Ralph Marco Band – Girl On The Beach (1974)

Ralph Marco Band is none other than jazz musician and German composer Werner Drexler.
This track is from what I believe is an extremly rare album – Mister Marco’s Music – issued on German library label Happy Records.

Kick back and enjoy a piece of funky music.

Steve Gray – Winning Is Easy (1973)

This nice piece from British composer and session keyboard player Steve Gray has the sweetest low key Fender Rhodes solo.

It has been pretty hard to find out when this track was originally released but it has been included in a 2001 compilation called Cinemaphonic Volume 2: Soul Punch.

Gray has worked with such prominent people as Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jr and John Barry.

Artie Butler – The White Fox (1971)

From the soundtrack to the movie “The Love Machine” from 1971, comes this Artie Butler track.
The release is credited to Dionne Warwicke but no doubt this super slow bossa track is Artie’s.

Dyna-Might – Borracho (1970)

Great funky track from Los Angeles based Dyna-Might.
Originally called Mickey & The Invaders they changed name in 1969 and apparently became houseband at Disneyland(!).
In 1977 they spilt up and parts became a christian band called The Agape Brothers.

It’s a facinating story and you can read it (and listen to it) on the blog “You Found That Eastside Sound“.

Cliff Johns – Hi, Bird (1970)

From British library label Studio G comes this great track.
Apparently issued in 1970 on the release “Beat Group” in Discogs the track is attributed to Cliff Johns.

However in the comment section on YouTube a user by the name “mikesilurilease” who seem to be the composer of the track writes the following:

Just for the record…. the line up for this 1967 recording was Big Colin Pincott – guitar . Don Gillies – bass, Peter Trout – drums, Mike Lease – organ & composer/arranger. Whilst visiting my parents in South Wales, I was contacted by Studio G at lunch time about doing this session in London the same evening. This and 5 other titles were feverishly “composed” on the train journey, then recorded in a 3-hour session. I’m truly amazed at this response… ! – Mike Lease.

Beat Group was reissued in 1996 on label Tenth Planet in 600 copies.

Orchester Maurice Pop – Patatas Fritas (1970)

One hell of a happy track from Maurice Pop aka Manuel Riga aka Shorty Malden aka Fritz Maldener – a German jazz pianist, composer and arranger.

This versatile guy has done a lot of stuff – apparently also tracks for German porn movies in the 1970s.

This track is from his release “Play Together“.

Al Foster Band – The Night Of The Wolf (1975)

Funky track by “Al Foster Band” which was a pseudonym for Italian writers and musicians Ivano Alberto Fossati and Oscar Prudente.

The original title of this track was “Tema Del Lupo” when it was released in Italy in 1973, but American label Roulette changed the title for the 1975 re-release in USA.