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Showing posts with label Funk/Groovy OST. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Funk/Groovy OST. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Carson Whitsett - Wonder Women [Featuring Charles May and Annette Thomas] (1973, Soundtrack Score)

Shirley Washington

Marilyn Joi

WONDER WOMEN is a film that has smalls roles from Shirley Washington and Marilyn Joi. These few scenes from them are noteworthy, but for the purpose of this post; the soundtrack score is a nugget! Music by Carson Whitsett with the theme song "Wonder Women" produced by Charles May and vocals by Annette Thomas, offers classic funks sounds of the seventies. If there is an official release of this soundtrack, then that would be great to know. Until then, I have extracted a few tracks from the film. There are a few more that I will share, but for now enjoy these funky tunes from the film WONDER WOMEN.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Keith Mansfield - Loot (1970)

1. More, More, More
2. Loot's The Root
3. Hey, Hey, Hey
4. Where It's At
5. Stealth In The Night
6. Oh Fay!
7. We Nearly Were Lovers
8. Police Barricade
9. Mothers Waltz
10. The Undertaker Song
11. Eyeball Serenade
12. Loot's The Root
13. And More, More, More
Those of you 'in the know' in the UK may have been wondering how we'd apparently missed this little UK-only gem. The UK produced some of the funkiest, dirtiest library music of the late 60s and early 70s thanks largely to the KPM label - their now-legendary green cover 1000 series albums are highly prized rarities amongst DJs and producers. The most well-known artists on the KPM label, Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield, both had a hand in producing this superb easy-funk album, which is very much in the KPM big beat style. Serious funk collectors will know of the legendary Hawkshaw band The Mohawks, with their LP 'The Champ' - which commands three-figure sums - and they'll be glad to hear that the backing band on this LP is effectively The Mohawks. Wicked cheesy easy library funk, particularly on the classic 'The Undertaker Song'. Very hard to find and worth the effort.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mike Vickers - Dracula A.D. (1972)
Another classic Hammer Horror soundtrack finally crawls from its dark, damp resting place; it's the first ever CD release of Mike Vickers' Dracula A.D. 1972 soundtrack - the music from the 1972 movie starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Christopher Neame, Stephanie Beacham and Caroline Munro.

For the Dracula A.D. 1972 soundtrack, Hammer's music director, Philip Martell, chose to go in a different direction with the music, seeking a more modern sound to go along with the film's modern approach and so Mike Vickers was brought in to compose the music for the film. Vickers had a strong background as an arranger and composer in the early 1960s, and played guitar and saxophone for the Manfred Mann group during its early period. Vickers' music for the film is a mixture of orchestral acoustics with electronic instruments, incorporating modernistic, pop-jazz styled rhythms, Gothic tonalities with snare drum, organ and cymbals, reworked with horns, saxophone, bongos and drumkit. In addition to the score, the film features two songs by the American pop band, Stoneground, and atonal electroacoustic music composed by electronic music pioneer David Vorhaus for the black mass sequence.

This CD presents the original Dracula A.D. 1972 soundtrack in film order, along with the two songs by Stoneground as bonus tracks.

This release is a limited edition of 1500 units.

1. Warner Bros. Logo (Theme from DRACULA)
2. Prologue - Hyde Park 1872
3. Main Theme: Dracula A.D. 1972
4. Johnny Looks at Ring - Legend of Dracula
5. Devil's Circle Music
6. Baptism By Blood
7. Dracula Rising - The Blood Ritual - Laura Screams
8. Dracula Returns - Dracula Bites Laura
9. Alucard = Dracula - Not The One! - Give Me The Power!
10. Dumping The Body - Van Helsing Prepares - Jessica Walks Into The Trap
11. Van Helsing Heads To The Club
12. Van Helsing Confronts Johnny - Johnny's Ignoble Death Scene
13. Johnny Be Really Dead! - Van Helsing At The Church - Van Helsing Confronts Dracula - Rest In Final Peace - Main Theme: D
14. Stoneground, Tim Barnes - You Better Come Through for Me
15. Stoneground, Sal Valentino - Alligator Man

Thanks Isbum

Laurin Rinder & W. Michael Lewis - In Search of... Themes & Music OST (1977)

Funky with disco & prog rock leanings score for the television series.

1. Time Traveler (8:26)
2. A Taste of Ghosts (0:52)
3. Phenomena Theme (5:59)
4. An Atlantean Dream (6:25)
5. The Rise & Fall of Vlad Dracula (8:01)
6. In Search of... (Main Title Theme) (5:20)
7. Nazca Lines (2:58)
8. Easter Island Suite (2:50)
9. Afterthought (2:22)

Thanks Isbum

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

David Shire - The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974)

Highly Recommended
Not much of a Blaxploitation Soundtrack, but I think some of you may find this score very interesting.

01 Main Title (02:19)
02 The Taking (03:10)
03 Dolowitz Takes A Look/Dolowitz Gets Killed (02:21)
04 Blue And Green Talk (02:03)
05 Money Montage (03:13)
06 Fifty Seconds/The Money Express (04:32)
07 Conductor Killed/The Money Bag (01:46)
08 The Pelham's-Moving-Again-Blues (03:12)
09 I'm A Police Officer/Renewing Disguises/Goodbye Green, Hello Garber, Goodbye Hippie/Smoking More... (02:59)
10 Mini-Manhunt (01:56)
11 End Title (03:01)

Recorded July, 1974 at Burbank Studios, Hollywood, California

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Rimshots - Patty (1976)

Review and Contribution By: The Doctor

About the movie:
This was a soundtrack off the Stang label to a biopic about Patty Hearst. The daughter of millionaire Randolph Hearst, she was kidnapped by an American revolutionary group but eventually joined the group; even helping them pull off a couple of bank heists, for which she went to prison. On a side note, while serving prison time for participating in these robberies, her sentence was commuted by Jimmy Carter and she was later fully pardoned by Bill Clinton. I have never seen the movie.

About the soundtrack:
It has contributions from the Rimshots, Moments, Retta Young and Chuck Jackson. To me, much of this soundtrack has a late 70's feel to it. Here's a breakdown of the songs on the LP:

  • 01 The Moments - Patty (Title Song): This is a slow soul song with the lead singer singing in a falsetto voice. Song has a dated 70's sound to it. Temptations are the closest comparison I can think of right now.
  • 02 The Rimshots - Do What You Feel: For the most part this is a Funk Instrumental with some clavinet and flute thrown in and some occaisional chanting.
  • 03 The Rimshots - Revelation: A slow instrumental that has a nice groove to it. I remember hearing this track on a comp album somewhere.
  • 04 Retta Young - Look At Me: A slow soul track that has a very nice, dated 70's sound to it. Think of 'Where is the Love' or 'Killing Me Softly'
  • 05 The Moments - It's Gonna Be Such A Beautiful Day: An upbeat soul track. Mid-Late 70's sound.
  • 06 Chuck Jackson - Love For The People: An upbeat song with some electric guitar here and there. Mid-Late 70's sound.
  • 07 Chuck Jackson - Gotta Get A Gun: Another upbeat mid-late 70's sounding track. This one's actually kind of catchy. i think it's because the hook is so repetative and 'gun' is in it.
  • 08 The Moments - Sexy Mama: I would call this a quiet storm type of song with an 'on-the-one' tempo. Another mid-late 70's sound on this one too.
  • 09 The Rimshots - Takin' It: A mid-tempo funk instrumental with wah-guitar, strings, horns, rhodes, and other 70's instrumentation.

Best tracks on this LP (IMO) are 'Revelation', 'Look at Me' and 'Takin' It'. 'Do What You Feel' and 'Patty' are also pretty good, 2nd tier tracks as well. It's not the greatest of blaxploitation OSTs but its got its moments (heh). As a mid-70's LP I think it holds up well.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Various Artists - Magnificent Ruffians (1979)

Oh Boy, I am a sucker for Old School Kung Fu. With the return of Sir Frayker we have a gem. Considering the music from these old school flicks are unheard of (in my opinion), Frayker has compiled another beast. I have yet to obtain the actual movie, but I will soon hope to have it available to BP in due time. Enjoy!

Frayker's Revenge

Sunday, August 31, 2008

V.A. - Funky Soundtracks Vol.3

A nice soundtrack compilation that is definitely groovy. You can find this at Soulfing's Crate.

Thanks Soulfinga

Friday, August 8, 2008

Lalo Schiffrin - Battle Creek Brawl (1980)

Battle Creek Brawl Lalo Schifrin Victor VIP-28006, 1980
1. Training Montage
2. Fast Moves
3. Uncle Herbert
4. Playing Nurse
5. Jerry's Rag
6. The Trap
7. Training Montage
8. Oriental Drama
9. Roller Derby
10. Razor Cuts
11. Miss Wong
12. The Kiss Of Death
13. Victory Fanfare
14. Training Montage
Only issued in Japan and Italy, this superb jazz-tinged score from an early Jackie Chan movie is very hard to find. It's a strong, big band jazz funk soundtrack with oriental influences and a superb brass section augmented by flute and double bass. Like 'Dirty Harry' with chopsticks.

Provided by isbum
With a bonus in the form of an album that Lalo cut with Jimmy Smith that calls the above soundtracks title by one of it's other titles.

Jimmy Smith with Lalo Schifrin: The Cat Strikes Again...
1. The Big Brawl - Jimmy Smith/Lalo Schifrin
2. Down here on the ground - Jimmy Smith/Lalo Schifrin
3. Layin' low - Jimmy Smith/Lalo Schifrin
4. Free ride - Jimmy Smith/Lalo Schifrin
5. Wersi time - Jimmy Smith/Lalo Schifrin
6. Were is Magdalena? - Jimmy Smith/Lalo Schifrin
7. Lonely Shepherd - Jimmy Smith/Lalo Schifrin
8. In search of truth - Jimmy Smith/Lalo Schifrin
9. The Cat strikes again - Jimmy Smith/Lalo Schifrin

A warning from Funkback: Jimmy is NOT playing Hammond B3 here but a german Wersi organ so anyone who's a fan of the true tonewheel sounds best stay away from this.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Frayker Breaks Exclusive: Music From Shaw Brothers Movies

01. Ennio Morricone - Monody For Guitar Version III (Savage 5)
02. Pierre Arvay - Ice Floe 9 (Five Deadly Venoms)
03. P. Knight - Mystery Place No4 (10 Tigers of Kwangtung)
04. Reg Tilsley - Counterspy (Dirty Ho)
05. John Saunders - Hot Stuff (Ode to Gallantry)
06. Reg Tilsley - Tension Trip (Kid With The Golden Arm)
07. Bruno Nicolai - Variabile (Men From the Monastery)
08. Alan Parker - Rumpus (Magnificent Ruffians)
09. Simon Park - Corn Exchange (Invincible Shaolin)
10. Gianni Ferrio - Step by Step (Disciples of Shaolin)
11. Gianni Ferrio - Anonima Assassini 2 (Disciples of Shaolin)
12. Basil Kirchin - Where the Action is (Avenging Eagle)
13. Derek Scott - Mystery Place No1 (10 Tigers of Kwangtung)
14 . Derek Scott - Two Minutes Precisely (10 Tigers of Kwangtung)
15. Ian Slaney - Mob Violence (8 Diagram Polefighter)
16. Johnny Hawksworth - Space Stinger No5 (Five Deadly Venoms)
17. Piero Piccioni - Identikit 2 (5 Shaolin Masters)
18. R. Walter - Comic Caper 5 (Flag of Iron)
19. Reg Tilsley - Crime Club (Magnificent Ruffians)
21. Ennio Morricone - The Disguise (Savage 5)
22. J. Trombey - Barrage (Shaolin Mantis)

Provided By Frayker Breaks

Friday, July 18, 2008

Piero Piccioni - Lucky Luciano (1973)

1. Underground Sketches
2. Magic of New York
3. In point of love
4. Conjectures
5. Red Shift
6. Moonlight Serenade
7. Love comes round again
8. Sad tales
9. Red Shift N.2
10. Love Again
11. Burning Point
Of Piccioni's 1970s material, this is one of our favourite albums. It mixes his trademark loungey jazz style with an updated, tight 70s jazz-funk backbone. There are two outstanding tunes on here, the lovely downtempo mellow funker 'Conjectures' and the jazz-funk groover 'Magic Of New York'. Either way, it's a strong album and well worth finding.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Francis Lai - Madam Claude II (1982)

1. I Wait For Love
2. Ballade a Cheval
3. Hong Kong
4. Menace
5. Generique de Debut
6. Amour, Delices et Violoncelle
7. Symphonie Romantique
8. Indiscretion
9. Attaque de Mme Claude
10. J'attends l'amour
11. Arrivee au Manoir
12. Paris le Matin
13. Generique de Fin

Well since Serge Gainsbourg's Madam Claude is my most downloaded out of all of the other soundtracks. I decided to post this 1982 release by Fancis Lai. I can't remember where I found this at, but I'm sure that you all will dig this just like the others. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

L.T.G. Exchange - Susie Heartbreaker (1975)

1. Susie Heartbreaker (Ghetto Child)
2. Gemini Girl
3. Stone Broke
4. Dinero
5. A Child Will Show You The Way
6. Satisfied With Your Love
7. Money Mad
8. Trickin'
9. Sky High
10. Cop & Blow World

Hmm, I really can't any reviews on this album, but I'm guessing that somebody will come through with a nice description to this rare find!

Thanks Funkback"Susie Heartbreaker (Score from the black-rock operetta) by L.T.G. Exchange (1975) my own vinyl rip."

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Francis Lai - La Babysitter (1975)

1. La baby-sitter
2. Generique
3. L'enfant
4. Theme d'ann
5. Agresion
6. La baby-sitter
7. L'enfant et la peur
8. La baby-sitter
Here's an obscure French tip that few people know about. A hard-to-find Francis Lai score from a mid-70s thriller, this album finds Lai moving away from his lush arrangements into a small group, sparse setting in keeping with the film's sinister subject matter. Francophile music fans will start to sweat when they see the small session band lineup and recording studio: yes, it's Studios Davout, source of many killer French funk LPs. And as for the studio band, how about the superb bass player Jannick Top (ex-Magma) and incredible drummer Andre Ceccarelli (ex-Miles Davis)? Superlatives aside, there's a fantastic funk tune on here called 'Theme D'Ann' that is quite simply breathtaking. BUY THIS RECORD.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Francis Lai - La Lecon Particuliere (1968)

1. Theme De La Lecon Particuliere
2. Rencontre Sur La Neige
3. Melancolie D'Olivier
4. Theme De La Lecon Particuliere
5. Rencontre et La Gare
6. Rupture
7. Le Telephone
8. La Lettre et La Promenade
9. Generique
10. Bossa Nova pour Christine
11. I Don't Know Why
Performed by Nicole Croisille
12. Theme D'Olivier
13. La Lecon Particuliere
14. Bar D'Avoriaz
15. Night In Avoriaz
16. Where Did Our Summers Go
Who cares if this is a car boot sale or thrift store dig in France? It's completely brilliant. Superb, superb, superb. Two killer 60s groovy French funk tunes on one EP - you can't go wrong! The best vocal French funy soundtrack cut is on here, plus a very tasty 'jerk', so you simply cannot go wrong. 'I don't know why' is just incredible, a wonderful and infectious dancefloor smutty French pop groover. Excellent! Buy it now!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Roy Budd - Paper Tiger (1975)

Roy Budd's score to this 1974 drama starring David Niven, Toshiro Mifune & Ronald Fraser. 16 tracks, including contributions from the Ray Conniff Singers, with a danceable jazz feel throughout, as well as a touch of the Orient. All tracks are remastered & the last two are bonus remixes of 'Main Theme From 'Paper Tiger'' (Instrumental & Vocal Version). 1999 Castle release.

Teddy Randazzo - The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. (1966)

1. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
2. Shall We Gather At The Boat Dock
3. Out Of The Frying Pan
4. April
5. Mother Muffin
6. Movin' On
7. The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
8. Sneaky Search
9. Somewhere In Greece
10. The Countess
11. Bomb Scare
12. Follow The T.H.R.U.S.H.
Without a doubt the finest version of the "Man From U.N.C.L.E." theme is featured on this mixed album from Jerry Goldsmith and Terry Randazzo. One side of the album comprises Latin-flavoured tracks from the 'Girl From U.N.C.L.E.' series, while the other is a mix of incidental music from both shows. A strong mix of 60's pop and Latin influences with a hint of jazz.

Kenyon Hopkins - Mr. Buddwing (1966)

1. The bridge
2. Hard latin
3. Lunch room
4. Main title
5. Memory montage
6. Fiddler's walk
7. Mister bee
8. West side radio
9. Headache montage
10. R and B 12 (blues)
11. Mirror
12. 12/8 theme
Superb, swinging groovy jazz arrangements predominate on this Creed Taylor-produced soundtrack. Kenyon Hopkins obviously hit a streak of form with this one - the music sparkles and has real 'zip', the band is tight, you get everything from mellow loungecore female wordless vocal cuts to jazz waltzes to a lovely Jimmy Smith-style organ and trumpet groover. Top stuff and definitely not to be missed, daddio.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Georges Garvarentz - They Came To Rob Las Vegas (1969)

1. Inspector Douglas' Trick
2. Last Trip Of The Truck
3. Attack Of The Truck
4. End Of The Attack
5. Effervescence
6. The Wordless Song
7. View On San Francisco
8. Chase In San Francisco
9. 'Cosa Nostra' From Mexico
10. In The Streets Of Las Vegas
11. Las Vegas Can Can
12. Ann And Tony
This cult soundtrack was only issued in the UK and features Georges Garvarentz on great groovy form. Very hard to find, but extremely rewarding. The film may have been a turkey but the album certainly isn't, fusing jazz and funk with a lush orchestral sound and a pop edge. The album contains two great funky numbers, "Attack Of The Truck" and the organ-driven "End Of The Truck".

Roy Budd - The Final Option (1982)

1. Welsh Mountains
2. Jenny's Theme
3. The Final Option
4. SAS Or Nothing
5. American Mutiny
6. Hi-Jack, Part II
7. A Smile You Can't Resist
8. Right On Time
9. Hi-Jack, Part I
10. Jenny's Theme, Part II
11. Catch Or Be Caught
12. Nature Of The Beast
13. Reds Under The Beds
This soundtrack to the cult British film 'Who Dares Wins' was only issued in the USA and Italy (as 'Commando - Who Dares Wins'). The film's opening sequence is a memorable one - helicopters, The Professionals' Lewis Collins, S.A.S. troops - and the music complements this perfectly. Strong, gritty and driving, with the distinctive Budd use of very deep electric bass notes. The majority of the soundtrack is less than interesting.