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  • #46
    Arrgh - can't edit my post and seem to have chopped off the opening sentence. Still getting duplicated posts too.

    Anyway I had said something like....

    Lovely finds Ben. Especially jealous of the France Gall - been after it for a while been never seen it reasonable enough. I have an EP off it which is excellent and will have to do for now.
    "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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    • #47
      It's not a bad listen, I didn't have high hopes seeing 'Michel Legrand' on the cover but it surprised me. I reckon 'Di-Gue-Ding-Ding' track one has been used as incidental music for years one of those 'ah that's what that tune is moments'. I have quite a few of these always hoping for the sitar one. Is the 'Mexican Trip' one any good'

      Must admit I'm always happy to find them for the covers alone.

      Originally posted by LDJB View Post

      Amidar - Violent Violins is a nice boot / charity find! I had to resort to Utrecht to get my copy.
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      • #48
        OK first six from the top

        Looks like a mixed bunch, don't know anything about them although the tommy vig looks interesting, gonna give them a clean and a spin tonight

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        • #49
          Originally posted by LDJB View Post
          I have an EP off it which is excellent and will have to do for now.
          I've got pretty much the whole LP on various EP's, as it's certainly cheaper than the LP. I've the 2008 reish of this, still on the lookout for an OG. Great LP.

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          • #50
            The Charlie Byrd looks worth a listen if you like Latin Jazz and guitar.
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            • #51
              Originally posted by amidar View Post
              It's not a bad listen, I didn't have high hopes seeing 'Michel Legrand' on the cover but it surprised me. I reckon 'Di-Gue-Ding-Ding' track one has been used as incidental music for years one of those 'ah that's what that tune is moments'. I have quite a few of these always hoping for the sitar one. Is the 'Mexican Trip' one any good'

              Must admit I'm always happy to find them for the covers alone.
              "De-Gue-Ding-Ding" and "Come Ray and Come Charles" were on one of the Karminsky comps back in the 90s easy listening boom, never seen a copy in a charity though, only at dealer prices. Is the rest of the LP any good?

              The series seems to have run from 1967 for a year a two, a lot are retitled earlier releases, like the David Carrolls. The US version of the Big Jim Sullivan "Sitar Beat" is cheaper, but of course postage these days is a bit prohibitive for a lot of US buys

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              • #52
                Yep I was surprised this was an original as I thought they were all reissues of American releases a la David Carroll. Having given it a listen I certainly wouldn't pay 20 quid for a copy these days (easy listening boom passed me by, apart from a copy of 'Sound Gallery 2' on cassette). It's alright but its nothing special, that said its only had one listen and I did enjoy it a lot more than I thought I would.

                Originally posted by bongolia View Post
                "De-Gue-Ding-Ding" and "Come Ray and Come Charles" were on one of the Karminsky comps back in the 90s easy listening boom, never seen a copy in a charity though, only at dealer prices. Is the rest of the LP any good?

                The series seems to have run from 1967 for a year a two, a lot are retitled earlier releases, like the David Carrolls. The US version of the Big Jim Sullivan "Sitar Beat" is cheaper, but of course postage these days is a bit prohibitive for a lot of US buys
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                • #53
                  Originally posted by amidar View Post
                  Yep I was surprised this was an original as I thought they were all reissues of American releases a la David Carroll.
                  the original of this one is a French LP "Archi-Cordes", if you want to pay even more than 20 quid for it!

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                  • #54
                    Yep liking the charlie Byrd one, the tommy vig is super, production on it is fantastic, reminds me of nelson riddle a lot, the first keeper

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                    • #55


                      Past two days I have visited 3 smalltowns and a total of 8 charities/thriftshops/antique shops and this is the total vinyl haul.

                      Leif Strands Kammarkör - Sorgen och glädjen
                      There are three of these with very similar sleeves. I know I have one of them in pretty poor condition but never remember which one so despite seeing them all the time I haven't bought any, but this time I did just to see if it was the one I needed to upgrade. It wasn't, but still this is NM vinyl so it's a bit better than the copy I have. The music is jazz for church - sacral music with chamber choir backed up by a band led by Georg Riedel and all three records are really good if you like that kind of thing.

                      Louie Ramirez - In the Heart of Spanish Harlem
                      Another spare, beat up sleeve, good looking vinyl. Might perform the old switcheroo with my previous copy. This is the main selling point and I just love it:



                      The Forum - The River is Wide
                      Les Baxter produced and arranged vocal pop with this nice nowsoundfolksong on it:



                      Chucho Avellanet ‎– Detras De Mi Sonrisa
                      I didn't expect this to be some lost latin heat. And I was right.

                      Hunters + Collectors ‎– The Fireman's Curse
                      You see Hunters+Collectors records quite frequently in Sweden. Never tried to buy and actually listen to them because I have listened to them in shops and didn't hear that much evidence of the krautrock influence so was disappointed. Here's their second album, produced by Conny Plank and I decided to try again now many years later. And it's not bad, decidedly more postpunk but good stuff.

                      Penderecki ‎– Passio Et Mors Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Lucam
                      Classical music isn't really my thing. I only really like minimalism like Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. But I would like to find more things I like, and this is one of the names I've been interested in. Haven't listened yet so we'll see what I think about it.
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                      and that is you and me side by side, on the licorice ride"

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                      • #56
                        Ah, discogs directed me to a page only showing the super stereo issue I wanted more info on the players, might be a double entry or me being a bit thick. 72 quid they are having a laugh!

                        'Archi-chords' to 'Violent Violins' mad. It reminds me actually I have the 'William Tell' one and another 'David Carroll' I've not given a listen to yet in the same series.

                        Re: Smartie: Yep Charlie Byrd is nice background music when your'e in the mood for that sort of thing, top jazz guitar player. I was going to ask you about the Vig as it's late 70's and the rest looks mostly 30's/40's big band stuff.



                        Originally posted by bongolia View Post
                        the original of this one is a French LP "Archi-Cordes", if you want to pay even more than 20 quid for it!
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                        • #57
                          Yep, can't believe how good they sound sonic wise the vig sounds incredible they knew how to make a great sounding records then, I like the big bands so looking forward to the others, only played a couple last night got wrapped up in limpics

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                          • #58
                            amidar - just noticed your comment upthread - yes, The Ray Charles Singers are nothing to do with the more famous Ray Charles.

                            speaking of Enoch Light, listened again to something I picked up a few months back. Tony Mottola "Lush, Latin and Lovely" on Studio 2, but it's actually a US Project 3 recording, so has the more extreme US style stereo separation. A shop had a load of mint unplayed looking Studio 2s in, must have come from good run of titles, all with numbered stickers, there were several I'd never seen before. Unfortunately no desirable ones, this looked the best of the bunch, and it's pretty enjoyable. Don't often see his records in the UK - I wish Studio 2 had released more Command titles - there's Spaced Out and Persuasive Percussion, but not that much more

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                            • #59
                              Yeah didn't think it would be. I'll always have a punt if I see one just for the sheer amount of money that must have been pumped into these things at the time not to mention the skill of the people involved from production to the innovative label designs.

                              It's nice that a few got a re-release through labels such as STS as some of them are lush especially the crazy percussion ones. Sadly the singing on this and choice of songs pretty much ruins the whole thing. It starts off with 'Consider Yourself', you cant get much worse than that but it does get better I'd happily listen to 'On a Clear Day...' but without the signing!

                              Saying all that though I will find a use for it somewhere down the line whether in a mix or a tune. It gone into the 'to sample' pile and will be ripped as the year comes to its end.

                              That era of stereo experimentation with instruments bouncing from ear to ear and all sorts of trickery is what I love about those records, I wish more of it went on today in fact its super easy now to replicate these kind of ideas with computer plug-ins or hardware back then they had to think about mic placement, setting up levels, switching things about live. I love all that thought and effort and skill that went into their production and most important of all they sound superb! Not forgetting the Audio Fidelity albums are great as well as the first time I became aware of these type of things was through their stereo demonstration record with the guy talking about playing ping pong! I've kind of got back into these things after hearing the Mono version of Exotica and buying the 'Doctored for Super Stereo' crime jazz album a few years back. On a British tip 'Stanley Black - Exotic Percussion' on Phase 4 is full of stereo effects. I guess I've always loved it its like if you disconnect one speaker whilst listening to 'The Faust Tapes' you're basically getting only half the album!

                              The only Tony Mottola I have is the the 'Guitar Factory' one on STS another in the 'to listen' pile which I believe is a compilation.

                              Originally posted by bongolia View Post
                              amidar - just noticed your comment upthread - yes, The Ray Charles Singers are nothing to do with the more famous Ray Charles.

                              speaking of Enoch Light, listened again to something I picked up a few months back. Tony Mottola "Lush, Latin and Lovely" on Studio 2, but it's actually a US Project 3 recording, so has the more extreme US style stereo separation. A shop had a load of mint unplayed looking Studio 2s in, must have come from good run of titles, all with numbered stickers, there were several I'd never seen before. Unfortunately no desirable ones, this looked the best of the bunch, and it's pretty enjoyable. Don't often see his records in the UK - I wish Studio 2 had released more Command titles - there's Spaced Out and Persuasive Percussion, but not that much more
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                              • #60
                                Some charity/booter picks ups from the last two weeks, here's a few 45’s to start:



                                Go Go Thunder - The Race Picked this up for the name, and turns out to be fairly scarce glam demo on RCA from 1975 that has been comped a few times. 1975 seems a bit late for glam, but this a full on stomper, complete with drag race sound effects. Quite enjoyable.

                                Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince - A Touch Of Jazz Great DJ record, one of the earliest to put a lot of these jazz breaks on wax. Nice to have on 45.

                                Springsteen Brothers - She’s Fine Never seen this before ever. Cooltempo 45 from 1984 that seems to have gained some love over the years as a boogie instrumental.

                                Echo Minott/Johnny Osbourne 12 Slightly battered 12 dug out of same box as the stand up LP’s, plays alright after a good clean up. Only time I’ve ever asked for a discount in a charity shop.

                                Pseudo 3 - Renk & Dirty/Flash It Two classic rave 12’s from 1992, dirty beats and samples. Brand new as well. Excellent.



                                Richard & Willie / Widman Steve / Sonny & Pepper / Dap Sugar Willie Popped into a charity shop earlier this week as I was passing, and instead of many Mantovani in their usually slim collection, I found a brace of 70’s US black adult stand up LP’s, all on Laff records, a couple still in shrink. Yet to properly give them a listen but I knew the Richard & Willie already, cos of that cover. Blimey.

                                Charango 76 - Geezer at car boot had a couple of bags of random disco 12’s, all fair to middling stuff, but couldn’t say no at 3 for a quid, so grabbed a few. This was the stand out pick up, Charanga 76’s ‘No Nos Pararan’. Amazing LP of spanish latin disco versions of disco classics. The title track (cracking version of Ain’t No Stopping US Now) has been comped by Soul Jazz, but the standout for me is the version of Good Times, dubbed out latino business. Have a listen.



                                Together Random band name generator ahoy - Crowbar! Lighthouse! 1973 Canadian comp from of various light psych rock acts, from a quick spin through sounds alright.

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