Vinyl (1981-1983) 
Friday, December 8, 2006, 06:18 PM - Music, English, Nederlands
I posted some flexi-discs from the Vinyl magazine.
You may wonder how it looked like.
Well, like this:

You might even wonder how it looked inside, you can download issue 2 as pdf (14MB).
Warning: it is in Dutch, except for the John Cooper Clarke interview and Hamburg article, which are in a kind of English.

Blurt - Mute Records - Minioon - Love of Live Orchestra - John Cooper Clarke - Minny Pops - Reggae - the Gap - das Wesen - Pere Ubu - Signals - Svätsox - Cheap 'n Nasty - Willem de Ridder - Delta 5 - Hamburg

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List of flexi-discs that came with Vinyl:
V01 - Mekanik Kommando
V02 - Minioon - Signal(s)
V03 - Tox Modell - Plus Instruments
V04 - Z'ev - Soviet Sex
V05 - Nasmak - Gulf Pressure Ais
V06 - Planung - T.T.L.
V07 - English Subtitles - Marine
V08 - Minny Pops - Mental
V09 - Virgin Prunes - The Higsons
V10 - Nexda - Pedalenproza
V11 - Cravats - A Flux in 3D
V12 - Eyeless in Gaza - Topdogs?
V13 - Cabaret Voltaire - Tecnoville
V14 - Die Partei - Schleimer K
V15 - Chris and Cosey - Minimal Compact
V16 - Gang of Four - Five or Six
V17 - Theatre of Hate - Puber KristUs
V18 - The Mekons - Gdansk
V19 - Palais Schaumburg - The Danse Society
V20 - David Thomas - Watt
V21 - Thomas Leer - Cocteau Twins
V22 - Fad Gadget - Mecano
V23 - Nasmak - Twice A Man
V24 - Allen Ginsberg - Niew Hip Stilen
V25 - Mark Stewart - Pas de Deux
V26 - The Sound - Ensemble Pittoresque

Does anyone have the flexi(s) of Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four, Theatre of Hate, The Mekons, Thomas Leer, Mark Stewart or The Sound?
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Sy Mann - Switched On Santa! (1970, US, electronic) 
Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 06:33 PM - Music, - US, Fun, English
I know, this lp pops up everywhere these days.
But I digitized it last week, so I share it now. In the Netherlands you don't do any christmas things before 'Sinterklaas' (a Santa Claus look alike), the 6th of December.

Sy Mann did the arrangements, Jean Jacques Perrey the engeneering and the posing on the cover.

Side one:
1 Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer [2:13]
2 Jingle Bells [1:43]
3 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town [2:02]
4 Tijuana Christmas [1:59]
5 My Favorite Things [2:24]
6 The Little Drummer Boy [2:38]

Side two:
1 Christmas Bells [1:51]
2 White Christmas [2:50]
3 Joy To The World [1:04]
4 When Christmas Comes [2:30]
5 Angels We Have Heard On High [1:43]
6 Silent Night [2:07]
7 What Child Is This [2:05]

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Mekanik Kommando - ~~~~~~~ ++/+- (1981, NL, electronic/new wave) 
Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 06:55 PM - Music, - NL, English
Dutch band from Nijmegen. Although I lived in Nijmegen at that time, I managed never to see them. This was a free flexi-disc that came with the first issue of the Dutch modern music magazine 'Vinyl'.

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See also my other Vinyl flexi-discs posts:
Fad Gadget - Untitled (1983, UK, electronic/new wave)
The Danse Society - My heart missed another beat (1982, UK, electronic/gothic)
Chris and Cosey - Night Shift (1982, UK, electronic)
Soviet Sex - Tokyo (1981-1997, NL, electronic/punk rock)
A Flux in 3d - Divide (1982, NL, electronic/new wave)

Signal(s) (1981, NL, new wave) 
Monday, December 4, 2006, 06:00 PM - Music, - NL, English
Flexi from Dutch Vinyl magazine issue 2.
Signal(s) came from the south of the Netherlands (Maastricht, Eindhoven).
The music is, Joy Division like, Doom.

On a French web site they ask 30€ for a copy. Here you can get it for free!

Frank van de Tillaard: vocals, guitar
Hans Nijssen: synthesizer, tapes
Hay Bedaux: bass
Jaques van Erven: drums, vocals, tapes

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Helmut Zacharias - Light my Fire (1971, DE, lounge) 
Saturday, December 2, 2006, 03:28 PM - Music, - DE, Fun, English
Helmut Zacharias is a classical trained German violinist, orchestral leader and arranger. On this lp he assaults some well known pop songs.
I knew him from the wonderful Ultra-Lounge on the Rocks cd samplers and a few days ago I saw this lp for 5€ and I couldn't resist buying it.
Most of these tunes are also available on his cd Respect 1968 Capitol. On previous link you listen to fragments.

Side one:
1 Light my fire (The Doors)
2 Baby love (The Supremes)
3 Little green apples (Bobby Russell)
4 Those were the days (Mary Hopkin)
5 Ob-la-di ob-la-da (The Beatles)
6 Naturally stoned (Avante Garde, James Bond theme)

Side two:
1 Respect (Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin)
2 The house that Jack built (Aretha Franklin)
3 Step inside love (Cilla Black, Lennon-McCartney)
4 I say a little prayer (Burt Bacharach)
5 Brown eyed woman (Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil)
6 Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)

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Cabaret Voltaire - Seconds too late (1980, UK, electronic/new wave) 
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Eric Swan - Jingle Encore (FR, electronic/library music) 
Monday, November 27, 2006, 10:05 PM - Music, - FR, English
Once you arrive at library music you are lost.
Library music is produced to be used in radio and television shows that cannot afford their own composer. It came out on lp's and was never available for the public. The lp's were bought by broadcast companies and stood in the library, waiting...
Until the libraries were cleaned up and all the lp's came on second hand markets.
Luke Vibert made a nice collection of this kind of music in his Nuggets-cd series. And Barry 7 with the Connectors series did too.
Well known library music makers are Roger Roger, Nino Nardini and Cecil Leuter(=Roger Roger).
Here I post an unknown lp from the French Mondiophone label. I could not discover when it was made, but I think early 70's, because Popcorn is used as a reference. These are all jingles, not background music. And all 24 have different versions with different lengths from 2 to 30 seconds.
Most interesting is side two where a synthesizer was used to produce the jingles.

The names of the tunes are a description of the kind of music. This made it easier to choose from. The titles are translated from French.

Side one:
01 - Amaible gavotte
02 - Lightly amusing
03 - Lightly amusing
04 - Light polka
05 - Mini moto perpetuo
06 - Little march, delicate and rustic
07 - Lullaby in 3/4 time
08 - Rural 3/4 (with birds) (without birds)
09 - Comical miscelaneous
10 - Nursery music with soft flutes
11 - Barrel organ waltz
12 - Barrel organ march

Side two:
13 - style Pop corn
14 - Lento grotesque
15 - style Pop corn with gimmicks
16 - Comical slow march
17 - style Pop corn
18 - Fast staccato 6/8 with a whimsical flavour
19 - Mechanical 3/4
20 - Nonchalant with jew's harp effect
21 - Mechanical 2/4 with gimmicks
22 - Medium tempo with gimmicks
23 - Gallopade with gimmicks
24 - Leisurely ramble

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(download links may not work with translated pages, for downloading go to the original site)
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