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  • Vinyl (18 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tummy Touch
  • ASIN: B000SSDDBW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Exclusive Blend
2. Studio 69
3. Work Out
4. Rock Mountain Run About
5. Beat Me ‘Til I’m Blue’
6. Roving Reporter
7. Senior Thump
8. Tap Footer
9. Teenage Travelogue
10. Teenage Ton Up
11. Delivery Date
12. A Touch Of Nonsense
13. Man On The Move
14. The Mexican DJ
15. Debsville
16. Red Square Stomp

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The album you are holding right now is without doubt the King of all library albums, it is a living legend, it is The Big Beat. Not a big beat, but THE Big Beat. Oh yes. Composed by the undisputed heavyweight champions of the genre, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, and until now only available to vinyl junkies with the deepest of pockets it represents everything that is great and good about the music, the musicians and even the fiendish record collectors that make up the shadowy world of Library Music. You could safely assume that an album made up of incredible Hammond organ playing, a really fat horn section, fuzz guitar solos and drum breaks would deliver the goods but this album does so much more than that. Just one listen to tracks like Beat Me Till Im Blue or Senior Thump and youll know you are in the presence of something far greater than the sum of its parts. And when those parts are described as Pounding, Thumping, Rocking and Pulsating, you had better be prepared from a musical man handling thatll have you smiling well in to retirement.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F. Collins on 9 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This showcases the compositions and arrangements of two library music heavyweights from 1969 - the legendary Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield. Mansfield provides six of the sixteen tracks here and kicks off in fine style with 'Exclusive Blend' a tremendously infectious mix of stabbing brass, meandering organ riffs and a cascade of drums and tom toms that will have you tapping away instantly. Hawkshaw then follows up with a tune that should be familiar to Dave Allen fans as 'Studio 69' was used as the theme on his comedy show in the 1970s. Again, Hammond organ and fat brass sections are to the fore in typical Hawkshaw jazz stylings and a brass hook that's complimented by more organ riffs and great rhythms. Fab.

Hawkshaw then provides a series of jazzy compositions that evoke subterranean late 60s nightclubs, all cigarette smoke and bizarre rotating oil lamp things that threw very psychedelic patterns on many a club wall. They show off Hawkshaw's mastery of the Hammond with 'Work Out', 'Rocky Mountain Runabout' and 'Beat Me 'Til I'm Blue'(a particular highlight) all now regarded as Hawkshaw classics with that unmistakable mix of brass, Hammond and fuzzy guitars. 'Roving Reporter' is just so incredibly groovy and funky and again shows off Hawkshaw's skillful playing and arranging.

Mansfield rejoins the album with 'Teenage Travelogue' which is much more laid back and loungey if you like that kind of thing. Thoroughly pleasant soft jazz picked out with a pulsing organ riff and some lovely persussion it then ascends the heights with a very gorgeous flute section. Quite sublime. 'Teenage Ton Up' is a sort of more up tempo sequel, moves quite fast, still has the breathy flute sections and drives along with an organ riff in the middle.
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