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5.0 out of 5 stars Primitive Kirchin is quite evolved, 7 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Primitive London (Audio CD)
Primitive London is the fifth Basil Kirchin release from Trunk Records and comprises soundtracks that Kirchin composed for two largely forgotten British films.

The first six cues come from the 1965 British "mondo" film "Primitive London" which is very possibly the first soundtrack that Kirchin ever composed and despite predating much of his more "serious" work by a number of years (such as the "Worlds Within Worlds" LPs of the early-to-mid 1970s, or Trunk's belated release of his early 1970s masterpiece "Quantum") the recording contains many of Kirchin's calling cards - obscenely beautiful chord shifts and melodies; clever use of tape manipulation and just a hint or two of darkness (okay, in this case quite a lot of darkness, but don't let that put you off). The first cue alone is utterly sublime and is worthy of any soundtrack lover's attention

The final four cues are taken from an early 1970s Ian McShane vehicle titled "The Freelance". As you'd expect from tracks that are titled "The Freelance - Abstract Jazz" and numbered from 1 to 4, the music here is quite err... abstract and jazzy. It's a bit like late-1990s Stereolab or Tortoise, but with strange, free jazz interludes, or some of the stranger Ennio Morricone scores from the late 1960s. The four cues also hang together very well as a "piece" and have a sense of completeness about them.

As with all Trunk releases, the album is lovingly packaged with concise but illuminating sleevenotes and numerous production stills. The sound quality is variable (the masters tapes for at least the first half of the album are missing, presumed lost forever), but never so bad as to impair your enjoyment too much. All in all, another winner from Trunk Records.
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