Top-5: Chris Tillotson

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Chris Tillotson is a musician in Starving Daughters, DJ, blogger and a top record collector from Covina, California. His passion is in late 60′s through early 80′s Italian and French soundtrack & library records, check his blog.

Braen & Raskovich — Tempo Libero LP [?, Panda Records]
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Usually when these guys team up, the outcome is pretty out there dark and experimental jams but this session is complete beauty. Containing alternate versions of songs from Sorgini’s «Scappo Per Cantare», usually laying lower on the scat vocals, as well as plenty other goodies, the main focus here is groove and melody. Not only the music is essential but the album art is bad ass!

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Orchestra Giuliano Libano I Musicals LP [?, Devega Records]
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Start to finish this record blows my mind, everyone on this session is at the top of their game. Even though there are multiple composers (Rino De Filippi, Giulio Libano, Fabio Fabor, Haensch, Vanerden) the songs all tie together through the scat vox & amazing guitar lead by Massimo Verardi. «Jai Alai» is my favorite but close behind are «Mandoleggiando» & «Sensazioni Primaverili».

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Barigozzi Group ‎– Woman’s Colours LP [1974, Fonovideo]
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This record never gets old to me, kills it every time. Oscar Rocchi & Giancarlo Barigozzi along with Tulio De Piscopo & Sergio Farina bring the jams filled with melody, funk and don’t forget the special ingredient, synth! Really hard to choose a favorite here but probably «Red Face» & «Lilac Arms». Also this record is released on the Music Scene label as «Experiences In Rhythm» as well as re worked on the Abramo Allione label as «Experience Vol.1″ which is much more guitar heavy, which I really dig!

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Braen’s Machine — Temi Ritmici E Dinamici LP [1973, Liuto Records]
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Besides the fact that the record is named after Braen (Alessandro Alessandroni) and many songs sound very similar to the Alessandroni & Filippi collaboration on «Vacanze» on the Sermi label, Alessandroni is not credited instead G.Ugolini on side A and Filippi on side B. I guess we have to make up our own minds to who was actually behind these incredibly perfect and goosebump inducing library jams. Completely different vibe from the first Braen’s Machine record, «Underground», instead of perfect psych fuzz and beats we get sunny, beautiful beat driven and melodic 70′s Italian style jams, so unique! «Movimento», «Dinamica» & «Passeggiata» are the jams for me. Seeing Underground just got a reissue maybe this one isn’t far behind.

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Alberto Baldan Bembo — Lingua D’Argento LP [1976, Aris]
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One of my heroes, Alberto Baldan Bembo lays down his best record in my opinion, in a soundtrack to a sex comedy film, «Emmanuelles Silver Tongue» nothing I can say can do it justice, this one is just untouchable. I love all these Aris records and max rare they are, although this one was reissued on Easy Tempo quite a while back though missing a couple songs I believe. Just like Scott, «Oblo» is my jam but trust me that is a hard choice, haha!

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