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Brian Bennett


Aim High: Brian Bennett at KPM 1973-1976



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Gommagang Start CD coverRPM's Mood Mosaic series has featured a diverse set of library and lounge inspired collections from the get go from the likes of Mark Wirtz, Larry Page, Big Jim Sullivan, Ken Woodman, and Alan Hawkshaw. Aim High, Vol. 8 in the Mood Mosaic series brings us the KPM library music collection of Brian Bennett, the drummer from the famous UK group The Shadows (more famous in the UK as one of the longest running hitmakers on that continent, whom sadly called it quits spring 2004).

Featuring 20 tracks by Brian Bennett in his side gig of televisual soundtrack music recorded between 1973 and 1976 for the KPM library music label, Aim High is a collection steeped with soaring strings, wah-wah guitar, funky rhythms, orchestral themes with plucked harps, and flute led melodied theme songs. It's like the lost soundtrack to the Streets of San Francisco or that missing CHiPs episode that you've been trying to find but had been elusive everywhere except your mind.

Brian Bennett immersed his music inspired in the sounds of the time from the likes of Shaft (Sidetrack and Boogie Juice have the blaxploitation sound down pat) or Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells from the The Exorcist (check out Glass Tubes for a foray into horror sounds).

There's also a grain of continuation between the early instrumental music of The Shadows (for instance in the tensely themed Speed And Efficiency with its rat-a-tat-tat drum and bass-led melody) and that of later Brit pop like The Divine Comedy (Prelude And Groove, Part 2 could well be a Divine Comedy instrumental track just waiting for the lead vocal). There's also the sublime (Sunset sounds like a theme song well suited for an Owen Wilson voice-over in a future Wes Anderson film) and the silly (It's A Crazy World takes the groove of Car Wash and maxes out on the funky vibe). Rocking Horse sounds like it could well be the kissing cousin of My Sharona and Devo's Mongoloid.

---Patrick, February 1, 2005