“Italian soundtracks from the late 60s to mid 70s are practically a genre to themselves and have long been a treasure trove for those who seek unique jazzy psychedelic beats. The Psych Jazzy Beat of I Marc 4, features the music of one of the top recording quartets of Italian soundtracks, I Marc 4. The members of this quartet all came from a jazz background and originally grouped together in the mid-60s with the purpose of supporting various high profile vocalists. The backing band to the most admired composers of the ’70s, from Ennio Morricone to Piero Umiliani, I Marc 4 had a unique “Italian soundtrack” style. I Marc 4 recorded several albums on their Nelson label between 1970 and 1976, featuring Antonello Vannucchi‘s incredible use of his Hammond C3, Roberto Podio‘s kicking rhythm section, and the legendary Maurizio Maiorana on bass, not to forget the real soul of the band, their guitar player, Carlo Pes. In the late 60s they moved on to being soundtrack composers whose instrumental works would then be collected and released on LPs. Psychedelic rock, soul jazz, brassy Herb Alpert style numbers, spacey exotic lounge music, goofy country funk, proto-progressive rock are the easily recognizable genres coexisting in this retrospective of one of the most hidden treasures of the Italian psych-jazz scene.”
Hmmm… You certenly know something ’bout 60’s instros but this Arf! collection gathered some real wyld & weird sides. That means fuzzz, feedback, backmasking, acid and other psychedelic effects to warp your mind. Comparing to ”Buzz Buzz Buzzzzzz” instro comps, this one is more on psych/lounge side ’67-’69 stuff. Anyways there are some ’66 ”b-sides” as feedback drenched Oxford Circle”Mind Destruction”, Vaqueros ”69”, Dantes ‘’80-06”, The Executioners ”I Want The Rain”… Question Mark [& Mysterians] ”Hang In” is actually instro cover of The Squires “Going All The Way” but my favorite trax are The Mussies ”12 O’clock, July” a great garage-fuzz rip-off the Link Wray’s ”Jack the Ripper”, fuzzed-out ”Ballot Bachs” by The Shades, psychedelizied Pinocchio & His Puppets ”Fusion”, The American Dream ”Tioga”, Front Office ”Wow” it’s really Wah-Wah alright! Then Hal Blaine ”Love In (December)”, The Arrows [Davie Allan] ‘‘Make Love Not War” and three cuts from ”Astro-Sounds: From Beyond the Year 2000” Lp by 101 Strings.
All trax were transferred from original records and rare 45’s so I have to do some cleaning that means… Sound check by Mr.Eliminator [himself] = Real Cool. Dig!!!
The California Poppy Pickers were one of several relatively anonymous studio projects assembled by Alshire label head Al Sherman to record budget-priced copycat LPs of ’60’s pop hits. Virtually all of the groups in question — Fats and the Chessmen, Los Norte Americanos, and the Bakersfield Five, among them — were helmed by producer and songwriter Gary Paxton, best-known for composing the novelty smash “The Monster Mash.” In 1965, Paxton founded his own Hollywood recording studio, assembling a session crew and the group released three 1969 LPs — Sounds of ’69, Hair/Aquarius, and Today’s Chart Busters comprised primarily of covers and thinly-veiled rewrites. [Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide]
‘Sounds of ’69’ is solid exploito album with some cool fuzz instros as Bun Buster, Happy Organ, Do Ya, Do Ya and Wipe Out ’69 [included in Surfadelic “The Hell Surfers” soundtrack] and unfortunately few lame shitty vocal tunes as horrible cover of Blowin’ In The Wind and Why Don’t We Do It In The Road.
The Projection Company lp is another 60’s exploatation slab that includes involvement of famous studio musician Jerry Cole and his crew. Some songs featured on this album are alternate versions of tracks found on his project “The inner sound of the ID” originally recorded for RCA records [Boil The Kettle, Wild Times, Don’t Think Twice]. Here you got some fine psych/lounge instrumental trax as Kimeaa, Our Man Hendrix, Tune Out Of Place, What Else…
This is basically songs by a session man Jerry Cole and The Stingers under different titles, and guitars are maybe a go-go but certainly ain’t psychedelic. Although issued in ’67, ”Psychedellic Guitars” [notice double ‘L’] is actually ’64 ”Guitars A Go Go” Lp, and More Psychedellic Guitars is actually ’66 ”A Go Go Guitars” Lp with different trax order and titles. And yeah! There’s also ’69 Electric Firebirds ”Dance Party Time” Lp simmilar to More Psychedellic Guitars. It’s a bit confusing and misleading but that’s the way with many exploatation albums. Anyways, don’t worry everything’s here. Cool surf/lounge instro stuff, vinyl rips, Dig!!!
Mirza is da man. Check this crazy latin [Salsa, Rumba, Batucada] renditions of Fab 4’s classic tunes done by the cream of London’s top session musicians. If ya love The Beatles you gonna love them more, if you hate ’em well… who knows? Perfect lounge stuff for drunken parties. Cheers!
Streakers! Streaking! Streak!
Continuing the story of 70’s Euro funk, here’s superfine ’74 ”streaking” funky slab by French composer, arranger and conductor Jean-Claude Pelletier and his orchestra. You could hear ”Special Streaking” on Funky Flea comp., and now you can taste entire lp of cool funky instro/lounge dedicated to runnin’ nude maniacs. Hello Streakers!
Interesting non official, custom made compilation [by Space Debris] of rare 60’s & 70’s lounge, latino & funky grooves by Euro acts as Chakachas, Chicken Curry & His Pop Percussion Orchestra, 101 Strings, Chocolat’s, Nico Gomez, André Brasseur, Brasil Tropical Sound, Francis Lai, Jean-Claude Pelletier, The Chinese Fighters, The Manzanilla Sound… Sound check by Surfadelic. Cool & Sexy, Dig!
Even more 60’s organ sounds at Surfadelic. Alberto Baldan is an italian musician and movie’s soundtrack composer and this is his rare ’64 debut slab. What you see on cover you’ll gonna get. Later on in 70’s he made some cool soundracks for exploatation flicks as ’74 ”L’amica Di Mia Madre” and ’76 ”Lingua d’Argento” but that’s another story.
Truman Thomas is American keyboardist who have collaborated with Jackie Wilson, Aretha Fanklin, Isley Brothers and King Curtis in 60’s and 70’s. This here is his sole ’67 lp with funky organ covers of R&B hits by Otis Redding, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett … Groovie… Dig!!!
More instro/lounge from Studio One label. The Harry Beatinger Formation shows some interesting surf influeces on trax as Steeple Chase. Rolling Along or Guitar Market. Check ’em out! Dig!!!
Cool rare organ-lounge/mod jazz lp on Studio one, UK library label, primarily consisting of music composed by German composers. Have no info on exact date of recording [supposed to be from 60’s] and know nothing about George King and Joe Corney, but album sounds fine enough for Surfadelic. You got ‘happy beat’, ‘swing waltz’, happy samba’, ‘medium beat’, ‘fox trot’, ‘fast swing’, ‘beat’ and ‘happy russian’ tempos, and tune entitled ”Gay Play” [don’t know what they mean, but it’s cool anyway]. Happy organ pop sounds in Super Panoramic Stereo, Dig !!!