Unusual Sounds

by Anthology Recordings

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Alan Ranta
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Alan Ranta This is the best library music compilation ever made, tastefully selected and thoughtfully arranged. I bought it on vinyl. Favorite track: Funky Fanfare.
David Roberts
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David Roberts Every track a magical gem of smoothness and silky tunes. Heard this on WFMU's Polyglot programme today, and now listening to this wonderful anthology over and over!
Levrikon
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Levrikon Library music in the groovy, funky late '60s-early '70s vein. Lots of popping bass and shimmery organ that will make you sway your hips. The 14-minute 'Group Meditation' toward the end is a bit of a drag, but the album is still a really strong example of the genre. Favorite track: Fancy Good.
Alan79
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Alan79 This is an absolute have album. Amazing compilation, it mixes many genres and always hits your fantasy with best tunes! Excellent. Favorite track: Mild Maniac.
Ed Grimley
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Ed Grimley The whole collection drips with 60s - 70s sophisticool. Buying this was a given after sampling only the first few tracks.
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about

In the heyday of low-budget television and scrappy genre filmmaking, producers who needed a soundtrack for their commercial entertainments could reach for a selection of library music: LPs of stock recordings whose contents fit any mood required.

Unusual Sounds is a deep dive into a musical universe that has, until now, been accessible only to producers and record collectors; a celebration of this strange industry and an examination of its unique place at the nexus of art and commerce.

The perfect companion to the David Hollander curated book Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music (out now on Anthology Editions), these 20 tracks, encapsulate the niche and fascinating subculture of library music. Genres were spliced, conventions dispensed with, and oftentimes hybrid music of astonishing complexity was produced. Elements of rock, jazz, soul, even twentieth-century avant-garde composition were all utilized, and no stone was left unturned. As a result, some of the best library music defies all categorization, reflecting the individualistic quirks and artistry of the various musicians who made it.

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released November 9, 2018

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