- Audio CD (22 Jun. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Vocalion
- ASIN: B002ATPATU
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Kpm Library Music Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, 22 Jun 2009
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This release marks Vocalion's third compilation of music taken from the archives of KPM, the world's leading library music company. As with the previous titles in this series, the focus is on the funky '70s, and this release opens with arranger-composer David Gold's superb 'Big City Suite', originally recorded in 1977 and issued in KPM's legendary 1000 Series. Blending funk and jazz with exquisite orchestral writing, it is a superb evocation of city life in all its aspects, and was recorded in Dublin using some of Ireland's finest jazz and session musicians. The remainder of the disc comprises some of the best tracks from the KPM 1000 Series, recorded between 1972 and 1978, by the cream of the company's composers. Among the many delights are Steve Gray's Theme for A Hunter (1975), Nick Ingman's Open Roads (1978), John Cameron's Four O'Clock Earthquake and Smokey Joe's Dilemma (1972), Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett's Dossier (1976) and Alto Glide (1974), Keith Mansfield's The Fix and Snake Hips (1976), and much more besides.
The accompanying booklet contains tributes to the late Robin Phillips (1939-2006) - head of KPM during the 1960s and '70s - written by Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw, James Clarke, David Gold and Peter Cox, KPM's Creative Director. Not only do their tributes offer a fascinating insight into Robin's life and career, but also to KPM itself in the 1970s. The booklet features several photographs of various KPM composers, taken during the 1960s and '70s. All the music here is on CD for the first time, and has been remastered from the original analogue stereo tapes.
Top Customer Reviews
Dave Gold's 'Big City Suite' lasts roughly 15 minutes, with most tracks running under 2 minutes. It might have been recorded in Ireland but you'll picture New York. The suite's best track is the 2 minute 12 'City Police' which has cool run of jazz flute floating over some percolating wah wah. Another highlight is 'Impressions Of A City', which sounds like a contemporary take on Gershwin's 'Rhapsody In Blue'.
The rest of the album features 19 tracks from the KPM vaults. All of it is ridiculously excellent - not a duffer to be heard. If I tell you that several of the tracks including James Cameron's 'Jay Walking', James Clarke's 'Watchful Eye' and (I think) Steve Gray's 'Theme For A Hunter' were used in episodes of the 'Sweeney' you'll have a clear indication of what to expect.
Mention should be made of Mike Dutton who should set up a school on how to remaster CDs. I've not heard better and though I'm old enough to believe that vinyl sounds superior, Dutton's mastering comes close to capturing it's warmth.
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Over time I have come to really appreciate the KPM sound library and I rate this as one of the better compilations. Perhaps I've become a little jaded after spending quite a bit of time with the "Dramatic Funk Themes" series - Volumes 1-3. They're excellent, too, but I wanted to hear something a little more nuanced and a little less funky.
Preview this album via the MP3 downloads option and see what you think. I think you can't go wrong.