Fine Melodies

Category: 1970s

Dominique Guiot – L’univers De La Mer (1978)

This is some amazing synthy instrumental music by the composer Dominique Guiot. No information can be found about him, a mysterious musical genius. This album is supposedly his first, and his greatest in my opinion. It consists of Mini-Moog, guitar, clavinet, Mellotron, and organ.

This next video is actually an earlier piece by him, recorded in 1974 and released just in 2013 on a compilation album titled Traces Two. According to discogs this was the only release of this piece, so there must be more unheard great earlier tracks by Dominique out there in the vaults of France.


Le Kene Star de Sikasso – Hodi Hu Yenyan (1977)

This is a great album by a group of musicians from Mali that only released one album under this name. Here is a description about them from a record label that re-issued this LP:

In 1977, seven years after the first wave of modern regional orchestras, the Mali Kunkan record label released another batch of classic recordings from Mali’s best regional orchestras. Super Biton National de Ségou, National Badema, Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou, Kanaga de Mopti, Bida de la Capitale, Sidi Yassa de Kayes and Kéné Star de Sikasso were each given the chance to release a collection of their own recordings.

It was first led by drummer Baba Barry, before guitar player Madou ‘Guitare’ Sangaré took over when the orchestra changed its name to Kéné Star de Sikasso, and left behind the old « Orchestre Régional » moniker as the decade rolled on. Under the Kéné Star de Sikasso’s name, the band released one eponymous LP in 1977 on the fabled Mali Kunkan collection.

Opening this record, Hodi Yu Yenyan is the Kéné Star flagship song, with the electric organ and the guitars twirling together. Sung in senufo by François Ballo, it served to introduce the band’s musical aesthetics while extoling the virtues of the senufo culture, a language seldom recorded in Malian popular music of that time.

The natural strength and wellness of this region is displayed on the second number, Kenedougou Fanga, sung by the band’s three singers Mamadou Diakité, Mamadou Touré, Cheick Sadibou Diabaté.
One of Mali’s most beautiful songs from the decade, Fitiriwale (« an act of betrayal ») saw them again teaming up for an exercise in mellowness. Madou’s guitar swirls effortlessly around the melody, backed up by some droning electric organ. This song talks about weddings, with the lyrics « nowadays marriage doesn’t mean anything », advising that one has to look for a strong wedding and not for trivial pursuits.
Hypnotic and intense, another moral fable takes up the whole of side B.

This is the link to where that quote came from:

The Music Man: Mort Garson

This is a great little feature on Mort Garson, the musical synth master mind. It’s a shame there is nothing that goes deeper than this. If anyone ever finds something more in depth let me know.

Alice Coltrane & Pharoah Sanders – Ptah, the el Daoud (1970)

One of the great albums by Alice Coltrane. Many of her albums are with Pharoah Sanders. Her albums are considered Meditative. Out of all the albums I have of hers, this is the one I play most, although I went through a phase of only listening to Universal Consciousness and nothing else.

She had a Vedantic center off Kanan in Agoura called Shanti Anantam Ashram. I’ve hiked past it a few times. If you go to the Westlake Reservoir hike but take the left trail instead of the usual one, you follow it all the way down to Triunfo Canyon. That’s where it is.

Dorothy Ashby – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby (1970)

A beautiful harpist from Detroit, funky jazz, reaching spiritual. Most active in 1960s. Notable albums are “Hip Harp”, “Afro-Harping”, and “Dorothy’s Harp”. This album I think is the most notable because it’s not conforming so much to other styles or funk, like “Afro-Harping” and “Dorothy’s Harp” do, which is a reason to check those out too though, because they are funky. She also played on many albums of other famous folk such as Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Billy Preston, Freddie Hubbard.

I think my favorite song on this album is possibly “Joyful Grass & Grape”.

Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – The Feed-Back (1970)


This was an italian improv group with Ennio Morricone, the composer that to this day has over 500 scores to his name, plus over 100 other projects since the 60’s to present day. Other italian guys in this group I’ve never heard of before, but the drummer is insane on this particular album, which I found on vinyl recently. Another great album to check out is I believe self-titled, with a pink pattern cover.

Ilaiyaraaja – Solla Solla (1977-1983)

France Gall – Frankenstein (1972)

Song by Serge Gainsbourg, which wrote multiple hit songs for France Gall, so did Alain Goraguer. This song never became popular but it’s the best song she recorded in my opinion; everything else is just typical 60’s french pop.

She was married to a man with the last name Hamburger, so I guess that means at one point in her life she was a singing France Hamburger with sweet buns and pickle.

Alain Goraguer arranged this for France Gall:

Alain Goraguer – La Planete Sauvage Soundtrack (1973)

The Fantastic Planet is a wild animation about giant blue aliens that have humans as pets, and clans of humans that live underground to hide from them.

Super groovy album. Alain Goraguer started as a jazz pianist, then wrote orchestral arrangements for Serge Gainsbourg up until 1964, and during that time scored a few films too, such as this…, and also wrote for many of the top French girl pop singers of the 60’s, which brings me to the next post… (or the post above this in the blog.. France Gall)

Egg – Egg (1970)

some cool stuff