Thursday, June 22, 2006

Joss Baselli "Accordéon 2000" CBS-Série Apollo, 197?

Don't be misguided by the fact that the lead instrument on this record is the accordion, i know it brings back memories of thrift store crates full of dull Musette LP's and strange looking overweight men with moustache proudly posing with this infamous instrument near good looking chicks...well, Joss Baselli do wear a moustache on the back cover of this record but that's all this LP has in common with other accordion records.
Joss Baselli (real name Joseph Basile) was born in 1926 in a small town not far away from where i live, he began his professional career during the forties, had some success in the United States during the fifties and has been the accordion player of the famous french singer Barbara for three years during the sixties. He died of a heart attack in september 1982.

"Accordéon 2000" was recorded in 1969 or 1970 using the Electronic Majorvox accordion and the fact is that this instrument sounds a lot like an organ. All the compositions on this record are originals, they are all linked to the same futuristic theme (hence the 2000 of the title) and have strange name like "Pas de Camembert sur la lune" or "La java des neutrons". I believe that the inspiration behind these titles was the Apollo 11 mission of July 1969.
Too late to be classified in the Space Age Pop genre but definetely not too late to be an EXCELLENT record with some really really groovy tracks ("Missile à domicile", "Cosmos zone bleue", "Tout marche à l'ordinateur"...) that remind me sometimes of what Belgian organist André Brasseur was doing at the Hammond organ during the same period.
Frankly, this is not your common LP sharity, i hope you will like it as much as i do and don't forget to drop me a line if you do and even if you don't...Comments are welcome !

Here is a Space Age Pop link about Joss Baselli under his american "pseudonym", Jo Basile.

If you ever feel the need for more electronic accordion records, check out Kristof Space Debris blog for Claude Thomain's "Accordéon électronique" LP on the Epervier label.

See you soon !

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

Accordeon 2000

Monday, June 19, 2006

Guy De Fatto & Jef Gilson "Louez Dieu n°4 45rpm" Pastorale et Musique, 197?
Pax Quartet "Chantez un chant nouveau" Editions Studio SM, 1969

Last post (now deleted) was more or less a parody of what was or what could be Christian Music when adressed to a younger audience. Well, this post is real Christian Music in search of a new way to praise the Lord. In one big folder, you will find two different records so, let's begin with the first one. It is entitled" Louez Dieu n°4".
The "Louez Dieu (praise the lord)"serie was a long one, more than 15 titles in the 7'' format and even a "best of" in the 12'' format. All of them are filled with dull Folk songs except this very n°, what is so special about this one ? First of all, the music was conducted by Jef Gilson, a french Jazz musician who is now gaining recognition thanks to the reissue of his Malagasy sessions about two years ago. Second, if you are into french Jazz or Library music i warn you to sit down before having a look at the list of musicians on this one...ok...let's go :

- Eddy Louiss, organ
- Guy Pedersen, bass
- Pierre Cullaz, guitar
- Jean Schultheis, drums
- Jacky Bamboo, bongos and tumba

and all those wonderful musicians were forced to work on the restrictive (to say the less)
2'30'' format. If someone would have asked Victor Hugo to write one of his long epic poem in the Haïku form he would surely have ended with more or less the same result.
If 15 seconds solo and top Jazz musicians backing an amateur choral of young people singing their hearts out about how much they love Jesus is what you would call a cool experience, then this one is for you.

The second record included in this big folder is an LP by the "Pax Quartet", it is entitled "Chantez un chant nouveau (sing a new song)"on the "Studio SM" label (strange name for a Christian label !). This enigmatic quartet began its career in the second half of the sixties as a vocal band in the french tradition of "Les compagnons de la chanson" before joining the rank of the Christian musicians. What is cool about their records is the fact that they have a vocal and an instrumental side. If you ever come to a Christian karaoke party, "Chantez un chant nouveau" is the record to have in your bag (you may even pick up a girl, if you are not afraid to be engaged for the next 25 years of course), it's light Jazz with some cool arrangements but avoid the vocal side i have only included it here for...mmm...let's say educational purpose.
I have also included in both folders some bonus tracks. In the first one, one track from the "Louez Dieu n°11 45rpm" a groovy little song composed by Bernard Gerard with trumpet and Fuzz guitar and in the "Pax Quartet" folder, two really good instrumental tracks from their "Merveilles" LP (i have already recommended one of them on waxidermy).

See you soon !

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

Louez Dieu & Pax Quartet

Monday, June 12, 2006

Jean Yanne & Michel Magne "Tout le monde il est beau, tout le monde il est gentil o.s.t." Barclay, 1972

I ripped this one a few weeks ago but i just realized that it is planned to be released on CD for the first time ever next monday in Stephane Lerouge's magnificent collection "Ecoutez le cinéma !" (alongside 2 others Michel Magne/Jean Yanne o.s.t. "Moi y'en a vouloir des sous" & "Les chinois à Paris", both on one CD) so...let's say that my rip will act as a teaser and will be permanently removed by the end of this week, don't ask for it after this date cause you'll get a negative answer.

For those who don't know him, Jean Yanne was a famous french popular actor/humorist who directed a serie of 7 movies from 1972 to 1984. "Tout le monde il est beau, tout le monde il est gentil" was the first one and the most succesful. Is it neccesary to present Michel Magne ? No, i don't think so, everybody knows him through his "Tropical fantasy" LP at least.

"Tout le monde il est beau, tout le monde il est gentil" is a parodic view of the Media world. Jean Yanne in this movie is a reporter who works on a radio station obsessed by the idea of increasing its audience by any neccesary means even the use of a Jesus Christ imagery to appeal to a younger audience (remember that it was the early seventies, "Jesus Christ superstar" and "Godspell" were succesful musicals). Nearly every tracks on this o.s.t. are Jesus Christ related but are less a parody of Christianity than a parody of its utilization for marketing purpose. If you are fortunate enough to understand the french language, you may find this one very funny, a personal favorite of mine is Ginette Garcin's "Jesus Tango", sung with a delicious fake spanish accent.

By the way, next post will be related to this one, here you have the Christian Pop parody, next time you'll get the real stuff...but enough said !

See you soon !

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

Tout le monde (link removed)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Guglielmo Papararo & Vittorio Montis "April Orchestra presente RCA sound vol.16" April Orchestra/RCA, 1977

This is both an experimental and atmospheric LP from the second April Orchestra serie, the RCA related one. The main instrument on this record is the acoustic guitar with brass and woodwind instruments, percussions and a really impressive chorus, not your common "la la la" wordless vocals.
Once again, this LP contains another favorite of mine (in the Library Music category at least), this time it is this little gem named "Jonosfera".

I'm quite sure that the RCA serie was entirely devoted to italian artists, the likes of Ennio Morricone (2 volumes in this serie and various contributions to some others), Bruno Nicolai or Puccio Roelens, to name a few.

See you soon !

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

April Orchestra RCA sound vol.16