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WEEK STARTING 27 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of The Guest - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Various Artists.

Various Artists

The Guest - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Soundtrack to the 2014 suspense film directed by Adam Wingard (You're Next) and starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey). Brooding set features tracks from Clan of Xymox, The Sisters of Mercy and Love and Rockets. This is the first physical issue of the soundtrack.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xColoured LP Info: Double Purple Vinyl – Very Limited – 200 Numbered Units For UK

    Marvin Gaye

    Trouble Man - 180g Vinyl Edition

      As Motown migrated from Detroit to LA, Marvin's follow-up to the spiritual consciousness of "What's Goin' On" was the soundtrack to '72 Blaxploitaion flick "Trouble Man". It's altogether a more streetwise collection of stone cold funk, earthy Curtis-esque falsetto and badass grooves that has seen it plundered by generations of beatdiggers. "'T' Plays it Cool" is one of the best tunes ever made, just ask Jazzy Jeff!!!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Includes MP3 Download Code.

      The unreleased Euro pysch score to the French / Portuguese X-rated version of ‘The Devils’ meets ‘The Witchfinder General’. Synchronised by Spanish anti-establishmentarian, sexual liberator, die-hard independent filmmaker and unrepentant voyeur Jess Franco (‘Vampyros Lesbos’ / ‘De Sade’). Composed entirely by French composer Jean-Bernard Raiteux aka Jean- Michel Lorgere (‘Sinner’ / Harlem Pop Trotters) and presented here in full soundtrack form for the first time.

      Proudly claiming the dubious accolade of the Spanish sexploitation version of ‘The Devils’ as the distributor’s most bankable asset, this previously banned 1973 European witch flick would rip the art house facade from Ken Russell’s well polished box office smash and push the envelope way beyond the closet titillation of the gentrified new wave controversy seekers.

      Delivered on a comparable shoestring budget as the 55th feature in Jess Franco’s filmography of approximately 203 completed movies, ‘The Demons’ (‘Les Démons’), directed under the Anglicised pseudonym Clifford Brown, took many of the Franco’s sexually stylistic watermarks (epitomised in his ‘Vampyros Lesbos’ trilogy) adding witchcraft, possession and nunsploitation against a rural Mediterranean backdrop before disappearing into the woods.

      Whilst clearly taking inspirational plot cues from Michael Reeve’s ‘The Witchfinder General’ (1968) and drawing comparisons with scenes from Eiichi Yamamoto’s ‘Belladonna Of Sadness’ (1973) this B-movie reduction of Franco’s wide palette of colourful ingredients has in recent years provided enthusiasts / champions / defenders of the workaholic horrotica bastion with a rare and treasured addition.

      Following on from Finders Keepers previous expanded release of Bruno Nicolai’s score for Franco’s 1970 adaptation of ‘De Sade’, this record stands as another tribute to Franco’s life which he lived through the mechanisms of a camera with relentless zeal and a passion to challenge every aspect of movie making along the way.

      Bruno Spoerri

      Langstrasse Zwischen 12 Und 12

      From his seemingly bottomless well of unreleased conceptual pop, jazz and pioneering electronic experiments, Swiss composer Bruno Spoerri, in conjunction with long term collaborators Finders Keepers, finally unleashes the master tapes to an obscure 1972 feature length documentary called Langstrasse Zwischen 12 und 12 (Long Street Between Midday And Midnight). Directed by Gianni Paggi and radio host and author Max Rüeger this seldom seen film studied the stark counter balance between the lifestyles of the inhabitants of Zurich’s famous Langstrasse - a varied and vibrant stretch of road in centre of the city which played host to a unique mix of contrasting cultural and social groups, working class families and energetic creatives. Langstrasse Zwischen 12 und 12 explored real-life stories of family run businesses, schools, nine to five commuters and the contrasting nightlife scene including the city’s liberal after hours red light district. To accentuate the ironic and slightly schizophrenic nature of the production Paggi and Rüeger called upon Spoerri as one of the country’s most versatile instrumental composers to share a first-hand impression of the area as a local himself. Exploring a wide range of musical disciplines from early modified synthesisers to rock rhythms via found sounds, jazz, folk and traditional Greek music, Spoerri successfully infused vibrant bursts of sonic colour into the monochrome imagery of the programme, creating a floating narrative undercurrent quite unlike anything heard on regular Swiss TV during the era.

      In scoring such a project to a precise deadline Spoerri would require a trusted group of regular musicians, many of whom would appear on collectable records by Swiss groups such as The Metronome Quintet, The Rainbow Orchestra and Emphasis. As a leader of The Metronome Quintet himself Bruno was comfortable working alongside reliable members Fernando Vicencio (sax and flute), Ueli Staub (vibes, keys and percussion) and drummer Rolf Bänninger. Other players on this session include Latin multi-instrumentalist Antonio Conde and pianist Renato Anselmi who would later join both musicians in the band Emphasis. Vital to this session Renato Anselmi would provide extra keyboards to Bruno’s experimental and textural synthesiser tones. For hardcore collectors of European jazz the appearance of trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti might warrant some deserved attention. A firm fixture on the Swiss jazz scene alongside Spoerri and regularly playing with George Gruntz, Ambrosetti’s earlier work on records alongside players like American sax man Shahib Shihab or French saxophonist Barney Wilen remain some of the most expensive original items on the collectors market. The final icing on the cake for this session would be the inclusion of Switzerland’s leading harmonica player Heinz Pfenninger, a welcome addition to the group having played with Ueli Staub in the award-winning Roby Weber Quartet.

      Like most of Bruno’s releases on Finders Keepers Langstrasse Zwischen 12 und 12 sees the artist explore unique new territories, combining the skill of incredibly talented musicians and combining his own discoveries in the realms of electronic music and his own brand of post- concrète found sound application which would appear on his rare postcard records made for industrial companies utilising wristwatches, pneumatic drills and forklift trucks as essential parts of his orchestral palette. This early 70’s glimpse into Spoerri’s narrative composition for the small screen captures an important European artist-cum-scientist treading a seldom trodden path between experimental pop, jazz and music technology in its infancy.

      Tusco AKA Piero Umiliani

      Suspence Elettronica - Clear Vinyl Edition

      Tusco is one of the many pseudonyms that legendary composer and producer Piero Umiliani uses to not overcrowd the sonorization market with his name. Umiliani was a well-known Italian soundtrack composer and jazz musician. He was one of the pioneers of styles such as exotica and lounge and used a lot of funk moves in his soundtracks, too. He also composed a lot of library album covering genres such as spaghetti western, giallo, sex films and documentaries all self-produced in his mighty SoundWorkShop Studio, equipped with the most advanced screening and editing systems of that time. 'Suspence Elettronica' is a very rare experimental / ambient electronic album from the early 80s with a great use of synthesizers. Long time forgotten masterpiece of electronic music reissued for the first time ever!

      The land of the holy Balearic Blah Blah posse present another great limited package! First up is 'Angel' - an ultra-rare demo version of a track by Italian pop legend Luc Bat. The original version of this track came out as a B-side of a 1973 single and is a fierce critique of the Catholic Church. This demo version only surfaced in the 2011 on unofficial CD for a mag dedicated to rare Italian music and was limited to 500 copies. Whereas the original had a sweet pop/tribal psychedic feel, this longer studio jam version has a totally different more ambient arrangement and atmosphere. Mars & Jupiter deliver three superb versions - the cleaned and tweaked ‘Numero Uno Vocal Mix’, the hypnotic loopy ‘Never Slave Mix’ and finally a long instrumental ‘Moonboot Footprint Dub’ which rises to a great crescendo. Also included is a chugging dreamy floor-friendly dub version of an Italian songstress’s Balearic classic. Don’t miss - these always sell out fast.


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