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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Melvin Van Peebles & Mickey Baker - La Permission (1968)

1. Hard Times
2. Wild Party
3. Spanish Dream
4. Theme De La Permission
5. Generique
6. La Permission
A quick cinema history lesson: Van Peebles couldn't get a movie job in the USA due to race issues, so he went to France, wrote a novel to qualify for filmmaker rights, then directed his first feature (aka. Story Of A 3 Day Pass) in France. Cue critical acclaim (both abroad and in the USA) and, eventually, a job in Hollywood. Anyway, this is the original soundtrack, only issued on 4 track EP in France. And it's a cracker! Two strong funky jazz cuts on here, one party number, and one superb Moogy organ cut in the theme. Highly recommended, top drawer stuff.

Thanks Frank, you da man!!


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for so many great posts. Me, collecting funky stuff over 15 years, got a little tired in looking up the so hard to find stuff. You made the fever raising up again. Just what the doctor ordered. Thanks from Germany. Stefan

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Simply amazing. I truly wish to see a full soundtrack in the future, but this will have to do for now. Thank you so much!

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