November 27, 2007

Pyrymyd Schemes

Good luck finding any background information on this group. Music whiz that I am, and even I don't know much about Pyrymyd except that they're a funk/rock outfit from the early 80's that released this rare gem at the turn of the decade. A quick search on Google rarely returns any additional info; I don't even know the names of any of the band memebers.

What I do know, though, is that you'll want to check this groovy dish out. Stand-out tracks include "I'm Yours Forever" and "Mr. Music Man". I also know that most retail outlets no longer carry this album, so you'll have a tough time tracking one down. (download)

November 23, 2007

Scoop It Up

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! If you celebrate it, that is. If not, I hope everyone had a happy...Thursday. Meh.

I've got almost six dozen TeleMusic LP's in the stash, maybe I'll post them all one day. Maybe you can send me naked photos of yourself. Today I'm feelin' a little generous though (blame it on the cranberry sauce). Friday's entry is 1976's Mondial Scoop, helmed by the great Michel Gonet. A lot of the LP's content is easy listening, but tracks such as "Red Sunset" are just plain gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that I -- err, my friend sampled a tune for the instrumental "Home...?". Mondial Scoop is the second in a series of three successive LP's that Gonet produced for TeleMusic (TV News and Phasing News, Volume 1 being the other two). As for Scoop, well, GrooveCollector is selling a copy for a few euros but I'm sure you'll be able to find it someplace else. LOLZ! (download)

November 20, 2007


Guess who's bizz-ack...sorry about the hiatus folks, just got caught up with final exams. Final exams suck.

Anyway, my next entry comes from the famed KPM 1000 series of library music. KPM 1084, Mediterranean Intrigue & Martenot, was released in 1971 and composers Neil Ardley and John Leach pretty much do their thing. Not as exciting as the some of the many other KPM 1000 records (like 1980's Technology and Movement or 1974's Jingles, both of which I may post someday), but its jazzy flutes and pianos make for an enjoyable listen; you'll find a few electronic-esque tracks on here as well, such as Leach's "Allegro for Martenot". Neil Ardley also collaborated with composers Don Rendell and Ian Carr for Greek Variations & Other Aegean Exercises (Columbia, 1969), another flute/piano-driven jazz sandwich. Haven't turned one up on eBay, but HipWax may still have a copy for a decent price. (download)

November 2, 2007

(Double) Diamonds Are Forever

I friggin' love If. Anyone who knows me knows this. If you're a fan of prog rock, you should definitely check them out. If tends to incorporate jazz elements in their songs, so I guess they'd fall under the "jazz rock" category as well. I'll more than likely be posting more albums from this British band in the future.

By the time 1973's Double Diamond was released, founder/saxist/flutist Dick Morrissey had scrapped the original line-up and enlisted all new members. As a result, reactions on the album were mixed and a lot of people didn't care for their new direction. Whatever! I, for one, enjoy the record; I even have a, ahem, close friend (LOL) that incorporated one of the songs from Double Diamond into an instrumental called "The Chute". From bouncy to laid-back to quirky, this record may not be the best entry in If's discography but it certainly is worth a listen. Good luck getting your hands on it, but you can click HERE to try finding it on eBay. (download)

November 1, 2007

Summer Dreamin'

This is my first blog post. It took me forever to start one, seeing how I hate the word "blog". Blog. It makes my head hurt. I hate the word "blog" almost as much as I hate "Mind Of Mencia", potato salad, and MySpace rappers. I mean, I like blogs and everything...just not the word "blog". Still with me? Good.

Anyway, you like music? Me too. The LP shown above, Summer Dreams, was released by Italian composer Carlo Savina in 1979. If you're lucky, you may be able to track down a copy...I found one in mint condition on eBay with a starting bid of $50. Quick! Bid on it HERE before it's too late...or not. (download)