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.