The 1971 concept album was the brainchild of French pop composers Jean Kluger and Daniel Vangarde, who learnt Japanese before recording began and even enlisted the aid of a renowned black-belt Judo master to introduce the tracks, which were all sung in Japanese by a school choir.
The result is theatrical, epic, freaky and exotic pseudo-Japanese pop that absolutely defies categorisation.
When we wrote 'Was a Time' it was supposed to be a remix of a song by some local band that I've forgotten the name of.
It turned out that we only used the actual line 'There was a time' from the original song, the rest was really just our own track. The drums were sampled from 'Archangel's Thunderbird' by Amon Duul with some samples from the cult movie 'Rat Pfink a Boo Boo' and the Gregory Peck narrated tribute to JFK 'Years of Lightning, Day of Drums'.
The strings were from 'Poverty Street' by David McWilliams who, as Graeme pointed out, has quite a lot of extremely sampleable intros.
Quick mix on mixmeister of some nice breakbeats, library music, psyche and cinematic instrumentals. I should have called it 'Another Late Night with September 70', it fits right into that category I suspect.
1. David Axelrod/Lou Rawls – Lifetime Monologue
2. Roger Webb – Exotica
3. The Millennium – 5 A.M (Single Version)
4. Roger Roger – Perdition
5. Alan Moorhouse – Angelic Gas
6. Baby Huey – Hard Times
7. The Advancement – Fall-Out
8. Ennio Morricone - Svolta Definitiva
9. St Louis Union – East Side Story
10. Raymond Guiot & Guy Pedersen - Flûtes Ad Libitum
11. The New Seekers – It’s the Real Thing
12. Brian Bennett – Sunset
13. Mike Condello – Soggy Cereal
14. Jesse Anderson – Mighty Mighty (Instrumental)
15. Howard Carpendale – Du Hast Mich
16. Jean-Claude Vannier - Je M'Appelle Geraldine [Mid-Tempo Version]