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french cosmic machinery

It’s da bombue! The Cosmic Machine – A Voyage Across French Cosmic And Electronic Avantgarde (1970-1980) v/a cd or 2lp+cd on Because (released 2013-10-14) boasts twenty tracks on either format, two of which previously unreleased (by Bernard Fèvre and by DVWB = Daniel Vangarde & Wally Badarou). Sleeve by Philippe Druillet, music selected by Uncle O, who’s already compiled the Shaolin Soul series, and there’s a 12″ with a Prins Thomas remix too. Hecque, even Serge is on board! Interviews via http://wadmag.com/words/files/uncle-o-cosmic-machine/ and http://www.90bpm.net/2013/10/cosmic-machineuncle-o-itw/ and http://www.lemouv.fr/diffusion-cosmic-machine and see also http://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/cosmic-machine-la-compil-des-pionniers-de-lelectro-made-in-france-143505 and http://www.franceinter.fr/blog-loreille-en-pointe-cosmic-machine-la-compile-retro-futuriste-made-in-france & whatever comes next!

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sunny symphony

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Nissan selling its Sunny car in France back in 1991 by way of Bobby Hebb‘s classic song – first recorded by Miko Hierota for Toshiba in 1966. Full commercial via http://www.ina.fr/pub/automobile-et-transport/video/PUB3784157113/nissan-sunny-automobile-5-portes.fr.html … more Sunnyvia http://uzine.posterous.com/sunny-marva-0 … The version below is by Screen (1968), off the Beatmeisjesv/a cd compiled by Frank Dam & Marthy Coumans, issued for free with the Beatmeisjes (1963-1969)book by Frank Dam (ISBN 90-204-0563-2), published by LJ Veen in 2002. More recently, Dam has organised the Beatfilmfilm festival …

vivat vadim & viva nilovic

Sadly, the Vadim label seems to be in trouble. They’re selling out their catalogue at destock discount prices (hurry), they’ve closed their blog, and they’ve put their site to sleep. Hopefully Vadim will reawaken reinvigorated! By way of praise & support, here’s a number of tracks by Janko Nilovic, an artist most championed by Vadim (in France and by Cosmic Sounds in the UK) via eight or more releases, viz. Funky Tramway(with Mad Unity in 1975 / reissued 2011), Psyc Impressions(1969 / 2011), Soul Impressions(1975 / 2011), Last Impressions(compilation, 2007), Vocal Impressions(with Dave Sucky in 1971 / 2006), Chorus(1974 / 2006), Rythmes Contemporains(1974 / 2010),Paris Pop Galaxy(remixed by Eric Caspar, Pulp Flavor 2002) and I’m sure I’m forgetting some. Most of Nilovic’s work was produced for les éditions Montparnasse 2000 of course. Personal favourites include:

  • “Aérospatial” (1971?)
  • “Atchika boum” (1971)
  • “Improvisations pour deux voix” (1971)
  • “Black Swan Lake” (1975)

Vadim

bobby boyd

Ladies & gentlemen, the much overrated Bobby Boyd, as reissued by the otherwise excellent Vadim. And I’m not dissin’ that wonderful label here, nor the mighty Lafayette Afro Rock Band who would evolve out of the Bobby Boyd Congress … I’m just saying that, bar a handful of tracks, these two rare hence overhyped Bobby Boyd albums are actually quite average bar a few highlights:
1971: http://www.vadimmusic.com/fiche.php?id=458
1976: http://www.vadimmusic.com/fiche.php?id=473
Even so, “Straight ahead” by Bobby Boyd Congress (1971) is a funk monster featuring Diana Olverton, Frank Abel, Bobby Boyd, Jerry Joe Beatty, Ronnie Buttacavoli, Arthur Grayson Young, Lawrence Jones, Laffeyette Hudson and Perry Smith, and their “Dig deep in your soul” is cool too. “Happy hooker” (1976) was written by Harvey Fuqua for the Nite-Liters in 1973 with Xaviera Hollander‘s 1971 bestseller in mind, I’m sure, while the album also sports a a fine Tim Hardin cover with How can we hang on to a dream(1976).

cane & able

= on French tv in 1971, at the Sacha Show hosted by Sacha Distel

Cane and Able were one of the many groups that came out of the collective surrounding the Lafayette Afro Rock Band in the early seventies” (author unknown, quoted all over the internet). Amazingly, Frank Abel is missing from the line up – one’d have thought the band’s name was a pun on his family name. Anyhoo, the band recorded two lp’s: “[Cane And Able]” (AKT 1972) and Relating A Message To You(Epic 1972), both via CBS France. They’re uneven albums but Who’s gonna take the weightand “Stoned groove” are deluxe. Sadly, the latter’s not online. So, what with le Tour approaching, how about this here Michel Fugain cover instead eh? Well, apart from the idea to approach translating Une belle histoire(1972) as “Be free”, there’s nothing much original about it. Still: régalez-vous!


beefheart’s dust sucker of a bat chain puller

= 1980 French tv (“Chorus”) … 2012-02-22: Vaulternative / Zappa records have finally released the original 1976 “Bat Chain Puller” album by Captain Beefheart. Officially. It’s outrageously expensive but it sounds much, much better than the unofficial “Dust Sucker” release by the Ozit leeches, said to contain the 1976 recordings as well, well … The title track’s rhythm is said to be based on the sound of Don Van Vliet’s Volvo car’s windscreen wipers. And the blues, of course. Webcore, webcore.
http://www.zappa.com/
http://thewire.co.uk/articles/8171/
http://www.zappa.com/whatsnew/
http://www.spaceritual.net/tractor/ozit.htm
http://www.spaceritual.net/tractor/cb2.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_Chain_Puller
http://www.beefheart.com/datharp/albums/boots/bcp.htm
http://www.beefheart.com/datharp/albums/official/sbbcp.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiny_Beast_(Bat_Chain_Puller)
http://www.beefheart.com/datharp/albums/boots/dustsucker.htm
http://barfkoswill.shop.musictoday.com/Dept.aspx?cp=971_54317
http://www.beefheart.com/datharp/albums/official/batchainpuller.htm
http://www.discogs.com/Captain-Beefheart-Bat-Chain-Puller/release/3431255
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Beefheart#Bongo_Fury_to_Bat_Chain_Puller
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/dec/21/lost-captain-beefheart-album-bat-chain-puller
http://www.msopr.com/press-releases/zappa-family-trusts-vaulternative-records-to-release-captain-beefhearts-original-bat-chain-puller-album/

Beefbonus: Vliet phases Letterman!

monsieur frog jean-yves labat

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Utopia‘s Jean-Yves Labat recorded his proggy eh froggy solo lp for Bearsville as M. Frog in 1973-05 with Todd Rundgren, John Holbrook, John Simon, June Millington, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Paul Butterfield and many more … it’s finally out on cd via Edsel (2012-02, EDSS 1064) on a split cd with Roger Powell‘s “Air Pocket” (Bearsville 1980).
http://theseconddisc.com/2012/02/29/the-road-to-utopia-m-frog-and-roger-powell-of-rundgrens-classic-band-reissued/
http://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk/Product.aspx?ProductID=5961
http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/thebookofseth/labat-m-frog
http://theband.hiof.no/albums/labat.html