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[Musique du Monde] – ‘Le Tour du Monde, Volume 7’ (1967-1973)

Posted in Mixes, Talking by Soundslike on October 13, 2008

The second release in the ongoing ‘Le Tour du Monde‘ series, ‘Volume 7’ features more of the jaw-drop breakbeats, spinning bass lines, post-Psychedelic production flourishes, tape-manipulation and music concrete techniques, early electronic instrumentation, copious strings, harps, Hammonds, Rhodes, brass arrangements, matured post-folk singer-songwriter tunes, and illustrations of mutating funk as it made its way around the world.

Artists from twelve countries are represented, including sound library heroes like Janko Nilovic, Gerard Manset (a major discovery for those who love Serge Gainsbourg), Roger Roger, and Bernard Estardy; art kings Faust, Franco Battiato, and John Cale & Terry Riley (in supreme beat-centric mode); singer songwriter greats like Karen Dalton, Richie Havens, and Nick drake; as well as representatives of pure-pop, jazz-funk, post-psych and even surf-rock-supreme. Bobby Darin even makes an appearance, and if all you know is “Splish Splash” and the Las Vegas crooning, you’ll be in for a surprise. Tracklist, full album art, liner notes, and download link follow the “more…” link. For the previous release in this series, see ‘Le Tour du Monde, Volume 5‘.

Various Artists – ‘Le Tour du Monde, Volume 7’
(2xLP, Musique du Monde, France – 1973)

Side A:
01 [00’00”] Dorothy ASHBY – “Soul Vibrations” (1968, USA)
02 [03’13”] Janko NILOVIC – “Roses & Revolvers” (1970, Yugoslavia)
03 [06’59”] FAUST – “The Sad Skinhead” (1973, Germany)
04 [09’23”] Karen DALTON – “Same Old Man” (1971, USA)
05 [11’45”] Beaver & KRAUSE – “Another Part of Time” (1970, USA)
06 [16’24”] Tonio RUBIO – “Bass in Action No. 1″ (1973, France)
07 [19’40”] Franco BATTIATO – “Fenomenologia” (1972, Italy)

Side B:
01 [00’00”] Bobby DARIN – “The Harvest” (1968, USA)
02 [03’08”] Lothar & the HAND PEOPLE – “Machines” (1968, USA)
03 [05’27”] Tokyo KID BROTHERS – “I Kind of Hate My Father Rock” (1973, Japan)
04 [08’40”] John CALE & Terry RILEY – “Church of Anthrax” (1971, USA)
05 [12’43”] Milton NASCIMENTO – “San Vicente” (1972, Brazil)
06 [15’20”] Gerard MANSET – “Vivent Les Hommes” (1970, France)

Side C:
01 [00’00”] Richie HAVENS – “Eleanor Rigby” (1967, USA)
02 [02’40”] The MILLENNIUM – “Prelude” (1968, USA)
03 [03’55”] CARAVAN – “A Day in the Life of Maurice Haylett” (1970, England)
04 [08’51”] Roger ROGER – “Safari Park” (1972, France)
05 [11’03”] Sharp FIVE – “Haru No Umi” (1968, Japan)
06 [17’49”] Duncan BROWNE – “Country Song” (1973, England)

Side D:
01 [00’00”] Bernard ESTARDY – “La Gigouille” (1967, France)
02 [03’56”] Ron GEESIN – “A Cymbal and Much Electronics” (1973, Scotland)
03 [06’29”] Free DESIGN – “Never Tell the World” (1967, USA)
04 [08’53”] Les MOGOL – “Madimak” (1971, Turkey)
05 [10’45”] Augustus PABLO – “Jah Rock” (1973, Jamaica)
06 [13’36”] Ennio MORRICONE – “Trafelato” (1971, Italy)
07 [15’35”] Nick DRAKE – “Tow the Line” (1971, England)
08 [17’54”] Serge GAINSBOURG – “Avant de Mourrir” (1970, France)

Total Time: 91:00

Rough translation, back cover text:
“A tour de force around the world! From England to Japan to Brazil to the United States of America to Scotland, and back home to France. This is a journey across cultures, fueled by the new rhythms and sounds sweeping the world. This is the new sound, the young sound, the true sound of change. On two long-playing records, this is change. Take the ride, hear the voice of the world–‘Le Tour du Monde!'”

Notes:
A rare compilation from the elusive ‘Le Tour du Monde’ series which ran from the mid-1960s till the early 1980s on the Musique du Monde label in Paris. Musique is better known for issuing some of the funkiest transatlantic “library records” of the era. But they were also home to the far hipper, ears-to-the-future multi-national forerunner of compilation series like ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’. ‘Le Tour du Monde, Volume 7’ features some of the most sought-after breakbeat-laden killers, strings-and-harpsichord gilded tunes and cool-down singer-songwriter recordings of the period from 1967 to 1973, the year in which this volume apparently saw highly limited release (probably only in private-pressing quantities, circulated amongst premiere radio DJs and tastemakers around the world). Many of these artists have gone on to recently greater recognition; some remain ripe for rediscovery. The compiler seems to have been one Jan Marine, a northern European transplant to the Paris scene, about whom almost nothing is yet known. While the sales-pitch text on the back cover (translated above) may be a stilted relic of a bygone era, the sounds contained across the set’s four sides are very much alive. But now, that is for you to decide, thanks to the unearthing of a lost classic–so “take the ride,” with ‘Le Tour du Monde’. — I. Sonnecomme, August, 2008

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  1. city worker said, on October 14, 2008 at 4:46 am

    This looks great. Thanks for all of these mixes — here’s to more from 1981 showing up!

  2. cally said, on October 16, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Where can I buy a copy of volume 7 ??? !!!

  3. Soundslike said, on October 16, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    I apologise if I’ve been unclear. Everything I post on this blog will be a mix/compilation I put together, unless it’s clearly noted as being guest-posted by someone else, or unless it’s a full out-of-print album by a single artist/band.

    I didn’t mean to cause confusion with the ‘Le Tour du Monde’ thing–just couldn’t think of a title for the mixes I was making, or concoct a theme other than that they were generally international in selection and from a few certain years. So I made up the ‘Le Tour du Monde’ thing as a flexible catch-all, and the verisimilitude just sprang from there, for fun–a chance to write over-the-top liner notes (original and reissue variety) and have a few in-jokes, make funny old covers.

    Still, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there were compilations being made contemporaneously with this music that were as wide-reaching.

  4. cozmicb said, on October 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Wow : incredibles compilations !!! Thanks a lot !
    By the way, if you can find some pop rock from France in these years like the first lps of Guy Skornik (incliding Popera Cosmic) or the first Dynastie Crisis, that would be wonderful !
    Thanks again !

  5. Josh said, on October 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I’m enjoying this a lot, puts a big smile on my face. thanks very much, will continue to watch the blog.

    -Josh

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