ATA Records: The Library Archive Vol. 1

If it were not for the extremely talented men and women who played on the myriad of library music recordings in the 1960’s and 1970’s or the DJs and collectors who sought out these legendary recordings on DeWolfe, Burton, I Marc 4, or Cavendish, we wouldn’t have this recording in front of us today. The spirit of these massive catalogs lives on through this new recording from Neil Innes and Pete Williams’ ATA Records. No strangers to injecting library music into their stable of phillies like The Sorcerers, The Yorkshire Fim and Television Orchestra, or The Lewis Express, they are back with the first in an ongoing series:The Library Archive Vol. 1. Using the same recording techniques as well as the same equipment that was used to record some of the funky, out there, and ok, we’ll say it, weird music that was sold to radio, film, and television companies to use in their productions, the team at ATA really give us a banger of a record and an indication that all of these further volumes are going to be damn good. The first taste of the record we get is “Kaye Okay”, a huge brass filled track that is some long lost prime time television show theme from the early ’70s that the Godfather Keith Mansfield would be proud of. Cinematic, atmospheric, and definitely funky, the chaps at ATA have really outdone themselves on this one. If you’ve been following the label since the inception on the pages of this publication, then you know how serious Neil and Pete are about releasing top quality music of all kinds. As we said previously, they have always managed to inject a little bit of library music in the releases, but now we get the full attention and scope of how this Leeds record label feels about the genre (not to mention recording it in a locked garage as well!). A mixed bag of goodness here that will not disappoint. Listen to “Kaye Okay” below, and pre-order the Lp out July 3rd.

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