Chris Read Discography

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β€˜The Library Archive Volumes 1 & 2’ Compiled by Mr Thing & Chris Read

  • Release date: 2022-09-09
  • Label: BBE Music
  • Catalog #: BBE622CCD

Blurb from BBE Records:

β€œCrate digging DJs Mr Thing and Chris Read return to BBE Music with a second volume of their compilation series β€˜The Library Archive’, presenting more Funk, Jazz, Beats and Soundtracks from the archives of Cavendish Music.

Founded back in 1937 and originally known as Boosey & Hawkes Recorded Music Library, Cavendish Music is the largest independent Library Music publisher in the UK and also represents a host of music catalogues across the globe. The influence of Library Music on British pop culture cannot be overstated, especially during the 1970s when companies KPM, De Wolfe and of course Boosey & Hawkes provided the soundtracks to iconic TV shows such as The Sweeney and The Professionals, as well as a host of feature films.

The discs produced by Boosey & Hawkes for TV and radio production have, over the intervening years, gained a cult following among collectors and have found themselves sampled by successive generations of beatmakers. Renowned scratch DJ Mr Thing and WhoSampled’s Chris Read, both lifetime beat fanatics, first entered the Cavendish vaults in 2014, presenting their first compilation of rare Library Music cuts in 2017 on BBE Music. Both knew that Cavendish Music’s vast low-ceilinged London basement still held a host of hidden treasure just waiting to be rediscovered, so the pair returned in 2020, emerging with β€˜The Library Archive 2 – More Funk, Jazz, Beats and Soundtracks from the Archives of Cavendish Music’.

β€œThis new collection leans toward the less obvious titles, not only the funky sides and tracks ripe for sampling but also some of the jazzier corners of the catalogue” says Chris Read. β€œAs with Volume 1, this is more than merely a collection for sample heads – it’s a compilation of great funk, jazz, soundtracks and experimental themes to be enjoyed by DJs, producers and fans of good music alike.”

This brand new two disc set contains Volumes 1 and 2, available together on CD for the first time.


Disc 1

2. Sound Studio Orchestra – Snowmobile

Disc 2

1 The Gentle Giants – Leagueliner
2. The New Concert Orchestra – Test Drive
3. Tournament – Dennis Farnon, Sound Studio Orchestra
4. The New Concert Orchestra – Mad Mendoza
5. Dennis Farnon – Baltic Caper
6. Bob Adams – Giraffe
7. Dennis Farnon – Nuremberg Ring
8. The Gentle Giants – Organ Grinders Swing
9. The Cavendish Orchestra – Self Deception
10. Dennis Farnon – Crazy Legs
11. The New Concert Orchestra – Lip Glow
12. The New Concert Orchestra – Footprints
13. The New Concert Orchestra – Traffic Jam
14. The New Dance Orchestra – Blues For Boo
15. The New Concert Orchestra – Ad-Lib No 6
16. The New Percussion Octet – Cocoanut Cocktail
17. The New Dance Orchestra – Bass Bits
18. The New Dance Orchestra – Travelling Light
19. The New Concert Orchestra – Ad-Lib No 2
20. The New Jazz Group – Jazz for Humanoids – Equation
21. The New Concert Orchestra – Chameleon
22. The New Percussion Octet – Graphics Part 1
23. The New Concert Orchestra – In Pursuit
24. The New Concert Orchestra – Night Walk
25. The New Dance Orchestra (Augmented) – Soul Type Blues
26. Dennis Farnon – Shanghai Caper
27. The New Concert Orchestra – Speed Clean
28. Dennis Farnon, Sound Studio Orchestra – Motor-Cross
29. Chris Barron – Funk (h)
30. Chris Barron – Rock (b)