius by better-known talents like Klaus Schulze or Jean-Michel Jarre! Duda plays a Moog Prodigy, which is especially nice ... CD
Four Flies (Italy), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
A totally cool set from Piero Umiliani – an Italian composer who was so inventive, he had to create his own studio just to find a space to express all of his many ideas! And while Umiliani's more experimental side has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, a lot of the tracks here are in ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Baker, Delia Derbyshire, & David Cain

BBC Radiophonic Music (pink vinyl pressing)
BBC/Silva Screen (UK), 1968. New Copy
One of the first great recorded documents of the genius of the BBC Radiophonic Music laboratories – home to pioneering electronic talents Delia Derbyshire, John Baker, and David Cain! The trio are heard here on a set of amazing tracks recorded for BBC radio plays in the 60s, plus a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Magic Touch/Wah Wah (Spain), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Yan Tregger gave the world some funky sound library work in the 70s – but here, he's in much darker territory – definitely in the land of no return, which he explores with waves of really moody electronics! The tunes are still rhythmic – as with Yan's previous work – but ... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Unusual Sounds
Anthology, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP
The sounds here aren't that unusual at all – and in fact, they're mostly pretty darn groovy – a superb selection of sound library funk from the glory days of the European scene – collected here together in support of the book of the same name! In case you're new to the scene ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw

Black Pearl (180 gram pressing)
De Wolfe, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A real sound library treasure from the UK scene of the 70s – a set that features two of that genre's heaviest talents – back to back on a single record! You probably know Alan Hawkshaw for his famous work on keyboards – including his classic organ riff on "The Champ" by ... LP, Vinyl record album

Smith & Mudd

Tea With Holger
KPM/Be With (UK), 2019. New Copy
A contemporary entry in the legendary KPM sound library – a record that features Ben Smith and Paul Murphy delivering tunes that echo that label's vintage sound of the 70s, but which also maybe have a deeper song structure overall! These aren't short sound cues or unformed, unfinished ideas ... LP, Vinyl record album
Four Flies (Italy), 1978. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A really great set of Italian electronics – a set that's maybe known better to Americans than most of the generation, due to a surprising 70s release on Folkways Records! Yet this set is quite different than the more academic electronics that usually grace that label – and echo more ... LP, Vinyl record album
KPM/Be With (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog – one of the most sought-after records ever issued by the label – ... LP, Vinyl record album
KPM/Be With (UK), 2018. New Copy (reissue)
The title totally gets it right – as the album features sound library giants Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett coming completely full circle – emerging again to give us the same sort of grooves they recorded for KPM back in the 70s! The album's a new one, but it's got the complete sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
Themes/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A mystery movie in the best sort of 70s style – one in which there's lots of cool electric touches, and the overall sound is often more funky than spooky! James Clarke serves up a whole host of tracks that would have been right at home on the coolest cop shows of the 70s – with plenty ... LP, Vinyl record album
Themes/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
The instrumental version of the classic Sound Of Soul record from UK sound library genius Alan Parker – a record that was also served up with great vocals on another version from Madeline Bell! This set lets you hear all the wonderful grooves that Parker came up with for the series – ... LP, Vinyl record album

I Marc 4

I Marc 4 – 1
Seven Men (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible album from this hip studio combo – and one that's every bit a Hammond jazz album as it is a sound library rarity! The set's got more organ than usual from I Marc 4 – mixed with some tracks that have a great piano vibe too – all at a level that's very soulful, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Stelvio Cipriani

UST 7013 (180 gram pressing)
Fonit Cetra/Sonor (Italy), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
We love Italian composer Stelvio Cipriani for his cop, crime, and erotic soundtracks of the 70s – and he sounds equally great here in the setting of a rare sound library album from the same time! The album's got no proper title or cover, but it's a wonderfully rich batch of music that's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dominique Guiot

L'Univers De La Mer
Chicago 2000/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful album of keyboard-heavy tracks – issued by a small sound library label in France during the 70s, with a title that translates as "the universe of the sea"! As you might guess, there's a nice underwater vibe to the record – a sound that's similar to some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nick Ingman

Big Beat
De Wolfe/Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A funky sound library gem from Nick Ingman – not to be confused with the other Big Beat records from the KPM label – as this set's got an even sharper, hipper vibe overall! Keyboards are in the lead on most numbers – although they get lots of support from the beats promised in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Survival Research, Mid 60s. New Copy
A very weird and wild little record from Matsuo Ohno – the man who created all those cool electronic effects for the early Astro Boy cartoons! The album's comprised of sounds from those years, but really comes across more as some sort of odd, experimental collage – with short ... LP, Vinyl record album
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1970s. New Copy
Easy listening, but done the KPM Sound Library way – which means that most of the cuts here have a great undercurrent of funk! Given that KPM often employed the same artists who recorded the style of funky easy featured on the famous Sound Gallery compilations, you can bet that this set's a ... CD

Braen/Raskovich/Kema (Alessandro Alessanadroni/Giuliano Sorgini/Giulia De Mutiis)

Pawnshop EP
Four Flies (Italy), 1970. New Copy
A set that's billed as an EP, but which has more than enough funk and fuzz to top much longer soundtracks – thanks to great work from the legendary Braen/Raskovich studio combo! The group are really the brainchild of Alessandro Alessandroni – who plays guitar, bass, sitar, and even ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bosworth/Folkways, 1974. New Copy Gatefold
A haunting batch of commercial music from the 70s – billed in the notes to Bosworth Ensembles, which makes us almost think that the work's from the Bosworth Sound Library – even though the record was issued in the US by Folkways! Most of the music here is relatively gentle – ... CD

Nello Ciangherotti (Nenty & Silvano Chimenti)

Sonorita Nel Lavoro
Globe/Sonor (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A really great sound library album – one with a sound that's as colorful and complex as its cover! The rhythms really run away right from the start here – with fast percussion at the beginning of the record, and lots of fast-moving funk throughout – often topped with weirder, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Delia Derbyshire/Barry Bermange

Inventions For Radio – The Dreams
Fantome Phonographique (Italy), 1964. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest compositions we've ever heard from Delia Derbyshire – a special set of electronic compositions based around dreams, with lots of tape work and electronics from Delia, plus loads of eerie recitations as well! Each track features someone describing a dream – at a level ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated November 21, 2019


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