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Stringtronics - Mindbender
LP | 1972 | EU | Reissue (The Great Thunder)
19,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
This album can be put in the field of so called “library music”, sound records made for use in movies and TV productions, commercials and for similar purposes to enhance the tension of the atmosphere in very dramatic scenes or accompany the more mellow and relaxed moments with lush harmony carpets. And from all these “library” albums, this is one of the most sought after by collectors around the world due to the musical quality of its content. And so we sit back, relax, close our eyes and get ready for the movie that only exists in our imagination. The STRINGTRONICS take us on a journey from the dark city gorges of any North American metropolis where steaming hot funky and jazzy rhythms amalgamate and get clothed in a veil of lush string arrangements to the banks of the river Seine where painters draw portraits of tourists and people sit in the sun and relax to the typical chanson melodies full of melancholy but also joy of life. In there is a tinge of the 1950 exotica music showing up here and there through Latin grooves and some flimsy elements of rock shine through the whole soundscape as well. It is fantastic but not easy to categorize, will appeal to fans of US movie soundtracks from the early 70s and late 60s, created by folks like George Clinton but also be loved by people who enjoy the early works of electronic pop pioneers such as Walter Carlos and finally by space age pop aficionados. It is all in there and the reference of some artists drawing is not far from what the music feels like. The participating musicians paint their melody – and rhythm patterns with an enormous feeling for depth and emotion.
Yamasuki - Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki
Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki
LP | 1971 | EU | Reissue (The Great Thunder)
19,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
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A fuzzed-out educational multicultural psych-rock opera from 1971, featuring proto-psychedelic hip-hop with overweight drumbeats and basslines!
Ananda Shankar - Ananda Shankar And His Music
Ananda Shankar
Ananda Shankar And His Music
LP | 1975 | EU | Reissue (The Great Thunder)
19,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
If you read the name Shankar you may right away think of Ravi Shankar, the grand master of contemporary Indian folk music who was very popular in the 60s due to his connection with the music industry in the United States despite staying away from the pure pop music by maintaining his classic sitar and tabla style ragas to express himself musically. Ananda Shankar used to be his nephew who also made a journey to the USA to gather inspirations from rock artists like Jimi Hendrix among others. His first album from 1970, a conglomerate of classic Indian folk tunes and instrumental versions of the hottest rock songs of the day clothed in a veil of sitar melodies and backed up with tabla drum grooves, was an attempt to combine the spiritual approach of his cultural origins with the light minded blissful attitude of western psychedelic pop music. It worked well in the sense that it is still, nearly fifty years later on, a groovy little album that leaves nobody sitting around at any random hippie party. He took a five year break from recording to create what should become his second album and this is what I am about to present to you now. The cover-tunes were replaced by all original compositions with a lush instrumentation that features the typical sitar, tabla and bowed string instruments such as sarong and sera arrangements mixed with sounds that have a definite western origin such as rock guitars, Hammond organ and moog synthesizers plus full drum kits that take care to enhance the actual groove. Psychedelic rock, raga, fusion-jazz and funk flow into each other quite naturally giving birth to something fresh and exciting I would label as “Bengali pop”. The borders between eastern and western music get abrogated here. If it was not for a few deeply mythical chants on a bed of drones here and there you could not even tell this was a record by an Indian artist. This album is quite accessible most of the time and comes with a certain slickness that makes it easy for the listener to understand and appreciate what is going on. Still there is the other side of the coin, the depth pop music often lacks. So in the end this might have been too far out for the average western mainstream fanatic back in 1975 when disco began to rule but it is an awesome sound trip for fans of psychedelic dance music like Incredible Bongo Band and all eastern influenced popular rock.
Puccio Roelens - Rock Satellite
Puccio Roelens
Rock Satellite
LP | 1977 | EU | Reissue (The Great Thunder)
19,99 €*
Release:1977 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Funk is the magic word on this record here. Puccio Roelens (1919 – 1985) was an Italian composer, orchestra leader and pianist active from the mid 1940s to the time of his passing in 1985. You can easily place him in the “library music” category with his heavily rhythmical instrumental funk with a jazz / fusion edge. Layers upon layers of different rhythm patterns get shifted here and your body moves at full throttle to the sensual, steaming hot grooves. Signore Roelens moves through a bunch of related but still different styles where melody and rhythm become one stream of energy that rushes through your physics to make you swing eternally. Quite many passages here have a slick and glittering disco feel while others take you from the hottest NYC clubs to the open air bars of Rio De Janeiro, somewhere close to the beach. Always present is his extraordinary piano playing. He caresses the keyboard of his Fender Rhodes electric piano like the silky skin of a woman while lush brass arrangements literally blow your senses before some spacey, dreamy synthesizer harmonies call for you to follow into an unknown but pleasantly colorful world of living visions. The interplay between all keyboards is marvelous and quite often turns into an enthralling dialogue of two or three instruments. You may rather drift from dream to dream and vision to vision on the soundwaves of this album than listen closely to get each played note but I assume that this was the composer's actual goal. Well, there are definitely enough moments of musical grandeur to be discovered here and if you attempt to capture them all, you will for certain end up grooving to these smooth and sexy numbers without control over yourself. No wonder original copies of this album already went for 500 US$ into the loving hands of soul collectors. Does anyone get it? Well, anyway, this reissue enables us average earthlings to get an idea of how good funky library music can get.
Clara Mondshine - Luna Africana
Clara Mondshine
Luna Africana
LP | 1981 | EU | Reissue (The Great Thunder)
19,99 €*
Release:1981 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Luna Africana' is the first album (1981) by Clara Mondshine, aGerman electronic band (featuring radio director, journalistand composer Walter Bachauer) that continued where the cosmicKraut movement of the '70s ended. The lo-fi'ish sound still features analogue synths and many hypnotic elements.
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