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.