Thursday, 20 January 2011

IL BOOM - SOUNDTRACK (CAM/DURIUM 1963) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve

Beautiful soundtrack work from Piero Piccioni – an early score, but filled with the kind of weird, offbeat sounds that have always made him a genius! There's a bit of a link here – between earlier Italian scoring, ala Nino Rota, and some of the later, modder sounds of Piccioni's late 60s generation – a really cool blend that comes through in the way the horns play with the rhythms, and the organ has a strange, almost outer-space sort of quality! One number has a cool batucada feel, and the whole thing's got a brilliant Italian cinematic quality – a true under-discovered gem from the great Piccioni...
World premiere Cd release of a rare soundtrack of Piero Piccioni!
This soundtrack from CAM may be pressed only around 500 copies at that time.
So, it must be there are many people dreamt of this CD release.
A wonderful scat, beautiful melody, and a great jazzy and big band arranged Samba Della Ruota.[onlyscore]

BALLADS - THE GIFT OF LOVE (Venture/MGM 1969) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve + 9 bonus

Venture label formed in late 1967 by MGM as an outlet for their soul acts. The label was run by former Motown A&R director William "Mickey" Stevenson with help from many other Motown exiles - the company was based in Los Angeles.
The Ballads - after their Venture output failed to sell MGM dropped them from their roster - the group returned home and continued to issue the occasional single on the local Boola-Boola label where started their career.
Ballads are:John Palmer, Rico Thompson, Nate Ramerson & Leslie Palmer

Sorry guys I couldn't find more information for this group...the album is a mega rarity & it's quite interesting...
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!!!

BILL WITHERS - JUST AS I AM (SUSSEX 1971) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve

Organic, funky, folky, soulful, and an absolute monument of soul music. Much of this material will be familiar to all but the most ignorant listener - "Everybody's Talkin'" has been covered by basically everybody, "Let It Be" is a Beatles cover, and "Ain't No Sunshine" is possibly Withers' most famous original song (competing with "Just The Two Of Us" and "Lovely Day"). Even "Grandma's Hands" was sampled on Blackstreet's "No Diggity". Steven Stills and Booker T Jones support, but Withers makes sure he's truly the star by crafting an album that, at its best, is as intimate and personal as the likes of Pink Moon. "Hope She'll Be Happier" is the understated peak, though it's hard to pick favourites on an album as complete as this. The only slip comes with "Everybody's Talkin'", which is given a funky treatment to bring it in line with the rest of the album. Here, it doesn't work. Elsewhere, however, Withers displays a sound that 40 years later remains all his own. A remarkable album![sputnikmusic]