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Sven Libaek has experienced a recent surge in popularity due to his compositions from "Inner Space" recently being used in the film, "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou". Below you will find two rare soundtracks from the Australian composer available for download, "Boney" and "Nickel Queen", both of which have long been out of print. Before I begin I would like to say that I am posting these with the serious Sven Libaek fan in mind, which is not to say that you shouldn't listen to these if you're not familiar with his work. However, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Sven Libaek, I would recommend that you check out some of the more celebrated and interesting works in his catalog before listening to these, such as "Inner Space", "My Thing", "Nature Walkabout" or "Solar Flares".
The other reason I am posting these two albums is due to the controversy that was generated over their removal from another blog. Both of these were posted on the Pecks Spet Rips blog over three years ago, much to the delight of Libaek fans everywhere. While the download link for "Boney" simply expired, shortly after the "Nickel Queen post was made the "original ripper" left a commen demanding that the blog admin not only remove the download links, but the entire post. The reason given was that he was angry over having not received credit for the rip. Despite the admin's attempt to give this person credit in his post, they insisted that it be removed regardless. Suprisingly enough the blogger removed the download links along with the post, depriving many people the opportunity to listen to this rare Sven Libaek album. TI've already discussed exactly how I feel about the entire episode in the comments section of this post so I won't go into it again. However, I will say that as long as these albums remain out of print, they will remain on Digital Meltd0wn.
Fortunately I was able to grab "Boney" before it was removed. I would like to thank øשlqæda for leaving "Nickel Queen" in the comments section of my previous post. He runs a blog called Holy Marbles, which can be found here: http://holywarbles.blogspot.com Holy Warbles is an absolutely amazing blog featuring tons of great music from all over the world. Be sure to pay it a visit if you haven't already.
Sven Libaek - Boney
"Boney" was a television series about an Aboriginal detective. While Boney certainly has a few suspenseful crime jazz tracks, it is largely a laid back affair and the action packed spectacles you might expect to hear are conspicuously absent. As a reviewer on another site so aptly stated: "judging by the soundtrack this must have been the most chilled-out cop show of all time", and I tend to agree. One would expect "Action Theme" and "Murder in the Outback" to be suspenseful numbers, yet they are actually mellow jazz compositions, with a very brief and mild amount of suspense on "Murder". There are a couple of tracks which have a nice chilled out spaghetti-western vibe to them, which I would imagine Libaek used to coincide with the rural setting of the series. Overall this is a solid album, which I'm sure all of you Libaek fans will enjoy.
Year of Release: 1972 Label: Festival Records Catalog #: FL 34660 Genres: Television Soundtrack, Library Music, Jazz Bitrate: 192kbps
Track List: A1. Boney Title Music A2. Boney Theme A3. Love Theme A4. Action Theme A5. Murder In The Outback A6. City Lights B1. Outback Theme B2. The Fight B3. Wild Formations B4. Relief B5. Boney Theme
"Nickel Queen" was an Australian comedy film released in 1971. The plot revolves around an outback pub owner who finds herself an overnight millionaire after staking a claim during the "nickel boom" of the late 1960s. For those interested, I actually stumbled across this site, where you can watch the entire film online (you need to download the divx webplayer plugin if you don't have it). The music consists of light, upbeat jazz, which many people would categorize as lounge music. One thing that makes this album unique among Sven Libaek albums is the inclusion of a several vocal tracks, making this his most vocally oriented release. The vocals come courtesy of session singers Kerrie Biddell and Terry Kaff. The inclusion of the didjeridu at the onset of the album, and sitar in "Go Anywhere", which are two instruments that I find very captivating, were a nice added touch. The upbeat, poppy percussion work that can be heard throughtout would have to be the highlight of this album for me. While I'm a big fan of Sven Libaek's work, and I can appreciate the beauty of the arrangements, I have to say that overall this album really isn't my cup of tea. While I generally prefer not to share albums that I don't thoroughly enjoy, I felt as if it was important to share this for the reasons listed above.
Year of Release: 1973 Label: Philips Catalog #: NA Genres: Soundtrack, Library Music, Jazz Bitrate: 320kbps
Track List: A1. Look (Every Day) A2. Take Without Giving A3. Jenny Blake A4. Go Anywhere A5. News From The Exchange A6. Park Scene (Look, Every Day) B1. Go Anywhere B2. Go Anywhere (Instrumental) B3. Spinifex Hill (Look, Every Day) B4. Meg's Shopping Spree (Take Without Giving) B5. Mrs. Benson B6. The Fall Of Benson Mining B7. Look (Every Day)