this is my new favourite montenegro - man is this funky. "others by brothers" could be un-pc if hugo wasn't such a kind-hearted and clearly well-intentioned white man who at this point is thoroughly black on the inside - but is that cover model really eating an orange?
soul/black tunes of the late sixties and seventies are transformed into instrumental-funk classics - an irrisistable hybrid of orchestra arp and moog. more apostrophe's than ever before, hugo hits the funk streets like a mean ass montenegro. love john's track "creepin'."
while we're in the late seventies, i just have to post this gem of a soundtrack by francis lai. starring the young nastassja kinski, this movie was released under several other hilarious titles including "boarding school," "preppy school girls" and "virgin campus." the soundtrack itself is fantastic, moog electronics central to most tracks, and the arrangements and melodies are prime francis lai work. be warned there are a couple of vocal tracks (read two,) but these are wonderfully quirky and fit in perfectly with the album as a whole.
easy was my way into jazz. they're very closely related in many ways, though hardcore modern jazz lovers would surely scorn a lot of what we listen to. fortunate for me i don't have to miss out on either. one of the jazz labels i quickly became a fan of was cti - thanks to rudy van gelder and creed taylor, a whole string of luscious latin jazz releases found their way into my collection. the late and early seventies were a golden era for cti, and included antonio carlos jobim releases, and a host of jazz albums with hubert laws, ron carter, wes montgomery and deodata (amongst others.) They all played on each other's albums. i imagine creed's ultra stylish modern home in the hills of california with the studio downstairs, every one just hanging out and then paul says "say, let's make my record."
this lp is for me much more easy than it is jazz, and i love the smooth laid back sunday afternoon feel it has. hugo montenegro's "lady in cement" is fantastic, and this cover is so cool i have used it in several compilations. if you're looking for something to ease your mind after a vicious week at work, this guy will do the trick.
my heart did a little jumpety-skip when i found this record last week. i'm a huge michel legrand fan, and this record does not disappoint. the stereo is a little crass, but the arrangement and orchestration are top notch. i also haven't ever seen this one before and i think it's rare even though i recognise the version of tabu! the theme is 'around the world' and each track is from another country. the moron who did the the bland cover for tru stereo took the liberty of renaming michel to michael (sic) - can you believe it! on the spine and lp it is still 'michel legrand et son orchestre.' in an even dire transgression the same moron translates the song titles for us, and track 8, 'maladie d'amour' is apparently melody of love. good lord.
for those interested in the tour, the back of the lp says the following: 01 and 13 are france, 02 and 03 are spain, 04 is portugal, 05 is north america, 06 is brasil, 07 is cuba, 08 - 10 is antilles, 11 is russia and 12 is austria.
this late seventies compilation from franck pourcel has been giving me much pleasure since it hit the platter. most of the tracks were originally released between 1977 - 79, apart from the bond cover. i'm usually quite dubious of tracks this late into the seventies, but the synth and string combo here is dramatic and large, and i've been loving it.
side b is my favourite - more dark than the first, but the album is cohesive and works great as best-of for the late seventies, for those who prefer high seventies to disco and crappy eighties synth (thankfully not on the menu here ;))
i apologise in advance if i'm doubling up on someone else's efforts, but i've been revisiting my studio2stereo releases and had to post this fine record. "eye level" itself is rather boring in my opinion, but it's the other tracks on this lp that i love. there's plenty of harpsichord, and the lush seventies studio2stereo sound gets me every time.
this is the mono release of "strings on fire" - the quality and listening experience is much better than my stereo copy, though i continue to keep my eyes open.
my favourite tracks include the melancholy and sweeping "dawn to dusk," "the vienna affair" and "the glass triangle" though the rest are also a pleasure. happy listening...
the reason i gave this late seventies release a second glance was because it is a phase 4 stereo release. i guessed it would be instrumental, and hoped it would be orchestral and not just generic disco. the guess paid off - it is a wonderful record, lush superb arrangements involving a full orchestra and some tasteful background vocals.
the sound for me is reminiscent of bert kaempfert's "tropical sunrise" (a masterpiece!) so i'm pleased to have another late seventies release i can love.
slayer and i agree this is one of delgado's best medley records. i don't usually do medleys, but this one, like show dancing, has found a fond place in my collection. i thought it was released 1973 but see on the record itself a P 1970.
i'm a complete sucker for the smooth sound of stereo2stereo releases, and unfortunately I don't have enough! those who enjoyed the simon parks orchestra "eye level" should definitely try this release. there's some crackle in this recording, and an unfortunate scratch at the end of track five, but i find i'm much more relaxed with these than the underwater muffle produced by my nero wave editor declickers.
favourite tracks include the sublime bossa of "summer green, autumn gold" and roger's version of "m.a.s.h". the smooth seventies phrases of "tubular bells" and "free as the wind" are where it's at for me in studio2stereo. if anyone knows of other fine releases from this label available online, please let me know!
this lp from franck pourcel is one of my favourites. i lived in brussels belgium for about three years and while my taste during this time veered more towards alternative rock and dance, i did find myself wandering through a market or two unable to ignore the crate of records here and there. of course pourcel, mauriat and legrand are about as common there as mancini is in the states, so i could kick myself for not bringing more back, but considering the circumstances i left there it's a miracle my one crate got home safely. this pourcel record came from a market near a subway-station i did not normally go to. i remember it being in a different part of the city to where i usually went. i can actually still remember it was a sunny day, and i went there especially looking for records. i can still see the grassy slope toward the stands with junk and a guy selling birds and even keys. people will collect almost anything.
anyway, the quality of my record is not the finest hence holding back on the post but i found another source (mexico emi muchos gracias!)... and how cool is this cover?
it's been a while but i must say it's good to b e listening to my lounge records again. this studio2stereo release fits in somewhere between lush strings and orchestral easy listening, and has arrangements done by brian fahey and alan moorhouse.
i love the harp and a feeling of lost summer days. "now i live again"
this basf compilation is a mixed bag of mid-seventies instrumental pop, and it's a lot of fun. apparently the previous owner was "pop shop - rent-a-record" the mere thought of which gives me chills. the vinyl is a little battered, but as with many 70s lps the sound has remained in tact, and after a digital bath it's pretty darn good.
noteworthy tracks include all werner twardy numbers, peter thomas medleys (in a good way,) and my favourite, a lush seventies rendition of moon river!
01 - berry lipman - the most beautiful girl
02 - big band baden-baden - in the mood
03 - peter thomas - wanderin' star, yellow heart, few dollars
04 - werner twardy - seasons in the sun
05 - brandenburg big band - beat at the philharmonic
this release from horst jankowski on intersound records seems to be rather obscure. i tried to find a release date but alas, intersound somehow thought time did not matter in the world of glossy late seventies library sounds. maybe they thought that if they witheld the release date that such a recording would become evergreen, giving intrumental listeners timeless joy in decades to come. well they were right about that part. i've grown very attached to this lp since finding it some weeks back in the dusty warehouse downtown.
this is definitely late seventies release, and the tunes sport a lush production and an occasional melancholy undertone (my favourite!) but if you like the chirpy stuff, don't dispair (cough) as there's plenty of that to go around too. side b is my favourite side. "a sunny day..." "unconfessed love," "a love letter" and "berlin melodie" are all horst originals, and for seventies german trainspotters "girls from vienna" is by gerhard narholtz.
how generic is this cover? according to the credits it comes from "the image bank of canada." there's this really cool james last lp cover with a sixties babe in checked white and red wearing big curvy sunglasses. roberto delgado "ole" (best of) shipped in canada with a cover of the same exact lady, this time holding her shades instead of wearing them. talk about the factory...
anyway, the music is what matters and i like this delgado. for me his prime is 70-73, but this still has a great sound and is also fantastic for dance parties ;).
this is the earliest delgado album i have, and i suspect it may be roberto's first. it's utterly charming, really fresh, and the instrumentation is top notch. the arrangement is also truly innovative, and it really feels like mr. delgado is discovering his love of latin music.
the lp itself is a little beat up, but i've decided i want to share it regardless, at least until somebody else offers a better copy. i'm always surprised at how well these thick heavy platters from the fifties preserve the sound. inbetween the crackle the sound is still crisp. most of the recording faired well in the sound cleanup except maybe "la bamba" which is why i've included a cd copy of it from a compilation. i was amused to see that this lp cover lists him as "Roberto del Gado" and has a genre on the back called "for your romantik mood" :)
if you can get past the seriously uncool looking chicks in the "buggy," and fritz himself wearing a fur cap (like dr. zhivago) in mid summer, you'll find that this record absolutely rocks! it reminds me of james last but funkier, with plenty fender rhodes and gorgeous girl / boy chorus action.
favourite tracks include the breezy summer of "open window," and lowdown cool brass of "speedy buggy."
back in 1996 when re-releases were fewer and further inbetween, "the look of love" and "let the love come through" made it onto the karminski comp inflight entertainment. soon afterwards, a roland shaw bond selection was re-released as "the world of james bond adventure!" together with swanky artwork and phase-4 deram logos. i was so happy to find that at my cape town cd store! this lp is the second of the three, and i thought i'd post it for anyone who never got the previously mentioned cd release. they are great lps. one will follow shortly if there's interest.
comparing this lp to the cd release, i see there are 4 tracks not included on the comp, and these are "capsules in space," "gypsy camp," "teasing the korean" and "have no fear, bond is here." "gypsy camp" is way cool and i recognise "have no fear..." but from where exactly?
visit the crime lounge for more roland shaw and other deadly international conspiracies...
this lp by a young johnny hawksworth is perfect for poker nights, breakfast martinis, and dumping bodies into rivers. it does not play by the rules, but if pressed for a once-over, would place it in small combo jazz for a fifties tv show. johnny is of course better known for his compilation tracks like "lunar walk" and "it's murder" on the first easy project release. he's released several soundtracks for film and tv (all of which i'd like to get my hands on, but in particular the jazzy soundtrack to the '67 film "the penthouse".) He also did some time with de wolfe library records in the seventies.
for those who like mancini's "combo," "mr.lucky" and all things crime jazz / combo jazz with lots of smokey sax, organ, flute and xylophone. the sound quality is a little crackleish but i gave it a digital wash and feel it is a-ok.
when inflight entertainment was released, the karminski brothers introduced us to a whole world of stylish lounge. one of my favourite tracks from that compilation was "discoteque" by augusto alguero. i became obsessed with find an augusto alguero record, and when i finally did, i was not disappointed. he is one creative spaniard and puts his fire and flair into even the most done standards. a couple of years back a re-release finally appeared, much to my joy.
favourite tracks off this album include "gran premio" and "sera el amor." i've mixed and matched alternate sources (cd plus my lp) but i think the levels are fine. if you don't know augusto alguero yet then you are in for a wonderful treat.
while we're on the topic of inflight entertainment, this album was such a great find and an exquisite record, which i was first alerted to through the two tracks included on that first karminski comp. it is rather insane, but with such an effortless sense of style that in my mind makes it one of the great lounge classics. michel legrand had a brilliant career, but i cannot help but wish he'd made more such daring excursions into pop.
i was going to post this right at the start but was concerned about the sound quality - i ran it through some cleanup and hope it brings some joy. bon voyage...
ps: also released under titles "archi-chords" (france) and "plays for dancers" (usa) - tx guys.
another werner muller from the vaults, this lp from late fifties early sixties is remarkably varied, considering the title. there's a little exotica, some tango, and a lot of string plucking, making this a perky addition to my early morning getting ready for work palette.
the quality is largely good, apart from a nasty string moment on track 4 which lasts about 3 seconds and is as a result of wear i think. i toyed with applying reverb or delay to the scarred bit which was truly bizarre and made me laugh.
here is my other augusto alguero lp, as promised. this is his second release on polydor every bit as dynamic and exciting as his first. i'm having a big alguero moment, so if anyone has any non-polydor alguero please let me know. i long for a taste of what came after his polydor recordings (if indeed there were any.)
this whole lp rocks - no filler, all winner. "bocaccio soul" is a killer and has enjoyed much airtime on many a compilation.
sharing a love of lounge, easy, soundtrack, beat and exotica lps. if you would like anything in higher bitrate to process, just ask. also, if you want more of anything in particular, or an album you're looking for, ask me, i may be able to help. enjoy the lps, david.
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