Thursday, April 14, 2011


Track 1 - Next Episode / Richard Demaria
Track 2 - Turkish Delight / Epstein & Kraman
Track 3 - Pathetic Motion / Eddie Warner
Track 4 - Intimations / Midas Touch
Track 5 - Frantique / Roger Roger
Track 6 - Xylophagus / Eddie Warner
Track 7 - The Bungler / Boneschi Electronic Combo
Track 8 - Soft Bossa / Nino Nardini
Track 9 - Cleopatra / Georges Teperino
Track 10 - Electronic Track 10 / Peter Bonello
Track 11 - Electrostalactites / Anthony King
Track 12 - Telex / Eddie Warner
Track 13 - Bumbling Along / Nino Nardini
Track 14 - Xylo Spleen / Eddie Warner
Track 15 - Chunnel Boogie / Anthony King
Track 16 - Icebreaker / Nino Nardini
Track 17 - Bacarolle / Heinz Funk Electronic Combo 
Track 18 - Syncopated Motion / Eddie Warner
Track 19 - Electronic Track 15 / Cecil Leuter
Track 20 - Strange Love Action / Johanna Group
Track 21 - Electra-Loo / Fred Weinberg
Track 22 - Zouche Drums 3 / David Holland
Track 23 - Electronic Track 12 / Cecil Leuter
Track 24 - Pots And Pans / A.King & J.Matthews
Track 25 - Sundown / Jack Arel & Pierre Dutour
Track 26 - Chromatickles / Eddie Warner
Track 27 - On The Air / Eddie Warner
Track 28 - Tropical / Nino Nardini

Here is what the liner notes say -

"Library Music, also known as Production Music: music made specifically for use in T.V, film and radio worldwide, is often thought of as bland background music. This album tells a different story and displays how a particular convergence of circumstances led to the creation of some of the most unusual and exploratory music ever made.

Back in the 70's a dispute in Britain concerning the Musicians Union meant that France became the centre of the Library Music scene. With France's receptivity to the avante-garde, its long time love of jazz and the ready availability of outstanding musicians, plus the advent of new technology, it's not surprising that the resultant music was of a decidedly experimental nature. It is surprising that despite being issued in quantities as little as 200 this music is still being played 30 years later and still sounds remarkable for its spontaneity, invention and sheer ahead of its time funkiness.

Much of the music on this album was made at the Genaro studios, near Paris, France, by three men; Roger Roger, Nino Nardini and Eddie Warner ( aka Cecil Leuter, Peter Bonello and Georges Teperino ). Working deep into the night in their amazing underground studio, using home made synths, distorted harpsichords, drums through moogs, spaced out percussion and funked up bass, they...created a new kind of electronic funk. But it's not all funk, there are also such oddities as the bizarre vocal excursion that is "Turkish Delight", the space age lounge music of Heinz Funk and his Electronic Combo, the 'folk concrete' of The Johanna Group's "Strange Love Action" and classic tracks such as "Sundown" by the great Jack Arel.

Months were spent searching through dusty boxes, listening to old vinyl, travelling to Paris to interview relatives of the musicians and scouring the libraries of Chappell, PIL ( Peer International Library ), Southern and the legendary - and highly sought after IM ( L'illustration Musicale ) to bring you what we believe to be the finest collection of Library Music yet released. Certain people will be irate that this 'secret' music is now available but it's far too good to be the preserve of a privileged few. Listen and marvel at how the music of yesteryear sounds like the music of tomorrow."

Well, that pretty much sums it up. Interestingly when I bought this CD it actually came with the wood panel style cover you see below. I have also included the artwork which features on the insert which shows off the various records these tracks are taken from. I hope you enjoy this.


Mike said...


Just sent you the Bruton album; pass is: FunkyFrolic

Mr. Craig said...

Thanks heaps for that! I'm listening to it now. Just got to get 05, 06, 10 and 11 and then I'll have the whole BRK series.

aceha1 said...

Wow man... just wow.

Javier said...

Awesome! I think the first track was sampled by MF DOOM, sounds very familiar. Thanks man.

verge said...

this fackin rocks man, thanks! I don't recognize that first joint as being a DOOM sample but I guess maybe he's done some i might not have heard yet.

iggy said...

Very cool. Thanks so much for these classics.