John Keating Incorporated - Hits in Hi-Fi 1 (1974, UK, lounge) 
Friday, May 25, 2007, 02:54 PM - Music, - UK, English
"The songs are all from the 70's and are performed entirely (with the exception of the rhythm section) on electronic keyboard instruments, some of which at the time of recording were prototypes."
(from the sleeve notes)

They forgot to mention the electric fuzz and wah-wah guitars.
Amongst the keyboards that were used are ARP Odyssey, Davolisint, VCS 3, Farfisa Syntorchestra, Freeman String Synthesizer and Mellotron 400.
The players were John Keating himself and Francis Monkman of Curved Air.
Despite all of this, it still remains middle of the road music. Although well produced, often used as demo record for hi-fi stereo equipment. Engineered by Peter Vince.



Side one:
1 Love's theme
2 Touch me in the morning
3 You are the sunshine of my life
4 Eye level
5 Dreaming

Side two:
1 Never never gonna give you up
2 You're so vain
3 The show must go on
4 Vadi via
5 Where you lead

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No posts this weekend 
Friday, May 18, 2007, 06:37 AM - Personal, English
I'm in Wroclaw, Poland, at the 12th International Media Art Biennale WRO 07.



I'll try continue posting next Tuesday.
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Gabor Szabo - Nightflight (1976, HU/US, smooth jazz) 
Thursday, May 10, 2007, 03:36 PM - Music, - HU, - US, English
Jazz purists hate this record. They have problems with soul and disco producer Bunndino Siggalucci (Bunny Sigler). I think it's his best album. Beautiful sound, relaxing tunes and excellent guitar playing. Never released on cd; shame!
Music to crash by...



Side one:
1 Concorde (Nightflight) [6:48]
2 Funny Face [3:04]
3 Baby Rattle Snake [6:50]
4 Theme for Gabor [4:31]

Side two:
1 Keep Smilin' [7:25]
2 Every Minute Counts [6:50]
3 Smooth Sailin' [6:47]

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This is Gabor Szabo's "Concorde (Nightflight)", recorded for the Club Date TV program in 1977 and included as part of Carlos Santana's video "Influences":



And another great song, Breezin from the High Contrast album, on YouTube. Same session.

This is Gabor Szabo performing "The Biz" at the Budapest Hilton Hotel in 1978 during a visit back to his native land. The original version of this song by Bobby Lyle appears on the Szabo's 1977 album, Faces. This performance was broadcast on Hungarian television in 1978. What synthesizer is played here?


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MX-80 Sound - O Type (1980, US, industrial rock) 
Friday, May 4, 2007, 12:32 AM - Music, - US, English
The best rock band I've never seen.
An 8'20" instrumental version of O Type can be found on the cd Das Love Boat.
This 7" version is split in two parts, with vocals. On Ralph records.
You can watch MX-80 on YouTube:
15 Laffs (1992 live, Bottom of the Hill, SF)
(It's a) FatAss World (1992 live, Bottom of the Hill, SF)
We're An American Band (2005, Grand Funk cover)


I cannot find this movie on IMDb


O Type (pt.1) [3:34]
O Type (pt.2) [4:51]

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UPDATE:
I knew it existed, but could never get my hands on it: a Ralph Records video with MX-80 Sound. Thanks to Monsieurblabla it is available on YouTube: Why Are We Here.



And I left my heart in San Francisco thanks to dumbydumberton
See also O-Type: The Hounds of Spring.

Recipe for downloading YouTube video's (on windows):
- Use Firefox
- Install Greasemonkey add-on
- Install Download YouTube Video script in Greasemonkey add-on
- 'Download this Video' appears in YouTube below the video, click on it and save with .flv extension
- Convert it to whatever you like (I use PAL VCD) with WinFF (based on ffmpeg), use 4:3 Aspect Ratio
- Play with VLC media player
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Passage - About Time (1979, UK, new wave/electronic) 
Thursday, May 3, 2007, 09:30 PM - Music, - UK, English
Last weeks, a couple of 7"s were lying near my turntable, but I could not bring myself to rip them. Every time I stumbled upon a library or other odd lp.
Finally, here is the first one: the second concept single of Passage, About Time, you can say that. It took them about a year to release this after the first one, New Love Songs (which I posted in October last year). The music is a bit like the early Cure and the Monochrome Set. Produced by David Cunningham, who formed and led the Flying Lizards.



Side 1:
Sixteen Hours / Time Delay [7:02]

Side A:
Taking My Time [2:42]
Clock Paradox [2:29]

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Brandenburg Big Band - Classics in Rhythm (1971, DE, popular classic) 
Saturday, April 28, 2007, 01:04 PM - Music, - DE, English
Helmut Brandenburg was conductor of the Rias-Tanzorchester around 1971. Rias stands for Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor. Under the name of Brandenburg Big Band they made this popular classic album, in a kind of Ekseption/Waldo de Los Rios style, with additional use of some electronics.



Side one:
1 Hallelujah aus dem Messias (Händel)
2 Largo aus dem Cembalo-Konzert Nr. 5 f-moll (Bach)
3 Habanera aus Carmen (Bizet)
4 cis moll Sonate (Mondschein, Beethoven)
5 Alla Turka (türkischer March, Mozart)
6 Sinfonie in g-moll, 1. Satz (Mozart)

Side two:
1 Toccata und Fuge in d-moll (Bach)
2 Sinfonie in c-moll, 1. Satz (Beethoven)
3 Zigeunertanz aus Carmen (Bizet)
4 Schwanensee (Tschaikowsky)
5 4. Sinfonie, 1. Satz (Brahms)
6 Beat At The Philharmonic (Xanten-Sekura)

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Swing Family - Music Force (1985, FR, disco/fusion) 
Saturday, April 21, 2007, 02:20 PM - Music, - FR, English
Swing Family is library music artist Sauveur Mallia on Bass, EMU, DX7, MSQ 700, Sequential Circuit, Mini Moog and Oberheim, accompanied by three wind instrument players. The music actually is company movie background music. I bought it for the cover (the price was also cheap).



Side one:
1 Exorcistor [4:05]
2 Greewich Boulevard [3:55]
3 Music Force [4:35]
4 Mission Africa [4:54]

Side two:
1 Musical Stars [3:13]
2 Gentleman & Musician [3:23]
3 Film Action [3:10]
4 Episode Double [5:06]
5 Fatal Lady [3:41]

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