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Vladimir Cosma / Michel Bernholc   NEW
Dramatique & nostalgique (Patchwork n°3, France)
Deep drama groove and breaks on "FBAïe", "New York City Police", "Articulation", "Bowery Mood", "Dramaction". A very tough number by Vladimir Cosma.
LP, Ex/Ex-, 100 €
Oscar Lindok (aka Giacomo dell'Orso) / Donimak (aka Nico Fidenco)   NEW
Stati d'animo Vol. 1 (Cam Cml 034, Italy, 1973)
Strange Italian groove, something between Giampiero Boneschi (for the electronics) and Giuliano Sorgini (for the exotic beats). Great loops in the vein of our beloved Madlib. A small part of the lower left corner is torn.
LP, VG/Ex, 110 €
Giuliano Sorgini   NEW
April RCA Vol. 10 (April RCA, France, 1977)
Library album dedicated to the animal reign ! This has surely been used to accompany the National Geographic documentaries ! Afro percussions on "Masai" and jungle exotica with wildlife sounds on "Rhinoceros". The track "Prairies" is amazing too. Trippy !
LP, Ex-/Ex, 110 €
Gary Sandeur   NEW
Action descriptif ambience mouvement (Vol. 2) (Hibou, France)
Top uptempo funk on "Progressive", which sounds like a house tune (has it been sampled yet ? don't think so). Perfect to move the crowd as a DJ, perfect for your sampler if you are a producer. "On the Move" is funky too, with a great and hypnotic wah wah. And there's a lot more on this album !
LP, Ex-/Ex, 60 €
Martial Solal   NEW
Locomotion (PSI 20707, France, 1974)
The best work by Martial Solal in the mid 70's. A shame it was only released on library, on the small label PSI ("African Voodoo", "Dinha Manta's Power"), a sub-label for MPI. Line up includes Solal of course, plus Bernard Lubat on drums and Henri Texier on bass. Superb modal jazz and groove.
LP, Ex/Ex, 200 €
M. Zalla (Piero Umiliani)  
The Folk Group (Sound Workshop, Italy, 1974)
Wow ! These library albums released on Umiliani's own label are so difficult to find ! Heavy psych groove here ! And bear in mind it was pressed in very very small quantities, maybe 200 ?
LP, Ex-/Ex, 200 €
Vladimir Cosma / Serge Franklin / Guy Boulanger  
Rythmiques et percussions (Patchwork n°71, France)
Wow ! Back in stock ! An absolute killer album ! Vladimir Cosma's funky side is uncovered here, as well as Serge Franklin's… Hard funk, groovy breaks and electronics, the sound is very modern. Not to be missed : "Harlem Funk" and "Funky Highway" by Serge Franklin, "Rythm and Brass" by Cosma, plus "Chase", "Perpetuum mobile", "Cadences", "Poursuite", "Waves", "Information I" (huge breaks) and "Rythm and Beat" by Guy Boulanger (the electro funk madness), and "Rotations" by the obscure Christian Lete. Really really solid !
LP, VG+/Ex, 90 €
Alan Tew  
Drama Suite Vol. 1 (Themes TIM 1025, UK, 1976)
The sequel ! This could be considered as the unreleased score for "Hanged Man II". Tough British groove with electric piano and drama breaks…plus some short skits ripe for sampling. "The Build Up" could easily resume the KPM sound. Killer !
LP, VG+/Ex-, 220 €
Alan Hawkshaw / Alan Parker / Alan Tew  
Pulse of Events (Themes 1023, UK, 1976)
Masterpiece of English funk ! Featuring some of the greatest UK library composers : Hawkshaw, Parker and Tew, the whole Hanged Man crew, add to them David Lindup, Mike Moran and Les Hurdle...it's a fantastic line-up. It has a real blaxploitation sound, hard funk on "Troublemaker" and "Stake Out" with clavinet and breaks, "The Investigator" is slow groove with a soft LOOP intro, "Offbeat" has terrific slow paced electro funk breaks, "Task Force" has a drumbreak intro and dope hard funk clavinet. Last but not least, "Inside Information" is a pulsating organ groove. Killer library !
LP, VG/Ex, 120 €
Ennio Morricone / Nico Fidenco / Romolo Grano / Riz Ortolani  
Azione 1 (RCA, France)
High tension ! Cinematic drama jazz on “La prima vittima” (with fem vox) and “Svegliati e uccidi” by Ennio Morricone (orchestra is directed by Bruno Nicolai..) These tunes have surely been used for an Italian gangster movie ! Nico Fidenco’s “Il Texicano” and Riz Ortolani’s “Fino all ultimo colpo” have the perfect Italian western movie sound. Other tracks are written by Gino Marinucci and Carlo Rustichelli (the usual 70’s Italian soundtrack sound). Th ecover is a bit tired, but believe me, this is a mad rare Italian library !
LP, VG(+)/Ex, 110 €
The Rapture  
New Times (Vol. 12) (Orly, France)
Big demand on this amazing album featuring René Costy and Willy Albimoor (of Chakachas fame). "Funky pop" is a good uptempo organ tune, "The Longest Night " has dope samples, "Off limits" is a nice slow groove and "The Devil's Ride", "Keep It Up" and "Pop in Three" are excellent pop grooves with interesting breaks. Don't miss it !
LP, --/Ex, 70 €
Ali Ishfahan / Georg Farid  
All the Arabias (JW 416, UK, 1978)
Interesting British library from two guys whose names sound like pseudonymes. As the title suggests it, it deals with oriental music, featuring oud and flute…and drumbreaks. Tons of samples here, and it's not common.
LP, VG+/Ex, 80 €
Billy & Friends (Puccio Roelens)  
Buenas noches angel mio (Vedette, Spain, 1971)
Superb exotic sitar groove on "I Found My Love In Portfolio" and the legendary "Hua Hua Rock" (here called "Encontre mi amor en Portofino" and "Ua ua Rock"). Cool beats and samples too. Don't miss this Italian record that involves Puccio Roelens, Armando Sciascia and Francesco Anselmo under the name Billy & Friends ! And notice that is is a surprising Spanish issue of a kind of Italian library. What a piece !
LP, Ex-/Ex, 50 €
Projection  
Shades of Rock (Impress, UK, 1974)
Heavy drumbreaks on this library that remind me directly of Eddie Warner's "Progressive Percussions" on IM. Some nice psych organ groove here too.
LP, Ex/Ex, 50 €
Yvon Rioland & Marc Goldfeder  
Gold (Amplltude n°6, France)
Top laidback groove and funky breaks on this obscure French library. Not really discovered yet.
LP, Ex/Ex, 75 €