Friday, December 26, 2014

Gianni E I Suoi Solisti (Gianni Mazza)-Musica Del Mare-SMAG 05 Magma 197? Another Magma Grail!

   This one translates to Music of The Sea, which in some ways is very true of the overall sound of the record but don't mix it up there are still some very heavy funk prog jams to be had here.  All the songs are by Gianni Mazza, V. De Scalzi, L.Lagorio, & M.Catalano.  The First two jams are beautiful soaring piano & synth songs with no drums but are still very awesome indeed.  Then comes "Riding" which is funk prog all the way, heavy & funky first part and beautiful prog chords on second part.  This is immediately followed by my personal favorite, "Volo E Vela" man just so heavy when that synth shredding comes in, ouch!  Some chill beats on,"Giardini" & "Ritorno" Also to note is the dark prog beats of, "Liguria" with its amazing  chorus vocals throughout.   Another amazing record in the Magma SMAG catalog and insanely rare!  Check the 2 songs and Trades excepted. Chris

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gianni E I Suoi Solisti (Gianni Mazza & Friends) -"Musiche Di Immagini"-SMAG 04-Magma Holy Grail Italo Prog, Disco Library!

   One of the most mythical and obsure italian labels you can find, Magma SMAG series.  You can read more about the label here.  Apparently they released these 7 records with a library appeal accompanied by a generic cover.  Funny enough the writer for that website writes off these releases as lightweight instrumental pop, not to hate on ones taste but a very misguided critique I think, haha.  I was lucky enough to pick up 3 of these records, where I will shed some light and sound for other collectors out there as when I was searching, yeah, there was minimal.
  First off is this one, which I consider my favorite of the three.  I guess these records are directed or curated by Gianni Mazza, who I consider just a god damn genius having killed it on the Fly and Roman Record Company records, which are also some of the rarest and mythical italian librarys out there.  check his discography here.   All songs on side A are credited to Zauli/Tierrit except "Drums Explosion" which is credited to Flavio Scogna.  Zauli I'm guessing is Franco Zauli who is part of the King Zerand awesomeness.  Interesting enough my buddy Spaziale turned me on to the fact that "Drums Explosion" was also released as a very sought after Cosmic Disco 7 in  and "Popsy" & "EOE" also here.  EOE is a very islandy happy driving song with vocals chanting EOE.  The next two songs are where it's at, "Ritratto Di Un Viso" with its unbelievable cosmic porno groove, I love everything about this song.  "Drums Explosion" is incredible with its dry build and then layering all the cosmic synth and percussion as it goes.  "Carillon" has a slow piano groove with oohs and ahs vocals, very nice.  "Popsy" is similar to EOE in its sound but with some added synth.  Then comes the 24 minute epic prog, funk disco epic, " Pavana" by G.Biso which occupies the entire side B.  I personally broke the jam up into 9 parts because it helps me just focus on the parts I like.  The recording is very 70's prog perfection with drums changing beats and tempo all the time, soaring synths and organ solos galore.  My favorite being when the beat slows down to an epic cosmic acid trip on what I call Parts 6 & 8.
  The exact number of copies of these SMAG series records are unknown to me but I would guess between 100 & 200 maybe less considering I've seen so few come up for sale.  Enjoy these 3 jams ripped from my personal collection and as always rip trades accepted, here TRADES Chris Tillotson

Monday, December 1, 2014

Luciano Fineschi-High Fever RCA SP 10067-----1977 Italian Jazz Funk Masterpiece My Rip @320K

   What an amazing record this guy is!  This is the RCA promo only version of April Orchestra RCA Presente Vol.14 pressed in apparently 200 copies only as well as the other RCA SP 10000 series.

   It starts off so strong with, "Challenge" with it's pumped up bass and drums and is that Sergio Farina on the lead guitar, sure sounds like it.  It's followed by "Penthouse" a very psyched out romp of phaser and strings.  To me it doesn't start back up till side B with "Fundamental Low" a perfect soundtrack to an olympics television highlight reel of the 70's.  That's followed by, "High Fever" just a fat and funky classic.  "Bubbles" is obviously the best track here, I mean I thought this record was good up until this point but when this thing came on, I was floored.  Total Psyched out funky perfection and it just gets better as the song goes on, building up perfectly and then falling apart again.   This is followed by "General Market" which although has a pretty weak first 15 seconds turns into a perfect jazz funk track full of amazing bass, drums horns and sax.

   As I said before this record is much more easily obtained on the April Orchestra Label for much cheaper as well, though with a different cover and perhaps pressing quality.  So check out the discogs availability and prices for both here Discogs   and enjoy my rip @320K    GET IT HERE!   Chris

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

King Zerand (Robbiani,Zauli,Gade,Bonfanti,Chaplin,Licrate)-Vol.1- LPA 43 Magic Records 197? Holy Grail Italian Funk Disco!

  These heavy hitters definitely came ready to slay on this one.  At least 4 essential funk disco tracks to explore, but really every song is a winner.  Not unlike Research Of Sound or Alberto Baldan Bembo's UST 86, these songs have to be sat with for a while to really hear their full potential.  You get the classic girl scat vocals throughout, incredibly perfect drumming and the random synth accent.  Obviously the highlight is "Candy Floss"  I mean jesus christ this song is incredible.  Also, "Night Song", "Love And Love", "Blue Magnolia" are gems beyond comprehension.  There are more King Zerand Orchestra volumes worth seeking, so please do.  Enjoy the soundclips for the time being until you can score your own copy!  As always trades are accepted , check the trade list here, Trades!!!!! And check current discogs prices here Discogs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My live DJ set at the world famous Rendezvous Library and Soundtrack night! Nov.2014

Was kindly asked to come and DJ another set at Rendezvous last friday, the record release party for Death Waltz's "Lizard in A Woman's Skin" Ennio Morricone  record.  Recorded to tape from original vinyl.  Some max rare Italian and French Library and Soundtracks I haven't posted here yet so check it out!  Place was packed, glad to see so many people in LA are down to hang out and jam Library And Soundtrack Music all night, haha!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Puccio Roelens "Research Of Sound" SML 102 Edipan 1976 Italian Holy Grail Library finally in High Stereo Quality!

   Which is better, Research Of Sound or Rock Satellite?  I guess you fall into either one or the other.  For me this is the one!  From start to finish you get the most insane jazz funk songwriting ever!  I still hear new things every time I jam it, it's just impossible to grasp the scope of what goes down on this thing in 1 listen.  Also, the closest record I can think of that comes close to eclipsing Stefano Torossi's, "Feelings" (Seperate debate on which one is better).  Every time you think you heard what each song has to offer it breaks into something even more incredible than the previous minute.  The obvious choice of best song is "A Silliness Song" just absolute perfection, with it's beautiful strings and crazy horns and rhythm guitars throughout, does it really get better than this.  Maybe it does cause, "Intimate Conversation" & "The Road of Sadness" are right up there.  Many of you are familiar with this record but if you listen to the last share it was sadly in mono and if it's gonna be shared for everyone than it should be done properly!  This one is mega rare and worth every penny you spend on it and belongs in any serious collectors collection.  I don't even have to ask you to please enjoy cause how can you not! My rip @320K  GET IT HERE!             Chris Tillotson

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Piero Piccioni "In Viaggio Con Papa" General Music GM 30704 1983 Jazz Funk Masterpiece!

   Been jamming this one tons lately.  I honestly had no idea this was issued on vinyl until I saw it a couple years back.  I've really been diggin these early 80's jazz funk library/OST's lately and this one is a top notch contender, it's got that perfectly clear early 80's recording quality and the ever so cheesy sax solos that either you love or hate, haha.  I would never think this was Piccioni if I heard it, so unlike his 70's outings.  There are so many killer jams on here, it's unreal, try not to shit  your pants when you listen to "Detours" that little synth run throughout is crazy and the pounding of "Foresta PT.2" as well as the weird shredding of "Fuga A Quattro Vortici"  This one is mega rare, only seen it a total of 3 times so be quick cause I know some people that are on the lookout!  Enjoy my rip From my personal collection @320K  GET IT HERE!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Group Meeting AKA Marcabru (Luigi & Rino De Filippi)-"Daybreak"-SP 10062 RCA 1976 Jazz Funk Grail!

  Just one of my favorite records to listen to by Marcabru an alias for Luig De Filippi, son of Rino De Filippi.  This one is credited to Luigi solely on SIAE database but most likely done with his father Rino from the sounds of it.  You really can listen to this from start to finish and oh god let me tell you it is rare and pretty impossible to find.  It has that proggy jazz feel that the Filippis  utilizes on most of their beat driven records like the wildcat and pound release.  First we start with the title track "Daybreak" just amazing and beautiful mid tempo awesomeness, crazy melodys abound.  Next we get, "Gleaming" with that up tempo jazz funk sound ever so popular in the mid late 70's, with just the right amount of synth coming in half way through.  "Hermitage" comes off right away sounding like a sophisticated yes.  Next we get the banger "Fancy" just perfection, cray bassline and sax solo with that flat and perfect Filippi drum sound, AHHH, so good!  "Consortship" sounds like Filippi totally going for a yes melody and one of the most Filippi sounding songs on the record, totally essential good vibes.  Then the B side, man if you thought the A side was dope the B side is even better.  "Racer" is unbelievable melodic and proggy.  "Glide" is golden funk"  "Afield" is back to that melodic Filippi good vibes style.  "Loose" is by far my favorite jam on here, and perhaps top 5 Filippi jams, that crazy technical jazzy piano riff and the insane drumming, whoah.  Last song of note is, "Meek" the most chilled out and stony jam on here, shit what were they smoking in Italy back then, damn!
  To say I enjoy this record is an understatement, next time it hits the market don't sleep and better go big cause it's not everday you see this bad boy.  Enjoy the soundclips and if you don't don't mind a low quality sound it is on youtube in its entirety but if you can, trust me seek out the vinyl it's so worth it!  Chris Tillotson                             TRADE HERE!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Raskovich & Various-Visioni-SM 5017 Monte Carlo 197?

    I was always so curious about this one, from the fact that Sorgini was involved and also that insanely dope record cover so I thought I would share a review on it with soundclips for all you fellow collectors out there.  You'll now have more info than I had going into this purchase.  The weird thing is that all the Raskovich songs on here, mainly the whole side B are not good at all, haha, The real gems are from the other composers like, Zoffoli, Matrisciano, and Palmatau.  "Impressioni Suggestive Nocturne" is a tripped out psychotic floater with super dope tape delay throughout.  "Puma Sax"is a melodic synth driven jam with driving drum machine, I love it.  "Visione Fantastica" is a chilled out synth driven song also with drum machine, very beautiful!  So check out the soundclips and you decide if this obscure and rare as hell record is worth your money.
Chris Tillotson        MP3 Trades Here!

Sven Libaek "My Thing" PIL 9006 Peer International 1970

      It's so hard to choose a favorite Sven Libaek record but this one is probably mine.  First off it has "Misty Canyon" which many have heard if not for the comps it's been on.  This song came on during an acid trip of mine as I was watching the trees turn into giants and I will never forget it as long as I live, that groove, those chords and that tumbling brass line, Holy SHit!  This record is worth the ridiculous price tag for that song alone but wait there's more.  You have "Sydney Revisited" with it's insanely good sax & vibes, literally, haha!  Also, "Soul Thing" is just classic and the dark and beautiful "Winds of Fall Creek" that should instantly give you goosebumps, sooooo good!  Just a great early 70's library from an incredible 70's musician on the Incredibly collectible label, Peer.  And are those arms coming out of her chest on the cover, very trippy!  Enjoy this rip @320K from my personal collection.  Chris Tillotson        GET IT HERE!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

L.Afzelius "Pop Spectrum" LPSG 3001 Studio G 1976 Cosmic Psych Classic!

  So yeah here's one of my favorite library's from the British library label, Studio G.  Complete with fantasticly cheesy 70's cover art these 14 songs are just full of great cosmic pop sounds.  L.Afzelius is an alias for Tim Kross who also released a bunch for JW.   For a bit of information of Studio G catalog numbers there are 4 series with 12 releases in each series.  For the most part the best stuff is found on 1 & 2 of each series with the exception of the 4th series which has nice releases throughout.  So enjoy this very fun record from my personal collection ripped at 320K.  Chris     GET IT HERE!   BUY IT HERE!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rendezvous Library And Soundtrack DJ Event Los Angeles California

So for anyone that lives in Los Angeles, you should be aware of this amazing night that goes down every second Friday of the month at the Hyperion Tavern.  Some very important people in the scene have performed here like the Finders Keepers guys and Death Waltz guys and local collectors such as Marcellus Wallace & Heru Avenger.  Everyone involved is very passionate about the music and movies and easily approachable if you want to nerd out on record collecting or whatever.  As you can see from the flyer they even had me come and DJ, someone with zero experience as a DJ, haha.  It usually starts at 9:30 and goes till 2:00 AM with a special guest and resident DJ sets while they screen about 3 to 4 horror and erotica movies from the 70's & 80's.  So come out every month and listen to rare records get spun and suport one of the only nights that recognizes our passion, I'll be there for sure.  Check out the soundcloud channel to hear some great DJ sets
My DJ set should be up in the next couple weeks if you're interested

Picture taken after Marcellus Wallace's amazing set, From Left to Right: Heru Avenger(Local musician,DJ and collector of all things awesome) DJ AM (Musician and american library obsessor) Marcellus Wallace(Do you really need an introduction) Carlos Rossi (Death Waltz Records and horror afficianado) (Me (local record collecting dumbass) DJ Alfonso(the man behind the magic) See you there, Chris Tillotson

Monday, July 28, 2014

Claudio Valle & Gianni Fallabrino "Music Line N.1 & N.2" Audial 001 & 002 197? Unknown Italian Library Grail!

One of my favorite librarys ever and ever so essential on the mega obscrue Italian Library, Audial.  I don't know shit about this label except that it contains this double LP full of beautiful beat driven dark prog and baroque style awesomeness!  The first LP is composed by Claudio Valle who I've heard a couple of things from before that are also amazing like his Music Scene release and his Usignolo release.  The second LP is by Gianni Fallabrino and is in very much the same style as Valle's offering.  Pretty much every song starts out mellow followed by epic drum pounding middle sections.  The way Valle lays synth over all his compositions is what sets him apart from other Baroque dudes in my opinion, but you also get all the other goodies, harpsichord, fuzz, and great chord changes.  While there are no obvious bangers on this one, Fallabrino's song on C1 is about as close as it gets to one. If you like these 2 songs then make sure you pick this up next time it hits the market cause all 20 songs are in the same vein and just as good., so enjoy a couple songs of this one.  Trades will be considered of course.  Check Pics, soundclip and youtube.  Thanks Chris

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Claudio Tallino & Alessandro Blonksteiner "Calamo" OST 1976-Aris ANL 4008

   One of my favorite Italian OST's on the incredibly rare label Aris by Claudio Tallino and directed by Alessandro Blonksteiner (Apocalypse Domani).  I guess all of the ANL 4000 series records were soundtracks to soft sex type movies.  Although I have never seen this movie, the trailer makes it out to be an erotic thriller which looks amazing.
    As for the music, it is just filled with everything I'm looking for, it's dark, fuzzy, funky and definitely trippy.  Although every jam is great, there are 3 absolutely incredible jams.  The first one being, "Lone Stepbrother" which just has the most incredible bass lines ever.  Then "Journey To Nowhere",which I broke up into 2 parts here for my listening pleasure, with it's fuzzy freakouts and organ swirls.  "Smoke Gets In Your Head" is just a banger, absolute perfection!  The album ends with the incredible evil prog jam "The End" which I also seperated into 2 parts, with its sinister vocals and fuzz guitars galore.  It's not often this thing comes up on the market so if you find it, jump on it.  Enjoy my rip from my personal collection @320K.
Thanks, Chris                      GET IT HERE!