Out of print for a decade and first time on CD, comes the El Records classic "Thames Valley Leather Club". This deluxe edition is supplemented by material from the long deleted and much sought-after 12" singles "Ariel Atlas" and "Metroland" and amounts to a most desirable and definitive account of the Always work and the highly original El Records sensibility of the eighties.
Twenty five track compilation featuring brilliant vintage performances by the worlds greatest guitarist. Now considered as the best possible example of chill out and refined playing, his groundbreaking self taught style influenced everyone from Django Reinhart, Robert Fripp, George Harrison, Julian Bream and anyone with a serious passion for classical guitar playing. Here the great man arranges classical compositions by J S Bach, Oscar Espia, Joaquin Turina, Manuel Maria Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos and De Visse.
Antonio Carlos Jobim was the artchitect of Bossa Nova,the writer of "The Girl from Ipanema" and many of the other Bossa standards.One of the 20th century's most gifted songwriters. a figure as symbolic of Brazil as Gershwin is of America or as Lennon & McCartney are of Britain. Influenced by Chopin and George Gershwin, Jobim brought a refinement to Brazilian music in the first half of the fifties and this compilation showcases his brilliant, early recordings including "Teresa of the Beach" a number one hit for Dick Farney and Lucio Alvesand the long original "Sinfonia Do Rio de Janeiro", a suite ofballads and sambas evoking the sun and sea and describing the beauties of Rio in those times. These historic and valuable recordings have never previously been released outside of Brazil.Tom Jobim has sold literally millions of records around the world. He is actually one of the ten most recorded popular composers of all time. Most significantly in commercial terms, he recorded a big album with Frank Sinatra in 1967 that was second only for sales to "Sgt Pepper" at the time. His popularity is such that on his death the president of Brazil named Rio¹s international airport after him- but none of this would mean a fig unless the music were of supreme quality- which of course it is. The man didn't become a legend without good reason, and this is one of them.
Major figures in the evolution of Bossa Nova music, Jobim and bonfa here play respective covers of each others compositions. Some rare hits find their way onto CD here, as well as the entire score for the 1956 stage play "Orpheus of the Carnival." Their defining roles in Brazillian music brought the genre to the world stage. A country really growing artistically, culturally and in sport at the time, this set captures the joyous sounds of a nation finding it's feet. Jobin would go on to work with Sinatra, these are the recordings that got him there.
Twenty seven tracks featuring one of the most distinctive vocalistsjazz has produced. This compilation draws the listeners attention to her sublime early recordings from the 50's. Her emergence in this era was something shockingly different; a breath of fresh air for popular music. Includes: "Lover Man", "April In Paris" and "Flamingo"
One of the greatest all time vocal groups, they dominated the American pre-war years with their pop / jazz sound. A highly collectable girl group, this twenty one track album is a great hits anthology. Featuring: "Heebie Jeebies", "When I Take My Sugar To Tea", "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" and "We're On The Highway To Heaven."
Powell and Pressburger's classic 1948 film is often regarded as one of the most visionary masterpieces of British cinema: but the score, by Brian Easdale, was no slouch either. Sensous, erotic, tinged with Eastern mysticism- no wonder Kate Bush named her 1993 album after it. Filling out the disc is Constant Lambert's (as opposed to Intermittent Lambert?- Stupid Jokes Dept) equally beautiful score for one of the finest ballets of the 20th century- "Horoscope". Those were the days.
Soundtrack to the notorious 1956 film that made Bardot into a sex symbol as well as seriously annoying early women liberation groups. Scored by Paul Miisraki, the jazzy / mambo score creates a steamy atmosphere while Bardot reads out selections from the French language script in her sultry tones over the top of some of the score. Nineteen tracks in total, including: "Porque Nao?", "Tren-Tren", "Yacht Melody" and "BB Cha Cha."
The embodiment of everything exciting about 50's and 60's pop culture. Soundtrack from Bardot's second feature film from '52, extremely hard to find on vinyl. Music by Jean Yatove, the album split into two tracks "Mamina, La Fille Sans Voile Part One" and "Part Two" and features divine vocals and string arrangements. A joy for all Bardot fans, this hard to find collectors item now being freely available for the first time in decades.
Syd & Marty Krofft’s enormously successful follow up to "Hr Pufnstuf" another Wizard Of Oz-style children's programme full of psychedelic metaphors and great music. With a nod toward the contemporary success of Josie and The Pussycats, The Archies and The Banana Splits (which placed a band at the centre of the story), and with insect wings that allow them to fly, The Bugaloos were a fake pop band of English bugs who live in Tranquility Forest (the last of the British colonies) along with their friend Sparky the firefly. The Bugaloos theme was created by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel (who had completed ‘Barbarella’ and ‘Pufnstuf’ and would soon write the famous themes for 'Happy Days' and ‘Laverne and Shirley') with most of the other beautiful selections (including the hit 'Senses of Our World') penned by Hal Yoergler who also produced the soundtrack. Touted as the British version of the Monkees, over 5000 aspiring Bugaloos auditioned to cast the four leads, each having to demonstrate aptitude in dance, singing, and acting. Apparently a young Phil Collins was amongst them, auditioning for the role of I.Q but failing to get the part. Bigger even than Pufnstuf in the US, this is (incredibly) the first time this soundtrack has been made available in the West (in Japan the programme is regarded as almost sacred) Bugger me. Bugger who? No, it's the Bugaloos!!!
Compilation drawn from the late 60s Skye Records period of this renowned and much missed latin-jazz vibist and composer. Skye was of course the lable he founded with Gabor Szabo and Gary McFarland, and their names if anything should be a guarantee of quality. Although the music was at the time derided by serious jazzers as lightweight pop, and the term 'lounge' was yet to be invented, these tracks (featuring the tile track, versions of Bacharach's 'Message To Michael' and Jobim's 'Felicidade' and Tjader's own theme tune for the 1967 British Horror film 'Eye Of The Devil' (starring David Niven, David Hemmings and Sharon Tate), have all stood the test of time incredibly well, as have the live tracks from 1969's 'Cal Tjader Plugs In' set which are also included here.
Twenty five rare cuts from Carmen in her '50's pomp. Much of the material has previously only been available on hard to find South American compilations. Touching on vintage Sambas, marches. Bossa Nova, Tropicalla and Latin Jazz during her triumphant Brazilian years, this is essential Miranda.
Eighteen track compilation of one the original international girl pop stars. Concentrating on her early years, it includes her million sellnig singles "I Love Paris" and "The Breeze And I" as well as a collection of her European hits sung in German, French, Italian and Spanish. Comparable with Brigitte Bardot and Yma Sumac for her charm and individual vocal style. Often thought of as a German performer due to her vast success there, she was actually born in France to Italian parents. Popular from her early single releases in '53, she continued to record until the '80's. this is a selection of her most popular hits from her golden period.
Caterina is joined by her brother Silvio for her second solo album, first released in 1957. Able to sing in many different languages, the international pop star sticks to Spanish for these twelve tracks. Her real skill is the ability to make you believe that you are hearing these standards for the first time.
Stylish compilation of the very best of Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde (yes, him from 'Blott On The Landscape' 'The Piglet Files' 'Is It Legal' and 'Schalcken The Painter',) the quintessential coffeehouse duo of the 60s, who despite their inherent Englishness, were actually far more popular in the United States!! This compilation features singles, album tracks, and- this is the real humdinger- rare and live material recorded between 1963 and 1965. Essential for collectors everywhere.
The Changing of the Guard" is a unique music and dialogue sound collage of Swinging London in 1968; a time of exciting developments in all the artistic fields and a time when England set cultural standards that the world is still trying to emulate. Protagonists central to the scene are included here: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones discussing revolution; his manager Andrew Loog Oldham explaining business philosophy; the young Michael Caine debating morals in the context of the permissive society; Julie Christie on fame and Lee Marvin on Mini cars and mini skirts! The dialogue is edited against brilliant historic London pop of the period: big hits such as The Small Face's 'Itchychoo Park' and 'Here Come The Nice', Chris Farlowe's memorable number one 'Out of Time', 'If Paradise is Half as Nice' by The Amen Corner and mercurial psychedelia; The Marquis of Kensington, Fleur De Lys, Duncan Browne, Billy Nicholls and the first line up of Humble Pie featuring Steve Marriott and "the Face Of 1968" - Peter Frampton. Special mention too for an early song from Vashti!
Largely responsible for the Nashville Sound, his jazzy guitar playing and ambitious production ideas took Country to a new sophisticated level. This eclectic twenty track compilation showcases Chet's virtuosity and good taste in music. Mixing jazz standards with pop hits and country rock, the effect is dazzling. Perhaps best known for his session work on "Heartbreak Hotel", "Wake Up, Little Susie" and "Jambalaya", the man was a mean player and eventually had chart success on his own. A hugely important player, this is a good introduction to the great man.
The Chordettes, and in particular their immense 1954 USA number One hit "Mr Sandman"epitomise idealised pre-rock & roll fifties America.Internationally they are the best known all girl acappella barbershop groups enjoying a dozen hitsthrough the fifties that made the genre their own.Four of those hits, from the first half of the decade, are included on this delightful compilation; "Mr Sandman", "Lonely Lips", "Hummingbird" and "The Wedding" complimented by material from their1955 10" "Close Harmony" that has never been released anywhere in digital format.The Chordettes combine enormous charm with technical excellence. Inevitably, they are popular inJapan and are appreciated across many generations of audience in the UK & America.Today, the recordings of the group evoke memories and impressions of the fifties, or at least thefifties as we've come to idealise them. Individually and collectively, their technical excellenceremains breathtaking and The Chordettes unique charm has not diminished.
Compilation of 23 tracks from the ultimate American teen act of sunshine pop psych, possibly only rivalled by the Monkees Stateside in terms of popularity in the genre. And they didn't even come from California!! The difference is the Cowsills were a real family band, formed by their father Bud Cowsill at the time of Beatlemania, and featuring his four sons, one daughter and wife. Their hits crossed over very quickly from being fun-for-all-the-family prime time pop to hippy anthems: real subversion!! Rivalled only by te Free Design in terms of sheer vocal dexterity, they released several classic singles (including 'The Rain, The Park And Other Things') and an acid concept album, 211 x 11"- all are included here on this compilation. 80 minutes of the finest harmony vocal pop you will ever hear.
Finally properly titled! To avoid confusion, the band were originally known as Sunlight Seven, then Sunlight, before finally adopting the above moniker in time to record their acid masterpiece- and here it is, the first official CD version of this great 1968 '60's US psych album. Very cool from start to finish it just oozes with a sunshine and acid vibe with multi-layered harmonies, hammond organ, fuzz guitar etc. The overall sound is a bit like Strawberry Alarm Clock but with bigger arrangements including some brass. Original copies of the album are virtually never seen and Sunlight were one of the few bands to successfully merge US pop with late '60's psychedelia using virtually every instrument available at the time. The mysterious disappearance of all band members after the albums's release has only further cemented the legend!!
Like El's forthcoming Four King Cousins release, the Dave Pell Singers album is highly prized, top class lounge / harmony sunshine pop. What the japanese call Soft Rock (or even sometimes 'Soff Lock') Originally issued in 1969, It¹s many highlights include a breezy version of Piero Umiliani's "Mah-Na, Mah-Na" and a cool, sensuous performance of the title tune from the controversial musical, "Oh,Calcutta" Pell¹s "Oh Calcutta" has featured already to great acclaim on the very comprehensive "Sound Gallery" compilation of a decade ago. With this release Dave Pell can now take his rightful place amongst the giants of lounge; Andy Williams, Roy Budd, Dudley Moore (actually, I think you'll find he was a bebop pianist- Get Facts Straight Ed), Tony Hatch. Dave Pell's behind-the-scenes career may be more familiar to space age pop fans than his own accomplishments as a performer. Head of A & R at United Artists and Liberty Records in the sixties, Pell produced well-known albums by Martin Denny, The Ventures, Shirley Bassey and Bobby Vee.
Welcome reissue of extremely scarce and rare album from Papa Denny Doherty, a man described by his fromer bandmate Michelle Phillips as 'The Psychedelic Frank Sinatra'. A beautiful, wistful and intelligent album for lovers of sunshine pop everywhere- particularly anyone who digs the Free Design, Margo Guryan, West Coast Consortium or other Californian bands of that ilk, but also for fans of inspired singer songwriter fare much in the vein of the 'Coconut Grove' (Florida's answer to Greenwich Village) scene's mentor Fred Neil. Features the last known recorded vocal work of Mama Cass Elliot, who died shortly after the album's release in 1974.
Known as the Brazillian frank Sinatra, Dick Farney is a national institution in his home country. An outstanding singer, instrumentalist and composer who inspired the architects of Bossa Nova. Included here are nineteen tracks culled from impossibly rare long out of print 10" albums and 78's. The two sides of his character are present here, the crooner and the gifted jazz pianist. A welcome return for the great man.
Twenty two track compilation bringing together the best blues and jazz performances from Dinah's career. A beloved character in modern American music, these sassy recordings are all from the '50's. includes: "Go Pretty Daddy", "Darn That Dream", "Am I Blue" and "Our Love Is Here To Stay."
Finally reissued on CD- the sort of- almost- not quite Monkees reunion that happened but didn't, if you catch the drift!! In the 70s, with Michael Nesmith having found his true voice as a country songsmith and guitarist of some note, and Peter Tork having seemingly disappeared up his own existence, remaining members Mickey Dolenz and Davey Jones took the only option open to them and hooked up with the dudes that provided them with their biggest hits- Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart- and not being able to use the name (which Nesmith had copyrighted) toured as Dolenz, Jones, Boyce And Hart in the summer of 1975, generating enough interest to sign to Capitol and release this excellent album of classic sunshine pop that actually didn't sound too out of place for the times. The tracks include a track called 'Sail On Sailor' (no relation to the Beach Boys) and Craig Douglas' 'Teenager In Love' alongside several highly enjoyable and melodically deft compositions.such as 'You Didn't Feel That Way Last Night' 'Moonfire' and 'Sweet Heart Attack' that set the tone for the pop-with-razorblades approach of Cheap Trick and their successors, not to mention the UK powerpop revival (which Boyce was heavily involved in) Definitely worth owning.
Re-issue of Steely Dan's greatest rarity, the "You've Got To Walk It Like You Talk It" film soundtrackby Donald Fagen and Walter Becker recorded in 1971 just prior to the inception of Steely Dan.Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are the duo at the centre of Steely Dan on of the most lyricallyintelligent, musically sophisticated Amrican bands of the seventies who cut eight classic albums andenjoying a dozen international single hits. Steely Dan are the poetry of urban america in theseventies."You¹ve Got To Walk It Like You Talk It" is a prototype for Steely Dan. The sound is instantlyrecognisible Donald Fagen is an enigmatic commercially successful songwriter, comparable inartistic stature to Randy Newman, or Brian Wilson. Last month he released his third solo album"Morph the Cat" to great critical enthusiasm."You've Got To Walk It Like You Talk It" is obviously a record for Steely Dan completists and alsoone of great historical importance.Though Steely Dan have followers worldwide, Particular export potential to America where thisalbum has been out of print for 25 years.
Doris Day is an institution in America, The Top female box office star of all time. "Darling" is a fabulous collection of hit songs from the dozen or so movies Doris Day made between 1948-55. Much loved films that put her on the map. Films like "Tea for two", "Love Me or Leave Me", "Young At Heart" with Frank Sinatra and "Calamity Jane" that included the hits "The Deadwood Stage" and the smash "Secret Love" that reached number 1 on the American singles chart in 1954. Doris Day¹s marketability has always been her wholesomeness but worldwide today she is also her status as a gay icon second only to Judy Garland (what about Shirley Bassey?- Duckie Ed) Regardless of her squeaky-clean image of most of her career, Doris Day is a remarkable woman who in her life has dealt with both enormous success and her fair share of heartbreak and disaster; divorced parents, a brother who died young, a serious auto accident as a teenager, two early failed marriages, the death of her third husband, a bout of nervous exhaustion, and an agent who squandered her considerable fortune. And she's still here!!Due In: 22/05/2006
Operatically-trained avant garde vocalist Edda Dell Orso has for over 30 years been known as the wordless voice behind some of the best-known Italian cinema soundtracks made. Morricone, Nicolai, Pregadio, Bacalov, Cipriani- her swooping, ethereal tones have graced them all. However, it's Morricone, and in particular his themes for the classic spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone, that her name is synonymous with, and they're all here, alongside their work on such giallo classics as Argento's 'Bird With The Crystal Plumage' and the more obscure 'Why Do They Kill Themselves', (featuring Goblin) and the beautiful themes to sveral more obscure art films. Collected for the first time on CD; an introduction to the work of a true vocal iconoclast.
One of the founding fathers of modern music, Edgard Varese was experimenting with sound collage and sampling fifty years ago. Never previously released on compact disc, this is the album that inspired a teenage Frank Zappa; his presence is clear from The Mothers Of Invention onwards. Other disciples to his sound include Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez,John Cage, Morton Feldman, Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen. Trackisting: IONISATION, OCTANDRE, INTEGRALES and DENSITY 21.5.
The only ever recordings released by this internationally famous actress as an albums artist, forty minutes' worth of spoken travelogue and ruminations on her home town backed by the beautifully orchestrated music of John Barry, soundtrack man to the stars. Almost so impossible to find on vinyl that anyone who did could effectively buy a house with it, now available in a sumptuously packaged CD format for the first time.
Another indescribably beautiful album of Morricone's great film music and psychedelic montages, this time cantred around three typically rare films- "The Serpent" starring Yul Brynner, Dirk Bogarde and Henry Fonda, "Burn!" which some cite as Brando's best onscreen performance (although your writer personally still goes for 'A Dry White Season') and the French-Italian horror production of "Bluebeard" starring Richard Burton. So far ahead of its time that it still sounds futuristic, whilst also capturing memories of a golden era in European film music.
He may be famous to many for Westerns, but Italy's most renowned 20th century composer has many strings to his bow, not least of all his work in erotic arthouse cinema, cop thrillers and that particularly Italianate genre of horror film, the 'giallo', that straddled the late 60s and early 70s. A simply beautiful and somewhat chilling melange of wordless vocal, sweeping strings, clanking, rolling keyboards and twanging guitar that haunts the mind for days afterwards. Among the tracks included are his themes to the seminal gialli 'Short Night Of Glass Dolls' 'Cat O' Nine Tails' and 'Who Saw Her Die?' Glacial, sepulchral, and inspirational.
Compilation nodding towards the more romantic and sensitive side of this great and prolific Italian soundtrack composer. Themes from love stories such as 'The Funny Thing' contrast with the more reflective romanticism of sections of 'A Fistful Of Dynamite' and the obscure and offbeat movie 'Crescete E Moltiplicatevi'. Vocalist Edda Dell'Orso is featured on several tracks: as one expects from Morricone, this is a totally enveloping web of sound that ensnares the listener into its dreamlike state. Enough to make you want to go and live in Rome immediately.
There can be no doubting the importance of Ennio Morricone in the world of music, let alone the world of Western soundtracks, which he can be considered to have revolutionised and claimed for his own. His soundtracks have been likened to opera and pop-art, while his scope of sound and instrumentation finds few equals in any musical spectrum. This compilation features 18 tracks culled from the field in which he is most regonizable, that of the Spaghetti Western. Including pieces from AKA Blood & Guns, A Fistful of Dynamite; The Hellbenders; My Name is Nobody; The Big Gundown; A Professional and Let's Go & Kill, Comrades. Also features "L'arena" from Il Mercenario which recently appeared in Tarantino's "Kill Bill". Highly Recommended
This breathtaking eclecticism is the feature of Morricone's elegant more trippy score soundtracks for the aerobatic 'Forza G' and the artily erotic 'Metti Una Sera A Cena' (One Evening At Dinner) and his evocative scores for Dario Argento's stylized gialli (Italian horror thrillers based on lurid yellow-paged paperbacks), 'The Bird With The Crystal Plumage' and 'Four Flies On Grey Velvet'- which also featured proggers Goblin.
Exquisite set of historic recordings from the early fifties of Erik Satie and Francis Poulenc piano music playedsuperbly by Satie’s friend Poulenc.This Poulenc plays Satie and Poulenc album is one of the most sought after by Erik Satie followers andcompletists. The sensitivity of the performance rivals any. With the interpretations of Aldo Ciccolini it isregarded as the finest and the sound is pristine.Satie and Poulenc are amongst the most important European composers of the 20th century. the work ofboth belongs to today and Satie especially is quoted as an inspiration by international modern musicians inthe fields of jazz and rock and experimental music such as Frank Zappa and Brian Eno.Eno especially actively developed Satie's minimalism and ideas about furniture music toward the ambientmusic and "muzak" of today. A lovely performance of Satie¹s best known composition "Gymnopedie No 1" isincluded here along with other famous pieces such as "Gnossienne No 3"and "Descriptions Automatiques"The Poulenc numbers are also a delight. His most popular piece "Mouvements Perpetuels" which was used by Alfred Hitchcock in the film "Rope" is included in this programme along with "Suite Francaise" that was ahit of it's day and much admired by Stravinsky.Erik Satie's legacy is his position as a progressive composer and his cross pollination of musical forms and contexts that mixed the artistic high culture with the trivial. Since the sixties especially he has received worldwide appreciation and the recognition of his importance he so truly deserves.
Out of print for five decades, these recordings of Erik Satie's beautiful symphonic dramas are restored andreleased digitally for the first time. The twenty two tracks here represent some of the best classical avant garde recordings of the twentieth century. Fans of John Cage, Gary Numan, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and Frank Zappa should recognise some of his works as they have covered the great mans work, someone who has deservedly achieved an international fan base.
Space age pop, exotica, bachelor pad, lounge, cocktail music, hi-fi sounds, "Sundproof" is the definitive mid-century album and (having never been re-released in any format) one of the rarest and most sought after. Mid fifties standards meet the arrangements and production of Joe Meek and the technical approach of John Cage. Twenty four tracks in total.
Twenty two track compilation of the best tracks of one of the most influential vocal groups to ever record. Though technically still going after over twenty line up changes, this is the original, early '50's line up. Definitely for fans of the Beach Boys and Mamas And Papas, their complicated, pure harmonies reminiscent of barbershop quartets and Glenn Miler's Modernaires were the fore runner for most vocal groups associated with truly great 60's pop and in his own words, a turning point in Brian Wilsons life. Collected here are their early hits, high quality album tracks and raritites. Most of these tracks are out of print and are highly collectable. An essential chapter in early pop. Includes: "Baltimore Oriole", "Mam Selle", "It Never Occurred To Me" and "How Can I Tell Her."
The greatest vocal group of all time. one whose influence on both contemporary jazz and rock is impossible to overestimate. It is easy to hear the Beach Boys (and any of the sixties vocal groups) in any one of these recordings. Twenty two tracks compilation featuring: "For All We Know", "I Remember You", "Someone Like You" and "Jo Ann."
Four king hell!!! At last available on CD- one of the best and rarest albums of the sunshine pop/light psychedelic harmony genre of the late Sixties (think Feminine Complex, Merrilee Rush, Free Design, Harpers Bizarre, Association, Cowsills etc) After all, what could be more fun than four bountiful blonde girls who all look like Dusty Springfield, all singing songs produced, arranged and conducted by the great David Axelrod (under the pseudonym Lex De Azevedo), and written by the likes of Bacharach, Brian Wilson and Roger Nichols? In our opinion- very little!! This is excellent music for any velvet draped bachelor pad or Californian beach.
Two great trippy albums on 1 disc of the most exquisite 60's jazz-guitar psychedelia from the "Nureyev of the guitar". One of the more original guitarists to emerge in the 60's crafting a distinctive sound that fused jazz, pop, Indian and middle eastern music involving long melodic passages punctuated by feedback and drone to create a highly mystical and unique style.These albums include many high points like his covers of "Some Velvet Morning","Walk Away Renee","Dear Prudence", "Theme From Valley of the Dolls" "Three King Fishers" and more.
Straddling the barriers between jazz sensibilities and a desire to produce commercial music accessible to all, Hungarian-born guitarist Szabo (alongside vibist Cal Tjader and the manfrom Impulse! Records, Gary McFarland, no mean musician himself) set up the Skye label in 1968. Among its many releases was this masterpiece of what is now called 'lounge' recorded by Szabo and popular black vocalist Lena Horne. A US top 40 hit (as was the single 'Watch What Happens'), the UK edition-released in 2005 on CD for the first time- is more of a treat for fans, featuring extra tracks including four pieces from his own album 'Dreams' . Covers of popular material of the time abound: as well as four Beatles tunes, Donovan's "Ferris Wheel" Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin" (as made famous by Nilsson) and Dionne Warwick's 'Message To Michael' all appear. Sprawl on your velvet sofa with a sophisticated lady or gentleman and dig this.
Two albums on one CD from the forgotten genius of American 'lounge' or 'easy' pop, a vibraphonist, composer and arranger who bestrode both jazz and MOR fields with melodic flair and consummate skill. Both recorded and originally released in 1968 after the end of his Verve and Impulse! periods, these show how far he had moved from bop into the type of music people often solely credit David Axelrod for inventing.- a lushly arranged jazz-rock-fusion with a dark melancholic air that belies its tag as 'easy listening', as McFarland and a range of jazzers from Eric Gale to Snooky Young deliver a series of mournful tone poems reflecting on the dissolution of the American dream. By contrast, 'Does The Sun Really Shine. . . .' is more upbeat, as McFarland's more familiar vibes'n'vocalese sound sojourns through the pop tunes of the day ('God Only Knows' 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix' 'Here There And Everywhere' 'Up Up And Away' 'Lady Jane' etc) juxtaposed with a few lesser known instrumentals, such as the now renowned 'Flea Market'. We say this a lot at here F. E. , but this really is an essential purchase. Rediscover a lost master of 20th century sound, who sadly never received the acclaim he deserved (instead being castigated by po-faced jazzmen for 'selling out') prior to his untimely death (suicide?) in 1971.
Long overdue (and superior in quality to previous attempts) remastering and reissue of the highly respected jazz drummer's first album as a vocalist, originally released in 1968. Despite having a jazz pedigree to die for (Jimmy Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans and Wes Montgomery are just SOME of the artists whose recordings have been graced by Tate's supreme skinsmanship) this is less of a straight jazz record and more of a lush pop album: here Tate croons with the smooth vocal that a million artists from George Bennson to Brook Benton would soon imitate, and the string arrangements of Gary McFarland as usual add dramatic embellishment. McFarland also contributes the composition 'Sack Full Of Dreams', which sits beautifully next to renditions of Lennon & McCartney's 'And I Love Her', Nat Adderley's 'Work Song' and Michel Legrand's 'Windmills Of Your Mind'.
A fantastic psychedelic jazz album, Spiral has been joined here with it's follow up release Sometimes. Long ignored and deleted, the original copies are highly sort after. Crossing over into the Jazz-Lounge scene and featuring the vocals of Claire Torey (of Dark Side Of The Moon fame), these twenty one tracks are highly regarded amongst collectors.
The Hi-Lo's are arguably the greatest vocal group of all time. In the fifties they brilliantly combined doo-wop, jazz and pop to create an incredible new genre that would change the whole direction of vocal popular music and eventually inspire Brian Wilson to create 'Pet Sounds'. Although they grew from the 1950s, the Hi-Los appeal is by no means restricted to that decade. Their sounds anticipated the eclectic musical attitudes of the 60s and 70s influencing the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas and Manhattan Transfer. "Listen!" is the Hi-Lo's first album, originally issued in 1954. It is a landmark work of considerable artistry and has never been released in digital format anywhere in the world, and a beautiful record that will appeal to fans of all shades of vocal music; Free Design, the Association, Cowsills, Harpers Bizarre and followers of Doo-Wop. The genius behind the Hi-Los, Gene Puerling went on to form the popular European group, The Singers Unlimited.
The most popular and influential black harmony group of Post War America, their sound inspired the doo wop explosion just around the corner. This twenty track compilation comprises twelve of their greatest tracks and eight superb live radio performances making their debut on CD. Includes their million selling "If I Didn't Care", "Knock Kneed Sal" and "I Cover The Waterfront", this CD should really appeal to the many Ink Spot fan clubs around the word.
Jackie was a major star both as a singer and as half of a songwriting/marriage partnership with Tony Hatch, and she topped the charts in 1965 with 'Where Are You Now'. her debut album "The Magic Of" is augmented here with her finest recordings from the latter half of the '60's to make making a total of twenty six tracks. Includes some serious rarities such as "7.10 From Surburbia", a few psychedelic tracks "Morning Dew" and her extrraordinary cover of "Such A Smal Love."
A thirty four track compilation of rare recordings and early radio sessions by the great singer songwriter. Concentratring upon his early career, his dynamic and vicious style was hugely influential on Scott Walker, Leonard Cohen and Bowie who would later cover his material. Arguably one of the greatest french performers ever, this is a great opportunity for his fans to pick up some rare and memorable material. Includes: "S'il Te Faut", "Les Gens", "C'est Comme Ca" and "A Deux."
Twenty two tracks by the former Carry On star, now the voice of the million selling Harry Potter audio books. The quality found here is high above the usual personality albums that surfaced around the mid to late '60's largely due to the fact that Jim was a gifted songriter and a fine vocalist in his own right. Touching on pop and psychedelia, it is a pleasant surprise to find such high quality tracks here such as "Miss Linda Grey", "Wherewithall", the theme tune to the Charles Bronson film "Twinky" and the classic "Georgy Girl" Much of these forgotten tracks are making their first appearance on CD.
Performed by Armenian pianist Maro Ajemian in the '50's, this still shocking music is incredibly daring and very avant garde. The highly regarded coceptual composer is now legendary for his experimental approach to music and this is no exception. A great way to get into his vast back catalogue.The prepared piano technique for those not in the know is when you place nails between the strings of a standard concert piano, radically effecting their sound. Cage often planned the precise place along the string to place the screw to get the correct sound, turning the piano into a percussion instrument. Do not try this at home on a family heirloom or prized piano!
Twenty four track compilation of the original pop star. Comprising his best selling singles and most important songs from '51-'57. A rare talent who could belt out the tunes with real passion and captured the hearts of millions of girls. Features three duets with Doris Day and extracts from his monumental London Palladium performance. Includes: the 35 million selling single "Cry", "A Full Time Job (With Doris Day)", "All Of Me" and "One Hundred Years From Today (live.)" The missing link between the big bands and rock and roll singers.
A superb compilation of easy listening music by one of the giants of MOR, who is ironically loved today by fans of the very music he set out to oppose- psychedelia. Smooth, peerless harmony vocal-led renditions of 'What The World Needs Now Is Love' 'Do You Know The Way To San Jose' 'Call Me' 'To Sir With Love' 'The Girl From Ipanema' 'Up Up And Away' abound, alongside suprprisingly, the odd Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel cover. Get yer turtleneck on and have an intimate soiree aboard your houseboat with these candlelight classics.
For many, Jonesy are the last great secret of the early '70's prog scene. This compilation draws from their three studio albums, pulling together nine melodic, psychedelic, jazzy numbers. Brilliant pioneers of the prog sound (influences include Yes, VDGG, Gnidrolog ,King Crimson, Zappa, Crimson and Can), their cult audience is worldwide.This is high quality prog music that is not out of place with the better known names of the genre.
Twenty five track compilation that highlights the French star's first five years of recording. Her influence on post war France pop culture is enormous, her mysterious and dark back catalogue is still highly respected in all French speaking countries. These numbers are the deeply impressive recordings that established her her unique reputation. Includes: "Je Mens", "Le Guinche", "Sous Le Ciel De Paris" and "La Belle Vie."
Yes, THOSE Kings Singers!! Bespectacled and highly erudite purveyors of English barber-shop pop of the most respectable order, the doyens of a squillion TV appearances (everything from 'Songs Of Praise' to 'Q Milligan') and timeless reinterpreters of popular song. This compilation compiles some of their best recordings from 1968 to 1972 in which they delved wholeheartedly into the works of the Beatles, Beach Boys, Bowie, Byrds, Mamas and Papas, Simon And Garfunkel, Michele Legrand, Neil Young and many others. It's absolutely brilliant, but whatever you do, please do not play it in the company of attractive women- that is, if you ever want to see them again.
One of the most exotic and enigmatic of all of the artists in the genre, two of Korla Pandit's astounding early concept albums are packaged together. Widely available for the first time in decades, Pandit's David Lynchesque wurlitzer playing has aged very well indeed and will appeal to fans of Martin Denny, Les Baxter and Esquivel.
One of the finest British composers of cult TV series’ themes, Laurie Johnson was also in his early years one of the most highly regarded arrangers for swing big bands. This twenty four track collection brings together his classic themes for The Avengers, Whicker's World, Dr Strangelove as well as a number of left field, swinging tracks with a real Saville Row, man about town feel to them. These orchestral themes and cool jazz motifs are amongst his very best works.
A hybrid of two of the best Baxter albums, "Ports Of Pleasure" and "The Sacred Idol", both of which are still unavailable on CD in their full glory. For those of you who don't know Les, he was (alongside Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman) regarded as the founding father of that peculiar form of music known as 'exotica' which brought world influences to easy listening, illuminated a thousand boho bachelor pads from Caribou, Maine to High Street Kensington, and was possibly, outside of Elvis and Miles Davis, the most exciting thing happening in 1950s music. 24 tracks to amaze and enthrall from Tahiti to Hong Kong, Bombay and beyond.
Described as "the fuel to my success" by Bob Dylan and "the most sensational comic of our time" by none less than Frank Sinatra, Lord Buckley was one of the bravest, best loved artists America has ever produced. A profoundly original fifties / sixties beat poet / comedian who dressed as an English aristocrat but spoke in the argot of black America, Buckley was literally the original rapper. His subjects include Christ ('the Nazz'), Gandhi, Nero and Julius Caesar. Unlike many beat poets whose work tends to be serious, Buckley is humorous and extremely entertaining. Fans of Lord Buckley include Frank Zappa, Jerry Garcia, Lenny Bruce, Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, Dizzy Gillespie, Ornette Coleman, Dylan, Sinatra and many others. The late great artist has a legion of followers in Britain and America especially where his life has been as seriously documented as any classical artist. And 2006 celebrates a centenary, as he was born on April 6th 1906. 'The Royal Court of Lord Buckley' restores in their entirety the first Lord Buckley albums "Euphoria Volumes 1and 2" that were originally issued by the Vaya label in America 1951; the definitive performance of Buckley's signature piece 'The Nazz'(Jesus of Nazareth) along with other startling Buckley monologues including "The Hip Gahn" (Mahatma Gandhi), "The Gasser" (Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca), "Jonah & the Whale" (The Old Testament) "Nero" (ancient Rome) and very rare historical recordings of 'Murder','The Dog and the Wolf', 'The Grasshopper and the Ant', 'The Mouse & the Lion' and 'The Lion's Breath' A biography of Buckley has just been published called "Dig Infinity!" written by Oliver Trager, It's only a matter of time before Hollywood - or somebody- makes a film. The original Buckley, and the best.
The orchestra larrangements of two of the best late '50's movies of Hollywood cinema. The Lost Weekend was a very early portrail of the effects of alcoholism, the score was written by Hungarian Miklos Rozsa. His score is puncuated by the first use of the theramin on a film soundtrack throughout. Charles Laughton's accompanying score to the chilling fairytale/nightmare Night Of The Hunter is as equally compelling. Just like the film, it is beatiful and unsettling at the same time. Both are much sought after soundtracks, available together on CD.
The sunny pop simplicity of this album harks back to "Appointent With Venus", but demonstrates a growing maturity in Louis' work as he presents an irresistable mixture of innocence through experience. Includes the majestic single "Guess I'm Dumb", an excellent choice of cover material from the Beach Boys' vast catalogue of hits.
A fine twenty five track compilation that shows the might of two great exponents of the Bossa Nova guitar style. Their widely successful collaborations with Stan Getz, Bd Shrank and Antonio Carlos Jobim brought the Brazillian sound to the world stage for the first time in the mid 50's. This album is comprised of rarites the two recorded alone such as Bonfa's impossible to find 10" debut releases and Almeida's brilliant interpretations of Heitor Villa-Lobos' work. Also features tracks Bonfa recorded with Ed Lincoln and Jorge Henrique.
Eighteen track compilation celebrating the late classical film composer. Famous for his work on "The Belles Of St Trinians", "Bridge Over The River Kwai" and the theme for the TV show "What The Papers Say", this collection covers Arnold's Halcyon years with selections from other hit films of the '50's such as "Hobson's Choice" and "Trapeze." One of the most important composers of the 20th Century, his work falls into three categories, Classical, Pop and soundtrack. A much missed artist.
El records is delighted to announce the re-issue of one of their most important original classics, "Cadaquez" by Marden Hill which will now be available on compact disc and in a highly desirable digipak format for the first time. Marden Hill were, along with Would Be Goods, Bad Dream Fancy Dress and The King Of Luxembourg, one of the mainstays of el records; an artifactual pop art group created to simulate the sensual sixties styles of Ennio Morricone, Sergio Leone, Piero Piccioni and Nico Fidenco. no instrumental group has ever strived with such creative ambition and such numbers as 'Curtain', 'Oh Constance', 'Masque' and 'The Execution Of Emperor Maximillian' are widely regarded today as unquestioned masterpieces. in the wake of marden hill followed The James Taylor Quartet, Combustible Edison, Air and ultimately Austin Powers for whose films they really really should have written the soundtrack.
The complete soundtrack to one of the best Westerns ever made. Starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford, it is a classic example of quest movies; it's influence can be felt in "Paris, Texas" and "Taxi Driver." This long out of print treasure perfectly matches Ford's images on the screen, an integral part of the story telling. This album will appeal to all of the film buffs out there.
Twenty three track compilation album, split into two halfs. The first concernes itselfs with the silen voiced crooner performing with the Mel-Tones on numbers like Mel's self penned classic "The Christmas Song"; the second is entitled The California Suite, an orchestral / choral suite written and lead by Mel. Arguably the first concept album!
The master of moods and textures. Originally released in 1956, this was his fourth instrumental album when he was better known as a conductor and arranger than for his film scores. Out on Columbia, it continued the place name themes in his previous album titles: " I Love Paris", "Vienna Holiday" and "Holiday In Rome." This is an early peak for the French composer, Castles In Spain is now considered as an influential classic of the era.
Michel Legrand's 'Paris Rome Vienna' includes in it's entirety the complete 1954 edition of 'I Love Paris' that launched the career of the young Frenchman. Fifties America was captivated by the romantic idea of Paris and the album sold millions of copies. 'I Love Paris' is a continuous piece of music, ingeniously arranged and brilliantly played. It is regarded by many to be the greatest album of instrumental music ever recorded. What is not in doubt is that it was one of the most popular albums of the fifties, spawning the whole "European Music" theme that was taken up by so many artists of that generation. A continuous piece of music with 16 parts many consider it to be the best instrumental lp of all time. It is certainly one of the most important as it spawned the genre of the "travelogue" style record.Selections from the sequels 'Holiday in Rome' and 'Vienna Holiday'are included also. released here in digital format for the first time.
The original soundtrack of Tony Potts' French film about political high and low-life. Essential pop moments of arguably the most outstanding group of the post-punk generation. Bid's original language and sensuous Anglo-Indian sexuality, a foil to Lester Square's spiralling guitar work ... Cool
Eleven track compilation of some of the most stirring pieces from numerous Hitchcock films of the '40's and '50's. Works by the mighty Bernard Hermann, Francis Poulenc, Lyn Murray and Franz Waxman feature her, incorporating thrillers such as "Strangers On A Train", "Rear Window", "Rope" and "To Catch A Thief." Often allowing his underscorers to take the centre stage in his films (Bernard Hermann is the perfect example), these extracts are virtually characters in some of the best movies of the post war era, as well as occaisionally taking the back seat to stars like Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergmann and Jimmy Stewart. A fine first volume.
This compilation comprises themes And musicasl selections from all of Brando's early landmark films, 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Viva Zapata!' (both Alex North) 'The Wild One' (Leith Stevens) 'On The Waterfront' (Leonard Bernstein) 'Julius Caesar' (Miklos Rozsa) and 'Guys And Dolls' where Brando sings both solo and with Jean Simmons (insert Kiss joke here). Some of them are released digitally here for the first time: almost as legendary as the man himself. He coulda been a contender, Charlie!!
The first ever volume of music from the films of a cinematc legend- Orson Welles. Actor, director, writer, auteur and maverick, not to mention the one man in history to have ever scared the shit out of an entire nation by reading the other Wells (HG, not David) live on air, the man's appeal is timeless and so it is only to be expected that there would be a demand for a CD of the music from his films. This first volume features Bernard Herrmann's scores for 'Citizen Kane' 'Jane Eyre' and 'The Magnificent Ambersons' as well as Anton Karas' legendary zither theme from 'The Third Man'- a piece of music so universally loved it was even covered by Gillan!!- among several other classics. Ideal for music loving film buffs everywhere.
Most scenes have godafthers- boss a nova had a godmother, and her name was Nara Leao. From the age of 15 onwards, she was encouraging, nay, inventing- the bossa nova scene in Rio by opening up her parents' house (God knows what they thought) as a salon for Jobim, Gilberto and all the others to hang out in. Beautiful, moody and sensuous, she performed both standards and originals with equal flair and as bossa became a popular genre, she rose right to the forefront- before moving into Brazil's next important musical development- protest songs. Her 1967 recordings draw inspiration from both styles, and are considered the peak of er artistic achievement- and here are 23 of them gathered together on one lavish CD. Those discovering the joys of bossa for the first time could do a lot worse than lend an ear to this lady, who died in 1989 but whose music is more alive now than ever.
Best known for his arrangements on Sinatra's 1950s Capitol Records releases as well as work with Nat King Cole and especially HenryMancini he dominated the era.. Nelson Riddle was also an accomplished soundtrack composer. This set collates rare solo recordings made when Nelson was working with Sinatra at the very top; his work is the sound of mid-century America. 26 tracks, Includes: "Body And Soul", "Shadow Waltz", "Port Au Prince" and "Love Letters." A bumper twenty six tracks in total.
Wondrous, fab and groovy pipe-smoking mod types from Chicago, Illinois, the New Colony Six combined the sound of the best British Invasion blues such as the Yardbirds, Them and the Downliners Sect with the harmony pop sensibilty of the Beach Boys and Free Design, and recorded four great albums. The best tracks from each are collected on this execellent 22-song compilation, with a typically colourful sleeve design that could have stepped straight out of 'Yellow Submarine' and some pretty extensive notes. One for shindiggers everywhere.
Thirty four track album celebrating the artistic partnership between film director Federico Fellini and composer Nino Rota, one of the most productive and enduring in cinema history. These are the original mono soundtracks recorded in 1952 and 1956 respectively for the Oscar winning films La Strada and Nights Of Cabrina : the same recordings that are used on the films and both are long out of print in any format.
Soundtracks to none less than four classic Fellini films from his peerless acid-dropping period of 1966-73: 'Toby Dammit' (actually a sequence of his only horror film, the episodic 'Histoires Extraordinaires') 'Roma' 'Shoot Louder, I Don't Understand' and 'Love & Anarchy'- all composed by the distinctive Nino Rota, without whom the films would have lost half their identity. Film psychedelia? This is it, Italian stylee- a timeless mixture of romance, surrelaism and madness. Belissimo.
Twelve track compilation of Pete's '90's albums put together by the man himself. The best cuts from the former Loft and Weather Prophets guitarist time on Creation and Danceteria. This album highlights his thoughtful lyrics and intimate performance style that enamored him to the chill out culture and Europe. Includes: "Submarine", "Donnally", "Your Sun Leaves The Sun" and "The Lost Weekend Starts Here."
Possibly the ultimate, outside of Morricone and Cipriani, in Italian arthouse freaklounge film score music, much sought after by mods, MOR fans and 'heads' alike. In the 60s and 70s Piccioni scored some of the best known comedies, Spaghetti westerns and romantic dramas, and this 2005 disc collects material from the best of them- including material from his legendary soundtrack to the filmed-in-London movie "Fumo Di Londra" (Smoke Over London). Jazz, wah- wah, Mediterranean psych, balladry, sci-fi lo-fi, gangster funk and porno chuckawucka- all are included here. Sheer genius, a must have.
Wibble!! At last available on CD- the soundtrack to the film version of the most tripped-out pyschedelic American kids' programme of them all, that brought acid culture into a billion unsuspecting worldwide homes. Relive those days when Jack Wild, Mama Cass Elliot, Witchiepoo and of course HR Pufnstuf himself would appear on your screens and take you to a world that was enchanting and maybe just a little bit frightening in the way that all the best children's programmes are!! The soundtrack was written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel (the people behind 'Barbarella' 'Happy Days' and 'Laverne And Shirley') and this is its first ever release on CD!! Sleevenotes by noted Mamas and Papas expert Richard Campbell.
From 1973 comes this stunning progressive rock masterpiece from the UK that has a kind of West Coast feel whilst retaining a very English sound. Often keyboard driven but with flourishes of fluid guitar and excellent vocal harmonies this is a gem of an album. Includes three bonus tracks. That were originally given away with the first pressing of the original LP.
The earliest recordings of Ravi that exist, originallyreleased on 78's and available digitally for the first time ever. Amongst the serious collection of rarities found on this disc are those made by the hindu musicians that provided music for the production of original Uday Shankar (Ravi's brother) dance company of HinduMusicians when it made its historic first visit to the United States in 1937; the young Ravi Shankar was amongst that number. Also included is the astonishing 28 minute 'Raga Jog' recorded in 1956 and arguably one of his absolute finest recordings.
The most psychedelic album (some say) that the legendary sitarist, tablaist and oudist ever laid down- the soundtrack to a British 'art' horror fim "Viola" that is so obscure even Freak Emporium's resident film buff hasn't heard of it, and neither have the IMDB!!(stop the world I want to get off). A dreamlike mixture of traditional raga and mind-blowing, swirling psych that will leave the listener breathless.
In 1970, Rita Lee, 'the Mutantes girl', was hitchhiking in Europe and maybe thinking about making her own record, which would turn out to be a "showcase" in the way of Serge Gainsbourg and Anna Karina or Brigitte Fontaine. It's a kind of odd pop record and most of Mutantes are involved, with her then boyfriend, Arnaldo Dias Baptista credited as musical director, and beautiful orchestration by Rogerio Duprat - who must be next in line after Jean-Claude Vannier for a belated gong. Rita Lee's singing is some of her best. A highlight on this record is on Georges Moustaki's 'Joseph', - translated by Nara Leao - and here Rita proves that she¹s just as good or maybe better, with a more traditional ballad, whilst 'Calma' would sound great on the first Mutantes album - Essential stuff
First CD issue of 1968 album by the producer and arranger behind Brazil's legendary Os Mutantes, who together with Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa were one of the bands to revolutionise Brazilian music and create 'Tropicalia'- a genre in its own right. Drawing from the Beatles ('Flying' 'Lady Madonna') and other popular hits of yore ('Honey' 'Judy In Disguise' 'Cinderella Rockefella') as well as his own compositions, Duprat seamlessly blends pop, easy listening and smooth bossa with spectacular orchestral arrangements and far-out freakouts of the decidedly acid variety, creating one of the most individual sounds of the late Sixties. Mutantes themselves appear on four tracks.
The virtuoso pianist best known for his score for "Get Carter", this sixteen track album concentrates on his earlier work when he was one of the major figures in the London jazz/ mod scene. A highly distinctive player, these themes are Budd at his emotive best, he was one of the biggest pop producers at the time he laid down these soundtrack-esque songs. Includes: "Bye Bye Blues", "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" and "Girl Talk."
Fourteen tracks collection of Sacha's early Jazz instrumentals before he concentrated onvocal performances in he late '50's. An etremely fine guitarst, he specialised in light jazz pop, as charming as you would imagine from the charismatic performer. Includes performances with an admiring John Lewis and the modern jazz quartet, Lionel Hampton, the Belgian saxophonist and flautist Bobby Jaspar and solo recordings written by Billy Byers. A fascinating insight into the early Sacha, a man who could have stepped into the shoes of the recently deceased Django Reinhardt.
People may laugh disparagingly now, but at the time, in 1968, they laughed in appreciation: and with good reason. The Scaffold were one of the most interesting things in British pop- the combination of Mike McGear (Paul McCartney's brother) Scouse beat poet Roger McGough, and enterpreneur John Gorman was one of the most unusual ones that had hitherto existed, and their stage show, fusing satirical sketches with music hall bawdiness and novelty pop with surrealism, was one of the best one could see back then. It's all been taken out of context now, of course: songs like 'Thank U Very Much' which appears here, as well as their other hits like 'Lily The Pink' make sense only when appreciated as part of the absurdist revue that the band purveyed. Now we can appreciate it on this fine CD, where their mixture of poetry, pop and pisstaking (particularly adept on 'Old Folks' and 'Son Of Lent') flows as seamlessly as the Mersey itself. A good introduction to an often misunderstood band.
Former 70s glam pinup and 80s indie auteur (also known as the King of Luxembourg and simply Simon Turner), Simon Fisher Turner delivers an award-winning and uncompromising soundtrack to Derek Jarman's 1980s biopic of the great Italian artist and homoeroticist., never before released on CD. Listen to it and one can almost smell the heady mixture of red wine, scented candles and bare flesh (I'm getting SERIOUSLY worried about you- Ed)
Restored album of flamenco interpretations of early Lennon McCartney numbers played by former Buddy Holly guitarist Sonny Curtis (writer of "I Fought The Law") Available for the first time in forty years. One of the best of the millions of Beatle exploitation albums released at the time, largely because of Sonny's superb technical ability and dedication to the task. Tweleve tracks including: "Things We Said Today", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "If I Fell" and "Please, Please Me."
A highly underrated virtuoso guitarist hailing from America, these twenty tracks concentrate on his folk leanings. Able to play in any genre, these Americana like numbers showcase his playing and also his songwriting skills. These vintage recordings will appeal to the master guitarist's long term fans and anyone with a love for American Country Blues.
Overview of the career of one of the50s, 60s and 70s most respected cult figures; composer of hit tunes for Shelly Fabares, James Darren and most famously 'Blue Moon' for the Marcels, producer to Nina Simone, Chad Mitchell, The Skyliners and the pre-Spector Ronettes, and composer of trash themes for seemingly everything from 'The Monkees' 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls' and 'Hell's Angels On Wheels' to 'Quincy' 'Battletar Galacatica' and 'The Fall Guy' This CD collects 6 different 'suites' of Stu's tunes, dating betwixt 1961 and 1972, all taken from the soundtracks to various cult films including 'The Gay Decievers' and 'Mad Dog Coll' and as one might imagine features some stirring arrangements and orchestrations. 'Overture' to Suite 1 co-composed by David Gates.
Twenty four track compilation from one of the most talented Brazillian vocalists of the '50's and '60's. The first Bossa Nova singer in Brazil, her career was masterminded by songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim who wrote all of these fine standards. Worldwide acclam followed her as she had a fine grasp of English and could effortlessly transform any song into her own.
Twenty track compilation concentrating on the early gloy years of one of the most important percussionists of all time. All tracks are culled from rare South American sources, they all established his incredible reputation. Includes: "Cuban Cutie", "Espinita", "Mambo Con Puente" and "Mambo La Roca."
Like the title says- a wonderful snapshot into another world, one which sadly this country will never see again, provided by two of the 'faces' synonymous with the era. After all, everyone remembers supermodel (possibly the first of her kind) Twiggy for her waif-like looks, but few outside of Japan (where the single 'Beautiful Dreams' went to number one) were aware of her singing career: the same could be said of actress Linda Thorson, the feisty replacement for Diana Rigg in The Avengers, but in truth they both recorded works of interest- and here they are collected on one CD, both of the Twigster's singles and B-sides and all seven tracks Linda cut for Ember with none other than Kenny Lynch in the producer's chair!!! Anyone still turned on by the 'otherness' of the beat era and its gradual bloom into the far-out 'Swinging Sixties' (which includes at least one member of Freak Emporium Staff) should waste no time and grab this one.
Both regarded as absolute masters in their homeland Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Vilayat Khan, exact contemporaries and sarod and sitar players respectively are in India spoken of with the samereverence that is usually reserved for Ravi Shankar. Like their contemporary, their work is hypnotic and spellbinding realised by flawless technique through alifetime of devotion to their music.this thirteen track compilation features four tracks by Ali Akbar Khan and nine by Vilayat Khan.
Transcending the language barrier, they sold 40 million albums in Japan alone, outselling the Beatles two to one. Formed in 1959, The Ventures are the most successful instrumental group of all time having sold over 90 million records. On this particular collection, you will find re-interpretations of such sixties classics as 'Light My Fire', 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Jumpin Jack Flash'.