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KPM 1000 - Afro Rock [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (18 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tummy Touch
  • ASIN: B000SSDDD0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heavy Water
  2. Ice Breaker
  3. Solid Satin
  4. Punch Bowl
  5. Frozen Steam
  6. Black Light
  7. Range Rover
  8. Swamp Fever
  9. Safari So Good
  10. Survival
  11. Afro Waltz
  12. Sahara Sunshine
  13. Rocking Rhino
  14. Heat Haze
  15. Afro Metropolis

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Afro and Rock: now thats a pretty good combination any day of the week chez Love Lee but in the masterful hands of John Cameron (founder of ace Brit Prog outfit CCS, composer of the cult sound tracks to Kes and Psycomania, and musical arranger for the likes of Donovan, Hot Chocolate, Heatwave and David Essex) and Alan Parker (erm, he wrote the theme to Angels) (Note to Alan ask John who made his website for him) the juxtaposition of these two words kicks up a boat load more breaks and funky atmospherics than can safely be navigated up the Zambezi, with or without Audrey Hepburn A quick word of warning; if youre the kind of crate digger whos heart misses a beat at phrases like repetitive forceful riffs and aggressive Afro rhythms you had better pre-book an ambulance before slipping this baby in to your compact disc player and dealing with the ensuing onslaught of nasty wah wah guitars, fiery conga work outs, heavy harps (really), spacey electric piano, far out flutes and lots and lots of drums.

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Having finally acquired the long awaited Soundtrack to cult Brit horror "Psychomania" (Number two on my ultimate wish list, right after the De Wolfe music heard in Dawn of the Dead, which was also released on Trunk Records) I was initially disappointed by the murkiness of the production but desperate to hear something, or anything, else by the amazingly funky John Cameron, I had enjoyed listening to the "Kes" soundtrack, but missed the heavy breaks and general eeriness unique to Psychomania, I was thinking it might have been a stylistic oddity in John Cameron's career. Until I found this...

Spacey flutes, heavy breaks, funky strafing basslines, syncopated percussion, all adding up to a uniquely atmospheric funk hybrid which sits right in the middle ground where Lalo Schifrin's Dirty Harry Score meets David Axelrod's Electric Prunes productions. There's even some Dorothy Ashby style harp-playing for good measure, and all produced to a crystal clarity.

Of course the six tracks by Alan Parker that comprise the first "half" of the record deserve more than a mere footnote in this review, all of them bringing more than a fair share of raw funkiness to the table.

I was expecting this release to be quite a fragmented listen but the tracks make up an enjoyably varied but stylistically cohesive whole, the vaguely "afrocentric" percussion really adding colour to the rhythms. With Alan Parker's slightly heavier approach complemented perfectly by John Cameron's more atmospheric take on funk. All in all a first rate record by two extremely talented composers.

(John Cameron includes in his career the arrangements for many Donovan hits including "Jennifer Juniper" and the theme from crimewatch UK, he also formed a prog band called CCS)
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KPM was, and still is, a provider of library music to the media industry. Back in the 70s, many television and film drama directors and producers regularly used their libraries to put temp tracks and permanent scores on the finished product. And many of the tracks were provided by some of the best composers and arrangers in the business at the time. Names like Brian Bennett, Johnny Pearson, Alan Hawkshaw and Nick Ingman are very familiar to library music lovers and they all regularly worked for libraries like KPM, Bruton, Chappell.

Many of the KPM albums are still commanding astonishing prices in the specialist second hand market but if you are up for a bit of research then you can often find some gems on various blogs related to library and other obscure music such as Italian film soundtracks and the albums of Max Bygraves. I kid you not.

Thanks then to independent label, Tummytouch, who have just re-released some of the jewels from the KPM vaults onto CD and vinyl, all spruced up and sounding magnificent.

'Afro Rock' as a title would look to the casual browser in their local music emporium as some sort of politically incorrect throwback to the early 70s - all afro hairdos and 'jungle' drums. Do not let that impression get the merest chance of forming in your mind.

The album is 15 tracks by composers Alan Parker and John Cameron. KPM describes the album as 'hard afro-pop featuring large percussive rhythm section and front line' but that doesn't prepare you for an album of hard funk and jazz, propelled by lots and lots of drums and tom-toms, wah-wah guitars, tremor-like hard bass-lines, some serious strumming on harps and dextrous keyboard work. I never knew harps could be so hot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instrumental Goodness! 11 Dec. 2012
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This album is awesome! I love the old school 70's style mood of the music.

I'm no music coniseur but I can tell you, if you like instrumental music with a "funky" vibe to it, this is the album for you hands down! It combines elements from rock n' roll into Jazz/Disco. Don't know that there's a whole lot else to say, I think both artists on this album are equally talented and I enjoyed them very much so. Cameron tends to include more flute and percussion into his music while Alan's tends to be more on the understated side and has a more rock feel to it.
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