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WEEK STARTING 24 Nov

Genre pick of the week Cover of Floating Into The Night - 180g Vinyl Edition by Julee Cruise.

Julee Cruise

Floating Into The Night - 180g Vinyl Edition

    “Floating Into The Night” is the 1989 debut album by vocalist Julee Cruise featuring songs written and produced by composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch (who wrote the lyrics). The songs "Falling" and "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart" were both featured in Lynch's cult television series Twin Peaks, while "Into the Night", "The Nightingale" and "The World Spins" also appeared in the show. The instrumental version of “Falling” was the theme song for Twin Peaks while the album as a whole is almost an unofficial soundtrack to the series. The track “Mysteries Of Love” was prominently featured in Lynch’s classic film Blue Velvet. Cruise’s dreamy, light vocals match perfectly with the music and lyrics to make this album sound like it is unattached to any era or time. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a double sided insert by Plain Recordings.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: A damn fine record!

    Simon Boswell

    Stage Fright (OST)

      By 1987, Simon Boswell had already contributed fantastic music and songs to Dario Argento’s Phenomena and scored all of Lamberto Bava’s Demoni II. With Stage Fright, Boswell combined his expertise in programming and playing synthesisers and samplers with his skills as a great guitarist. Classical roots rub shoulders with the distinctive ‘thrashy’ sound of 70’s English punk music, dreamy synth landscapes and the programmed rhythms of the indie dance music that he produced so much of in the 80’s.

      Rene Costy / J Dilla Aka Jay Dee

      Scrabble / F*ck The Police

      Release number 3 on the Originals label gets a limited repress due to popular demand. Lifted from the impossibly rare 1972 library music album 'Chappell Mood Music Vol. 26', René Costy And His Orchestra's 'Scrabble' adds the only thing missing from the incredibly funky backing track - jazz violin! Pitching the funky intro down for a head-nod hip hop feel, and upping the swear word count, the late great James Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla sampled the track for his underground club hit “Fuck The Police”. Both tracks feature here on a nice collectable 45 along with bonus cuts from the one and only DJ Jazzy Jeff.

      The Greg Foat Group

      Live At The Playboy Club, London

      The Greg Foat Group are currently the resident band at the Playboy Club, located in Mayfair, London. Earlier this year a couple of nights were recorded for Jazzman, and the results are here for all to enjoy. Recorded live and direct onto 1" analogue tape the album captures the energy and atmosphere of the group at their regular gig. Awash with library-esque soundtrack-themed jazz grooves with a modal edge, jazz has never been so much fun! This is the 3rd album by the Greg Foat Group on Jazzman, and is the first album to be recorded live at the Playboy Club for over 40 years.


      Franco Micalizzi & The Big Bubbling Band

      Cinema A Mano Armata

      There are two categories of artist: the ones who follow trends and show an ability to integrate them and the ones who create trends; Franco Micalizzi is one of the latter. Composer, arranger and orchestra leader, Micalizzi has contributed more than anyone else in Italy to the birth and formation of what has come to be known as pulp music.

      This LP is a summary of the musical soundtrack cult of the 70s reimagined with great new arrangements written by the maestro for his group, The Big Bubbling Band. La Banda Del Gobbo - Italia a Mano Armata – Napoli Violenta - Il Cinico, L’infame, Il Violento and many more, concluding with trinity drawn from Lo Chiamavano Trinita’ and reclaimed by Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained.

      The strongest abilities of Franco Micalizzi? An amazing band, spacey grooves, a bit of jazz atmosphere, the timeless brass-crescendo of Micalizzi, the charm of 70’s funk and... the untameable talent of the maestro! Deluxe reissue on LP, remastered with audiophile quality.

      Piccadilly Records

      End Of Year Review 2014

        Back in the day, confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead.

        Nearly two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now come packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 20 reissues/collections, staff charts and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush artwork (perfect bound this year!) by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown (www.markbrownstudio.co.uk). The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

        This booklet is free instore or just 1 pence (plus p+p) via the website. Or if you prefer, you can view it online here as a PDF (be warned though it's a large PDF file so it's probably not worth trying to download this on your phone!)

        Enjoy the read!

        Please note: If you're ordering this on its own you will be charged our standard rate of postage and packing for sending a CD/7".

        Della Reese

        A Clock That's Got No Hands / Come On-A My House

        Della Reese was born Delloreese Patricia Early in Detroit, Michigan in 1931. She was discovered singing gospel, by Mahalia Jackson and had a successful career throughout the fifties singing gospel, jazz and pop standards, finally scoring a Top 20 hit in 1957 with “And That Reninds Me” for Jubilee Records. She signed to RCA in 1959 and topped the R&B charts with “Don’t You Know?” which became her signature song. In the sixties she hosted her own chat show, Della, also the name of her Grammy nominated 1960 album. Here Outta Sight feature her 1964 RCA cut “A Clock That’s Got No Hands” that had remained an obscurity until popularised on the northern soul scene by DJ Dave Rimmer. Combining 60s soul and 60s pop, this is an absolute cert for the dancefloor. With its cheeky fruit-themed vocal and 'Come On-A My House' is sure to please the popcorn crowd with its tropical pop sounds.


        Caribbean Audio Odyssey is a reflection of Stag-O-Lee’s love for early Jamaican music. When one traces back the roots of SKA to the early sound systems and Mento it needs not genius to discover Calypso! Here’s 10 little jewels from the 50s - recorded in Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago and Bermuda. If you don’t enjoy ‘em, consult a doctor!

        “Calypso, the infectious rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean area originated in Trinidad. It is really the musical expression of the Afro-West-Indian population. There are various explanations for the origin of the word “Calypso”, but it is most likely that it stems from the African word “Kaiso”, which means BRAVO. The lyrics (in a dialectic English) and the melody are usually made up at the spur of the moment. The words very often have a double meaning. The topic is sex, but frequently deals with current events of social and political happenings. The rhythms are enticing and therefore popular for dancing.” (Linernotes)

        Calypso in the Caribbean includes a range of genres, including: the Benna genre of Antiguan and Barbudan music; Mento, a style of Jamaican folk music that greatly influenced ska and reggae; Ska, the precursor to rocksteady and reggae; Spouge, a style of Barbadian popular music; Cadence-lypso, which mixed calypso with the cadence rampa of Haiti and Dominican traditional music; and soca music, a style of Kaiso/calypso, with influences from Cadencelypso, Soul, Funk and Indian musical instruments.

        Various Artists

        Music From Planet Earth Volume 2

          Each 10" comes with a signed & numbered 24 x 24 cm screenprint of the front cover drawn by well-known artist Marcel Bontempi! It's a perennial starting point for conspiracy theories. Alien intervention solves everything. Things from other planets are a sustainable reason to many unanswerable questions and, across the music industry in the late '50s and early '60s, in the wake of a slew of space-based exploitation movies, a series of 45s and suitably unearthly concept albums emerged to capitalize on this burgeoning, bizarre and mysterious idea.


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