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Cinema De Funk, Volume 3  (Compilation) - 1968-1976
Label: Electrostatic CDF-003CD (Australia)
Format: CD
From: USA
My rating: 8/10

Entered: 08/08/2002
Last updated: 05/03/2003

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I saw a compilation in this series once, but at $15 or so, I hesitated to buy it, since it seemed to be of only semi-legal origin, and I had a couple of the tracks already. I bought this volume when it turned up at my favorite used store. It turns out to be quite excellent.

1. Avant Soi - Jean-Pierre Bourtayre
2. The Jet Rock - Mike Thedorak
3. Face Up To It Baby - Pat Williams
4. Morning Walk - Arthur Moore
5. The Morning After - Bernard Ebbinghouse
6. Waltz For Caroline - Simon Napier
7. Comin Back - Stu Phillips
8. The Wierdos - Fred Karlin
9. Fuzz - Stanley Myers
10. Freedom School Parade - Elma Berns
11. Mrs Robinson - Joe Scott Orchestra
12. Rockin Chair - Michel Le Grand
13. Lola - Doug Davies
14. Sentries Charge - Al Hirt
15. Transistor Q - Barry Botkin

As you will notice, some of the artist names have been changed, presumeably for legal reasons, but maybe they were just being funny. For example 'Arthur Moore' is Dudley Moore, and I presume that 'Mike Thedorak' and 'Elma Berns' are in fact the more famous composers that they sound like.

Apparently, the compilation originated in Australia. There really isn't a bad track, but In my opinion, the best one is 'Face up to it baby' by Pat Williams, an incredibly groovy little instrumental with a very cool 'Sound Gallery' type feel to it. It's taken from 1968's 'how sweet it is'. It's directly followed by another great one - 'Morning Walk' by Dudley Moore. While very much in the style of his work on 'Bedazzled', this also owes a great deal to Burt Bacharach. 'The morning after' by "Bernard Ebbinghouse" is entertaining mainly because it is a complete pastiche of the Sergio Mendes version of 'mais que nada', while not being quite the same. 'Waltz for Caroline' features some wicked organ that recalls the 'girl on a motorcycle' soundtrack.

Another track that really surprised me was 'Sentries Charge' by Al Hirt, from 'Viva Max'. This one has an incredibly insistent beat and a fuzzy guitar. The trumpet is so over the top that it's really ridiculous, but the whole track retains a catchy feel, with its repetitive tune, which reminds me of Grieg's (and ELO's) 'In the hall of the mountain king'.

This disc is definitely worth picking up if you see it. There are no notes other than a record of which year and film each track is from, but it's great stuff.

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