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    I've kind of been pondering this recently, and I thought Id ask you guys -

    What would be your Top 5 favorite Library records from each of these labels: De Wolfe, KPM, Bruton (or a couple from each if 15 is too many titles)?

    I wondered how much overlapping there would be or if the choices would be more random.
    See, you don't get those haircuts on your mp3s.

  • #2
    Originally posted by spirito santo View Post
    I've kind of been pondering this recently, and I thought Id ask you guys -

    What would be your Top 5 favorite Library records from each of these labels: De Wolfe, KPM, Bruton (or a couple from each if 15 is too many titles)?

    I wondered how much overlapping there would be or if the choices would be more random.
    De Wolfe

    Great Day
    Big Beat
    Atomic Butterfly
    Pop Sounds - the Cool
    Electro shake
    Hogan, the Hawk....
    Bumper Bundle
    Hard Hitter
    ...and loads more
    KPM

    Speed & excitement
    Jazz Rock
    Soul Organ Showcase
    Progressive Pop
    Both Big Beat volumes
    ...tons more

    Bruton

    ...I'm not that keen on them and got rid of them all

    How about people's fave IMs, PEER and MP2000s?
    "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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    • #3
      Of the ones I've got/heard:

      DeWolfe:
      Vocal Shades & Tones
      Abstractions Of The Industrial North
      Electroshake
      Bumper Bundle
      Vocal Patterns

      KPM:
      Chorus & Orchestra
      Electronic Music (the Merrick-Farran/Vetter one)
      Progressive Pop
      The Big Beat
      Sounds Of Syd Dale

      Don't have many Brutons but both the Drama Montages and "Gyroscope" are pretty good of the ones I do have.

      (and...since LDJB asked!...)

      IM:
      Progressive Percussion
      Music Of Today, Music Of Tomorrow
      100% Electronic
      Music For Loving, Music For Laughing
      Light & Strong Beat

      Peer:
      Big Hammer
      Reggae For Real (apart from the actual (pretty dire) cod-reggae tracks)
      The Good Word
      Pace-Setter
      Stringtronics

      MP2000
      Univers 2000
      Now & To-Morrow
      Psyc' Impressions
      Chorus
      Rhythmes Contemporains

      I really like the Eric Framond ones...
      Drastically reduced to 72p

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      • #4
        De Wolfe:

        The Best Of Johnny Hawksworth - and it really is the best, several familiar tracks, and lots of generally nice ones in a variety of moods.
        Atomic Butterfly - if his previous work is anything to go by, most of this was probably recorded in Barry Stoller's bedroom. Sounds like it, too. Brilliant!
        Hot Ice - funky flutes from Alan Parker
        Pop Arp - 'Wagon Load O' Monkeys'
        Vocal Patterns - Roger Webb doing his usual kind of stuff

        KPM
        Chorus and Orchestra - especially side 2, Syd Dale's best ever work
        Friendly Faces/Happy Rainbows - two LPs, but they go so well together. Lovely easy listening from The Hawk and James Clarke
        Rock Spectrum - Wasp, with the music from the Denim advert that was the source of a few childhood nightmares
        Impact and Action vol 2 - best enjoyed in stereo
        Gemini Suite - Johnny Pearson's incredible piano concerto

        Bruton:
        Soap Opera - one of the first library LPs I ever heard in full, proper Terry and June sitcom stuff and I love it!
        Sports Stadium - includes the theme from Mathscore 1 and 2
        Disco Happening - for the Barry Took Points Of View theme
        Rhythm Stick - one of those LPs that was constantly being used throughout the 80s, lots of very familiar tracks
        Cocktail Time - lovely Shearing-style muzak from Johnny Patrick

        Peer:
        The Good Word - Nationwide!
        Combustion - great big band funk
        Gemini - flutey
        Pace Setter - big bands and lutes, together on one album
        Hit Man - great opening track

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        • #5
          Great thread mate...

          De Wolfe's -

          The Electric Banana/More Electric Banana
          The Lemon Dips - Who's going to buy
          The Cool - Pop sounds
          Hogan, The Hawk And Dirty John Crown
          Nick Ingman - Big beat

          I could go on and on as it's a great label...'Great Day', 'Black Pearl', 'Heavy truckin' etc

          KPM

          Big Beat
          Progressive pop
          Jazz rock
          Theme Suite/Mustang
          Afro rock

          Again like De Wolfe so many great titles, I could go on and on...

          Bruton

          Brain Bennett - Drama Montage
          Light my fire
          Brian Bennett ‎– Fantasia

          Unlike the other two labels with it been later I'm not as keen on the sound, that said I am warming to some of the stuff one there!
          "Hangin' out with you two is like partying with Fugazi"

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          • #6
            Loads above I don't have / haven't listened through, and my KPM selection is fairly weak, but from my collection I rate:

            De Wolfe

            Great Day: classic
            Push Button: energetic late 70s synth, this has been a grower over the years, love it all now
            9-10-Out: 'Gut' & 'Swirl'
            Electric Bird: 'Slow Ride' & 'Ground Hog'
            Pop Arp: 'Hot Module', possibly my favourite library track

            Bruton:

            Sunny Sides: laidback cheesy easy fun
            High Tension: this is the soundtrack to low quality cheaply made TV drama of the early 80s
            Aggressive Advertising: love the Zoe De Sousa tracks on here

            KPM:

            Out Of The Dark: Dave Vorhaus one with 'The DIY Machine' on it

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sonovox View Post
              9-10-Out: 'Gut' & 'Swirl'
              I'm a fan of this too, there's some overlap with 'Hot ice', one of the good tracks is on there also!
              "Hangin' out with you two is like partying with Fugazi"

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              • #8
                De Wolfe
                Bumper Bundle
                Ruffle

                KPM
                Life is for living
                Colours In Rhythm
                Beat Incidental

                Amphonic
                All Electric Steam Radio Band
                Have Band Will Travel

                Telemusic
                Piano Et Orgues
                Electro Sounds
                French-Pop
                My Mixcloud

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                • #9
                  My faves from these labels:

                  MP 2000

                  Psyc Impressions
                  Delirius Music
                  Soul Impressions
                  Pictures (Pop Sound)
                  Supra Pop Impressions

                  St Germain Des Prés

                  Percussions
                  L'Aventure
                  Midway

                  L'Illustration Musicale

                  Johnny Hawksworth ‎– Pop
                  Eddie Warner ‎– Progressive Percussions Vol. 2
                  Eddie Warner ‎– Cops, Crooks And Spies
                  Yan Tregger Group, The ‎– The Pop World Of Yan Tregger
                  Eddie Warner / Nino Nardini ‎– Music Of Today / Music Of Tomorrow

                  Tele Music

                  French Pop
                  Rhythms
                  Guitares Modernes
                  Continental Pop Sound
                  Voix

                  Golden Ring

                  Meet the Gang
                  Turn On
                  Orion 2000
                  ...and several of the 'Sound Music' volumes esp the Peter Thomas ones.
                  "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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                  • #10
                    Thanks to you all for the responses.

                    For me, the first ones that always pop into my mind are Vocal Shades And Tones, and Big Beat (Nick Ingman). I was curious how often they would turn up on other people's lists too. Same thing with the KPM Big Beats.
                    See, you don't get those haircuts on your mp3s.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by spirito santo View Post
                      Thanks to you all for the responses.

                      For me, the first ones that always pop into my mind are Vocal Shades And Tones, and Big Beat (Nick Ingman). I was curious how often they would turn up on other people's lists too. Same thing with the KPM Big Beats.
                      I think they would be on most peoples list, hence them still going for good money, not to mention they're a pretty solid listen.
                      "Hangin' out with you two is like partying with Fugazi"

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