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Strain Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List - Volume 1 (France)

You’ll probably know what the Nurse With Wound list is if you’ve taken even a passing interest in experimental music over the past few decades, but once more for good luck: Compiled by the three original members of the group (Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill, and Heman Pathak) back in the 70's, the list runs to hundreds of artists and has since become an encyclopedia for fans of the musical avant-garde. Now, more than four decades since the first version of the list emerged, Nurse With Wound mainstay Stapleton has got together a compilation based around it. Strain Crack & Break features a baker’s dozen of pieces composed by some of the list’s French entries. Igor Wakhévitch, Jacques Thollot and the late Pierre Henry are among Strain Crack & Break’s tracklist. Out through Finders Keepers.

Miquela
I A De Sars

I A De Sars is the first and only record by Occitan artist Miquela. It is a little known album from 1978 that mixes acid folk, Braziliana, French Jazz and world music. The Occitan poet, Ives Roqueta, requested that Miquela record the album for his label Ventadorn, which he duly did. Reissue on Finders Keepers.

Graeme Miller & Steve Shill
The Moomins: Winter Wunderland Edition

People of a certain age love the Moomins. It was the quaint Swedish children's television show about a gang of woodland creatures who looked something like hippopotamuses. Weirdly, the evocative, dreamy music was made in Leeds by a couple of punk-era musicians Graeme Miller & Steve Shill and Finders Keepers have already issued the soundtrack on vinyl to the joy of middle-aged dads everywhere. This version is a Winter Wunderland Edition which, without the benefit of further information, we presume is the same soundtrack in more 'wintery' sleeve art.  
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Susan Christie
Paint A Lady

For those of you who like your psychedelic folk tinged with the sandy dirt of country music, then this lost classic is for you. Susan Christie, who once had a minor hit with a song called I Love Onions,  recorded Paint A Lady sometime around 1970, but her label at the time decided in wasn’t commercial enough. Fortunately, Andy Votel got his hands on one of three test pressings and released it on his Finders Keepers label.
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Durul Gence
Black Cat

A 7” vinyl single release of previously unheard demo recordings from Turkish percussionist Durul Gence. ‘Black Cat’ takes up the first side, with ‘Boo Song’ providing the B-side, with both sourced from the man’s own archives. The release follows the untimely demise of Gence’s band, Asia Minor Mission. 
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Suzanne Ciani
Lixiviation


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Jean-Claude Vannier
L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches Alternate Takes

L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches is a cult favourite among fans of avant-garde pop and French concept albums, and it was thought lost until 2005. But now we go even more obscure than that, with some alternate takes from that album’s sessions that were thought to be even more lost until recently! 7” on Finders Keepers.

Suzanne Ciani
Flowers Of Evil

Finders Keepers have managed to dig out an entirely unheard and unreleased Suzanne Ciani piece from 1969: what glory days these are. Flowers Of Evil is inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s famed work of the same name, though he didn’t have a Buchla synthesizers to work with, and Ciani does. Great to be able to hear this piece at last, fifty years on.
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Suzanne Ciani
Buchla Concerts 1975

Suzanne Ciani worked for the Buchla synthesiser company at the time of these live recordings, meaning that she was an absolutely sublime player of this complex system. The material on Buchla Concerts has not been circulated in recorded form before, so this vinyl release on Finders Keepers is something of a revelation.
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Various
Plastic Dance 1

Andy Votel and Doug Shipton have decided to pool their collective expertise to produce a new series of Plastic Dance compilations, This, the first, is jammed to the gills with sharp and funky electro-jams and arty punk types: I am literally dancing in my chair as I write this. On Finders Keepers / Cache Cache.

Serge Gainsbourg & Jean-Claude Vannier
Les Chemins De Katmandou

Here is some very rare Serge Gainsbourg material, previously thought lost in a fire. Les Chemins De Katmandou, put together with key collaborator Jean-Claude Vannier to soundtrack a wild road movie film, is a funky library music adventure that puts a different spin on the maestro Serge’s sound. Found and restored at last for a release on Finders Keepers.
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Zdenek Liska
Ikarie XB-1

Zdeněk Liška was a prolific Czech film score composer. He wrote some 72 film scores over a 31 year period. He is a pioneer of electronic music and advocate of using unusual instruments. His soundtrack to the 1963 Czech sc-fi film Ikarie XB-1 shows him as being a leftfield composer of some merit. Previously unreleased LP on Finders Keepers.
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Guy Skornik
Tusk

This is Guy Skornik’s score to Alejandro Jodorvsky’s film Tusk which was released in 1979, not another complete cover of Fleetwood Mac’s  album, Tusk, which was also released in 1979. This score is synth-driven space-age pop which, at the directors request, is intense and experimental. Features Steve Hillage on guitar. LP on Finders Keepers.
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Luboš Fišer
Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders

Back in 2006 Finders Keepers released the score for Jaromil Jires’ 1970 film Valerie A Týden Divů (translation: Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders). Now, more than a decade on, they’re doing it all again. The film is one of the last and best works of the Czech New Wave, and Lubos Fiser’s eerie music plays a crucial part in conjuring an atmosphere of surreal, folkish horror. His soundtrack is pitched somewhere between Bela Bartok, Bernard Herrmann and mid-century library music.
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Denis Wise
Wize Music

Denis Wise, no, not former Chelsea, Wimbledon, Millwall and reality TV irritant, but the electronic/ambient/ experimental tape pioneer who has worked with Bill Laswell and Gong’s Daevid Allen. Wize Music compiles his work for the first time from his very difficult to find self-pressed LPs to work he contributed to projects with members of the Emerald Web Band. LP on Finders Keepers.
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Popera Cosmic
Les Esclaves

Well looky what Finders Keepers have unearthed now: it's only a super-rare classic French psych album! The original 1969 pressing of Popera Cosmic's only LP 'Les Esclaves' (The Slaves) was deleted long ago and fetches silly money regularly enough on-line. Talking of which, it's probably the first record made to now feature in all 3 of Discogs' Rock, Pop and Classical main genre categories. Although that'll need to be fact checked. Anyway, it's a rock-street-theatre-opera, no less and is more than likely ace and at the very least, interesting.
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Martin Hannett & Steve Hopkins
All Sorts Of Heroes

Pressed for the first time on vinyl this is a lost experiment by legendary Factory producer Martin Hannett and Invisible Girls Steve Hopkins.  Initially soundtracking a short film which never saw the light of day this is a bass heavy piece of cartoon funk/disco which draws parallels with Hannett's work with ESG. Also we are assured that this IS Martin Hannett this time. Hi Ozit Dandelion. 

Suzanne Ciani
Help, Help, The Globolinks!

Oooh! Never-before-released music from Suzanne Ciani, written in 1980 for Gian Carlo Menotti’s children’s opera Help, Help, The Globolinks!. Ciani works her synthesiser into bold shapes that manage to push exciting musical boundaries while still keeping things suitable for the kids. First commercial release, on Finders Keepers.
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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.

Billy Green
Stone: Finders Keepers 10th Anniversary Edition

Stone: Finders Keepers 10th Anniversary Edition presents the soundtrack to the cult-classic biker movie, a set of psychedelic rock jams drenched in reverb, acid, and atmosphere. This anniversary edition of Billy Green’s masterpiece comes with updated liner notes and a beautiful sleeve that incorporates the original Japanese poster design.
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Gökçen Kaynatan
Gökçen Kaynatan

Gökçen Kaynatan is a lesser-known Turkish music mastermind, responsible for changing the way the Turkish industry worked with his studio innovations. As far as his own work goes, he only ever released four 7” singles, but boy what singles; funky experimental electronic rock with an amazing lightness of touch. All gathered together here on this Finders Keepers compilation.

Emma De Angelis
Emma De Angelis

Finders Keepers continue to unroot the finest forgotten tunes. Emma de Angelis was an Italian library composer and musician who created music for TV and film alongside some of the Italian greats; Alessandro Alessandroni, Ennio Morricone and her brothers, Guido and Maurizio de Angelis. These are the only tracks she made before becoming a full time visual artist and they are gems for anyone interested in that Italian ‘70s groove.

Maria Teresa Luciani
Sounds Of The City

Maria Teresa Luciani’s bold electronic album Sounds Of The City, from 1972, is richly deserving of a reissue and some serious attention. Luciani’s array of sound materials and concepts is huge (encompassing tape loops, found sound samples, intuitive and academic approaches, pop and noise) and deeply effective at creating an idiosyncratic sonic world of her own. This rare gem is now reissued by Finders Keepers, hooray!

Nahid Akhtar
I Am Black Beauty

Lollywood film music is occasionally overshadowed by its biggest neighbour, Bollywood. However, straight out of Lollywood’s ‘I Am Black Beauty’ is the films’ soundtrack that has been remastered and released on ‘Finders Keepers’; who have a habit of plucking quality soundtracks out of Asian films and making them even better. Nahid Akhtar’s I Am Black Beauty is available on Vinyl LP.

Daniela Casa
Sovrapposizione Di Immagini

Pioneer of experimental pop music and abstract electronics, Rome born synthesist Daniela Casa is arguably deserved of being a household name. ‘Sovrapposizione Di Immagini’ compiles a diverse selection of previously unavailable instrumental compositions - from nature documentary scores to Italian thrillers - that Casa recorded at her home studio during the late 70s. Initially intended for use in radio, film and TV, but were sadly seldom heard until now, ‘Sovrapposizione Di Immagini’ showcases Daniela Casa’s masterful dexterity for creating some of the best, and most advanced, multi layered compositions. 

Eric Feremans
The Antwerp Killer

Supposedly this is “one of the rarest vinyl horror soundtracks of all time”, so plenty of reason for B-movie / synth-score fans to be excited: you can finally get your hands on The Antwerp Killer! Eric Feremans designed many of the synthesisers used here himself, which explains how he knows how to use them to create precisely the right tense affect. Reissue on Finders Keepers.
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Stefano Marcucci
Tempo Di Demoni, Papi, Angioli, Incensi E Cilici

Crazy stuff right here from a squad of Italy’s ever-productive 70’s library music makers. Tempo Di Demoni, Papi, Angioli, Incensi E Cilici is a mini-rock opera with theatrical psychedelic pop touches and madly demonic themes. This particular work of Stefano Marucci has been badly neglected by posterity, but is now receiving a proper commercial release at last! 10” record on Finders Keepers.
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Gerardo Iacoucci
Le Avventure

Finders Keepers have continued their ever persistent archive digging and come across some italian library gems. Originally released in 1970 across three LPs, Gerardo Iacoucci’s Le Avventure was not so much a mini series but a blueprint for mood music, covering all aspects you can image, from jazz and funk to piano and minimal arrangements.

Graeme Miller & Steve Shill
The Moomins

When I was a child I taped the Moomins Theme tune off the telly and my dad thought I'd written it. The truth was though that it and all the other incidental music from the show was written by two chaps in Leeds. It's a wonderful comforting soundtrack that will take you back to those carefree days of watching telly and playing. And now those nice folks at Finders Keepers have re-issued it so dads can get emotional and play it to their uninterested children. 
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Alan Parker
One Summer

1983’s British TV show One Summer was blessed with a particularly interesting soundtrack produced by Alan Parker, whose session work saw him turning up on Kate Bush and David Bowie records. All sorts of sharp atmospheres here. The whole of his original score (the tracks are very short) is presented on this 7” on Finders Keepers.
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Jean-Bernard Raiteux
Les Demons

Les Demons is an excellent example of the sexually explicit 1970’s nunsploitation B-movie genre, featuring plenty of lewd nudeness and blasphemy, all with that special 70’s sheen. Naturally such a film has a seedy-groovy soundtrack to match, provided by Jean-Bernard Raiteux. A bit porny, a bit spooky, and quite a bit weird, this is a quality soundtrack oddity. LP reissue on Finders Keepers.
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Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera
Magnetic Systems

The trio of Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera share a huge amount of talent between them, being involved in a large amount of the amazing film music that came out of Italy in the 1970’s. The tracks compiled on Magnetic Systems were recorded with the commercial instrumental pop market in mind, and are frankly wild: gaudy synths are everywhere, and the whole thing has has a happy-groovy psych-disco vibe. Out on Finders Keepers.
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Masahiko Sato
Belladonna

It’s another Finders Keepers reissue so you just know it’s gonna be good. And it is. We have here the first-ever reissue of a rarity; Belladonna by Mashahiko Sato which was the soundtrack to a Japanese film on witchcraft. The music is psychedelic, cascading, crashing jazz which sounds like Sun Ra throwing a tantrum. Heavy, percussive stuff and wonderfully reissued in collaboration with Sato himself.     
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Adan Jodorowsky
The Dance Of Reality

Finders Keepers are busily issuing the soundtracks to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s films, and The Dance Of Reality, his first film in decades, released only last year, is soundtracked by his son, Adan Jodorowsky, working in a richly cinematic mode. Director-supervised transfer from the original master tapes.
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Jean-Claude Vannier
L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches

Über-rare in original pressing form (and relatively rare by now in its first Finders Keepers reissue edition), L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches is a cult wonder. Super-fresh sounding French odd-rock / odd-pop from the 1960’s, with the mastermind Jean-Claude Vannier utilising proggish jamming and soaring choral singing to great effect. 10th anniversary Finders Keepers reissue.
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Bruce Ditmas
Yellow Dust

Progressive pop synthesist Bruce Ditmas began life as a teen prodigy jazz drummer in Miami Beach where he was raised until he was relocated to New York where he eventually met up with vocalist Joan La Barbara (later Mrs Morton Subotnick). La Barbara encouraged Ditmas in his experiments in heavy electronic rhythms and the potential of musical technology. ‘Yellow Dust’ is a compilation from Ditmas’s solo Moog/drum albums from 1977 using a Mini-Moog, an Arp 2600 and a variety of other processed, percussion instruments.

Various
Disco Dildar

The fantastic Finders Keepers has dug deep once again, this time into some mighty fine Indian and Pakistani party tunes to create Disco Dildar. It’s funky and plain crazy synth, drum machine tunes in the same vein as those great obscure pop odd-balls such as William Onyeabor or Bruce Haack. It’s bound to sell out fast.

Emerald Web
Whispered Visions

New Age power couple Kat Epple and Bob Stohl named themselves Emerald Web because it sounded cooler than their earth names, and made music on synthesizers to sooth and startle; synth was the centrepiece, but the duo were interested in piling organic instrumentation onto their electronic foundations. 'Whispered Visions' took over three decades to make it onto vinyl, but rest assured, the cosmic vibes remain intact. 
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Jean-Claude Vannier
Electro Rapide

Finders Keepers celebrate hitting 50 releases by going back to their first. As with FKR001 back in 2005, the label’s latest LP is a collection of rarities and exclusives exhumed from the vaults of legendary French songster Jean-Claude Vannier. Electro-Rapide is a set of lush pop orchestrations drawn from the period when Vannier’s star was at its highest point. Even while working with the likes of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Fontaine, Vannier still found time to pen the insouciant Gallic shakes we find on Electro-Rapide. Everyone from Beck to Beach House owe a debt to Vannier.
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