Just when you thought you couldn’t squeeze another record into your collection (especially in the crowded “S” section!), the fine folks over at Vadim Music come out with this psych/baroque masterpiece — Stringtronics Mind Bender! Mixing a bit of 1972 (the year of its release) and 1772 (the year of Harpsichords and shit!), Mind Bender definitely lives up to its name. Think of the music as the missing link between David Axelrod’s “Song of Innocence” and Ennio Morricone’sSergio Leone period and some Command Records exoticism. Need some visual cues? Well, some of the tracks were used in 1973 European erotic film SCORE. Now that’s smooth.
This reissue is on 180-gram vinyl and is limited to 1,000 copies (each of which is hand numbered)!
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Day three of our label spotlight on Vadim Music. Each day this week the LITA bloggerati (yes, I did just write that!) will dig deep into their extensive catalog, only to surface with some rare grooves you may have missed. Today we give you the the album that defies all categories while at the same time epitomizing them: Bernard Estardy – La Formule du Baron (VDA031 | LP)
In an enigmatic, deceptively serene sleeve, bathed in strangely disturbing winter light, appears the deeply rooted shadow of a man staring miles into the distance. His freakish yet confident stance, his thick horn-rimmed glasses and wind tousled hair give him every air of a slightly decadent aristocrat, while the gothic typeface to his left succeeds in adding a nice baroque touch. Standing to such ceremony, La Formule du Baron obviously cannot be a record like any other. To confirm our first impression, our mysterious Baron decides to invite us to an incredible and sumptuous musical banquet, defined by a freedom and inventiveness rarely found together on one same record. A crazy alchemist, let loose in his mythical CBE Studio, our host concocts succulent musical recipes exuding the perfume of sparkling orchestral pop, an aroma of spicy funk, a sprinkling of unbridled jazz, and the incredible vapours of mutant variety of the curious vocals kind.
Behind this mind-blowing production, these generous creations and this old-fashioned pseudonym hides in fact one of greatest producers the hexagon has ever known, the passionate, and sadly missed Bernard Estardy. Loyal organist for Nino Ferrer, he also produced and rubbed shoulders with practically all of French variety’s personalities (for better or for worse,) composed several library music pieces, and gave birth to his fair share of cult space disco tracks. Impossible to categorise, La Formule du Baron remains his masterpiece, standing alongside the pop and psychedelic greats of the 60s and 70s.
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