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That Special Record: ADELBERT VON DEYEN – Atmosphere

I’m a bit behind at the moment and haven’t played any vinyl for 4 weeks, not a single record has been on the turntable, I’ve been all digital for 4 weeks. The reason for this neglect is that, as a family, we adopted a shit and piss machine. Said machine is the subject of the picture below:

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Don’t be fooled, he’s a menace. He calls himself Orwell and he has made it his mission to to disrupt my life in as many interesting and varied ways as possible. So not many records played, his fault. While he did arrive around Christmas time, please don’t worry, I’m a firm believer in ‘a dog is for Christmas not for life’.

He is why I have not had an opportunity to mention my vinyl subscription to ‘That Special Record’ since the beginning of December. I believe he knows this and finds it all rather amusing.

So, Decembers record from ‘That Special Record’ was ‘Atmosphere’ by Adelbert Von Deyen. As is quite common, I knew nothing about this, literally nothing, I didn’t know either he or the record existed. Bearing in mind that I do like good Tangerine Dream (I emphasise good because not all of it is) and have referred to them positively here several times in the past, this album is a logical choice to send to me, and I do rather like it.

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Tracklist

A1 Time Machine
A2 Silverrain
Atmosphere Part I
A3a Sunrise
A3b Altitude Flight
A3c Astralis
Atmosphere Part II
Ba Skywards
Bb Spaces Of Infinity
Bc Crystal Clouds
Bd Voices Of Infinity
Be Dawn

Further Info:

  • Remixed At – Star Studio Hamburg
  • Mastered At – Star Studio Hamburg
  • Recorded At – Studio Norgaard

Credits

  • Composed By, Performer [Played By], Recorded By, Arranged By, Mixed By, Producer, Liner Notes, Design, Keyboards, Synthesizer – Adelbert Von Deyen
  • Drums – Wolfgang Zabba Lindner (tracks: A1, A2)
  • Mixed By [Remixed], Mastered By – Lars Hidde
  • Painting [Cover] – Urs Amann

Notes

  • Recorded August 1979 to June 1980 at Studio Norgaard.
    Remixed and mastered at Star-Studio, Hamburg.
    Originally released 1980 on sky041
    (P) + (C) 2016 bureau B under exclusive license from sky records

From what I’ve read this is regarded as Von Deyen’s best work by many, and yes, while it is very reminiscent of Tangerine Dream that does not mean it is a second rate copy. It stands up well in it’s own right although, personally, I do think it tails off a little and I prefer side A to Side B.

Here is a classic synths on the beach image of Adelbert which was a requirement back in the late 70’s/early 80’s to have any credibility at all.

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I’m sure that there are people out there who will throw around terms like ‘Classic’ regarding this album, but I think you had to be there listening to it at the time to feel that way, the best I have to offer really is, I like it.

 

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William Basinski – A Shadow In Time

It is very easy with Basinski to ‘Not get it’ and move right along to something more familiar, perhaps something easier, ‘Shake It Off, Shake It Off’ is much more approachable after all, than a 20 minute eulogy to David Bowie titled ‘For David Robert Jones’ built on tape loops and stuttering saxophone. There is also little for the listener to connect with Bowie other than Basinski gave it that title, purported to be due to Bowie inspiring Basinski to pick up a sax in his youth, maybe it’s a nod to ‘Low’, who knows? Not me. This new release is worth persevering with though, it has the same feel as ‘The Disintegration Loops’ and, while some consider him a bit of a snake oil salesman, I don’t, I can listen to these repetitive motifs for hours and not tire of it at all. It has meditative qualities I suppose though I don’t consciously meditate, I quite possibly do without realising I am as the music is so circular it is easy to become both lost in it and entranced by it.

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The second track, which takes up all of side two is ‘A Shadow In Time’ and is less loopy and more orchestral, with a fuller sound but, as with most of the Basinski music I have listened to, nothing much really happens, with this track seemingly building to a crescendo that never appears, quite the opposite happens in fact, as though the crescendo was at the beginning and we are working our way backwards to the start.

So it isn’t for everybody, but for those who it is for, it is a pretty damn good new release, and here it is performed live (ish I suppose) at Superbudda, Torino, Italy:

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The Eyes Of Laura Mars -Soundtrack

Sometimes, not always, but sometimes people just need a little bit of Disco in their lives, a need that can be satisfied by this soundtrack. Best known of course is the title track by Babs Streisand, but there’s a lot of really good tracks on it other than that. Before I go any further, just in case you’ve never seen the film, here’s a trailer.

So the plot kicks off  with Laura Mars (Played by Faye Dunaway) who is a glamorous fashion photographer specialising in stylised violence (based upon the work of Helmut Newton, who provided the photos used for the film.) In the middle of controversy over whether her photographs glorify violence and are demeaning to women, Laura begins seeing, in first person through the eyes of the killer, real-time visions of the murders of her friends and colleagues.

It was originally a vehicle for Babs but she didn’t appear in the film because she thought it too kinky, but did take on the Love Theme, which produced a modest hit, peaking at number 21

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. “Prisoner (Love Theme from Eyes of Laura Mars)” Karen Lawrence, John DeSautels Barbra Streisand 3:53
2. “Laura’s Nightmare” Artie Kane Artie Kane 2:06
3. “Burn” George Michalski, Nikki Oosterveen Michalski & Oosterveen 4:16
4. “Elaine” Artie Kane Artie Kane 1:25
5. “Laura & Neville (Instrumental)” Artie Kane Artie Kane 2:33
6. “Medley:
Native New Yorker
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty
Prisoner (Disco Instrumental)”
Various:
Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell
Harry Wayne Casey & Richard Finch
Artie Kane
Various:
Odyssey
KC & The Sunshine Band
Artie Kane
4:33
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. “Laura – Warehouse” Artie Kane Artie Kane 1:11
2. Let’s All Chant Michael Zager, Alvin Fields Michael Zager Band 4:05
3. “Laura & Neville (Dialogue & Vocal)” Artie Kane Artie Kane 2:33
4. “Lulu & Michelle” Artie Kane Artie Kane 3:06
5. “Love & Pity” Artie Kane Artie Kane 4:10
6. “Love Theme from Eyes of Laura Mars (Prisoner) – Reprise” Karen Lawrence, John DeSautels Barbra Streisand 3:56

Track A6 is totally Disco, although this Medley is joined together with sticky tape where the glue is old and it doesn’t quite fit anymore. That having been said, there was a point this evening where I followed instructions closely and there was some shaking of booty.

I saw the film years ago, on TV, and it is a bit crap to be honest, although the idea was pretty good as was a rather youthful Tommy Lee Jones. The soundtrack isn’t actually all that Disco, it’s a mix of incidental music, a few Disco, a torch song and some dialogue, but I still enjoyed listening to it and I do rather like the cover, it’s pretty cool.

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The back cover not so much, but very of its time:

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And here is the whole thing should you want to have a listen:

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This is Johnny Cash

I recently bought a job lot of 30 soundtracks for next to nothing, there were only 4 or 5 that I was actually interested in so I have 25 that will probably never get played, or no more than once anyway. Amongst the 30 was this:

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It’s André Kostelanetz And His Orchestra ‎– Grand Canyon Suite, which is a very good listen actually, but what is rathe rodd about it is over 11 minutes of Johnny Cash explaining how they got the sound effects for the Grand Canyon Suite, about taking mules into the canyon bottom and setting up recording equipment and such like. It’s really rather odd, but I know this, Cash should have read ‘The Gruffalo’, it would have been amazing.

I found the suite, so you can listen to that if you like, the Cash bit isn’t included though, which is a shame:

Found it on Youtube:

I’ll get around to the others another time, this just struck me as rather odd.

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Mix Tape: Volume 3: Side 2 – There is beauty in everything

Side 2 of the 3rd volume mix tape – There is beauty in everything

Roger Goula Something About Silence
Hammock Then the Quiet Explosion
Daughter Touch
Eluvium Regenerative Being
Darkside Metatron
The Future Sound Of London Cascade (Part 1)
Mark Pritchard, Thom Yorke Beautiful People
Glitterbug Dust
Solomon Grey Choir To The Wild – Extended
Beth Gibbons, Rustin Man Mysteries – 1
Fever Ray When I Grow Up
FKA twigs Pendulum
Massive Attack, Azekel Ritual Spirit

Available on spotify:

or apple music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/playlist/there-is-beauty-in-everything/idpl.85b69c262d0945d399ed36d1f77167e5

Side 1 and other mix tapes available HERE

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Playing 45’s Tonight

Playing some 45’s tonight. 3 are on instagram, and if I have this right, down below:

#banshees #christine #siouxsieandthebanshees #45s #vinyl #vinylrecords #vinylcommunity

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#iandury #blockheads #vinylcommunity #45s #vinyl #vinylrecords #reasonstobecheerful

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Listening to 45's tonight. #45s #vinyl #vinyljunkie #vinylcommunity #xtc

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