Sunday, August 22, 2010

Elevator Muzak

I know the term "elevator muzak" probably seems a bit derogatory. I had this idea for a compilation last year, but somewhere along the line I simply lost interest in it. I think that'll work to your advantage though, because rather than sorting through the hundreds of songs I had to choose from and only picking the ones I wanted to use, I've decided to just post ALL of them here. I'm calling this "Volume 1". There's 284 tracks in all. You can decide which ones you want to keep. I didn't bother numbering them, so they're listed in alphabetical order by default. There's really only one song on here that isn't library music ("A Man and a Woman" by The London Pops Orchestra), the rest are all from various libraries. Sorry for my laziness in keeping the blog up-to-date. Hopefully this will make up for it! I'll post Volume-2 of this monstrous collection within the coming months. Yes, there's more. A lot more.
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Keywords: Piero Piccioni, Johnny Hawksworth, Werner Tautz, Armando Sciascia, Robert Farnon, Albert Marlowe, Malcolm Lockyer, Piero Umiliani, Syd Dale, Heinz Kiessling, Harry Lubin, Jo Part, Jack Arel, Jean-Claude Petit, Dolf Van Der Linden, King Palmer, Kenny Graham, John Cacavas, Sam Fonteyn, Armando Trovaioli, Edward White, Cyril Watters, Anthony Mawer, Nino Nardini, E.A. Quelle, Dennis Berry, Walter Stott, Jack Beaver, Johnny Pearson, William Goldstein, Pete Thomas, Ray Davies, Trevor Duncan, George Chase, Laurie Johnson, Peter Moore, James Clarke, Ronald Binge

37 comments:

nlgbbbblth said...

cheers Bryan - looking forward to going through that lot

Yowp said...

Wonderful stuff, Bryan. I'll have to dive through it.

I sure hate the way one current library keeps changing the names of 60-year-old cues. 'Carriage Ride' by Peter Dennis is 'Pedigree Parade' from the Sam Fox library.

totalrod2 said...

I agree. That part can be frustrating. But I'm glad this music is being remastered and given new life.

JetSetTelevision said...

A great selection of tracks, Bryan! I thought I had just about everything by Syd Dale and you come up with a couple I'd never heard. Thanks!!!

The Macs said...

A big thanks, Bryan! I'm a beginner when it comes to library music, so it's all new for me.

Pokey said...

Thanks..I've got almost all..a handful of now familiar names such as Syd Dale, Harry Lubin, Anthony Mawer, Roger Roger, Malcolm Lockyer, Edward White [whose "Puffin' Billy" in America remains the famous classic "Captain Kangaroo" and Pixar [pre-Randy Newman] "Knick Knack" short subject theme and background music, in that order], George Chase, Nino Nardini, and Ray Davies [is this the Kink-y guy who sang "All Day and All of the Night", which BTW is the song that The Doors borrowed the tune from for "Hello I Love You". BTW "All Day" by Ray Davies-if it's the same GUY-was popular at the same time as Louie Armstrong's "Hello Dolly", itself based on the 1949 song "Sunflower' by the Russ Morgan Orchestra].

It was definitely big, for it to be in FIVE files! M-R had to be retried, as it wasn't avaible first time but I got it this time.

Thanks.
Steve C

Pokey said...

I also agree with hating the renaming of cues, and changing credits on some.Peter Dennis, btw is Dennis Berry.

totalrod2 said...

Pokey, you say you have some George Chase? That's Valentino stuff isn't it? I need to look you up on Soulseek.

jpmrb said...

Great, thank you very much!

Pokey said...

Geo.Chase's in your file..Trod2..btw I looked up "Ray Davies" and it is NOT THE Ray Davies....in point-of-fact:"One band I DID NOT play with was THE KINKS."

totalrod2 said...

Yup, this Ray Davies worked for Boosey & Hawkes. His music is on that Intermission Impossible CD as well.

El Prezidente said...

This is what I do, I download albums and keep what i want. Have you been reading my mind, Bryan?
Thanks much!

totalrod2 said...

Well, that's what I've always done. If I saved EVERYTHING my hard drive would've been full a long time ago! Your welcome. :)

Phillip said...

Overwhelming! Thanks, Bryan.

Pokey said...

BTW "Happy As You Go" by Harry Lubin was on "Beany and Cecil" [the 1962 animated version.]

totalrod2 said...

Thanks for sharing your knowledge about this music, Steve. You clearly know more about it than I do!

Devlin Jamison said...

A fantastic collection. And I've got to say, you library music fans have a pretty amazing thing going on, compared to us run-of-the-mill midcentury pop fans. How you even find out this stuff exists and get ahold of it blows my mind.

totalrod2 said...

Too much spare time, that's how. lol

Swank Daddy said...

What a great collection. Seems blogs featuring library and production music have been dwindling away so thanks for these nifty tracks.

Major Pepperidge said...

I only just discovered your blog. Fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing.

Steve Engler said...

I have been trying to find this exact type of music for 10 years now, so a big thank you to you.

Greetings from Oslo said...

Just found your blog and it's amazing! Great stuff. It's such a pleasure to save vinyl.

Best regards from Norway

Bill said...

Wow! Great soundtrack for the entire day. And if you group them by album you get a nice episodic effect!
--Bill

totalrod2 said...

Heh, I never even thought of doing it that way. That's how Muzak was originally played too! They called it Stimulus Progression.

Children & the Media said...

Thanks. This is great.

Your Pal Doug said...

Quit discovering new library stuff.
Now I need Valentino Library's Retro 1950's TV Music. Nice Job!

KL from NYC said...

Thanks.
Just listened to the first one and it's terrific.

Dan said...

Something is wrong with the E-L download. It keeps hanging up at the 8% download mark. Any help is much appreciated.

So far, nearly every tune is big hit in my book. MANY thanks for making this available!!

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RadioWizard said...

Holyoke, Massachusettes, Manfred! That thar be a heap o' music. Many thanks to you Bryan. "Nice" to see that Zhang1 plugged an online store and didn't give a fig about the music. Provincial putz.
Jack

D said...

Thanks for uploading this Bryan, this stuff is very hard to find. Can't wait for volume 2!

Jason said...

Amazing! Seems highly unlikely that I'd be able to thank you enough for this collection but rest assured that it was VERY appreciated.

Really, really wonderful stuff.

Cheers!

Amir said...

hey there.

Would it be possbible to re upload this amazing set on something other than megaupload ? The site is down unfortunately.

thank you very much!!

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