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4.0 out of 5 stars The KPM Music Library / KPM All-Stars Live, 27 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Music For Dancefloors: The KPM Music Library (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Originally released in 2000, this is a welcome reissue. Comprising of 20 tracks from KPM's extensive Library catalogue, this deluxe version is accompanied by a second disc featuring live recordings from the KPM All-Stars.

Most of the music is sourced from KPM's famous 1000 Series of the 60s & 70s and there are a few tracks from the Conroy and Sonoton libraries that weren't issued by KPM but they own the licensing rights, hence their inclusion. The KPM 1000 Series consisted of albums of promotional music that were sent out in limited quantities to TV studios and radio stations that would then use any of the music that was suitable for their productions under license from KPM. Featuring distinctive green sleeves (as per the colour used on the cover of this compilation), some of the LPs are now very collectable. In the past 15-20 years the whole library scene has been re-discovered by DJs, crate diggers and hip hop artists due to the sample friendly breaks and beats that sometimes featured on the recordings.

The music on Disc 1 is, as the title implies, very dancefloor friendly and in the main it's a mixture of jazz and funk. Featuring some of the UK's finest session musicians of the time, the musicianship is outstanding and there are loads of killer breaks, beats and grooves. The bass features heavily throughout with plenty of woodwind, brass, keyboards and orchestration too and when listening to these songs you soon realise that some of them were more than good enough to be given a mainstream release.

On the down side, there are three overbearing and repetitive Samba tunes that don't really do it for me at all (and sound totally out of place here) and also a superfluous field recording featuring, as explained in the liner notes, "the intoxicating, atmospheric and incantatory sound of pygmies and percussion"...

The second disc features live recordings from the KPM All-Stars' debut gig at the London Jazz Cafe in April 2000. Led by Alan 'The Hawk' Hawkshaw on Hammond organ and comprising of original and contemporary KPM musicians, it also features guest-spots from some of the finest composers of the UK Library scene including Keith Mansfield, John Cameron, Ron Goodwin, James Clarke and Johnny Pearson. Unexpectedly, the musicianship is flawless and a good time is clearly had by all. It concludes with a superb UK sports theme medley featuring the themes from The Big Match, BBC Wimbledon Tennis, BBC Athletics and Grandstand. Their Live at the Jazz Cafe recording from October 2006 is also worth checking out.

Housed in a gatefold cardboard sleeve with a combined playing time 1 hour & 40 minutes and featuring extensive liner notes, this will appeal to fans of library music and jazz & funk.
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