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Orchestra Algo Nuevo - Juan Pablo Torres   NEW
Salsita afro cubana (Vedette, Italy, 1977)
An amazing Italian pressing of one of Cuba's best albums. It is a dope latin groove / salsa funk album, full of breaks and caribbean beats, and a few tracks for the club. Check "Rompe cocorico" and "Que se pepa" for a blast, and you also have "Que melchoca", "Que sabroso el majarete", "Tres lindas cubanas", and "Echale salsita". A few marks but plays fine. Killer !
LP, VG+/VG+, 60 €
Serge Boëche   NEW
Du son au geste (Armand Colin - Bourrelier, France)
Totally obscure and almost unfindable for years, this record was supposed to offer music for kids' motricity in small schools in the south west of France. The kind of 70's record you ask yourself "how copies can still remain ?". Well, third copy for me, and I am not sure I'll find another one again. Many different musical moods on this LP, ranging from jazz to prog, including drumbreaks and electronics. Killer collector item !
LP, VG+/Ex-, 120 €
H. Caiage (aka Gerardo Iacoucci)   NEW
L'aventure (St Germain des Prés 116, France)
Wow ! French issue of a terribly rare Italian library credited to Gerardo Iacoucci (under his alias H. Caiage). The track "Violence" is a killer drama breakbeat in itself ! Piano, bass, drums and percussions… Heavy LOOPs, a bit similar to Piero Umiliani's "Percussions", also released on the same label. "La plantation" is a wild and percussive latin track with organ flute and lots of percussions, "Le cap" is a psychedelic soul beat with distorted guitar and organ, "Production industrielle" has percussions and electro FX, and "Evasion" is just pop bass solo. Simply great ! Almost impossible to find nowadays.
LP, Ex-/Ex-, 350 €
Brian Bennett / Alan Hawkshaw   NEW
Hot Wax (KPM 1177, UK, 1976)
This LP includes the ultimate track you are after, the devastating "Name of the Game" and its enormous breaks. "Tense masculine underscore" as the liner notes says… No need to translate. Several heavy funk tunes on this cult KPM album !
LP, Ex/Ex, 75 €
Janko Nilovic / Gerard Levecque  
Pep Music (Ducros, France)
Wow ! Fantastic LP released as an advertising for the French spice firm Ducros. The tracks featured here were all previously released on the mythic labels Montparnasse 2000 and St Germain des Prés… Tunes are afro groovy pop, latin, jazzy or psychedelic. Tracks are "Danse Bakaloo" and "La trace des éléphants" (Gérard Lévecque), "Le seneque" (A. & L. Sainz), "Cantate pour deux coeurs", "Hommage à Pelé", "One Together" and "Contact Man" (Janko Nilovic), "La valsa mexicana" (L. Delacour & Guy Boyer), "Reflets de Russie" (Daniel J. White), "Los chagras de Cotopaxi" (M. Ordonez), and "Nagpur" (Braen = Alessandro Alessandroni). One track features an explanation of the Ducros Spicephony concept. Really a great item with a beautiful cover, and very very rare ! Cover is a little torn (see scan) and disc has some marks.
LP, VG/VG+, 35 €
Vladimir Cosma / Michel Bernholc  
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)  
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  
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  
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  
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 €