…still on the Library Music theme I wanted to post this track from a KPM album, “Flamboyant Themes Vol 3” – which I was sent on vinyl in the early 1980s whilst working at the Triangle Arts Centre in Birmingham, England. The LP also contains the classic “Gala Performance”, better known as the theme for “This Is Your Life”. It’s amazing to think that a piece which was written as a piece of library music then became synonymous with the programme for about 30 years.
This one, “Little Boy Blue” by Syd Dale is one of my faves, full of blasting horns, cool double bass breakdowns and lush alto flute runs.
Also on a library tip, I found a great track by the Library Vultures, appropriately called “Library Vultures Theme” on Turbotrax that fuses some of the urgency and propulsive nature of the best library music with hard hitting beats. More please.
This big band/library sound was to have quite an influence over a band I formed in the mid-80s, BIG MOMENTS, with PK CHOWN (now of the Blue Planet Sound). Styling ourselves “the Late 80s Big Band” we were clearly a Thatcher-era austerity big band as we only ever reached about 11 members, with four brass, piano, double-bass, drums, percussion and PK and myself taking lead vocal duties. Here’s our one and only promo, shot on Super-8 at Birmingham’s Faces Night Club: