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Supra Pop Impressions would easily make my list of top 10 library music albums. Some of the library music albums I have posted recently are more experimental in nature, and therefore might not appeal to everyone; however, I believe this would make an excellent introductory album for those who are new to it. It displays the diversity, originality and pure talent that can be found on so many library music albums - as long as you are willing to dig. This album also exemplies the reason I love library music so much. It allowed classically trained composers to break free and experiment, with their experiments often resulting in some of the most amazing music I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.
Janko Nilovic was one of those extremely talented composers who was way ahead of his time, and dedicated his career to creating music for various production music libraries. Nilovic was born in Montenegro in 1941, and was formally trained as a musician at the age of five. He moved to France in 1960, where he was introduced to more contemporary musical styles, which would have a profound influence on his career and musical output. Eventually he started composing music for production music libraries in the 1960s, beginning with the Telemusic label. A few years later he would go on to compose the majority of work in his catalog for the Montparnasse 2000 label. Janko Nilovic signed a contract with Montparnasse 2000 which guaranteed him absolute freedom in his musical experiments.
Supra Pop Impressions was released in 1973 on Montparnasse 2000, as catalog # MP 16. Montparnasse 2000 was a French label founded by André Farry, with the assistance of Louis Delacour. Delacour would later go on to found his own label, Neuilly. Their early releases, such as this one, were limited to 1000 copies. The label would present 500 copies to TV stations and radios, with 500 reserved for later distribution. Many of my favorite library music albums were released on the Montparnasse 2000 label, so you can expect to see several more MP 2000 releases here on DM in the not-so-distant future.
Supra Pop Impressions sounds surprisingly modern despite being recorded nearly 40 years ago. It is absolutely rife with blistering guitar solos, wicked basslines, and funky beats. On an album loaded with so many killer tracks it is hard to pick a favorite. "Roses and Revolvers" certainly stands out as one of the strongest in my opinion though. Shimmering harpsichord melodies collide with heavy hip-hop beats and a wicked funky bassline. Beat-diggers will absolutely love this one, as I'm sure the rest of you will. As the name suggests, "Once In My Country" lays down some funky blues guitar riffs with a hint of country twang. "Krishna Mission" is a fun track dominated by energetic and driving harpsichord melodies which are complimented by bluesy guitar riffs, with that country twang appearing once more. At the halfway point, the harpsichord gives way a seriously heavy beat, along with a blistering guitar solo which interjects to steal the show.
Tapata opens up Side B with some groovy blues flavored electric guitar work, before transforming into a showcase of funky, rolling percussion work, which is reminiscant of some of the percussion work of artists I have recently featured on the blog, such as Patrice Sciortino and Camille Sauvage. Tapatapa was sampled by the Beatnuts for their song "Contact". I consider "Ballet Mecanique" to be another one of the strongest tracks on the album. It opens up with a hauntingly beautiful harpsichord solo, which is gradually overtaken by a killer funky bassline. A hard-driving beat kicks in soon after that gallops along at a frantic pace to set the stage for the absolutely ripping guitar solo that kicks in soon afterward. The whole process is repeated before the pace dies down one last time, allowing the harpsichord to close out the track just as it began. As the name suggests, "Funky Stage" lays down the funk in a heavy way. The funky bassline is accompanied by some psychedelic guitar work with a touch of blues and hammond organ, and closes out the album just as strongly as it began.
Again, I can't recommend this album enough. Janko Nilovic was a prolific composer, and released numerous library music albums; however, Supra Pop Impressions easily stands out as one of my personal favorites in his entire catalog. I hope you all will agree. Please feel free to share your opinions on this album in the comments section. I'm eager to read how you feel about the recent library music posts.
Year of Release: 1973 Label: Montparnasse 2000 Catalog #: MP 16 Bitrate: 256kbps Genres: Library Music
Track List: A1. Electric Days A2. Roses and Revolvers A3. Once In My Country A4. Krishna Mission A5. Mystic Words A6. Pop Circus B1. Tapatapa B2. Chorus For Leslie B3. Girl Named Revolte B4. Ballet Mecanique B5. House In The Plain B6. Funky Stage