Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music Image
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  • Summary: The 20-track compilation of late 20th century library music includes music from Brainticket founder Joel Vandroogenbroeck, KPM affiliates John Cameron and Keith Mansfield, Janko Nilović, and Italian film composer Stefano Torossi.
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  1. Nov 12, 2018
    90
    A great starting place if you don’t know anything about library music as the album is chocked full of bangers. Wall-to-wall bangers! It gives you a launch pad to go and geek out over musicians and labels, each being a rabbit hole well worth going down. The abundance of heavy hitters is remarkable.
  2. Nov 12, 2018
    80
    With some of the best and most interesting flashes of library music's colossal archives, Unusual Sounds offers a look at an arcane avenue of music that will engage those previously unfamiliar and well-versed fans.
  3. Nov 12, 2018
    80
    Unusual Sounds is an absolute goldmine. The Anthology Recordings team has assembled a gorgeous collection of, well, unusual sounds that belong in any adventurous music lover's collection.
  4. Uncut
    Nov 12, 2018
    80
    A fascinating accompaniment to Hollander's book of the same name. ... Superb collection. [Dec 2018, p.46]
  5. Jan 2, 2019
    75
    The quality of the compositions is often striking and the musicians top-notch, and you'll have a great time conjuring your own mental footage to match titles such as "Funky Fanfare," "Running Fast," "Fancy Good," and the electronic dread of "Survivor."
  6. Nov 30, 2018
    70
    If you're looking for a de facto greatest hits of library music, Unusual Sounds is here to provide just that.
  7. Mojo
    Nov 12, 2018
    60
    While much here errs toward vanilla and cheese, delectably idiosyncratic morsels are also on the menu. [Dec 2018, p.100]
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