Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Don Harper - Homo Electronicus


A little while back we featured some library albums by jazz violinist Don Harper. Those of you with truly exceptional memories will remember that his main claim to fame was that he was the composition tutor for Mr Snookles back in the 1980's. Well, that and his involvement with the BBC radiophonic workshop in it's glory days with Delia and Roger and co.

This album pushes the envelope as far as the electronic library genre is concerned. It contains some extended pieces of 10-15 mins duration in which the sonic possibilities of the fabulous analog synths of the day find full expression.

01 - Dr Who Theme
02 - Cold Worlds
03 - Fiddle Chop
04 - The Blue Brook
05 - Nightmare
06 - World Of Sport

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

John Wallis - Beat Rhythms


This is one of those "Saw the cover - had to have the album" records. John wallis was an Australian James Last - wannabe band leader who put out a number of "Happy Party Vibe" records for the local market. The girl doing the funky Emu on the front lets you know that subtlety is not the foremost quality of the music. Still, good fun, and probably worth something because of its scarcity...

01 - Jaguar
02 - Patrol
03 - Charming Lady
04 - In The Air
05 - Rio Grande
06 - Fanfarita
07 - Park Lane
08 - Beach Party
09 - Big Apple
10 - Alcazar
11 - Tarragona Night
12 - On The Way Home
13 - Benny's Shake
14 - Hazienda

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Ferrante And Teicher - Exodus


Well, its time for a spot of F&T. (a drink with jam and F'n'bread...) Exodus was a huge hit for the dynamic duo back in 1961, and this album repackages the bit hit with a number of other popular favourites of the day. The trademark glissandi pour from the speakers as Mr & Mr nimble-fingers strut their stuff, accompanied by a full orchestra.

01 - Exodus
02 - Canadian Sunset
03 - Autumn Leaves
04 - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
05 - Begin The Beguine
06 - Miserlou
07 - 'Till
08 - Warsaw Concerto
09 - Near You
10 - Quiet Village

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ps a number of folks have been making request for specific albums. Sorry folks - I don't do requests. However a number of people have asked about vol 2 of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - I don't have it myself, but if anyone else would like to upload a copy, I'm sure we'd all be grateful...