Tag Archives: Themes International Music

madeline bell at themes international music

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Madeline Bell, Alan Parker c.s. in 1976, for Parker’s Themes International library label … just reissued on (Dutton) Vocalion (CDSML 8473, 2011). The sleeve’s nicked off Millie Jackson‘s It Hurts So Good(Spring 1973), actually. Album’s got the tracks with Bell vocals, and without.

morris hawk



The previous post featured music by Alan Hawkshaw recorded for the Themes International Music library; he also composed and recorded for Bruton, KPM and perhaps a few other labels. More famously, he masterminded the Mohawks (of “Champ” fame) around 1968, changed the sound of the Shadows between 1968 and 1972, and acted as a musical director,  arranger and session musician for Serge Gainsbourg – e.g. on SG‘s masterpiece albumsHistoire de Melody Nelson(Philips 1971-03-24) and L’homme À Tête De Chou (Philips 1976-11-18).
http://www.alanhawkshaw.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Hawkshaw
http://www.ukpopmusic.org/alan_hawkshaw/index.html
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/rpmshout-exd.asp?id=3066
http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Mohawks-The-Champ-1968
http://funky16corners.blogspot.com/2006/03/mohawks-ride-your-pony_03.html

hawkshaw & libaek

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Sooo rich and sensual, so many ideas so well executed … “High diver” by Alan Hawkshaw (more on him in the next post) first appeared on the New Bloodv/a lp (Themes International Music, TIM 1002, 1973) and has recently been compiled on Dramatic Funk Themes Vol. 1 v/a (Show Up, cat. no. 02, 2008) and (Music Track From The Picture) ‘Black Dynamite’ v/a (Wax Poetics, WPR 008, 2009). “Solar flares” is the title track of Sven Libaek’s ultimate masterpiece (Peer 1974), which has recently been reissued by Vadim and Votary (fans of Marc Moulin’s Placebo take note). The track is also featured on Barry 7’s Connectorsv/a (Lo, cat. no. 25, 2001).
http://myspace.com/svenlibaek
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sven_Libaek
http://www.vadimmusic.com/fiche.php?id=283
http://www.votarydisk.com/record.php?recordID=36
http://www.trunkrecords.com/turntable/inner_space.shtml
http://idiophonics.blogspot.com/2009/09/liner-notes-solar-flares-sven-libaek.html