Blue Phantom - Distortions(1971)


a badass project by a bunch of session musicians(who for the majority are still unknown) experimenting with the psychedelic genre of the time. it is one of the best instrumentals albums of that genre, and one of the best of that decade, even that early on. give it a listen.

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  1. Murphey says:

    Really trippy stuff, and really great music. Thanks for the post, I know I would have never heard of this album were it not for you.

  2. Noxfacta says:

    Amazing. Been watching a lot of experimental 70s films lately. This is just what my ears need.

  3. AZ says:

    Very good!
    Thank you for sharing.
    :0)

  4. Many of the tracks from this album are used in the movie "Sinner: Diary of a Nymphomaniac", directed by Jess Franco and released in 1972. That's where I first heard Blue Phantom.

  5. Ozzy says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this gem! Can you establish the connection between this and Jean Michel Lorgère's "Distortion Pop" (on Sonimage records)? Because we can find the track "Diodo" on boths albums and a few tracks are used in various Jess Franco's movies... If you can give me any details about this, I'll be extremly greatfull!

  6. @Ozzy, This music was originally recorded by a composer named Armando Sciascia (under the pseudonym "H. Tical")and performed by unknown session musicians in 1971. Its original release was on Spider Records, which was a subsidiary of Sciascia's own Vedette Records label. I would assume that the name "Blue Phantom" was coined to give it more visibility in record shops considering that this is one of the rare library music albums that was released to the general public. "Distortion Pop" is the same album as "Distortions". Apparently, Sonimage was connected with Vedette Records, who released it as a library record. Regarding Jean-Michel Lorgere, that may be a pseudonym for either Jean-Bernard Raiteux or Jean-Claude Pierric, as psueudonyms frequently pop up with alarming regularity in library music. Regarding the use of "Distortions" in the films of Jess Franco, that was the decision of his editor at the time, Gerard Kikoine. Many of the Franco films that used the music from "Distortions", "Trafic Pop" and "Harlem Pop Trotters" were produced by Robert de Nesle. Franco would send black-and-white silent workprints to Kikoine to work form. The music was his choice as he had access to all the library recordings at the time. I hope this was of help to you.

  7. Great album from my early listening days in the early 70's.

    Thanks for sharing a rare gem from the past.

  8. Ozzy says:

    @ aef0da0a-b0cf-11e0-9743-000bcdcb5194:
    Hi! I'm very sory for answering you so late, almost 1 year later!
    Thank you very much for all those precious informations, they are very helpfull indeed! I knew J.C Pierric was somehow behind this! I'm a Franco maniac and a long time ago I've started the impossible quest to find all the groovy/jazzy/fuzzy/psych soundtracks from his movies! I've also ripped a few ones directly from the movies (sounds like crap but it's better than nothing at all!) like "Exorcism". I'm curently working on "Venus in Furs", just e-mail me if interrested! Cheers man!

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