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    English and European library music seems to turn up everywhere, from carboots to ebay, from secondhand shops to skips. However, Amercian Library Music seems a lot less common. In fact in all my years I have only see one comp dedicated to the funkier side of Amercian Library Music.

    Why are'nt American diggers turning up these LPs? There must be hundreds of hidden gems. There are plenty of independent TV stations around the country to justify the need for production music.

    I am no expert on Library music so forgive my ignorance.
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  • #2
    There are a few labels here and there. Capitol Media Music being the biggest I know of. I think the american market could have been saturated with UK/French exports as de wolfes and kpms still seem to turn up in big collections out there.
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    • #3
      I bought a collection of about 75 Major / Valentino library lp&#39;s about a year ago on eBay. No one else even bid on it and therefore I got the lot really cheap. Most of it was really crap, not even interesting in any way, unlike with most of the European labels where you can find interesting stuff on many many lp&#39;s in the catalogues. However, the ones that were good were really good, among these all of the lp&#39;s from which the Cinemaphonic-comp. tunes were taken from + plenty of others as well. Why is it that you never see these for sale, even though it was supposed to be a pretty big library label in the states...?
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      • #4
        I have a really tasty late 60s American library LP - I think the label is Robert Moore Productions - choc-full of moddy jazz/beat &amp; a few psychey cuts too. Lots of the required fuzz/hammond/bongos/wahwah. Been on the lookout for others eversince but to no avail.
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        • #5
          Just a theory, but I think it&#39;s just when it came to international clout, the British libraries had the edge - KPM and de Wolfe had (I think) offices in America to do their international bidding for them. Most foreign libraries here were just sub-published by the British majors, and I&#39;d imagine they&#39;d be more interested in pushing the home-grown output.

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          • #6
            [/QUOTE]all of the lp&#39;s from which the Cinemaphonic-comp. tunes were taken from[QUOTE]

            A great comp well worth getting. Put together by child star Dave Hollander - the young boy with coffee in the first Airplane movie.
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            • #7
              Stone me, I never knew that&#33;&#33; Did he do the UK library based follow up too?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by [b
                Quote[/b] ]Col Wolfe - I think the label is Robert Moore Productions
                Robert Hall perhaps?  

                Oh yea, and don&#39;t forget the infamous NFL libraries...
                that&#39;s all I can think of now.
                ..Your sporadic midnight poster..

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by [b
                  Quote[/b] (Eerie_Daily @ April 22 2004,18:00)]
                  Originally posted by [b
                  Quote[/b] ]Col Wolfe - I think the label is Robert Moore Productions
                  Robert Hall perhaps?  

                  Oh yea, and don&#39;t forget the infamous NFL libraries...
                  that&#39;s all I can think of now.
                  That&#39;s the bugger&#33;&#33;&#33;
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                  • #10
                    There&#39;s also Arcal out of redwood City , Ca and Omnimsic out of Port Washington, NY. as well a s Synchrofox from New York thouh the latter might be licensing stuff as the composer credits are Johnny Hawksworth (track called Shock wave ring any bells?), Ronnie Hazelhurst, Malcolm Lockyer
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                    • #11
                      Synchrofox did use a few British composers, actually - Syd Dale is another one who did stuff for them - but I think they used a fair bit of US talent as well. I know John Cacavas did a bit for them as well. Some of Johnny Hawksworth&#39;s stuff later reappeared on Conroy, so there must be some connection there.

                      Another US library label is Sonaura, who did some good stuff in the 60s - Chappell handled (and still handle) their recordings in this country. Don&#39;t see their LPs too much though - I&#39;ve only got one 78 by them.

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                      • #12
                        The thing is... a lot of American companies employed people to do the music for their shows, so that&#39;s why you don&#39;t really get many dope funky 70&#39;s tracks like you should.... (Think of all the shows that had it.. Charlies Angels, Streets Of San etc...)   By the time they really got going with their own libraries, labels like KPM &amp; Dewolfe &amp; Canada&#39;s Parry were everywhere.  They had they&#39;re back catalogues crammed into the TV stations. I&#39;ve got stacks of American libraries but most of them ARE rubbish. You have to dig REALLY deep to find the good ones..  There are a lot of Independent&#39;s that had maybe 3 records pressed up.. Happy hunting.:

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                        • #13
                          Cheers for all the replies.

                          So what are the really good American library LPs? Surely the Dave Hollander comp (with help from Egon?) does&#39;nt include all the good stuff.

                          Or is this info  
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