Compilations / Library / Lounge / Spoken

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Raymond Scott
Soothing Sounds For Baby Vols 1-3

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Klaus Weiss Rhythm & Sounds
Time Signals

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Various
Cuneiform for Pumapunku

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José Pharos
Boucles Rythmiques

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Joe Tossini and Friends
Lady of Mine

1989 LP of crudely drawn lounge beauty here from Joe Tossini and Friends. Lo-fi to the core, ‘Lady of Mine’ is all plodding Casio percussion, rough mixed vocals/sax, and melodies embryonic but unforgettable. It’s a record easily lovable, amateur yes, yet you wouldn’t want it any other way. You get a real sense this isn’t contrived or self-conscious, merely the work of someone who wants to make a lush sound, but only has the tools at hand

Jacky Giordano
Pop In Devil's Train

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Various
Mexican Summer: A Decade Deeper

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Various
Unusual Sounds

Since launching in 2014 the Mexican Summer reissues offshoot Anthology Recordings have unearthed some excellent old things from the likes of Pharaoh Sanders and The Nightcrawlers. For their latest trick they delve into the world of library music. The twenty tracks of Unusual Sounds are exactly the sort of cerebral oddities that we now expect as standard from these releases. Comes with liner notes from David Hollander - this is good because he’s curated an extensive history of library music that shares its title with this compilation and as such he’s rather knowledgeable on the subject.

Various
Those Shocking, Shaking Days

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Various
New Tape

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Les Baxter
Space Escapade / Music Out Of The Moon

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Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett
Synthesis

Brian Bennett & Alan Hawkshaw see their 1974 LP Synthesis reissued as part of Be With Records’ KPM Music Record Library series. Coming out in the same year as the pair's celebrated Synthesizer And Percussion album, Synthesis is another cutting-edge (for the time) fusion of library jazz-funk and the electronic styles that were just beginning to filter into mainstream music. Stereolab and Ghost Box were likely paying close attention back in the day.

Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett
Synthesizer & Percussion

Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett are among the creme de la creme of library music composers. For 1974’s Synthesizer And Percussion the pair chose to put the ARP synth - a relatively unexplored piece of gear at the time - through its paces. The resulting is a record of oddball jazz-funk instrumentals. Its title is something of a red herring - the final five tracks find former Cliff Richard & The Shadows drummer Bennett taking a backseat and giving Hawkshaw free reign to noodle away on the keys. Now reissued by Be With Records.

Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett
Full Circle

While you might not know Alan Hawkshaw or Brian Bennett by name it’s quite likely that you’re familiar with their work. The library compositions of the pair have been sampled by everyone from Kanye West to Drake to The xx to Nas. Their latest LP Full Circle is classic stuff from the duo, all big-band modes and laid back jazz-funk.

Nick Ingman
Distinctive Themes / Race To Achievement

Nick Ingman’s done it with the best of them. A distinguished arranger and conductor since the early 1970’s, Ingman has worked with everyone from Madonna to David Bowie to Paul McCartney down the years. Back in 1976 he released Distinctive Themes/Race To Achievement on KPM Music Recorded Library. The first half of the album attempted to emulate a range of composers - Satie, Elgar and so on - in Ingman’s trademark library-jazz style, while the second was “a study in the pressure and rewards of achievement”. Right. Anyway, this one’s been reissued by Be With Records.

Alan Hawkshaw / Brian Bennett / John Fiddy
Hot Wax

In 1976 a trio of acclaimed session musicians and library/film/TV composers came together to create an LP for the KPM Music Recorded Library that showcased ‘the latest trends in production music’. Said album? Hot Wax. Said artists? Brian Bennett (a former Cliff Richard & The Shadows kit man), John Fiddy and Alan Hawkshaw (one-time member of The Tony Visconti Orchestra). Be With Records have done the sensible thing and capitalised on a resurgent interest in library sounds by reissuing the record.

Keith Mansfield / Alan Hawkshaw / David Snell
Big Business / Wind Of Change

This LP may have the names Alan Hawkshaw and David Snell on the spine, but the bulk of the work here is done by Keith Mansfield (he of the Grandstand theme fame). For this 1973 album now reissued by Be With Records, Mansfield crafts a series of pomp-and-circumstance instrumentals. Hawkshaw and Snell cameo with a piece apiece. Big Business/Winds Of Change is a good cop for all you library music fans out there.

Francis Coppieters
Piano Viberations

Yes, it is meant to be spelled like that. Piano Viberations is named as such because it is a record of incidental jazz where piano and vibes take centre-stage. The work of little-known Belgian pianist/composer Francis Coppieters, this is perhaps the most intriguing of Be With Records’ current crop of library music reissues.

Alan Parker
The Sound Of Soul

Originally released in 1976 as the instrumental accompaniment to Themes International's The Voice Of Soul, Alan Parker’s much-coveted record of library-soul now gets reissued by Be With Records. Original copies of The Sound Of Soul regularly fetch mega-money on the vinyl black market, so it’s a good job that this new edition comes in at a fraction of the price. Les Hurdle and Mike Moran - both members of the de-facto Themes International house band The Rhythm Section - also contribute a couple of numbers.

Keith Mansfield / John Cameron
Voices In Harmony

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James Clarke
Mystery Movie

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Various
Exclusive Blend Volume 2 (Featuring KPM Allstars)

Reissue of Volume 2 from the classic groundbreaking Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend music library series sees Paul Tunkin, DJ & founder of legendary Blow Up club, entering the vaults of De Wolfe, Amphonic and once again KPM. As with a bulk of Exclusive Blend 1, many of these tracks were receiving their first commercial airing on this album’s release. Released in 1997, the album also introduced James Clarke’s Wild Elephants to the world, which was subsequently picked up by Gap and used on the 1999 ‘Khaki A Go-Go’ worldwide campaign. As a thankyou from the writer it was re-titled ‘Blow Up A-Go-Go’ and became the title track for the successful V2 / Blow Up compilation ‘Blow Up A-Go-Go! Dancefloor Classics from The Legendary Blow Up Club’.

Various
Incantations For Tape

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Bruno Spoerri
Rare & Unreleased 1971-1998

The fantastic We Release Whatever The F**K We Want Records (WRWTFWW) continue to shine the light on rare recordings. This time it's the Swiss electronic pioneer, Bruno Spoerri. Through a mix of samples and field recordings, Spoerri's experimentations move from playful to threatening and all within a mysterious electric soundscape.   

Various
Musica Per L'Immagine II - Lost Italian Library Music Of The 1970s/80s

Lorenza Bandiera follows up his 2017 compilation of Italian library music. The second volume of Musica Per L’Immagine furthers Bandiera’s case to prove that there is more to Italian incidental music than Ennio Morricone and Giallo. As such the twelve tracks here take in jazz-funk, aquatic piano jazz, kitsch disco and more.

Various
Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits

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Patrick R. Pärk
Library Sounds

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Aleister Crowley
Original Wax Recordings

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Various
Music Minds

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Yan Tregger
Ducks & Drakes

1979 French library music from Yan Tregger. Like almost all of its library music brethren, Ducks & Drakes has of course been rare as hen’s teeth on vinyl for countless years, so this readily available BBE reissue is a delightful development. Entirely created by Tregger himself, this is an incredibly groovy disco-funk set that you need to hear.

Yan Tregger
Catchy

1978 French library music from Yan Tregger. Like almost all of its library music brethren, this album, the first of two originally recorded for Musical Touch Sound, is monstrously rare on vinyl, so its so good to be able to hear this material properly. Weird and wonderful disco music, heavy with spacey vibes and funk grooves. Reissue editions from BBE.

Various
The Quietened Mechanisms

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Various
Goosebumps – 25 Years Of Marina Records

Who knew it was 25 years since Marina Records started releasing indie pop. Well it is. And to celebrate they've unleashed this 3LP or 2CD set of all their most important bits so you can celebrate in style. Contains tracks from the past present and future such as Shack, the Pale Fountains, the Pearlfishers, Paul Haig and many many more. 

Various
Britxotica Goes Wild! Percussive Pop and Crazy Latin

Trunk brings us the latest instalment -- volume 5! Five! -- of the ongoing Britxotica series of compilation LPs. Legendary tastemakers Johnny Trunk and Martin Green cull and round up 16 more obscurities from pre-Beatles Exotica Britain with the emphasis on lively and fun, always. A previously (somewhat shady), forgotten genre of the era it's fair to say. Latin dance, cha-cha flavours and too-excitable-for-loungecore numbers abound; includes a great version of "House Of Bamboo" and plenty of other things of their time -- including a Ted Heath track that introduced classic telly "John Craven's Newsround". My, we are showing our age now.

Papernut Cambridge
Mellotron Phase: Volume 2

An exciting foray into the endless possibilities of music made on a Mellotron or “contemporary tape/disc-based playback instruments.” Who am I even kidding? Papernut Cambridge has made an album that sounds like high-resolution covers of early RPG soundtracks. And that's not a bad thing, if it's your thing. If you liked Mellotron Phase: Volume 1, you'll love Mellotron Phase: Volume 2.

Various
Paradise: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde

Not many people are in the position to release records by their dad but head Bella Union honcho Simon Raymonde had a most unusual childhood. From seeing Scott Walker in his back garden to watching dad on 'Hancock's Half Hour' the boy didn't realise at the time the range and influence of his dad. But now he does and here is a lovingly compiled compilation of dad's best bits from hits with Dusty Springfield and the Walker Brothers to obscurities, unearthed gems and everything in between.   

Various
Speedy Wunderground – Year 3

I hope you don't think I'm ageist when I say I was astonished that Dan Carey is 47. I had him down as a young whippersnapper. It only makes me respect him more for his worth ethic producing all the spontaneous recordings for the likes of Melt Yourself Down, Warmduscher, Flamingods etc etc as we all know when you get to your mid 40's you start to feel very tired indeed. 

Various
The Shildam Hall Tapes

The Shildam Hall Tapes come with a backstory that I haven’t the time to investigate the veracity of, but suffice to say that what is presented here is a set of fragments from multiple artists(?) such as Sproatly Smith, Field Lines Cartographer, The Heartwood Institute, giving off a hauntological kind of vibe. Straightforward CDr or CDr boxset with notes and stickers and badges available.

Various
Hundrum

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Raskovich
Science & Technology

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Margaret Cho & Neil Hamburger
I Drink / How Little Men Care

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Various
MMM050

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The Green Birds
Diapason

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M. Fusciati (G. Iacoucci / M. Vinciguerra)
Urbanistica

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H. Caiage, Amedeo Tommasi
Carnet Turistico

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I Marc 4
Candy / Roman Blow Up

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Adrian Crowley, Detour, Hulk, Various
Various split 10

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Hampshire & Foat
Nightshade

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Various
Fractures

Fractures is a collection of new material from artists like The Rowan Amber Mill and The British Space Group, who have immersed themselves in the hauntological-pastoral vibes of 1973. Published as 2 different hand-made editions, a Night and a Dawn version, which include badges and stickers and the like. 104 copies of each out there! On A Year In The Country.

Piero Umiliani
Studio Umiliani

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Rocchi-Godi-Chiarosi
Pop-Paraphrenia.....

Rocchi-Godi-Chiarosi are an Italian Library music group whose work is seeing reissue, thanks to the well-informed people of Sonore Music Editions. Pop Paraphrenia… is a wonderful slab of jazz-funk numbers, all with a nice loungey vibe. As well suited to early 1970’s Italian TV shows as to solo listening on your turntable. 500 copies of this 180g vinyl reissue.
  • Vinyl LP (SME 15)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Alessandro Alessandroni
Lost & Found

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Teisco
Tuscan Castle And Country Seat

Italian library music is full of strange treasures, but here’s one that particularly stands out. Tuscan Castle and Country Seat, put together in 1978 for a TV documentary by the young composer Teisco, is full of psychedelic electronics and krauty guitars and rhythms, assembled in ways that seem far too attention-grabbing for background music. Replica reissue on The Roundtable.

Enzo Scoppa & Cicci Santucci
Mirage

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Piero Piccioni
Al Cinema Con Piero Piccioni

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Piero Umiliani
Al Cinema Con Piero Umiliani

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Sexedelic
Sexedelic

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Raymond Scott / Various
The Portofino Variations

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Captain Maurice Seddon
The Seddon Tapes - Volume 1

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Lorad Group
Sul Tempo

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Agnes Obel
Late Night Tales

The latest night tale comes courtesy of haunting Danish folk-pop composer Agnes Obel. Her selections prove comparable with her own material - generally quiet, reflective and poetic. There’s Lee Hazlewood’s spoken-word narrative on ‘The Nights’, the pioneering Greek artist Lena Platonos’ spectacular examination of androgyny ‘Bloody Shadows from Afar’, a rendition of the much-loved Bulgarian women’s choir piece ‘Pilantze Pee’, Nina Simone and a great deal more.

Lamartine
Reportage

A truly lost work here from an Italian library music composer known as Lamartine. Reportage has never previously been released (not only a little bit), which is a great shame when you hear how compellingly inquisitive it sounds. 1970’s synth experimentalism, somewhere between the regions of GRM and komische. On Finders Keepers.

Various
Esterno Giorno D'Estate

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Don Harper
Cold Worlds (Gate)

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Luke Rhinehart & Sputnik Weazel
The Dice Man Speaks

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Brown Acid: The First Trip

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Spiritual Jazz 5: The World

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Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

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Fawlty Towers
Second Sitting

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Gino Conte
Nell'Anno della Luna

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Fabio Fabor
B81 - Ballabili Anni 70

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G.Coscia - Formini
B85 - Ballabili Anni 70

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Pop Ambient 2014

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Eric Siday
The Ultra Sonic Perception

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KPM 1000 - Afro Rock

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Flight of The Conchords
Flight Of The Conchords

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Suzanne Ciani / Clone
Logo Presentation Reel 1985 (Instrumentals) / Octabred

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