ENNIO MORRICONE - IDEATO, SCRITTO E DIRETTO DA ENNIO MORRICONE (RCA 1970)


Great compilation of early Morricone tracks from movies such as L'alibi (1968), La Donna Invisibile (1969) and Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Perbene (1970). It also contains two unreleased tracks, "Doricamente" and "L'Ultimo", so that's the only vinyl you can find them in.

AUTOMAT - AUTOMAT (1978)


Automat is a duo project by Claudio Gizzi and Romano Musumarra. Space disco/ambient for your interstellar pleasure.

LESIMAN - HIGH TENSION VOL.1 (1973)


Tensive music by Lesion (aka Paolo Renosto) on Vedette Records

AUGUSTO MARTELLI & THE REAL McCOY (1974)


Disco-funk work by italian composer Augusto Martelli. A lot of latin influences especially on B side.

NINO OLIVIERO & BRUNO NICOLAI - GO, GO, GO WORLD! AKA IL PELO NEL MONDO (1965)


Soundtrack to 1965 Antonio Margheriti mondo movie documentary "Il Pelo Nel Mondo". 

JANKO NILOVIC - POP' IMPRESSIONS (1972)


Been a while without posting anything, so here's another great work by the genius Nilovic.
Best way to come back.

THE VENTURES - THE VENTURES IN SPACE (1964)



Ready for summer? Here's some serious surf music for you holidays from the legendary Ventures!

FRANCESCO DE MASI - SARTANA NON PERDONA (1978)


A classic Spaghetti Western score by Francesco De Masi. Very dramatic orchestral atmospheres.
A must for Morriconne 60s style lovers.

FRANCO BIXIO - VALERIA DENTRO E FUORI (1972)


Extraordinary score by Franco Bixio for this 1972 movie with a beautiful Barbara Bouchet. Great variety of genres and moods, from jazz to piano melody, funk, pop music, baroque themes and experimental tracks. Also features Edda Dell'Orso and I Cantori Moderni di Alessandro Alessandroni. 

MARC 4 - HAPPY MUSIC 2° VOLUME (1980)


Nice Electro-Disco-Funky-Experimental library record by Marc 4 ensemble on Usignolo label with also some Jazzy Breaks.

GIANNI MARCHETTI - TOP CRACK (1967)



A nice score mainly based on fast rhythmics and with the addition of some romantic themes even characterized by symphonic background. Many tracks are underlined by female wordless vocalisms. Among the tunes : " TOP TOP CRACK ", by a rather fast development, female wordless vocals and rock-sound by electric guitar, " CHIANTI E DIAMANTI ", an excellent jazz tune with trumpet and bass in preminence, " TOP CRACK ", a very nice shake sung by Alessandroni's chorus.

CARLO FRAJESE - IL PRIMO PREMIO SI CHIAMA IRENE (1969)


Cool italian soundtrack by Carlo Frajese on Sagittario label, very similar to "Svezia Inferno e Paradiso" by Piero Umiliani. Easy jazzy tunes!  

SPACE CRAFT'S MEN - ADVENTURES (1983)



Space Craft's Men is a duo including master Fabio Fabor and Antonio Arena, who released this only Lp in 1983 under Music Scene record company. Italian cosmic psych funk with tons of electronics effects and trips echoes. Not to be missed, grab my rip NOW!

VICTOR - SPECTOR (1977)


Highly experimental and totally unknown library by Victor (pseudonym of Fabrizio Pregadio) on Gemelli label. 13 tracks of futuristic, otherworldy electronics, lightly embellished with some organ and bongos, and one excellent electro-bossa track. Enjoy my rip of this impossible-to-find-record!

MANU DIBANGO - AFRICADELIC (1973)


Great funk/soul/afrobeat album by Cameroon saxophonist Manu Dibango!
Rare and groovy!

SANTE MARIA ROMITELLI - QUESTA VOLTA TI FACCIO RICCO (1974)



Soundtrack to the Gianfranco Parolini 1974 gang/crime movie, released by Ariete label. Funk/jazzy tunes!

TEO USUELLI - MONDO NUDO (1963)


The original soundtrack recording for the 1963 italian shockumentary directed by Francesco De Feo. Originally released by Derby records, reissued by Dagored in 2002. Great jazz-easy tunes with some exotica incursions! Recommended listen!

UGO BUSONI - CONTEMPORANEO (197?)


Great library by Ugo Busoni on Nuova Idea label. Many musical styles in this rare record. Enjoy!

BRUNO BATTISTI D'AMARIO / PETE PEARL /MARIO PEZZOTTA & OTHERS - SENSAZIONI (1970)


Found this Lp for cheap and bought it for the amazing sexy cover. Easy Listening compilation for high listening pleasure! There is also a Flight Of The Bumble Bee version by maestro Bruno Battisti D'Amario! Enjoy!

UNIVERSAL ENERGY - UNIVERSAL ENERGY (1977)


Universal Energy is an electronic duo from France. This is the only Lp they released, awesome space disco!

MARC CHANTEREAU / PIERRE-ALAIN DAHAN / SLIM PEZIN - DISCO & CO (TELE MUSIC 1979)


Rare and groovy disco-funky Lp released by french library label Tele Music in 1979. This is the first of 3 volumes, all printed in the same year, all insanely good!

JANKO NILOVIC / WILLY ALBIMOOR - POP SHOPIN (1976)


Here's another Montparnasse 2000 library, many more will follow.
Easy listening-jazz-funk with lots of flute and brass. Enjoy!

BERNARD HERRMANN - OUTER SPACE SUITE (1983)


This LP released by  Cereberus Records compiles some scores for 50's sci-fi and thriller tv and radio programs written by Bernard Herrmann (Psycho, Taxi Driver, Citizen Kane etc etc), including The Outer Space Suite. This suite for winds and percussions was commissioned by CBS in 1957 to underscore upcoming programming. The music Herrmann composed set the style for the later scoring Rod Sterling's The Twilight Zone. Side B collects two scores for CBS radio shows The Moat Farm Murders and The Hitchhiker. These are suspense and tensive scores, anticipating some ideas Herrmann later developed for Hitchcock movie scores.

JANKO NILOVIC - CHORUS (1974)


Here's some heavy choral-jazz-funk vibes from the Montparnasse 2000 archives. "The Third Power" and "One Together" are amongst my favorite Nilovic tracks, along with amazing samba track "Homage A Pelé". 

NELSON RIDDLE - BATMAN ORIGINAL TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK ALBUM (1966)


This is the original soundtrack to Batman Television Series, the original one with Adam West as Bruce Wayne. The original theme was written by Neal Hefti, 3 notes for an iconic song that got covered by hundred of artists (including the Ventures, Link Wray and The Who), while the tv soundtrack version, more jazzy, was arranged by Nelson Riddle. Enjoy my vinyl rip of the album, including voices of The Penguin, The Riddler, Zelda and Mr. Freeze.

JEAN-JACQUES ROBERT & JEAN-MICHEL GUISE - DELIRIUS MUSIC (1972 or 1973)


Here's another great library record by legendary french label Montparnasse 2000. Delirius Music is a bossa/funk/easy/psych gem by Jean-Jacques Robert and Jean-Michel Guise, who composed the soundtracks for a couple of softcore movies ("Avortement Clandestine" and "Caroline Mannequin Nu") in the seventies. Some of these tracks are included in this record, one of the rarest from the MP2000, also because of its sexy cover with a masturbating lady. Year of release is unknown but it should be dated between 1972 and 1973 according to Montparnasse catalogue. Enjoy my vinyl rip of this fantastic album!

PERREY & KINGSLEY - SPOTLIGHT ON THE MOOG - KALEIDOSCOPIC VIBRATIONS (1967)


I love old Moog records and this is one of my favorites. Gershon Kingsley and Jean-Jacques Perrey were among the first artists to experiment the Moog Modular, reinterpretating classic themes with humor and a futurist approach (listen to "Strangers In The Night", "Moon River"). That was the future, in 1967, and it became the future: these proto-pop gems anticipated 80's synth pop, scratching  and glitch music. "One Note Samba" is a total classic and the track that totally made me fall in love with this record. Enjoy these mp3s I ripped!

PINTO VAREZ - MOTIVI AL VOLANTE (1968)


Pinto Varez is a pseudonym of Francesco Anselmo (aka Lee Selmoco), composer, pianist and art director for Vedette Records. In the 50's he played piano in many records by Armando Sciascia, who founded Vedette in 1962.  In the 70's Anselmo became the official pianist of Quartetto Cetra. Motivi Al Volante is a cool easy/bossa/r'n'b album recorded in 1968. Enjoy my vinyl rip!

PIERO UMILIANI - IL PARADISO DELL'UOMO (1963)


Umiliani was hardly influenced by world music during all her record production. Le Isole Dell'Amore (1970), Paesi Balcanici (1972), Genti E Paesi Del Mondo (1975), Continente Nero (1975) and Polinesia (1975) are just some of the many productions the Maestro composed under the inspiration of rhythms and sounds he heard during his travels around the world. Il Paradiso Dell'Uomo is one of his earliest records, a soundtrack to a documentary about everyday life of a japanese woman (aka Giappone Proibito). Great japanese-influenced-jazz. Enjoy my vinyl rip!

GIANNI FERRIO - IL KILLER (1969)


"Il Killer" n excellent lounge score featuring jazz & fast rhythms, elegant slow tunes & a bit of psychedelia by Gianni Ferrio. Among the tunes : " Troppo Dolce, Prego!" and " Pedigree ", both in full jazz vein, " Strana Gente " (instrumental version), characterized by a fast rhythmic, the psych presence of sitar and a jazzy game between piano and trumpet, " Nuovi Ricchi " an excellent dance tune underlined by a fast drumming, the psychedelic " Un Gelato Per Tutti " and " Semifreddo " featuring refined slow sonorities up to the entrance of an exciting Hammond-sound..... The songs " Creatura Sensibile " and " Strana Gente " are performed by Olympia and Peppino Gagliardi, both in Italian. Enjoy this mp3s I ripped from my collection.

ALBERTO BALDAN BEMBO - ALBERTO BALDAN (1964)



Here's another cool record by Alberto Baldan Bembo, the first he ever recorded. Beat/Easy/Funk tracks from one of my favorite italian composers from the italian soundtrack golden Era. Take a listen to these mp3's I ripped from my collections.

OSCAR PRUDENTE - STADIUM (1977)


Composed for the italian football tv show "Domenica Sprint", this track is one of the best pieces of disco-funk you will ever hear, and also has one of the best bass lines ever. True italian classic!

BRUNO BATTISTI D'AMARIO, FILIPPO RIZZUTO, ENRICO CORTESE, FRANCO GOLDANI ‎– TRASPARENZE (NIKE 1973)



This is a nice library lp I stumbled upon last week. Most tracks are by maestro Bruno Battisti D'Amario, one of the most famous italian guitarists, who played on all the legendary western movie soundtracks composed by Ennio Morricone. Many nice tracks in this rare record, beat/bossa/lounge/jazzy tunes.
Enjoy this mp3s I ripped from my collection.

MARCELLO GIOMBINI - SEXY AL NEON: SEXY TRUMPET / SEXY TWIST (1962)



Marcello Giombini was an italian composer who scored many spaghetti westerns, horror, giallo and sci-fi movies. Sexy al Neon is a mondo movie directed by Ettore Cecchi in 1962 showing night clubs around the world. The 2 tracks composed by Giombini for this film are a true bomb. First time I listened to this 7" (especially the B side, Sexy Twist) I really thought it could easily be included in the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Really wild twist-surf'n roll. 
Just listen to these mp3s I ripped to get what I'm talking about.


ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI - I CANTORI MODERNI DI ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI (1970)



Well known by library music collectors, Alessandro Alessandroni recorded with his Cantori Moderni many beautiful soundtracks, such as "Per Un Pugno Di Dollari", "Sette Uomini D'Oro", "Il Buono Il Brutto E Il Cattivo". This 8 piece choir includes Edda Dell’Orso, Giulia De Mutiis (Alessandroni whife), Gianna Spagnuolo, Augusto Giardino and Franco Cosacchi. This is one of the fewest vocal recording library and the only LP by the group. Never available for sale, promotional edition only. The Lp itself is really sophisticated, voices are used to build complex rhythm pattern from scat jazz tradition to folk to vague primitive avanguarde atmosphere. Aria Di Provincia is one of my favorites. 
Enjoy this mp3s I ripped from my vinyl collection.

LUCIANO MICHELINI & BANA SISSOKHO - IL DECAMERONE NERO (1972)


"Il Decamerone Nero" (aka Africa Erotica aka Tropical Sex) is an erotic-adventure movie directerd by Piero Vivarelli in 1972. Soundtrack is composed by Luciano Michelini, also known for other cool OST such as "La Polizia Accusa" and "L'Isola Degli Uomini Pesce". Side A of the album contains the music of Michelini, including the song "La Reina Bella", co-composed with director Vivarelli and the African musician Bana Sissokho and sung by Beryl Cunningham and the side B includes the songs written by Bana Sissokho and some traditional pieces recorded live in Africa. Enjoy this mp3s I ripped directly from my vinyl collection.

TULLIO DE PISCOPO - SUONANDO LA BATTERIA MODERNA (1974)


Born in Naples and son of a drummer himself, Tullio De Piscopo is one of the most talented italian drummers and percussionist, well known in italian pop, funk and jazz circles. His first recording, "Suonando La Batteria Moderna" (Vedette 1974), is an instructional record with some of the best recorded and best played drums you will ever hear.  Extremely rare to find in its first vinyl press, over the years it has been sampled by thousands of djs and producers from all around the world.

TAK SHINDO - MGANGA! (1958)


Takeshi "Tak" Shindo was a Japanese American musician, composer and arranger. He was one of the prominent artists in the exotica music genre during the late 1950s and early 1960s. He is most remembered for the albums he released from 1958 to 1962, including this one, "Mganga! The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo" (1958), "Brass and Bamboo" (1959) and "Accent on Bamboo" (1960). He also released several albums in Japan during the mid-1960s that blended American and Japanese musical traditions. In 1980, he made a documentary film, "Encounter with the Past," about the Manzanar relocation camp where he was relocated in 1942 as part of the Japanese American internment policy.

CAMILLE SAUVAGE - FANTASMAGORIES (1976)


Fantasmagories is a horror themed album by french soul-jazz-funk clarinetist Camille Andre Sauvage. This is very abstract music, perhaps best categorized as musique concrete or avant-garde depending on who you ask. Sauvage masterfully incorporates screeching out-of-tune saxophones, menacing basslines, a plethora of percussion instruments, finger-snaps, strange electronic sounds, ghostly voices, Jews harp, horns and flutes to create this dark masterpiece. Music concrete meets psychedelic electronics pop! 

ALBERTO BALDAN BEMBO - LINGUA D'ARGENTO (1976)


Alberto Baldan Bembo is a musician and soundtrack composer from Milan who worked with many italian songwriters such as Lucio Battisti or Mia Martini. Lingua D'argento is an erotic comedy directed in 1976 by Mauro Ivaldi. This record is one of the most wanted italian soundtracks. A true funk masterpiece and one of the best works by the composer. Bembo skillfully mixes jazz and soul elements with the smooth melodicism of easy listening to create an entrancing lounge delight.All killer no filler. 

JOE MEEK - I HEAR A NEW WORLD (1960)


Not an artist in the traditional sense of the term (he couldn't play or sing at all) producer Joe Meek has nonetheless been belatedly recognized as an important, even inimitable, figure of early British rock & roll. Like Phil Spector, Meek developed idiosyncratic production techniques that, much more than the artists he worked with, stamped a vision of mad genius on his recordings. In Meek's case, this usually amounted to super-compressed sound, wavering sped-up vocals, ghostly backing violins and choruses, spooky echo and reverb, ticky-tack variable-speed piano, and all manners of Halloween and outer-space sound effects. The recordings were all the more remarkable for being produced not in a state-of-the-art studio, but in Meek's own bedroom-sized facility, located over a shop within the flat he rented.                 

JANKO NILOVIC - PSYC IMPRESSIONS (1969)


Psyc Impressions is the first album by legendary montenegrin-french library music composer Janko Nilovic, who recorded many albums for Montparnasse 2000. Many styles in here, funk, rock, jazz and, of course, psychedelia. About the album, Nilovic said: "Psyc' Impressions had a large success. The Radios, TV's, movies and advertising people seized this music. Believe me, it was an HOLD-UP! I was really happy. My wife, my two sons Sacha & Jovan and me were in heaven! I can tell you that I bought my first house six months later".

GIULIANO SORGINI - THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE (1974)



The score to this classic zombie film by Giuliano Sorgini pre-dates Suspiria by 3 years and it's hard not to think that Goblin used this as a benchmark for their soundtrack to that film. The score features a great mix of 60's psych driven breaks with the lushest strings you'll ever hear, pulsing electronics and some terrifying wailing screams from hell (provided by the directer Jordi Grau himself). This is a classic 70s horror soundtrack that pretty much ticks all the boxes that fans of the genre will be looking for – it is atmospheric, packed full of a variety of sounds, including ambient sounds from the movie, it has dark synths, and it totally stands up as a piece of work independent of the movie it was composed for.


GERARD LEVECQUE & CLAUDE ROMAT - AFRICADELIC'S THE NAME N° 1 & 2 (197?)




 

These 2 dope lps were released in the 70's by cult french library label Montparnasse 2000. Really rare to find on vinyl and never reissued, both volumes are filled with insanely groovy afro-percussive-psych-funk. One of the best from the MP2000 series along with Janko Nilovic's titles and definitely worth a listen if you never heard about it.

NICO FIDENCO - BLACK EMANUELLE (1975)


Directed in 1975 by Bitto Albertini , "Emanuelle Nera" (Black Emanuelle) was the first of many erotic films starring the beautiful Laura Gemser as the globetrotting journalist/photographer Emanuelle. Nico Fidenco composed the soundtrack for this one and the many sequels (Black Emanuelle: Orient Reportage, Emanuelle in America, Emanuelle Around The World), mixing funky, latin and tribal music. The sound is sophisticated, groovy and includes electronic textures that show the influence of early techno masters such as Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk.

SVEN LIBAEK - INNER SPACE ORIGINAL TELEVISION SCORE (FESTIVAL RECORDS 1973)


Sven Libaek is a norwegian composer, known for his film and tv soundtracks. This is the OST from the australian TV 1973 underwater documentary series Inner Space, still one of the masterpieces of "Underwater Music". Notably, in 2004 the soundtrack had a second lease on life when several tracks were used in the Wes Anderson film. ‘The life aquatic with Steve Zizzou’. In the 80s, Libaek was music co-ordinator for The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982) and composed for more television shows, including The Settlement (1983) and Scooby-Doo And The Reluctant Werewolf (1988), also conducting the orchestra for the latter, the mini-series Joe Wilson (1988) and Hägar The Horrible (1989). In 1997, Libaek provided the voice-over narration for a documentary about the Cinemiracle project, Chastity Truth And Kinopanorama (1997).

NINO NARDINI & ROGER ROGER - JUNGLE OBSESSION (NEUILLY 1971)


This piece of musical exotica is truly a classic of the genre. It was written, produced, and conducted by two bright, underappreciated French composers (Nardini is of Italian descent but was born in Paris) whose only idea for collaboration was a commission by a society of sound professionals for something unified and "exotic." What could be more exotic than the jungle itself? This pair set out to create a work for a sound library recording (not to be sold commercially) that evoked the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the jungle. Released in 1971, the disc quickly entered the dead-dog files of cultural miscegenation and has remained there ever since. Forget Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Dick Hyman too for a moment. Certainly those men were all into this before, and no doubt influenced Jungle Obsession's composers. But whereas the music and arrangements of Denny and Baxter all derived from simple themes -- easily recognized by Western audiences as a way in -- these two cats threw all that out the window and created a series of motifs, leitmotifs, and modes that were out of the musical sphere at the time. They took rock and classical and bossa and jazz and easy listening, wove them together with polyrhythmic invention and a boatload of sound effects, and created one of the true masterpieces of pop exotica: musically sophisticated, sensually lush, and technically innovative. There is no record quite like this one, and any fan of so-called lounge music or exotica should own this. For those fans of hep sounds and po-mo kitsch, you should have it too, but for those interested in the finest sounds the '70s had to offer, this is a necessity.