Sunday, February 03, 2008

Ted Atking and his orchestra "Pop music for dancing" Concert Hall/Varieton, 1970

Released by the french label Concert Hall at the very beginning of the seventies, Pop music for dancing was the first of two Ted Atking LPs issued by the label (the second one was named Rythm and Blues for dancing), two singles were also released.
I'm quite sure that at the time, few cared about the fact that the man behind this pseudonym was the french composer Jack Arel and trumpet player Pierre Dutour as writing partner and arranger.
All the tracks on Pop music for dancing were taken from the various Dance and Mood Music volumes that Jack Arel recorded for the Chappell Library label and all of them have this so cool late sixties flavor that we all love so much. 12 groovy and easy gems with trumpet, Hammond organ, tight drums and even some fuzz guitar.
Curiously the Ted Atking pseudonym was also used at the end of the seventies for a couple of LPs on the Charles Talar label (a strange mix of Jazzy and electronic tracks) but i can't see no connection between this Ted Atking and the Arel/Dutour recordings.

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.

Ted Atking

PS : Caravelli's April Orchestra vol.16 is now available again in the original post.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Jack Dieval Quartet & Paris Jazz Quartet "Chappell Dance and Mood Music vol.12" Chappell, 1972

Here is yet another release from the Chappell DMM serie. Two different sessions by veteran french Jazz pianist Jack Dieval, the first side is described as Free music, while the second is described as Music with vibes. Once again, this LP contains a track compiled in the Strut's "Music for dancefloors, the cream of the Chappell music library sessions", this track is named Green water.
The first side of this LP while not completely atonal or free from any Jazz structure does contain elements of Free Jazz and it's hard to believe that any of these tracks pleased the ears of anyone of those in charge of the music departments in radios or televisions, even if it was during the seventies. I know that this will sound like a sterile dualism but i really like the fact that
french Library musicians seems to have been obsessed with Jazz in the same way that italian Library musicians have been obsessed with abstract proto-electronic music.

One last thing, for those who would be puzzled by the fact that the given date for the previous Chappell DMM vol.18 was 1971, and that the one given for this DMM vol.12 is 1972, these are surely the dates of recordings but may not be the dates of releases.

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.

Jack Dieval

PS : Henri Texier's Varech has been reuploaded in the original post

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Les Prospection (B. Lubat, P.A. Dahan, S. Santorio, M. Camison & J. Di Donato) "Chappell Dance and Mood Music vol.18" Chappell, 1971

Behind the fictitious band name Les Prospection are hidden some of the most important french Library music session men of the 1970's. This record is far for being as homonegous as other records from the Chappell Dance and Mood Music serie but it contains at least 2 killer tracks, Lido by the french Jazz drummer/pianist/vibes player Bernard Lubat, a beautiful Jazz track with a spiritual feel, and it also contains Casing by Jacques Di Donato, an Afro flavored track wich was compiled in the Strut's "Music for dancefloors, the cream of the Chappell Music Library sessions". The second side is more Pop oriented with some good groovy tracks by Pierre-Alain Dahan and Sylvano Santorio.

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.

les prospection

PS : I'll try to satisfy the request i had recently about some reupload of the Henri Texier and Caravelli LP during this week end or at the very beginning of next week.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Francisco Semprun & Michel Christodoulides "Espaces dynamiques" Unidisc, 197?

More abstract and ethereal sounds from Francisco Semprun and Michel Christodoulides on the Unidisc label, very similar to their Métamorphoses LP i posted here about one year and a half ago.
Just like the aforementioned LP, the music is instrospective, dark and minimalistic. The instrumentation is also very similar with percussions, piano, flutes, vibes and organ, Espaces dynamiques is maybe just a little bit more electronic oriented.

For more info about the Unidisc label and the Métamorphoses LP (reuploaded), click here to go to the original post.

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.

Espaces dynamiques

Sunday, October 28, 2007

? "Sons, lignes, couleurs, musique pour l'expression plastique" Arman Colin Editeur 1981

Sorry for my lack of post lately but i come back with something rare and rather unusual, i was lucky enough to find a second copy of it yesterday.
Here is an electronic analog synth 45rpm that was conceived for an educational purpose by a woman named Simone Fontanel-Brassart (the translation of the title is "Sounds lines colors, music for plastic expression"). This record gives 1981 as the date of recording but it could have been recorded 6 or 7 years earlier. No indication concerning who were the musicians involved but the musical conception is credited to the "Studio Ganaro". This studio which was located in Versailles near Paris, was the playground of Roger Roger, Nino Nardini and Eddie Warner. Nearly all the Creasound LPs and most of the IM ones were recorded there. So i'm not quite sure that one of the three names above is behind this recording but i'm sure you would agree with me when i say that it sounds a lot like some of their Library records.
Sounds, lines, colors, stains, circles...and some analog synth keyboards full of bleeps and blops.

Ps : In spite of all my efforts, there is saturation in some parts of the A side

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.

Sons, lignes, couleurs

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Various Artists "Le boom boom ! vol.3, even more french exploitation beats from the sixties"

At last, here is the third volume of Le boom boom! i bet those who were waiting for it already know what to expect, so here is a short description of what is contained within this nearly 150 Mo folder.
30 instrumental or wordless vocal tracks, mostly from 1962/63 by the usual bunch of artists with americanized pseudonyms or not (James Award, Teddy Rush, Henri Renaud, L. Marischal...), there are also some newcomers like The Monks (who have nothing to do with the Garage Rock band of the same name but were lead by Jean Claude Pelletier) or the really good Rocky Twist and his Bips Bips.

Accent has been put on Madison and Twist for this third one, with some personal favorites of mine, like Leo Petit's frantic version of Kili-watch or the very jazzy Starting hit by Bill Video and quite a lot more in fact.
When i started this serie i wanted to make available to the whole world something that i knew would stay undocumented. These records are not rare (even if they are quite difficult to find in excellent shape) but i'm sure that to find them outside of France would be a challenge so, stuck between the Yeye and the anti Yeye movement, here is my final statement on the great lost sub Yeye genre.

Don't forget to drop me a line in the comment section if you enjoy it so that i will know that this hard work has not been done in vain.

01 James Award et son orchestre - Joe
02 Teddy Rush et son orchestre - Corona Madison
03 Bill Video et son orchestre - Starting hit
04 Charlie Level - Sonia Madison
05 Ensemble Jean Claudric - Une voile au large
06 Henri Renaud et son orchestre - Madison 24
07 Didier Boland et son orchestre - Duck step
08 The Monks - Je suis fou de toi
09 Orchestre L. Marischal - S'il n'en reste plus qu'un
10 Ensemble Roger Bourdin - Royalty Twist
11 Didier Boland et son orchestre - Looping Twist
12 Orchestre James Award - Dada Twist
13 James Award et son orchestre - Twist époque
14 Fred Adison's New Sound - The bootie green
15 Guy Lafitte - Twist, man! Twist!!
16 Rocky Twist and his Bips Bips - Twist Twist
17 L'Orchestre des Champs-Elysées - Twisty Twist
18 Roy Texon et ses Aristocrates - Texon for two
19 Orchestre L. Marischal - Blue Rock
20 Claude Bolling - Hully Gulliver
21 James Award et son orchestre - Panorama Twist
22 James Award et son orchestre - Atout Surf
23 Rocky Graziano et ses Punchers - Harlem 62
24 Roland Goyard et ses Démons Verts - Brigitte's Twist
25 Leo Petit ses Guitares et ses Rythmes - Kili watch
26 Orchestre J. C. Pelletier - Chicken Surf
27 Orchestre L. Marischal - Un deux trois
28 Claude Bolling Big Piano - The Madison time pt.1 & pt.2
29 Orchestre Guy Christian - Mad and mad
30 Orchestre James Award - Temporale

See you soon !

The zip files contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.

le boomboom! 3

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Before the end of this week your ears will go boom twice for the third time...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Due to many requests, the two volumes of "Le BoomBoom!" have been reuploaded. The new links can be found in the original posts.

le boomboom! vol.1
le boomboom! vol.2

You already know what to expect...60 tracks, 45 high resolution cover art scans, more than two hours of cheap french long lost exploitation beats from the sixties.
If you feel the need for more while waiting for the third volume, you can go to brutdegroove blog, his latest sampler is also dedicated to these long lost gems.

Ps : Link for le boomboom vol.2 fixed in the original post.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Magical Ring "Light flight/More and more" Chicago 2000, 1977

This is an old rip of mine which thanks to its inclusion in the "Music Library Book"seems to go for big money recently, well, depending if it is labelled "Library" or "Progressive music". In fact it is all of that, even more and a little bit less...I'll try to explain.
This is for sure not your common late seventies Library record, there are no brassy sport themes and no "would have been good if it were not for that awful sound and arrangements" funky tracks. It is Electronic Music with a progressive feel and two (yes 2, a rarity in the library field) vocal tracks wich open and close the record. This Lp is sometimes not far away from the Heldon LPs of the period (let's say "Interface" but don't push "Interface" out of your wishlist if you don't like this LP cause it is one hell of a good record !) but at the same time it is also not far away from the weaker Richard Pinhas side project of the same period, T.H.X.

One word about the label. Chicago 2000 was based in Paris and started its activity in 1972. It was in one way or another link to the Auvidis label and as such some titles from the catalogue were commercially available. I don't know much about the composers but one name is common to all the tracks, Jean-Pierre Decerf. Not much info about him on the net.

I think this Magical Ring LP really deserves your attention, the track "Black safari" even have all what it takes to become an electronic Library Music classic. So, enjoy and don't forget to drop me a line to give me your opinion.

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scan and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.

Magical Ring

Friday, January 05, 2007

Lion Warfield/The Lions "Deep throat o.s.t. 45rpm" Vogue, 1975
Christophe "La route de Salina o.s.t. 45rpm" Motors, 1970
Francis Lai "Le chat et la souris o.s.t. 45rpm" Wip Records, 1975

First of all, happy new year to everyone, may 2007 be filled with whatever you want to. Sorry for the lack of update lately but you already know the reason why, it's all about work, personal life..blah, blah....and moreover i think i had to take some rest from my virtual web life.

I have good news and bad news, the good news is that i have quite a lot of excellent records to share in the following weeks and months, the bad news is that all those wonderful out of print records will have to wait before living a digital life of their own because i need a new turntable and since this is not the kind of purchase i do everyday i want to take my time.

Well, anyway, today's share is made of three french soundtrack 45pm. Let's examinate it in details.
First we have the french issue of the "Deep throat" 45 rpm, ok...i hear a voice somewhere and this voice is saying "hey, this is not french". Well, definetely not, of course but only the A side is taken from the movie soundtrack ("Bubbles" by Lion Warfield, this track can be found in both the Trunk Records and the Light in the attic reissues), while the B side is an incredibly groovy Hammond organ instrumental cut more or less inspired by the movie, named "Gorgeous Linda" and credited to an enigmatic band "The Lions". This track is without a doubt the work of Jean-Pierre Sabar (credited to Sabar on the record label), the late seventies Gainsbourg favorite arranger.

The second 45rpm in this package was composed by Christophe, a very curious and talented singer who became famous during the Ye-Ye period for a hit named "Aline". During the seventies Christophe made a couple of LPs wich are worth listening to and even became friend with Alan Vega of "Suicide" fame (quite incredible if you judge the man from his Ye-Ye period hits alone, believe me). The two tracks include in the package were recorded for a movie named "La route de Salina", the first side has vocals but the real gem is the second side, a morriconesque prog nugget with a wordless female vocals choir named "Sunny road to Salina". If you feel the need for more Christophe recording, try his 1978 LP "Le beau bizarre", i can't tell you exactly why but i really love this record in spite of its sometimes cheap and dated arrangements.

And finally the composer of the third single in this package needs no introduction, i bet you already know who Francis Lai is. He was the composer of so many soundtracks that you will need a lifetime to trace them all if you are a completist, but not all of them were as funky as these two titles from "Le chat et la souris" o.s.t.
Just wanted to point out that these two tracks are totally different versions of those which can be found on "Les étoiles du cinéma/l'heure bleue" LP, even if the titles are the same.

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.

french o.s.t. 45rpm