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FictionOfColours

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Your all time favorite library records?
« on: February 02, 2019, 10:49:47 AM »
Yes I know this is probably a tough one, but I'm curious as to what you consider, after all this hunting and building such impressive collections, to be the best of the best. I can't say i've heard a huge amount in comparison to some of the rest of you, but i've heard quite a bit in my time, and I've managed to form a rough top 14 below [no particular order]:

Serge Bulot / Les légendes de Brocéliande (1981)
   
Joel Vandroogenbroeck / Open Air Impressions (1980)
   
Pierre Dutour / Aquarius (1982)
   
Paul Williams / Aquarius (1987)
   
Various Artists / Fusion (Omnimusic, 1986)
   
Gérard Gésina / Planant (1982)
   
Geoff Bastow / Tomorrow's World (1982)
   
Eric Vann / Water World (1982)
   
Cecil Leuter / Altitude 3000 (1985)
   
Joel Vandroogenbroeck / Meditations Vol.1 (1980)

Alan Shearer / Dark is the Colour (1985)

Alan Shearer / Mines de Son (1986)

Milan Pilar & Marc Monsen / Above and About - Scenic Moods and Meditations (1989)

Sven Torstenson / Sky Odyssey (1987)


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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2019, 01:15:18 PM »
Thanks for such a juicy inquiry! And thanks for your list! There's a couple I should check and a couple I should definitely get back to!

I couldn't give this too much time, so I picked a a bunch of heavy rotating titles I've never got bored of. Then I quickly picked top 10 of them.
Below them are the rest, many of them could be in my top en as well. And being quick I probably forgot as many candidates.

Marco Melchiori / A. Riccardo Luciani - Aspetti Della Natura
Various - Hypothese (MP 2000)
The Machines - Electronic Music
Nino Nardini - Jungle Obssession
Arsen Gedik - Dreamland
Bernard Fevre - Cosmos 2043
Fabio Fabor - Aquarium
Giancarlo Barigozzi & Fabio Fabor - Synthetronics
Eric Vann - Water World
Piero Umiliani ‎- Temi Descrittivi Per Piccolo Complesso

Paride Miglioli - Moog's Imaginations
Fabio Fabor - Melos E Psiche
Anthony Mawer - Keyboard Harmony
Anthony Mawer - Summer Style / More Summer Style
A. Riccardo Luciani - Eau Mer Profondeur
Marcello Giombini - Mondial Folk Synthesizer III
Orchestra Bruno Fogliani - Musica Per Sognare
Ricky Starbuster - Arcal Music Library
P. Willsher & K. Chesher - Electroshake
Catamo - Aria Di Paese
Harley Toberman - Thoughts In Time
Nino Nardini - Nature - Nocturne
Roger Roger / Nino Nardini - Animals' Christmas
Roger Roger - Melodies With A Beat
Dany Marchetti - Vol 2
F.Bonfanti, G.Barigozzi - Vele Sul Mare
John Scott - Lifes Ritual
Daniel Humair & Jean-Charles Capon ‎- Apocalypse
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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2019, 07:02:01 PM »
Question of a lifetime!! ;D

But actually, this is a fantastic idea for a thread, thanks for starting it! Both lists posted have more than a few titles I've never heard before. Really, what better way to discover new library music than conversing with other fans? Just give me ten thousand years or so, and I'll decide what my favorites are...  ::)

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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2019, 07:39:27 PM »
Interesting choices Roope! A handful I've also heard in there, like Water World. I'll have to look into some of those unfamiliar ones as well.

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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2019, 10:12:46 PM »
My favourite :
A :
Alessandro Alessandroni Orchestra - 1973 -  A Trip Around The World ( LPS 613)
Alessandro Alessandroni ‎– 1974 -  Spontaneous (RCA SP 10055)
Amedeo Tommasi ‎– 1970 - Zodiac (Canopo ‎– CNP 0056 )
Angelo Baroncini, Bruno Battisti D'Amario, Franco Tamponi ‎– 1968  Musica Di Movimento N°1 (Cooper Records ‎– CP. 226 )
Astral Sounds ‎– 1982 - Teletext (Rouge Music Ltd. ‎– RMS/LP 136)
Alessandro Blonksteiner ‎– 1976 - Rhythm And Moog - N. 1 ( CAM ‎– CML 113 )
Arawak ‎– 1970 - Accadde A.......(Squirrel Records ‎– SQLP 20014 )
A. Santisteban ‎–  1975 Spanish Moog (CAM ‎– CML 089)
Alex Serra - 1973 - Continenente Mediterraneo (Iller srl ‎– IL 8)
 A. Alessandroni & R. De Filippi - 1974   ‎– Vacanze (SR Records  ‎– SR-ST 142 )
and B : ...............................

joelfan71

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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2019, 10:23:56 PM »
Simon Park - The King and the Clown - RMSLP 104

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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2019, 06:36:47 PM »
Not a definitive list as I'm just writing these as they come off the top of my head.

Another piece of evidence that there is no correlation between number of issues, views etc. and quality:

The Revelations – Help! (1971)
https://www.discogs.com/The-Revelations-The-Revelations/master/719065
That wonderful mix of softness and funkiness so often heard at the dawn of the 1970s, with a very deep atmosphere, and immaculate performance.

LP / CD reissue here:
http://www.ishtar.it/wp/the-revelations-the-revelations/

Also note two remixes as 7":
http://www.ishtar.it/wp/the-revelations-soul-111-lively-gerardo-frisina-reworks/

Budapest Radio Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra ‎– Colours In Rhythm Volume 8 (1978)
https://www.discogs.com/Budapest-Radio-Orchestra-Polish-Radio-Orchestra-Colours-In-Rhythm-Volume-8/release/1306926
Sounds from behind the Iron Curtain, hence it sounds a little fallen out of time with its deeply moody, psychedelic qualities.

Narassa - Viaggio Pop N. 1 (1973)
https://www.discogs.com/Narassa-Viaggio-Pop-N-1/release/5859765
I'm a little more into the Easy realm, but this is very solid nonetheless and has that "funky coolness factor", so a lot of folks must be lusting for this one.

Das Orchester Heinz Kissling [sic] - Young Sound (1969)
https://www.discogs.com/Das-Orchester-Heinz-Kissling-Young-Sound/master/1352938

Sandro Brugnolini & Stefano Torossi - Feelings (1974)
https://www.discogs.com/Jay-Richford-Gary-Stevan-Feelings/release/3768386
See https://www.discogs.com/J-Richford-And-G-Stevan-Feelings/release/2408483 for artist info

The Rainbow-Orchestra - Wonderland of Sound (1974)
https://www.discogs.com/The-Rainbow-Orchestra-Wonderland-Of-Sound/release/2283003
The curious hyphenated name in all likelihood stems from the fact that it we use a hyphen in Germany for compound words.
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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2019, 06:48:05 PM »
My 'all-time best of' list sort of shifts depending on mood, temperature and moon phase, but it definitely contains Janko Nilovic's "Rythmes contemporains" at any given time.

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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2019, 09:50:34 AM »
My top 10

Feelings - Torossi
Trip around the World - Alessandroni
Today's Sound - Umiliani
Big Beat - Ingman
Afro Rock - Cameron
Big Beat vol 1 - Hawkshaw
Big Beat vol 2 - Moorhouse
Afro Rock - Vecchio
Spontaneous - Alessandroni
Overground - Brugnolini

But It's impossible to made a real Choice


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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2020, 10:49:23 PM »
Alan Tew - Drama Suite Part 2 - Themes International TIM 1025
Alain Goraguer - La Planète Sauvage (Bande Sonore Originale)
Brian Bennett - Nature watch - Bruton BRN 19
Geoff Bastow - The AV Conception Album Vol. 1 - Sonoton SON 256
Geoff Bastow / Trevor Bastow / Alan Hawkshaw - Industry 14 - Rainbow Warrior - Music House MHI 14
Marc Chantereau & Pierre-Alain Dahan - Synthesis 2 - Tele Music TM 3082
Underwater - Beauty And Danger (Walt Rockman) - Sonoton SCD 064
VA - Ambient - Music House MHA 22
VA - Ethereal - Atmosphere - Atmosphere ATMOS 015
VA - Vistas - Parry Music PML 152
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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2020, 11:30:31 PM »
Pretty basic list, now that I write it down--but here's my top 12, with 2 honorable mentions:

-Prisma Sonoro - Alessandro Alessandroni
-"Faralla" - Alessndro Alessandroni
-Open Air Parade - Alessandro Alessandroni & Giovanni Tommaso
-Nel Mondo Del Lavoro - Rino De Filippi
-Tempo Sospeso - Bruno Nicolai
-Voix - Egisto Macchi
-Citta Notte - Egisto Macchi
-Genti E Paesi Del Mondo - Piero Umiliani
-Pop Impressions - Janko Nilovic
-Rythmes Contemporains - Janko Nilovic
-Mindbender - Stringtronics
-Voices In Harmony - John Cameron & Keith Mansfield

-Le Coeur En Fete - Andre Popp
(technically not a library--but a gateway record for me into similarly sounding music, and I love it dearly.)

-Inner Space - Sven Libaek
(soundtrack, but another Ur-record of the library sound for me. All those mallets and Libaek's jazzy sound drive me crazy.)

Besides heavily favoring Italians, I guess my taste breaks into two (maybe three) sound camps. One is the lush orchestral pop that Alessandroni nails--and that others like Nilovic get at from a brass-ier direction. Especially, I go weak whenever a harp, bell, or other plucky sound gets perfectly integrated with strings or wordless vocals. The second camp is the more abstract classical style of Macchi and others. I like more fleshed out compositions with a sense of melody, ambience, mystery.

I'm a bit prejudiced against electronic instruments in library albums--anything to where I really start to notice. I wonder if maybe I'll come around eventually since, objectively, I enjoy a lot of it. But...the color just isn't there, and it isn't the sound of "Library" to me. Does anyone feel similarly? (or the opposite?).

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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2020, 02:59:19 AM »

-Voices In Harmony - John Cameron & Keith Mansfield

... wordless vocals.


That's the ticket. I'm with you on this here. The rest is good too, of course, but... ;)
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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2020, 05:24:01 AM »
I'm not sure if this thread is the place for this, but it's a single track; not a full release, so I thought it would go here. Correct me if I'm wrong. But it's definitely a favorite of mine.

I recently found Keith Mansfield's 80s version of his own classic "Funky Fanfare." It's from "Future Perspective" (KPM 1277), and it's called "Brain Damage (B)" on that album. Maybe you guys know it already, but I was pleasantly surprised. There's nothing more 80s than this, and it's a fun track:

https://mega.nz/file/4NIl3a5C#a-Y3-vKEXpK66WnaWyjk55ohXhC3qL1zBsg-MTR6yQ8

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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2020, 05:24:21 PM »
That "Funky Fanfare" track in the previous post just had the chord changes. This one has the Funky Fanfare melody line too. It's "Brain Damage (A)":

https://mega.nz/file/NYxzjZgY#7TTHd2uTcvslyzmCzuYMsplAU8diejac9fO_ANH4vW8
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FictionOfColours

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Re: Your all time favorite library records?
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2020, 11:38:59 PM »
That's a good track!

Rummyraisin, I would suggest you check out some Paul Williams for good synthy library. Very vibrant but ambient and mysterious stuff, particularly with his brilliant "Sunken Cathedral" and the Aquarius album for Parry! And maybe some Joel Vandroogenbroeck/VDB Joel: Water World, Meditation.

Also hear David Snell's 'Harp' album for Bruton if you want REALLY gentle, calming harp. 'Vite Petite Fille' is one of the sweetest library tunes I know.

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